You have the ability to share your screen with your audience using our browser-based encoder. This is available as an input alongside your webcam on the Vimeo Live Settings page for your live events.
Things to Know
- This feature currently only works with Google Chrome, but we plan to release support for Firefox in the future.
- With this feature, you can only stream and record the audio from your microphone/audio input sources detected under Webcam settings when screen-sharing. Desktop audio will not come through (i.e. any music playing on your computer).
- The resolution of your stream is determined based on the active source at the time you start the stream. So if your camera outputs at 720p but your screen is 1080p, be sure to start the stream with your screen active if you wish to share your screen at 1080p.
- Screensharing is not available when the stream is connected via RTMP. If using RTMP, you can share screen through your broadcast encoder. Here's how to do it with Livestream Studio.
⚠️Note for macOS users: If you are running macOS 10.15.3 (Catalina), you will need to enable an additional permission in order to share your screen using this method.
- Navigate to System Preferences on your Mac and access the Security & Privacy settings. Select Screen Recording from the left menu and click on the Privacy tab. Make sure Google Chrome has been checked and then restart Chrome. Once done, you should now be able to share your entire screen and other applications on your Mac using the Vimeo Live browser-based go-live experience.
To access this feature, first create a Live Event and configure the basic information (title, start time, date, privacy, etc.) Once ready, click Next in the upper right corner of the Live Settings page. This will take you to the Live Preview page as shown below.
To share your screen, click the Share Screen button on the player preview, directly next to Webcam settings. This opens the screen selection page.
Within this menu, you can choose to share your entire screen, a specific application, or a Chrome browser tab. You can then select from all detected sources for the option you chose (e.g. Screen 1 or Screen 2 if you have multiple screens). Click Share to begin sharing your screen.
To stop sharing, select Stop Sharing on the player preview and this will return the preview to the webcam preview instead.
You are able to go live at any time by clicking the red Go Live button on the upper right of the preview page. You can switch from screen sharing to your webcam at any point both when previewing or while live. Any graphics applied will appear on top of the screen share as well.