You've built the event in Socio. The plan is in place. You know where everything is. You're ready to go! But what about your speakers, moderators, emcees, and caption providers? They may or may not have used Socio Streaming before, so getting them familiar with the ins and outs can be crucial to their comfort and success.
This guide will show you how to set up and run a test stream with your speakers, moderators, and captioners - just one aspect of testing you event. Doing a test stream can be great to determine if you want to go with a particular caption provider, or you can even use this process to make a secret stream where you can pre-record content! 🤫
Before you begin...
Check out our Socio Streaming FAQs article for some great pro tips
Add all of your Speakers to the event
Live Stream Setup
You can Go Live multiple times in a single studio, so you can test in the actual studio you'll be using on event day. This can simplify coordinating the test with speakers since you don't have to send an additional speaker link for the test. If you'd like to test in the main studio, skip to the next section.
If you'd rather not use the actual live stream due to attendees already being in the event, follow the instructions below to set up a test live stream.
First, go to the Edit Event/Features page of your event, and click Add Feature. Add a Live Stream feature, and click Done. If you want to run a test with multiple different groups of people at different times, no problem! You can go live as many times as you want in a single studio.
Now, click the Settings (⚙️) icon on the feature, and name it something with "Test" at the end, and assign the feature to. If your event already has participants in it, consider assigning it to speaker and staff Groups to prevent attendees from seeing and joining the stream.
Now, click Edit on the test feature, and select Socio Streaming by Restream as the Live Stream provider. If you'll be using Chat for your stream, make sure to enable it. Click Save Changes when you're done.
Now, click Edit on the test feature again. You'll see that the Invite Speakers link is now available. Click Copy next to the link field, and then distribute the link and our Speaker Instructions to anyone who'll be joining your test session. You can also share this fun video we made to show some common best practices.
Before you start your test, it's a good idea to load up any banners, logos, overlays, or videos that will be in use for the actual session. You can enter the studio to upload the assets at any time.
⭐️ Keep in mind, when you upload assets to any session or Live Stream's Studio in your event, those assets will be available in every other Studio! ✅
Run the Test
Once you've got everything ready, summon your speakers, and click Launch Studio from the Edit window of the Live Stream feature or Agenda session. If there are additional people who'll be controlling transitions, banners, overlays, etc., make sure to invite them to your Socio team, then have them click Launch Studio in the test session instead of using the Speaker link.
⭐️ Keep in mind, you can have a maximum of 10 people in the Studio at one time.
We recommend opening the Web App for your event in a different browser tab or device so you can check out how things will look to an attendee. If you have Chat enabled, this will also let you show your speakers how chats can be highlighted in the stream.
Once everyone is in the stream, give them plenty of time to play around with settings and simply get familiar and comfortable with the space. You can show them how transitions, overlays, banners, and chats work before you click Go Live.
If you mess something up, or want to try something different, no worries! That's why you're testing. If you need to, just repeat this process to make a new test and try it again.
If you're using this process to pre-record a session, anything that happened in the stream after you clicked Go Live will be recorded and available for download. To access the video and/or audio download, simply click the Download recordings button that replaced the Go Live button.
Now you know how to run a test stream. Don't forget to test your event, too!
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