Socio Streaming is a combination broadcasting studio and player that runs on Restream. This article covers how to enable Socio Streaming and successfully produce a professional quality live stream. To learn more about Socio Streaming and if it is right for your event, check out our Introduction to Socio Streaming article.

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Enable Socio Streaming

⭐️ Keep in mind, Socio Streaming is an additional cost add-on feature. Reach out to your Socio contact for pricing.

First, add a Live Stream feature or enable Live Stream for a session, and select Socio Streaming by Restream from the provider drop-down in the Live Stream section.

Screenshot of a Session's Live Stream settings panel. Live Stream is enabled.

The first time you add Socio Streaming for a Live Stream feature or Agenda session in your event, a modal appears prompting you to confirm the use of a Socio Streaming credit. A single credit is good for an entire event, whether you have one live stream or a hundred. Click Activate to continue.

Screenshot of the Activate Socio Streaming pop-up.

⭐️ Keep in mind, if the button in the bottom right corner of the modal 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 and get credits added.

Now, click Save.

Invite Speakers

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.

Screenshot of Screenshot of a Session's Live Stream settings panel. The Invite Speakers link's copy button is indicated.

⭐️ Keep in mind, you can have 10 people in the stream at a time. Anyone with the link can join and no login of any kind is required. If you have more than 10 people joining your stream, you may choose to have a "waiting room" in another meeting tool, or use another streaming studio with Socio's RTMP Player.

Launch the Studio

In the same Edit modal 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!

⭐️ Keep in mind, the Launch Studio button is only 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.! 👆

In the Studio, start by clicking the Settings (⚙️) icon at the bottom of the screen to adjust your Video input, Audio input, and Audio output devices. There are also some additional settings under Advanced settings.

Screenshot of the settings panel in Restream.

Setting Up Your Stream

There are many areas to consider when setting up your stream. Be sure to give yourself and your speakers plenty of time to play around and get familiar with the studio before you go live. For a breakdown of each section, read on! 📖

Speakers

To the left of the screen preview, each speaker is listed. Make sure you click the toggle 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 and adjust their volume or mute them if needed. A speaker must be added to the stream in order for their audio to be heard or video to be seen.

You can click the 3 dots above your speaker card to change your avatar and edit your name. If you click the 3 dots next to someone else's speaker card, you can edit their name, or remove them from the studio.

Screenshot of the 3 dot menu expanded both for the host, and for a speaker.

Views

Animated GIF showing a user toggling between different Views.

Above the toolbar icons, you can change the view layout to highlight what you want users to focus on. Again, you can change this during your stream as well.

Studio Toolbar

The toolbar at the bottom of the screen gives you the following functions from left to right:

  • Mute - Mute or unmute your audio.

  • Disable/Enable camera - Start and stop your camera from appearing on the stream.

  • Share screen - Choose to share your whole screen, a window, or a browser tab and any audio playing. If you choose to share your whole screen, sharing audio may not be an option.

  • Invite guests - Invite other speakers to your stream to present.

  • Add source - Select Local video to add a video file from your device to the stream, or select Background music to add a backing track from a preset list. Captions, logos, and overlays will appear on top of Local videos!

  • Settings - Adjust Video and Audio input, and set advanced Audio preferences.


    ⭐️ Keep in mind, Live Stream Quality and Video resolution settings will not affect the stream.

Share screen

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.

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Click the Share screen button below the view selection. A pop-up 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 checkbox.

Now, click Share, and your screen will be added to your stream as if it were a new speaker (this doesn't count against the studio's 10-speaker limit). Use the layout buttons under the screen to change how the screen appears alongside you and your speakers.

Add source

This lets you show a video larger and longer than the 2GB/1 hour size limit for the Video Clips feature and use the Background music feature to add a backing track to your stream.

To share a video, simply click the plus icon. In the modal that appears, click Local video. 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 as if it were a new speaker. Simply click the toggle to add it to the live stream.

Screenshot of the Choose the Source Type modal.

For Background music, select the Background music from the modal, and choose from Restream's list of music tracks. After you click Select, next to one of the options, the track will be added to your stream as if it were a new speaker. Simply click the toggle to add it to the live stream.

Each host in the studio can share one video. If a host adds a second video or audio clip, it will replace the first.

Chat

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 Chat tab. You can click on a message to have it appear on screen during your live stream.

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⭐️ Keep in mind, you'll only see the comments that occurred after you joined the studio.

Captions

Add a Caption (AKA Banner) to the stream at any time 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.

Animated GIF of a user adding a Caption to a stream.

Graphics

This tab has lots of options to brand your stream and make it your own. When you upload graphics assets to one studio in your event, those assets will be available in every other studio! So if you want to use the same custom countdown reel, sponsor banners, or overlays in every live stream in your event, you still only have to upload once.

Screenshot of the Grahics tab.

The Theme lets you choose how Captions and Chat comments appear on the stream. Primary color determines the color of the Theme. There are toggles to hide the Default graphics, non-video participants, and participant names, and a toggle to choose whether or not to Automatically share screens when speakers select a screen to share.

You can also upload custom Logos, Overlays, Video clips, and Backgrounds.

Screenshot of the lower portion of the Graphics tab.

If you click on a Logo, it appears in the top-right corner of your stream. Logos should be 512x512px JPG or PNG files.


Overlays let you add up to 50 custom frames or info banners in your live stream, or you can use overlays as transitional graphics. Overlays should be 1920x1080px JPG or PNG files.

The Video Clips feature lets you share up to 200 videos of 2 GB or less AND 1 hour or less. Acceptable formats are MP4, FLV, MOV, TS. WEBM, and GIF.

⭐️ Keep in mind, video clips MUST be 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).

A custom Background is a great way to make sure your stream is on-brand! Backgrounds should be 1920x1080px JPG or PNG files.

Brands

If you have a lot of custom content to upload, and not all assets will be used in every stream, it can get a little hectic trying to find the right assets during showtime. That's why we've partnered with Restream to bring you Brand folders so that any assets you upload to one Brand won't appear in the others.

Simply click the Brand button in the top right corner of the screen to make a new Brand or switch between existing ones.

You can add up to 10 Brands, and Captions and everything on the Graphics tab — Theme, Primary Color, Logos, etc. — are unique to each brand. Just like before, all assets in one studio are shared with every other studio in your event.

Private Chat

If you need to send messages to your fellow presenters, you can use the Private Chat. These messages will only appear to the host and guest presenters in Restream. These chats will remain after the stream has ended.

Screenshot of the Private Chat.

Go Live

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, views, and more.

😎 Pro Tips!

  • Don't forget to download your stream recordings and host them online so attendees can watch them later!

  • 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 10 Mbps. You can test your speed here. Make sure you’re looking at upload speed, not download.

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