How to Live Stream on Zoom with a Professional Video Platform

By Emily Krings

18 Min Read

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Emily Krings

Emily is a strategic content writer and story teller. She specializes in helping businesses create blog content that connects with their audience.

    Who would have thought kids would be glad to return to school one day? That’s just one of the many unpredictable changes that came with the covid 19 pandemic and shutdowns. The new normal seems to be settling in now that we’re almost done with 2022, from adopting better hand hygiene practices to normalizing work-from-home.  

    One of the more significant changes has been online conferencing, meetings, and webinars. Since the beginning of 2020, when staying at home and social distancing became the safest option, much of the professional world has relied on peer-to-peer conferencing to carry out important meetings and events.

    Zoom, a video conferencing tool few of us had heard of, let alone operated before the pandemic, was the first choice of many since it was already well-known in the business setting. However, not everyone has a great experience. The platform wasn’t built to handle the large volumes it saw in the span of a few. The millions of people flocking to the platform caused multiple issues. 

    Luckily, integrations with professional video hosting platforms, like Dacast, have allowed Zoom users to carry out high-quality web conferences and live streams on the video portals that their audience is familiar with.

    In this post, we’ll talk about live streaming with Zoom on a live streaming platform and how this helps professionals circumvent some of the limitations of streaming with Zoom alone. We will also cover some of the most popular types of broadcasts that users use Zoom for before we dive into an in-depth tutorial on hosting a Zoom live stream.

    We will wrap things up by covering a few tips for making your live-streaming event a success.

    Table of Contents

    • Zoom Live Streaming via an OVP: How it Works
    • Prerequisites for Live Streaming Meetings
    • Why Not Stream Through Zoom Alone?
    • Types of Events to Live Stream on Zoom
    • How to Live Stream on Zoom
    • How to Live Stream a Zoom Conference on Dacast
    • Tips for a Successful Zoom Live Stream
    • Final Thoughts

    Zoom Live Streaming via an OVP: How it Works

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    Did you know that you can host a Zoom live stream on a professional OVP?

    Over the past year, Zoom live, and other peer-to-peer conferencing tools have been essential for maintaining some sense of normalcy in business operations. Video conferencing has also made it easier for schools to open up for remote attendance.

    Unfortunately, some limitations on Zoom have left professionals searching for the solution that makes the most sense for their web conferencing needs. Most video streaming platforms do not support peer-to-peer conferencing, essentially video chatting.

    However, simulcasting tools and Zoom integrations on professional online video platforms (OVPs), like Dacast, have given these businesses and educators the best of both worlds.

    Zoom is connected to the OVP as a source, just like a camera, mixer, or microphone would. That feed is then streamed anywhere you’ve embedded your Dacast video player.

    Broadcasters can use this setup to stream to Facebook and other channels thanks to simulcasting, which means that one live stream is simultaneously broadcasting to different locations. That’s particularly valuable when your goal is to share a meeting or conversation with a public audience.

    Prerequisites for Live Streaming Meetings on Other Platforms

    Don’t want to keep yourself limited to live-streaming meetings on just Zoom? You can easily configure your account to support live-streaming of meetings on other video-hosting to live streaming platforms such as Dacast, Facebook, Twitch, and YouTube. 

    You can save hassle and time during the stream by checking the settings before you start live streaming meetings. Here are some of the prerequisites for live streaming meetings conducted on Zoom to other custom video sites:

    If you want to live-stream a meeting, you must have one of these plans:

    • Education
    • Pro
    • Enterprise
    • Business

    The video hosting platform should be licensed and registered. If you’re using Windows to live-stream meetings, you must have Windows 4.0.29183.0407 version or higher. If using Mac OS, the minimum version requirement is 4.0.29208.0410. 

    You must also enable Group HD video 1080p for the best video clarity. 

    The prerequisites for live streaming meetings or webinars are almost the same, except to stream them, it’s crucial to ensure the video hosting platform is assigned a webinar hosting license. 

    Why Not Stream Through Zoom Alone?

    You’re likely wondering what the point of hosting a Zoom stream on an OVP rather than streaming through the video hosting platform or Zoom alone. The reason is simple: why limit yourself to just one platform when platforms like Dacast make it so easy to stream on multiple platforms? With its powerful CDNs and high-video quality, you can get many more viewers by branching out than Zoom alone. 

    Moreover, Zoom is not a live-streaming platform, and most OVPs aren’t video conferencing platforms.

    When you live-stream a Zoom conference, you’re broadcasting a conversation between two or more people, or you’re hosting an online event that may require some real-time participation from people in the “audience.”

    That said, there are a few major benefits of hosting a Zoom live stream on Dacast. 

    The first benefit is access to Dacast’s network of powerful CDNs. That helps broadcasters ensure they won’t experience issues due to a Zoom server outage mid-stream. It also means that broadcasters can deliver higher-quality content to a larger audience than they would be able to on Zoom alone.

    Another great thing about live streaming through Dacast is that broadcasters can access all of our professional features, including our secure paywall, video analytics, and more. 

    Security is another major perk of using Dacast. You can configure settings to limit access to the live stream based on geographic location and domain referrals. That helps to limit unwelcome participants.

    Dacast also offers auto-archiving, which means you can automatically record and store a copy of your live event for on-demand playback later. Zoom does have a call recording feature, but having the copy go directly to your cloud video library makes it easy to embed on your website or share the video wherever you see fit.

    Types of Events to Live Stream on Zoom

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    People broadcast their Zoom live streams for a number of reasons.

    Okay, so we convinced you to start Zoom live streaming. But before you go and plan one, are you wondering what types of events the platform can handle? And what is the platform’s scalability capacity?

    Zoom live streaming is commonly used to broadcast events that have multiple speakers in different locations. It is also used in situations where there may be real-time interaction between the presenter and viewers.

    Let’s look at a few of the most popular uses of Zoom live streaming for businesses and other professional organizations.

    Webinars and Conferences

    Webinars and conferences with multiple presenters or a panel of people leading natural conversations is easily streamed on Zoom. The panelists and presenters can get on a Zoom call from any location, and you can broadcast the conference to viewers on other platforms.

    An online video platform’s security and monetization tools come in handy for this use case since it is common for this type of event to usually require viewers to buy a “ticket” or RSVP. 

    Training Sessions

    Since many businesses are still having their teams work from home, sessions for new employee onboarding, building corporate culture, workflow efficiency, and other routine trainings are done online.

    You can conduct many types of employee training sessions over Zoom. The record option makes it easier for trainees to access crucial information after the session. They can play the recording back and learn soft and hard skills at their own pace. 

    Web conferencing tools can come in handy here due to the nature of training; however, sometimes the viewership is too large to include everybody in a Zoom call. In that situation, it would be appropriate to broadcast the session.

    City Council Meetings

    Did you know that many municipalities and local governments have “public access” laws that require city council meetings to be public?

     In many cases, live streaming these events fulfill that requirement. Not only will they allow live streaming of meetings, but live streaming meetings or webinars will also fulfill a requirement. 

    Many local government meetings and events are still being carried out via Zoom to maintain social distancing, and live-streaming meetings are much easier than allowing constituents to join the call directly on Zoom.

    Streaming for Marketing

    Another way to use Zoom live streaming is for marketing. You can live stream different types of content to connect with your audience. These streams could include product launches, Q&As, influencer collaborations, and behind-the-scenes content.

    The platform makes it quite simple to send out many invites and joining links, demonstrating product uses and features well. In the era of e-commerce, Zoom can be a convenient tool in your consumer engagement toolkit. 

    Educational Meetings

    Parents who had school or college-age kids during the covid-19 pandemic are probably all too familiar with using Zoom for educational content. Not only are features such as easy joining via a link and easy active chat great for learners, but teachers also find the platform useful for interactive educational sessions. 

    How to Live Stream on Zoom

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    Zoom has several live meeting and video conferencing solutions to choose from, for a zero-latency streaming experience.

    Live streaming from Zoom to another platform uses multi-destination streaming technology.

    As the name suggests, multi-destination streaming allows broadcasters to share their streams to multiple destinations or sites in real time. It’s also commonly known as “multistreaming” or “simulcasting.”

    There are a few ways that you can live stream and simulcast Zoom conferences. You could use dedicated multi-streaming software or with the help of an OVP with a Zoom integration. Zoom also has some built-in options for streaming to other platforms.

    Let’s take a closer look at each of these methods.

    With Simulcasting Software or an OVP

    Setting up a live stream on Zoom via an OVP is very similar to using dedicated simulcasting software. The general flow is the same for both, but some small steps will vary from software to software.

    Let’s break down the general process for live streaming your Zoom conference.

    1. In your Zoom account, go to “Settings” > “InMeeting (Advanced)”
    2. Turn on “Allow live streaming meetings
    3. Start your meeting in Zoom
    4. Navigate to the Meeting Control Panel
    5. Click “More” > “Live on Custom Live Streaming Service”
    6. Enter the Streaming URL and Streaming Key when prompted (this information is typically found on the encoder setup page of your OVP or streaming software)
    7. Click “Go Live” to start streaming

    Zoom to YouTube

    Zoom has built-in features for simulcasting to YouTube. If you are on your computer (either a Mac or Windows PC), you should log in to Zoom and start your meeting as the host.

    Once your video meeting starts, follow these steps:

    1. Open webinar controls
    2. Click “More”
    3. Choose “Live Stream on YouTube”
    4. Login to YouTube
    5. Choose the channel you want to stream to
    6. When prompted, name your stream and indicate the privacy preferences
    7. Click “Go Live”

    You can find the full tutorial with screenshots in Zoom’s support center.

    How to Live Stream a Zoom Conference on Dacast

    Dacast’s Zoom integration allows broadcasters to stream their Zoom meetings through the Dacast video player, which is very simple to set up.

    With that said, let’s take a look at how to set up a Zoom live stream on Dacast.

    1. Create a Live Stream on Dacast

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    To get started, please follow these steps:

    • Log into your Dacast account and select “Live Stream” from the menu on the left-hand side.
    • Find the purple “Create Live Stream” button on the top right-hand corner of the screen.
    • Click it, enter a title for your stream, and choose a stream type.
    • Click “Create” to save your selections, and the stream should appear in your list.

    2. Enable “Live on Custom Live Streaming Service” on Zoom

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    Head over to your Zoom account. Go to the “Admin” page on the left, and follow this sequence: Account Management > Account Settings > In Meeting (Advanced). 

    The page you land on should say “Allow live streaming meetings” across the top. Toggle the button to the left. 

    Make sure the box next to “Custom Live Streaming Service” is checked. You will have to provide instructions to configure your live stream in a particular format. You will find these instructions in your Dacast account under the “General” tab in “Encoder Setup.”

    Dacast - Zoom live streaming - encoder setup

    You will enter the information listed above. Make sure to use the following format:

    Stream URL: rtmp://{Username}:{Password}@{Server (without rtmp://)} Stream key: {Stream Key} Live streaming page URL: you can use your website URL or the Share Link in the General tab of the live stream.

    3. Set Up Your Meeting

    Next, navigate to “Meetings” in your Zoom account, and click “Schedule New Meeting.” Click “Save,” and you’ll see the advanced options. Click “Live Streaming,” then select “configure live stream settings.”
    Dacast - Zoom live streaming - Zoom Meeting LaunchThis screen will appear:Dacast - Zoom live streaming - configure the custom live streamOnce again, copy and paste the “Encoder Setup” information from Dacast. That’s the same information from Step 2. Click “Save.”

    4. Start Streaming

    Once you’ve connected your Dacast and Zoom accounts, it is time to start streaming. Start your stream on Dacast by toggling “Live Stream Online” to “On.” You can do so under the “General” tab on the live stream you created on Dacast.

    Dacast - Zoom live streaming - live stream onlineNow, start your Zoom meeting, and you’re ready to go.

    Additional Information

    Even though Dacast is a white-label service, broadcasters must have a Business, Enterprise, or Education Zoom subscription to remove or change the Zoom logo from a broadcast.

    Check out our complete guide to the Dacast Zoom integration for additional details.

    Tips for a Successful Zoom Live Stream

    Zoom live streams may feel a little more casual since you’re likely using a webcam, smartphone, or tablet to record yourself. However, there are a few things that you can do to ensure that your broadcast is high-quality and professional.

    Here are a few tips for a successful Zoom live stream.

    Zoom live streams may feel a little more casual since you’re likely using a webcam, smartphone, or tablet to record yourself. However, there are a few things that you can do to ensure that your broadcast is high-quality and professional.

    Here are a few tips for a successful Zoom live stream.

    Plan Ahead 

    You only have one shot to get a live stream right. There’s no second take or editing involved. We don’t say this to scare you but to reiterate the importance of planning.

    In addition to configuring your streaming setup well in advance, you should have a thorough outline of what you’ll cover in your broadcast. Some broadcasters prepare a list of notes and topics with bullet points, and others create well-developed scripts.

    It may seem silly or juvenile, but we recommend practicing your presentation in front of a mirror. That’ll help you build confidence in your presentation and help you to be thorough and articulate. 

    Do a Test Run

    As we mentioned, there is a lot of pressure in a live stream Since everything happens in real time. That’s why we suggest doing a test run of your entire setup a few times to identify any road bumps or snags in the system.

    Use a Secure Internet Connection

    An internet connection that is fast, secure, and reliable is key for a successful live stream. An Ethernet internet connection is ideal if you are broadcasting with a laptop or computer. However, if this is not an option or you are streaming from a mobile device, a reliable Wi-Fi connection will do.

    You can check your internet speed by going to Google and searching “internet speed test.” The top result will allow you to “Run Speed Test.” 

    Your upload speed should double the bandwidth you plan to use for your stream. If you want to stream at  500 kbps, your upload speed should be about 1000 kbps.

    Get a Ring Light 

    Good lighting can make your live stream appear much more professional. If you don’t have great natural light in the place you’ll be live streaming meetings, a simple ring light will do the trick.

    You can get a reliable ring light for about $50.

    Final Thoughts

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    Are you ready to stream your first event with Zoom?

    Hosting a Zoom live stream via a professional video hosting platform allows you to access peer-to-peer conferencing on a familiar interface and professional tools for monetization, security, and reliable delivery.

    This live-streaming setup is ideal for broadcasters hosting meetings, and virtual streaming events involving real-time interaction with the audience.

    Want to test Dacast’s Zoom integration for yourself? Create a Dacast account today to start your 30-day risk-free trial. No credit card or binding contract is required.

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    Emily is a strategic content writer and story teller. She specializes in helping businesses create blog content that connects with their audience.

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