Sometimes it simply makes more sense to show live 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.
⭐️ 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.
Stream a Video to Socio
You can stream the video either via Socio Streaming's Share Video feature, or you can do it 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 Socio Streaming, familiarize yourself with the streaming studio, and then simply have the video ready on your computer when it's time to start the stream.
When you're ready to go, click Share > Video file to add the video to the stream. You can then use Overlays and Banners, 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.
If you'd like to use the RTMP Player, check out this guide to using OneStream and Socio.
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. It has both the Video Clips feature for video files under 10 minutes/200MB, or you can use the Video file share option for videos up to 8 hours. The Video file option is ideal for a pre-recorded presentation if you want a Speaker to join for live Q&A after it's over.
⭐️ Keep in mind, Video Clips must be MP4 format, 16:9 ratio, and no less than 720p. Video files shown via the Share feature must be MP4 or MOV, 16:9 ratio, and no less than 720p.
Socio Streaming gives you all the other benefits of the Socio Platform, such as Chat, Q&A, and Polling, plus all the features of the Socio Streaming studio.
Zoom, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, Webex
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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