Live streaming offers many benefits for online community engagement. It allows for broadcast of important events and meetings as well as the ability to showcase experts, panels and live interactive Q&A sessions with stakeholders.
In this article we look at how to use Youtube Live and a web cam in conjunction with EnagagementHQ to bring a livestream to your next digital engagement project.
Youtube Live Webcam:
The easiest way to embed a livestream into EHQ is to use Youtube Live and a webcam. To set this up follow the steps below.
- Register or Sign-in to your Google Account and navigate to Youtube.com
- Once you arrive on your Youtube homepage, locate the video icon in the top right hand corner and click on the Go live option. This will open Youtube's Studio console.
Note: If you have not utilised the Live Stream Studio before, Google will ask for 24hrs to provision your account and you will be required to authenticate your account with a password. You should always be prepared before you live stream and test your equipment and setup prior to your event to avoid any issues. There may also be some content restrictions on your account such as disabling of embedding. You should check with you google account administrator to ensure you have the correct permissions to complete a live stream embed with Youtube.
- With the Studio Console open, click on the top menu and select Webcam.
- Fill out the details to setup your webcam stream including the title of your stream, whether you want it to be public, unlisted or private as well as scheduling for your event. It's best practice to schedule your event for a time in the future and prepare your EHQ project page well in advance so you can promote your event.
- You will also need to tell Youtube if you event is suitable for kids and use the Advanced Options section to select the camera and audio input devices for your stream.
- Click on Next to progress to the next stage of setup.
- On the next screen you will see the Stream Preview and Youtube will ask you to select image or screenshot for your Webcam Stream. You can either take an image or upload your own artwork.
- Click on the share button in the bottom right hand corner of this preview screen and copy the URL.
- Head over to your EHQ project page and sign-in with your admin account to edit your project. You may choose to add your stream to an existing project page or you may have setup a specific project page for your event and live stream.
- In the project description, click on the video icon and paste in your Youtube URL.
- Click on Insert and you will see you video player embed right into your project description.
- Compete building your project page by adding tools, widgets and other information relevant to your live stream event. Once you are complete, you can publish your project. This page can now be shared with your stakeholder and your event promoted.
- Return to your Youtube Studio and click on the done button.
- This will take you back to your Studio and manage console. On the day of the event you will need to select your event from this list and click on Go Live to launch your live stream.
- Your audience will now be able to watch your event or presentation directly from your EHQ project page.
- Have your live stream project page in EHQ prepared prior to your event.
- Each new web cam stream will have its own unique URL so be sure to embed the right URL.
- There is a slight delay on the stream of about 4-5 seconds so be aware of this as you present.
- Use a good quality webcam and ensure you have a strong and stable web connection.
- Use live streaming in conjunction with EHQ engagement tools and drive conversation online.
- Be aware you cannot share your screen or slides with this option so Web Cam live stream on Youtube is best for panels, streaming live events like meetings or making deliberative discussions more visible to a wider audience.
- Further instructions can be found at Youtube.