⚠️ Caution! Socio Streaming by StreamYard has been discontinued for all new customers. Existing events that have already selected Socio Streaming by StreamYard for their live streams can continue to use StreamYard. If you’re a new customer or making a new event, please use Socio Streaming by Restream.
Socio Streaming is a combination broadcasting studio and player. Socio offers two live streaming products - StreamYard and Restream. This article covers how to enable Socio Streaming by StreamYard and successfully produce a great live stream. To learn more about Socio Streaming and if it is right for your event, check out our Introduction to Socio Streaming article.
Enable Socio Streaming
⭐️ Keep in mind, Socio Streaming is an additional cost add-on feature. Reach out to your Socio contact for pricing.
The first time you add Socio Streaming for a Live Stream feature or Agenda session in your event, a pop-up will appear prompting you to confirm the use of a Socio Streaming credit. Click Activate to continue.
⭐️ Keep in mind, if the button in the bottom right corner of the pop-up says Purchase instead of Activate, you can click Manage Teams to see the Credits assigned to each team you're a part of. If necessary, use this process to transfer credits between teams. You can also click Purchase to start a chat with our support team to get Credits added.
Now, click Save.
Inviting your speakers couldn't be easier! You simply share a link with them that they use to join the studio before your live stream.
Edit the Live Stream feature or Agenda session you made previously. The Invite Speakers link will now be available. Copy the link, and send it to your speakers or presenters who will be joining the stream. We highly recommend sharing the Socio Streaming Speaker Instructions article with them as well.
⭐️ Keep in mind, you can have 12 people in the stream at a time and 10 presenting. Anyone with the link can join and no login of any kind is required. If you have more than 12 people joining your stream, you may choose to have a "waiting room" in another meeting tool, or use another streaming tool with Socio's RTMP Player.
Launch the Studio
In the same Edit pop-up where you copied the Speaker link, click Launch Studio to open the live streaming studio in a new tab. This is where the behind-the-scenes magic happens!
You'll be prompted to modify your display name, if desired. This is also a perfect time to check your mic and camera settings (and your hair)! When you're ready, click Enter Broadcast Studio.
⭐️ Keep in mind, the Launch Studio button is just for you as the admin/moderator, and it shouldn't be shared with other speakers — give them the link we mentioned in the section above unless you want them to be able to control the views, banners, etc.! 👆
Setting Up Your Stream
There are many areas to consider when setting up your stream. Feel free to play around as much as you want before you go live. For a breakdown of each section, read on.
First, under the screen preview, make sure you click to add yourself and any other speakers who will be speaking during the first part of your stream. You can add and remove speakers throughout the stream. A speaker must be added to the stream in order to have their audio or video be seen.
Above the speaker icons, you can change the view layout in order to highlight what you want users to focus on. Again, you can change this during your stream as well.
Screen sharing is an awesome way to present a slideshow or show a video. Both you and your guest speakers can share anything on your screen.
To share your screen in the broadcast studio, in the toolbar at the bottom of the screen, click the Share button, and select Share screen. The screen sharing tips will pop up on screen. Click the blue Share Screen button.
Another popup will appear with three options:
Your Entire Screen — Shares your entire desktop screen.
Application Window — Lets you choose one application at a time; great for sharing a powerpoint or keynote.
Chrome Tab — Lets you share any file from your computer in a Chrome Tab. Open a new tab and drag the file into Chrome from your computer desktop or folder. Your cursor displays a little plus sign if the action is successful. This is the best way to share audio. To share audio from your screen you must click the Share Audio button.
Then click Share, and your screen will be added to your stream. Use the layout buttons under the screen to change how the screen appears alongside you and your speakers. Click the blue tile to remove the screen share.
Video share lets you show a video longer than the 10 minute/200MB size limit for the Video Clips feature. You can share a video up to 8 hours long!
To share a video, simply click Share and select Video file. A window will appear where you can select the file on your computer. When you select the file, the video will be added to your stream immediately and will begin playing.
The toolbar at the bottom of the screen allows you to take the following actions:
Mute - Mute or unmute your audio.
Start Cam - Start and stop your camera from appearing on the stream.
Cam/Mic - Edit your mic or camera settings, or change your display name.
Share - Choose either Share screen or Video file.
Invite - Invite other speakers to your stream to present.
Leave Studio - Leave the studio and end the live stream.
If chat is enabled on your Socio Stream (on the session or Live Stream feature), then any chats that come in from users will appear in the comments window here. You can click on a comment to have it appear on screen during your live stream.
⭐️ Keep in mind, you'll only see the comments that occurred after you joined the studio.
Add a banner (AKA lower-thirds) to the stream at any time in order to provide additional context, highlight a quote, or provide a call-to-action. You can create these pre-stream so you can simply select them at the opportune time, or create them on the fly during the stream.
There are several options to brand your stream and make it your own!
The brand color allows you to change the highlight color that is used as a background for speaker names, banners, comments, and more.
In the Logo section, you can add a logo to appear in the top-right corner of your stream, or remove it altogether.
Use the Overlay section to add any number of creative designs to your stream. Overlays can even be gifs. 🎉
Video Clips allow you to share videos that are 10 minutes or less, and 200 MB or less. These should be short intro, outro or sponsor videos. You also have the option to add a background to your stream. Finally, you can choose to Show display names or toggle that option off.
If you need to send messages to your fellow presenters, you can use the Private Chat tab. These messages will only appear to the host and guest presenters in Streamyard. These chats will remain after the stream has ended.
The Settings pop-up allows you to set the Broadcast quality between 720p and 1080p and adjust settings related to how certain features appear in the stream. You can also adjust your Camera, Audio, and Green Screen settings. Lastly, you can change a few settings relating to Guest speakers.
⭐️ Keep in mind, attendee connection speed may affect streaming quality. However, stream recordings will always be saved in the resolution you select under Broadcast quality.
When you're ready to stream to the Socio Platform, click Go Live in the upper-right corner. You can continue to add or remove speakers from the stream, change graphics, screen views, and more.
⭐️ Keep in mind, you can only go live for a Stream once. To test your stream, we recommend that you create a separate test stream that you delete later.
😎 Pro Tips!
Check out our Socio Streaming FAQs article for even more great tips and tricks.
Screen sharing works best when you have two monitors – two monitors make it easy to click from slide to slide while you’re still controlling the live stream on the other monitor.
If you’re serious about streaming (and we hope you are!), we recommend investing in a high quality mic and webcam. A pair of headphones is also a good idea – this reduces the potential for echo if you are bringing on guests. We're big fans of the Yeti Microphone and C920 Webcam.
We offer Closed Captioning and Audio Captioning support through third-party caption vendors! Check this out to learn more.
Streaming requires a lot of data, but your current ISP or 4G provider should work fine. We recommend that you hardwire (ethernet) to your router. WiFi will work, but not as well. You’ll want an upload speed of at least 4 Mbps. You can test your speed here. Make sure you’re looking at upload speed, not download.
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