Streaming is a great way to get more eyes and ears on your event or even replace your physical event entirely.
First, make sure you have the proper equipment. A simple event can be done with a single webcam but there are multiple ways to stream beautiful virtual videos in up to 1080p HD through Vimeo via a Premium or Enterprise membership. Be sure to check our Live FAQs for information on what Vimeo offers and our network recommendations.
We strongly recommend testing early, often, and rehearsing before your event occurs. We have a stream health monitoring feature for all streams that can help you determine your stream's connection strength and make any adjustments necessary.
In this article:
- Stream with Vimeo (recurring events)
- Stream via RTMP (recurring or one-time events)
- Stream with your webcam (one-time events)
- Stream via Livestream Studio
Stream with Vimeo (recurring events)
Vimeo provides a built-in browser broadcasting tool that you can use to produce virtual recurring events. To stream a recurring event with Vimeo, create the event, then click Manage production > Stream with Vimeo.
You will be taken to the broadcaster page, where you can connect your webcam and microphone to the event, as well as invite guest speakers and more.
Stream via RTMP (recurring or one-time events)
You can stream recurring or one-time events with a third-party encoder via RTMP. If you are creating a recurring event, click Manage production > Stream via RTMP. If you are creating a one-time event, click Next after configuring your event’s settings, then select the Connect (RTMPS) tab. This tab contains your RTMPS URL and Stream Key for your event.
Copy and paste the RTMPS URL and Stream Key into the destination field of your broadcast encoder. When your event is ready to start, just begin streaming from your encoder. Your stream signal will be broadcast live to your viewers, regardless of the status of your webcam and the browser encoder.
Note: If your encoder does not support RTMPS protocol, click Copy RTMP URL instead to get the RTMP URL.
We recommend starting a local recording of your stream from within your encoder at this point as well, just in case of any problems with your internet connection.
Stream with your webcam (one-time events)
If you create a one-time event, click Next after configuring your event’s settings, then select the Webcam tab. This tab shows our Browser-Based Encoder preview. Clicking Webcam Settings allows you to connect your webcam and microphone as inputs and begin streaming directly from your desktop browser, provided it supports WebRTC protocol (we recommend Chrome 28+, but Firefox 22+ and Safari 11+ both support WebRTC as well).
If you have any other connected inputs, such as USB microphones and webcams, these should show up in the dropdown menus as well. Some more advanced inputs may require an external encoder to work on Vimeo.
Stream via Livestream Studio
The Connect tab also contains a link to download Livestream Studio, so you can learn more about using this broadcast software, which is included with a Vimeo Premium and Enterprise membership. The account owner or any team admin on the account can log in and go live from Studio.
This software has been designed to help with streaming to Vimeo and contains many advanced production features, including those that allow you to stream a presentation. For more information on Livestream Studio, please check out the Livestream Help Center.