Streaming with Zoom
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How to Connect to the Event Platform Via Zoom
This guide aims to explain how to broadcast to the event platform via Zoom.
To use Zoom for live streaming content, you have to have one of their Premium accounts. If you wish to use a free service, we recommend OBS, Online Broadcasting Software.
The first step will be to open up your meeting, by selecting New Meeting.
Once you have opened up your meeting, you can test your audio speakers and microphone.
We would recommend that you do to make sure that everything is running smoothly before streaming.
For testing your speakers, a ringtone will play out. When you can hear the melody, select Yes.
To test your microphone, you will need to speak and then pause, at which point you should hear a replay. Once you are happy that this has worked, click Yes.
To go into the meeting, you can then select Join with Computer Audio and enter.
To set up your stream, you have to click on the More button, at the bottom of the screen.
Opening up a drop-down menu, from which you will have to select Live on Custom Live Streaming Service.
The event platform is hosted on our custom RTMP server, which is why only platforms that will allow you to stream with a custom RTMP will work with the event platform.
You then have to enter your Streaming URL, Stream Key and Live Streaming Page URL.
To find your URL and Stream Key, you will need to go onto the event page and access the Admin Panel.
You will do this by clicking onto Admin View, and accessing the Stream Keys tab.
The copy and paste the URL and Stream Key over to Zoom one at a time, by clicking the copy button and pasting them into their relevant boxes.
When broadcasting via Zoom is that you have to include the URL from the Live Streaming Page.
If you copy the URL from the Admin View page, it will not work.
You have to select the Live View button on your session on the RE:Connect Page.
Once you are on the Live View Page, copy this URL link into the Live Streaming Page URL box.
Never give your URL and Stream Key to someone else. This information would allow them to broadcast anything to your session, so keep this information private.
Once all of this information is in the relevant boxes click Go Live, this will then automatically start streaming your broadcast from Zoom to the RE:Connect Page.
On Zoom, you will know that you are broadcasting as an icon will appear on the top left-hand side of your screen, telling you that your content is streaming Live.
By going back onto the Live View on RE:Connect, you will be able to see yourself broadcasting to the page.
You will have to allow for a slight delay between broadcasting to your streaming platform, and seeing your content appear on the event platform.
On Zoom, it is easy to mute your microphone, click on the Mute icon at the bottom left of the screen.
To unmute yourself, select Unmute at the bottom left of the screen.
You use the same button to Mute and Unmute yourself.
The same is true of removing the camera on Zoom. At the bottom of the screen, Click Remove Video to get rid of your video.
To add the video back click on the same button again.
When you mute yourself and or remove your video, you are notified by a pop-up on Zoom.
With Zoom, you can add participants to your broadcast, by clicking on the Participants button at the bottom of the screen.
You mustn't share your Zoom link with audience members. Instead send them a link to your session broadcast.
If you have others that are participating with you in your broadcast, they must join via Zoom. Add those participants via this feature on Zoom.
There are three main options for sharing your screen via a broadcast from Zoom.
These three options are Basic, Advanced and Files. To access these options, you will need to select the Share Screen button, at the bottom of your screen.
If you wish to share your Desktop on a Zoom broadcast, you will have to click on Share Screen and then onto the Basic tab.
Then you will have to select the option Desktop and click on the Share button.
You will then notice that your main screen appears, whilst your camera broadcasts you in a small box.
There is a notification at the top of your screen, showing that you are sharing your screen.
After a slight delay, you will also be able to see your desktop screen appear on the event platform.
When you wish to stop sharing your screen, click on the Stop Share button at the top of your page, and it will resume broadcasting your camera on Zoom.
When wanting to share a tab via a Zoom broadcast, you will need to go back onto the Share Screen button and select Basic.
You will need to have the window you wish to share open for this feature to work, before clicking on the option that says your browser and the tab you are using.
For instance, it would potentially look like this.
Once you have selected your option, click on Share, it will show at the top of the screen that you are sharing your screen. The tab will then appear on the event platform.
When you want to stop sharing, click the Stop Share button at the top of the screen, and it will resume broadcasting your camera on Zoom.
With Zoom, you are also able to share files to your broadcast. There are four options available with Zoom: Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive, Google Drive and Box.
Click on the option you wish to use to share your file and then click on Share.
It will then take you to a page menu to confirm that you want to share your documents, and which file you wish to share.
You can then choose your work and click on Share Screen.
You will then have to confirm that you will allow Zoom to open up that page, a pop up will appear, and you have to select Allow.
You will then notice that your page appears on the full screen, and your camera appears in a smaller box at the top of the screen.
Once you are sharing your document, a notification will appear at the top of your screen.
When you go onto the event page the file is now on the stream.
Whilst you are using the document on your screen, your audience will see what you are doing on the platform.
When you wish to stop sharing the file, click the Stop Share button at the top of the screen, resuming broadcasting your camera on Zoom.
When you are happy that your setup is broadcasting, you can begin officially streaming live by clicking onto the Go Live button under your sessions screen.
You will not be able to go live on the event page until a few minutes before your booked time, where the Go Live button will be available to click.
It will also require that you have a successful stream of at least 30 seconds before you can click to Go Live.
We recommend that you start streaming at least ten minutes before your booked time to ensure your setup is ready and good to go.
If you want to end your broadcast, return to the Zoom and click End.
You will then have to confirm that you want to end the call, by selecting End Meeting for All.
After a moment, your feed will disappear from the the event page.
There is a 30-second delay between the broadcasting platform and the event platform, so remember that when you wish to finish your broadcast.
Thank you for reading our guide on how to broadcast to the event platform via Zoom.