You can run a live-stream in your Vito hub using any live-streaming software that supports RTMP.

First, why do I need live-streaming software?

Live-streaming software does two main things:

  • It encodes video, which essentially means translating video for broadcast on the web.

  • It gives you production capabilities, allowing you to mix live and pre-recorded content seamlessly, edit on the fly with lower thirds and banners, change scenes, stream video calls, run intermission holding slides, and lots more.

This post outlines a few popular live-streaming software options. If you’re working with an AV technician for your event live-stream, chances are they’ll be familiar with this kind of software already.

OBS Studio

OBS Studio is a free, open-source, cross-platform tool with lots of useful features. There’s also an extensive resources section, forum and help documentation on their site, so you’ll almost always be able to find answers to your questions. Like any new tool, it might take a bit of getting used to if you’re brand new to streaming, so you may want to allow some time to play around beforehand.

Things to know:

  • OBS Studio is available for Mac, Windows and Linux.

  • You need to download it to your computer.

  • It’s free, open-source and regularly updated.

  • It allows you to cue up pre-recorded videos and holding slides, and easily switch between different scenes and sources. So it’s great if you’re running a mix of pre-recorded and live content, or you want to switch between different camera angles on the fly, for instance.

  • Despite being a little intimidating at first glance with its multiple panels, it’s pretty easy to learn. See our tutorial for using OBS Studio with Vito, for step-by-step instructions.

Screenshot of OBS Studio interface

Streamlabs OBS

Streamlabs builds on OBS, the live-streaming app we just looked at. As you can see from the screenshot below, Streamlabs OBS is very similar but has a slightly fancier interface. It also offers a few free, pre-set animations and holding slides like the one shown below.

Things to know:

  • Streamlabs OBS is available for Mac and Windows.

  • You need to download it to your computer.

  • It’s free to use.

  • It has very similar functionality to OBS Studio, so you can cue up different scenes and set up sources, allowing you to mix pre-recorded and live video.

  • The layout is highly customizable, so you can choose what blocks you need and where they should go.

  • You don’t need to create a Streamlabs account to be able to stream. If you decide to pay for Streamlabs’ Prime subscription, you get access to advanced features including multi-streaming, custom themes and apps.

Screenshot of Streamlabs OBS interface

Ecamm Live

Ecamm Live calls itself the “all-in-one live-streaming production platform for Mac”, and it’s what we usually use to run live-streams at our own events on Vito.

Things to know:

  • Ecamm Live is available for Mac only.

  • You need to download it to your computer.

  • There’s a 14-day free trial and after that, it costs from $12-25 a month.

  • Like the previous two options, with Ecamm Live you can cue up different scenes and set up sources, allowing you to mix pre-recorded and live video.

  • It has a native integration with Skype for slick-looking group calls.

  • Ecamm Live is a fully-featured tool, with options like picture-in-picture, overlays, built-in sound effects, zooming and panning, and more, so it’s a good choice for running a professional show.

  • The trade-off is an interface with a lot of options at first glance, so it could be a bit intimidating if you’re completely new to live-streaming. Luckily, they have plenty of solid documentation.

Screenshot of Ecamm Live interface

StreamYard

StreamYard is a little different to the options we’ve looked at so far in that it’s browser-based and has built-in support for video calling, making it a great option for fully live shows that involve interviews or panel discussions.

Things to know:

  • StreamYard is browser-based so there’s nothing to download and you can use it on any computer with an internet connection.

  • You can create a call link and send it to your colleagues or speakers so that they can join you via the browser, and you can then edit on the fly and control the configuration of how people are displayed in the stream.

  • It has a free tier, but you’ll need a paid account ($25 monthly) to stream to Vito using the custom RTMP option.

  • It doesn’t natively support pre-recorded videos beyond 5 minutes in length, although there are workarounds with screen sharing if you’re happy to experiment.

  • StreamYard is great if you’re brand new to streaming because it’s fun and lightweight to use.

Screenshot of StreamYard interface

Zoom

You might wonder what Zoom is doing in this section, as it’s not really live-streaming software, rather video conferencing software. However, although its feature set is different to some of the apps I’ve described above, I wanted to include it because it is actually possible to stream a Zoom call to Vito.

Things to know:

  • You can stream a webinar or a meeting from Zoom to another platform.

  • You’ll need to enable Custom Live Streaming Service at Admin level in Zoom first.

  • You’ll also need to have a Pro, Business, Education, or Enterprise account with Zoom.

  • There’s a Zoom watermark in the bottom right corner in my example video. There’s a beta option to replace this with your own watermark, but it will still say “Powered by Zoom” underneath.

See our tutorial for how to broadcast a Zoom call to a Vito hub.


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