We recommend Webex Events Streaming as the simplest solution for producing professional quality live streams in your Webex Event. However, it's not a catch-all for every streaming need. If you want to use a streaming platform not officially supported by Webex Events, use multiple different platforms for a single stream, or want to stream meeting software directly to your Webex Event, then RTMP is for you!

The Webex Events RTMP Player embeds a live stream into your Webex Event's Live Stream feature or Agenda sessions with minimal setup.

Screenshot of an active live stream in the Web App.

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

What is RTMP?

Video production and broadcasting software lets content creators produce live streams and then send a video feed out to viewers. Many broadcasting software providers like YouTube and Twitch also include a place to host the stream for viewers. Other providers only supply the studio for producing the stream. That's where the Webex Events RTMP Player comes in.

RTMP (Real-Time Messaging Protocol) is a protocol for streaming content from one platform so it appears in another. All you need is a Stream Key and RTMP URL — no API or integration work required!

The Webex Events RTMP Player provides a Stream Key and RTMP URL for each live stream. These tell your broadcast software where to send the video feed. Once you've entered the Key and URL into the broadcasting software, the Webex Events RTMP player maintains a constant connection. When you start the live stream in your broadcasting software, attendees can view it in your Webex Event's Live Stream feature or Agenda Session.

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

All this means that you have the flexibility to use nearly any platform that supports RTMP to stream content to your Webex 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 Webex are all possibilities!

    ⭐️ Keep in mind, you should always test compatibility with any provider so you know if it works, 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 Webex Events Chat, Q&A, Polling, and Captions solutions with the RTMP player and embed countless other sites like Slido using Custom Tab.

    Animated GIF of someone viewing a live stream while answering a Poll and using the Chat 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 that shows only what's streamed from an outside source. Your selected broadcast or meeting software is where you control commercials, overlays, interstitials, and other branding and production. If you need recordings, make sure the AV company or software you're working with can provide them.

  • Selecting and coordinating your streaming solution is all up to you. Consider things like costs 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 and ensure smooth operation.

  • Implementing RTMP can be more expensive than Webex Events 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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