Sometimes it simply makes more sense to show audiences pre-recorded content. Whether you're hosting a video for people to watch at their leisure, showing a video as live content, or inserting pre-recorded content into a live stream with real presenters, this article's got the goods to show what your options are for each scenario.
If you're simply looking for how to add session recordings to your event, check this out.
⭐️ Keep in mind, this article is meant to provide general steps for each option. Use the included links to other articles to learn more about each step if you're not already familiar.
How you actually create and record the content is entirely up to you. If you're doing a combination of pre-recorded and fully-live streams, you might consider using Socio Streaming to record your content and then downloading the Stream recording so that it matches up nicely with the live sessions. Check out this article about running a test stream to learn how to practice and pre-record.
Hosted only with no live elements
If you simply want to host your video online and then make it playable in your Socio Event without any production happening live, this is the method for you! Before we show you how to do this, here are some considerations:
Attendees can join late and watch from the beginning, skip through the video, or pause.
Different attendees may not be viewing the same moments at the same time as one another. There may be minutes of separation between different people's experience of the content.
Socio’s Chat, Q&A, and Polling features can be used, but keep the above in mind.
Using one of the video hosting services listed below will ensure your content is embeddable in the Socio Platform for viewing, and that you can use Socio’s Chat, Q&A, and Polling.
Host the Video File
For video hosting, we recommend one of these providers:
⭐️ Keep in mind, Wistia is recommended if you need secure video hosting since attendees can't copy and share the link outside the Socio event. For more information on using Wistia, check this out.
Once your video has been uploaded to your chosen hosting site, copy the URL.
Add the Video Link to Socio
If you're using the Live Stream feature, add or edit the feature, and select the correct Provider from the list, then paste in the URL. In this example, we're using YouTube to host the video.
If you're using an Agenda session, add or edit the session, and select the correct Provider from the list, then paste in the URL. You can also paste the same link into the Video Recording field so it remains available after the session end time is reached.
Whichever option you're using, make sure that Open in external browser isn't checked.
⭐️ Keep in mind, if you want to ensure the video seems like a live broadcast, wait until after the session’s end time to put the link into the view recording area.
This option is for when you want to use only pre-recorded content, but you want everyone to watch it at once so you can incorporate live elements such as Chat, Q&A, and Polling, or even use Banners and Overlays if you use the Socio Streaming studio.
You can stream the video via Socio Streaming's Video Clips or Local video features, or with a combination of the Socio RTMP Player and OneStream - an inexpensive 3rd-party tool for scheduling and streaming recordings. If you'd like to use the RTMP Player, check out this guide to using OneStream and Socio.
Socio Streaming Video Clips
Familiarize yourself with the Restream studio, and upload any Video Clips the day before the stream so they're ready when it's time to go live.
⭐ Keep in mind, Video Clips can be a maximum of 2GB and 1 hour in length.
When you're ready to play the video, simply click the video clip you'd like to play, and it will start playing in your live stream immediately.
If you want to use Captions, Logos, and Overlays in the stream while a Video Clip is playing, click the Settings (⚙️) icon next to the Video Clips label, and turn the Video Only toggle off.
Socio Streaming Local video
⭐ Keep in mind, we recommend closing unneeded programs on your computer when sharing a local video file. This helps ensure the video plays smoothly by freeing up system resources.
To share a local video file, simply simply have the video ready on your computer when it's time to start the stream. When you're ready to go, click the plus icon, and in the modal that appears, click Local video.
A window appears where you can select the file on your computer. When you select the file, the video will be added to your stream as if it were a new speaker. Simply click the toggle to add it to the live stream.
You can use Overlays and Captions, and even highlight Chat questions like you would in a normal live stream. Neat, huh?
⭐️ Keep in mind, attendees may briefly see the video controls at the bottom of the live stream when you add the video file, which could break the illusion that the content is really happening live. Practice adding the video file before going live to ensure everything looks smooth.
Pre-recorded elements within a Live Stream
This is the most common use case. You have live speakers that'll be presenting to your attendees, but you also have some recorded content to sprinkle in along the way. You can use Socio Streaming, the Socio RTMP player, or other meeting software.
Your best bet for this use case is going to be Socio Streaming. The Restream studio lets you upload MP4, FLV, MOV, TS. WEBM, or GIF files up to 2 GB and up to 1 hour in length. You can also share a local video file from your computer, as mentioned above. Showing a local video file is ideal for a pre-recorded presentation if you want a Speaker to join for live Q&A after it's over.
Socio Streaming gives you all the other benefits of the Socio Platform, such as Chat, Q&A, and Polling, plus all the features of Restream's studio.
⭐️ Keep in mind, Video Clips must 16:9 ratio and no less than 720p. Processing/upload time will vary depending on internet connection. Uploads could take up to 2x the video duration (example: a 1 hour video may take up to 2 hours to upload and process).
Webex, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, Zoom
If you don't want to use Socio Streaming, you can use meeting software. Our top recommendations are Zoom, Microsoft Teams, GoToMeeting, and Webex. Please refer to these services’ respective guides for best practices on sharing a video during a live stream:
⭐️ Keep in mind, if you use one of these services, you won't have the benefit of integrating Socio's Chat, Q&A, or Polling features into the live stream and will need to use another solution.
Add the Meeting Link to Socio
If you're using the Live Stream feature, add or edit the feature, select the correct Provider from the list, then paste in the meeting URL. In this example, we're using Zoom as the meeting provider.
If you're using an Agenda session, add or edit the session, select the correct Provider from the list, then paste in the meeting URL. In this example, we've selected Other as the provider and pasted in a Microsoft Teams link.
⭐️ Keep in mind, none of these meeting providers are embeddable in Socio, so always make sure the Open in external browser box is checked.
When attendees click the Join Live Stream button, they'll be prompted to open the the meeting platform outside of the Socio Platform.
Socio RTMP Player + Streaming software
Many software tools can stream via RTMP to display video within Socio, such as OBS and vMix. Your professional A/V team of choice can mix live and pre-recorded elements as well. RTMP can get a little technical, and the possibilities for streaming with it are too many to list here. To learn more about using Socio's RTMP player, check this out.
If you use the RTMP player, you still get the benefit of using Socio's Chat, Q&A, and Polling.
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