With Vimeo Live, Admins of a Premium or Enterprise account can create, stream to, or moderate live events on behalf of the account owner.
To do so, admins should log in to their own account and navigate to the team account using the team switcher at the top of the video manager.
Once there, the Live Events tab in the Video Manager will present admins with the complete list of created live events for the account. Clicking on one brings up the live settings page. Here, admins can change the title, scheduled time, thumbnail, and description of the event. They can also access the embed code, change embed settings, or toggle on/off Live Chat.
Clicking Next brings up the Live Preview Page. Here, admins can:
Stream to the event
The admin’s webcam and microphone will be detected via their browser and––once they allow the browser to access the camera and microphone––their webcam and microphone will activate in the preview player and they will become the active broadcaster for the event.
They could also navigate to the Connect RTMP tab and access both the RTMP and Stream Key for the live event for configuring an external encoder. For more information on streaming to Vimeo Live using RTMP, check out our Vimeo Live Overview Guide.
Alternatively, admins can download and install Livestream Studio on their own computer from the Connect RTMP tab. They can then sign into their account, and select the team account within Studio. This will allow them to stream to the team account directly from Studio. Learn more.
Once one team member activates their webcam or an external encoder, everyone else who accesses the page thereafter will see a notification indicating the preview is open on another page as well as the preview of the active broadcaster’s webcam (this message also appears if you have the event page open in more than one browser window).
When this message appears, a team member can take over with their own webcam by clicking change the preferred broadcasting device. They can also click RTMP settings in the upper right corner of the preview player to access the URL and Stream Key for the event and input that into an external encoder. If a team member does this, whoever previously was the broadcaster will go back to “read-only” mode and see the message and the new input source.
Note: Webcams can override other webcams both before and during the broadcast. RTMP streams will always override webcam previews, but RTMP streams cannot take over if a webcam is already streaming to the event.
Only one broadcaster can stream to an event. If they leave the page, they will disconnect and the stream will be archived.
Note: Any admin can still start the event broadcast by clicking Go live in the upper right corner, even if a different team member’s camera or encoder is the source. If an RTMP signal is interrupted during the RTMP preview, other team members can still go live with a black screen, since the broadcaster has 5 minutes to restore their RTMP stream before the event archives.
Admins cannot connect or disconnect simulcast destinations on the team account, although they can add or remove a destination for that particular broadcast if the desired destination is already connected to Vimeo. Admins also cannot authenticate API Integrations (including accessing Livestream Studio) on behalf of the account owner.
Moderate live chat
Admins can toggle on Live Chat and can see messages appear in real time. Admins have the ability to delete messages, ban users, and disable chat at any point in the stream. Banning a user prevents them from participating in that individual chat, but does not prevent them from participating in future chats. Admins can do this regardless if they are the active broadcaster for that event.
Control Polls and Q&A
Create and control graphics overlays
The graphics tab is also available to Admins, allowing them to create lower-thirds, fullscreens, and logo overlays, and control when they appear during the broadcast. Admins can do this regardless if they are the active broadcaster for that event.