We recommend Socio Streaming as the simplest solution for producing your Socio Event's live streams, but it's not a catch-all for every streaming need. If you want to use a streaming platform not officially supported by Socio, use multiple different platforms for a single stream, or want to stream meeting software directly to your Socio Event, then RTMP is for you! The Socio RTMP Player embeds a live stream into your Socio Event's Live Stream feature or Agenda sessions.

Screenshot of an RTMP live stream in an event.

Keep reading to learn more about what RTMP is and then check out our article on how it works. 👍

What is RTMP?

Broadcasting software enables content creators to produce live streams and then send a video feed out to viewers. Many broadcasting software providers, like YouTube and Twitch, include a place for the streams to be hosted where viewers can watch, but others only provide the studio where the stream is produced. That's where the Socio RTMP Player comes in.

RTMP (Real-Time Messaging Protocol) is a streaming protocol that allows content to be streamed from one platform and appear on another via a Stream Key and RTMP URL.

Animated GIF that illustrates data passing from a speaker through Socio RTMP to viewers.

The Socio RTMP Player provides a Stream Key and RTMP URL for each live stream that tells your broadcast software where to send the signal. Once you've entered the Key and URL into the broadcasting software, the Socio RTMP player maintains a constant connection. When you start the live stream being produced in your broadcasting software, it plays in your Socio Event's Live Stream feature or Agenda Session.

Screenshot of a Live Stream in a Socio event.

⭐️ Keep in mind, the RTMP Player is an additional cost add-on feature for your Socio event.

All this means that you have the flexibility to use nearly any platform that supports RTMP to stream content to your Socio event, without requiring your attendees to open another tab or program!

RTMP benefits and considerations

Benefits

  • Stream your content from nearly any platform that supports RTMP. Local streaming software like Wirecast and vMix, online streaming services like Twitch and YouTube, or even meeting software like Zoom and Webex are all possibilities!

    ⭐️ Keep in mind, you should always test compatibility with any provider so you know if it will work, how it will look to attendees, and what to expect.

    Picture of two speakers onstage at a hybrid event.
  • You can work with an agency or AV company for professionally-produced streams, even if they have their own proprietary streaming tech. Hiring an AV company is often necessary for Hybrid events.

  • You can still use Socio's Chat, Q&A, Polling, and Captions solutions with the RTMP player.

    Animated GIF of someone viewing a live stream while answering a Poll and using the Q&A feature.
  • RTMP opens the door for additional sponsorship opportunities since you can weave in sponsor commercials, branded banners, and other promotional materials from different sources.

Considerations

  • The RTMP Player is just that - a player. It will only show content streamed to it, so there are no recording or studio abilities like there are with Socio Streaming. If you need recordings, make sure the AV company or streaming software you're working with can provide them.

  • Selecting and coordinating your streaming solution is all up to you. You'll need to consider things like cost for the provider and/or production services and coordinating graphics, transitions, and overlays.

  • Implementing RTMP in your chosen broadcast software might get a bit technical, depending on which one you select. Consider hiring an expert to help you run your streams to ensure smooth operation.

  • Implementing RTMP can be more expensive than Socio Streaming if you're working with an AV company or using expensive software. Streaming platforms and meeting software may gate RTMP support behind paid tiers.

If RTMP sounds like a good fit for you, check out this article to get started!

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