Live Streaming with Accelevents

Live stream using Accelevents Studio, RTMP, Zoom, Facebook Live, Youtube, Wistia, Vimeo and uploaded video files!

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Live Stream Options for Main Stage and Regular Sessions

Stream Provider

Description

Accelevents Studio

This is Accelevents' built-in streaming service. The broadcast will be started in Accelevents, and attendees will watch the session in Accelevents.

Accelevents RTMP

The broadcast will be started in a 3rd party application, and attendees will watch the session in Accelevents.

Direct Upload

Instead of a live stream, a recorded video file will be uploaded to the Accelevents session.

Zoom

The broadcast will be started in Zoom, and attendees will watch the session in Accelevents.

Zoom Redirect

The broadcast will be started in Zoom, and attendees will watch the session in Zoom.

Other Live Streaming Channels

  • Facebook Live

  • Youtube

  • Wistia

  • Vidyard

  • Vimeo

The live or recorded video will be streamed from these channels, and attendees will watch the session in Accelevents.

Note: Networking and Workshop sessions have a built-in Accelevents stream provider. This is the only option, so you won't see any settings to select a stream provider for these session types.

Select a Stream Provider

When creating a Main Stage or Regular session, click the Broadcasting tab and select a stream provider from the drop-down. Click here to learn how to create a session.

Note: The Broadcasting tab will be labeled as the Recording tab if the session is in the past or if you have not entered the session date and time yet in your settings


Accelevents Studio

Accelevents offers a built-in video platform that allows you and your speakers to create a web conference and broadcast it to an unlimited number of people. Speakers will access the Studio Link to access the studio and start broadcasting.

Why use this? You don't need to integrate any other program; it's ready to go! This streaming provider works like your typical webinar where speakers are on camera presenting while attendees only watch and participate through chat. It does have a bonus feature where you can invite attendees backstage to have an opportunity to be on camera!

Once you select Accelevents Studio as your stream provider, you'll see the following options:

  • Studio Link - the link you and your speakers need to access to join the studio to start broadcasting.

  • Record this session - this is turned on as a default.

  • Enable Default Live Captioning - The 3-liner closed captions will appear as an overlay at the bottom of the video.


Accelevents RTMP

Accelevents RTMP allows you to broadcast from a 3rd party streaming tool / video production tool like OBS or SwticherStudio. You will start the broadcast in the 3rd party streaming tool, and attendees will see the live broadcast in your Accelevents session.

Why use this? If you have a hybrid event with cameras pointing to the stage, this is your best option. The attendee experience is similar to Accelevents Studio; their interaction is limited to watching and chatting.

To make this work, you'll need to copy the Streaming Key and RTMP URL and paste them into the settings of your 3rd party streaming tool. When the broadcast is live in the 3rd party streaming tool, you can click the Preview button to see what attendees will see.

Accelevents RTMP has the same recording and captioning features as the Accelevents Studio. But with Accelevents RTMP, there's an additional feature to add custom subtitles.


Direct Upload

Aside from live streaming, you can also upload recorded videos to your sessions. You can upload MP4 or MOV files up to 5GB.

Why use this? If your speakers are not available on the day of your event, asking them to record their session might be your best option to still include them in the event. There's also the advantage of fewer technical difficulties since it's a pre-uploaded file - no more camera or microphone issues to deal with on the event day.

After uploading your file, you should see a Preview button where you can check if your video has uploaded correctly. Depending on the size of your file, it may take some time for Accelevents to process the video file before it is available for preview. This can take as long as the duration of your video.

There's also an option to upload VTT or SRT captions files. Click here to learn more.

You can choose whether to have the broadcast start when the session begins or manually start it.


Zoom

When selecting Zoom as your stream provider, your speakers will stream directly in Zoom, and attendees will watch the session in Accelevents. Zoom sessions are not recorded in Accelevents, but you can record them from your Zoom account.

Why use this? Most people are already familiar with Zoom; using this stream provider may save you time from training all your speakers on how to start their session. However, using this may not be the same experience for attendees as some Zoom features are not available when integrated with Accelevents, such as gallery view or translations.

To set this up, you only need to paste in the Zoom Meetings ID instead of the whole Zoom Meeting Link.

Example:

Zoom URL: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/123456789

Paste only this part: 123456789

If you add a password, make sure to supply the password to your speakers.


Zoom Redirect

With Zoom Redirect, speakers will broadcast directly in Zoom, and attendees will also watch directly in Zoom. For this stream provider, you are required to paste the whole Zoom Meeting URL to the setup.

Why use this? If you want both speakers and attendees to be able to use all the Zoom features, this is your best option, as the session is happening directly in Zoom.

When attendees click the Join button from the virtual event hub, a new tab will open where they can join the Zoom meeting.

Same as Zoom, Zoom Redirect is not recorded in Accelevents, but you can record it from your Zoom account.


Other Live Streaming Channels

You can use other live streaming channels such as Wistia, Vidyard, Youtube, Vimeo, and Facebook Live.

Why use this? Using this stream provider will save you a lot of time and resources if you already have content posted to these video streaming channels. All you need to do is paste the video URLs, and you're done - no need to wait for video files to finish uploading!

To make this work, you'll need to copy the end of the Video URL (except for Vimeo, where the whole URL is required) and paste it into the settings.

Example:

Youtube URL: https://www.youtube.com/LXb3EKWsInQ

Paste only this part: LXb3EKWsInQ

Vimeo Video URL: https://vimeo.com/311983548

Paste the WHOLE URL: https://vimeo.com/311983548

Note: For YouTube, you'll have the option to hide the play/pause controls.

Allow Video Embedding

To ensure your video will play on Accelevents, you can enable the option to embed the video into a browser in the selected channel's privacy settings.

Facebook Live Settings

Vimeo Settings

Vidyard Settings

YouTube Settings


Frequently Asked Questions

Can you combine live streaming and recorded videos in 1 session?

  • The best option is to stream using RTMP, as 3rd party streamers like OBS can play live and recorded videos and more than 1 video on the screen simultaneously.

Are the Polls, Q&A, and Chat available on all stream providers?

  • Yes, they are all available for your attendees.

  • If your speakers are streaming outside Accelevents (Zoom or RTMP, Vimeo Live), they won't see this as they are outside the platform. They will have to open another tab and join the event as a regular attendee to see the polls, Q&A, and chat.

Can I still change a streaming provider during the session?

  • Yes, you must ask your attendees to refresh to see the changes.

Can I still change a streaming provider after the session?

  • Yes. If there is already a recording (from using Accelevents Studio), you must change the session date to a future date to change the stream provider.

Can I stream from Accelevents and have it show on a different platform (e.g., YouTube)?

  • Currently, that option is not available. What you can do is download your recording and upload it to a different platform (e.g., YouTube)

What happens when a broadcast stops in the middle of a session?

  • Attendees will see a message that says, "The broadcast has not started/has stopped."

  • The recording will stop, and the video file will be available after the session.

  • If they restart the broadcast, a new recording file will be saved, so there will be at least two files that can be downloaded. It will not replace the previous file.

How long can a session last using Accelevents Studio as a stream provider?

  • It can last up to 12 hours.

Is there closed captioning available?

Can I add an image or video that shows before the session starts?

Is there a virtual background available in the Accelevents Studio?

  • We don't have virtual backgrounds, we only have blur options, but you can use a 3rd party application to add a background. Click here to learn more.

What devices and browsers are supported when streaming?

Note: Chrome is the preferred browser to access the event page, virtual event hub, and studio link. However, when using an iPhone or an iPad, Safari might work better.

Tip: Make sure to grant the browser permission to access your webcam and microphone.

Windows 8.1 or 10 | 32-bit and 64-bit

  • Google Chrome (latest version

  • Mozilla Firefox (latest version)

  • Microsoft Edge (latest version)

macOS OS X 10.11 and later

  • Safari 10 or later

  • Google Chrome (latest version)

  • Mozilla Firefox (latest version)

Android OS 4.0 or later

  • Google Chrome (latest version)

  • Tablet and phone devices are supported

  • Some features are unavailable on devices without Bluetooth, telephony, or Wi-Fi.

  • Kindle Fire tablets are currently not supported.

iOS 10.0 and later

  • Safari (latest version)*

  • Google Chrome (latest version)

  • Mozilla Firefox (latest version)

  • Tablet and phone devices are supported


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