When creating a Live Event on Vimeo, you now have the option to have the event be a recurring event or a one-time event. Selecting a one-time event will allow your stream to have the exact same workflow and settings as previous live events on Vimeo. You can find more information about this workflow in our Vimeo Live Overview. Selecting a recurring event will allow you to stream to the same event multiple times, however, at this time, there are a few settings which are not available to recurring events.
When creating a recurring event, you’ll be able to select which days of the week the event takes place, set the time of day the events go live, and set the privacy for your live events. Currently, recurring live events are limited to privacy settings:
- Anyone can see this event
- Only people with a password can see this event
- Hide this event from Vimeo.com
We will be adding additional privacy settings for recurring live events in a future update. Once your event has been created, you will see the Live Settings Page, with nearly the same layout and options as one-time events.
The same three navigational tabs exist for recurring live events as for one-time events.
The Onsite tab contains a shareable link to this recurring event (including all future broadcasts), the option to enable/disable live chat, a drop-down menu to change privacy settings, and an optional description field.
The Embed tab contains both the Live Video Player and Live Chat embed codes. These embed codes are permanent, so once embedded, all future broadcasts to this recurring event will appear on the embedded site as well. You may notice there are currently no customization options for the recurring embedded player. We will be adding the many player customization options from the one-time event player to the recurring event player in a future update.
The event embed allows viewers to see any live streams on that event in addition to archived streams previously broadcast to that event within the iFrame. When you are not live, the embed looks like this:
When you start streaming to this event from your encoder, the stream will load in the player automatically.
Viewers can watch older archives from the same event by clicking the navigation buttons in the event embed.
The Destinations tab contains our Simulcast feature. Here, you can adjust which social platforms and manual RTMP destinations your stream will be sent to once it goes live. For more information about Simulcasting with Vimeo, please check out our Simulcast Guide.
If you’re using an encoder that directly integrates with Vimeo (e.g. Livestream Studio, Mevo), select Vimeo as your streaming destination and log into your account from the encoder.
Under Events, select the name of your recurring event. You will typically have the option to give a title to this stream (in this example, “Episode 1” is the stream title, but noticed under Select Event, “My Recurring Event is selected).
When you go live you will see a new stream under your recurring event. (Note: if you enabled Stream Preview, you will also need to click Go Live on the event preview page).
Stopping the stream from the encoder will automatically archive this stream as a video and save it as a clip under the recurring event.
To start a new stream to the same recurring event, make sure the event is selected in the encoder. We recommend giving this stream a new title (e.g. “Episode 2.”). Then go live from the encoder to your event. This will start a new stream to that event page and embed.
Stopping the stream from the encoder will archive the stream as a video alongside other archives from that event.
On your Vimeo account, navigate to your live event by selecting Live Events from the main navigation panel, then clicking the title of your event to enter the Event Setup page.
Once you’ve configured the Onsite, Embed, and Destinations settings (described above), click Next in the upper right corner.
Select the Connect (RTMP) tab. This will give you the RTMP URL and Stream Key for your recurring event. Copy and paste these into the stream configuration settings of your encoder.
Once you go live from the encoder, your stream will appear in the player immediately. When you end the broadcast from your encoder, you will enter a 5-minute reconnection window which would allow your encoder to reconnect; to bypass this and archive your stream right away, click End event in the upper right corner of the event settings page.
**The biggest difference between recurring events and one-time events is that you do not need to change your RTMP URL and Stream Key in your encoder every time you wish to go live to the same event.
If your encoder has persistent settings (meaning your settings save in between uses), you should simply be able to confirm that your URL and Key are already there and go live again. This will start a new stream to the same event on Vimeo. Stopping the stream and clicking End event in the event settings page will save a new archive under that event and in the video manager.