How to Live Stream with Pre-Recorded Video

How to Live Stream with Pre-Recorded Video Image

Pre-recorded live streaming is a smart move for many broadcasters with many benefits. 

For starters, pre-recording a live streaming event is a great way to add multimedia content to a live video streaming broadcast. It’s also an excellent tool in that it enables viewers to catch-up on your content later if they weren’t available when it was first broadcasted live.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Wirecast
  • 2. XSplit
  • 3. vMix
  • 4. Restream Studio
  • 5. Prism Live Studio
  • 6. Splitcam
  • 7. OBS
  • 8. Zoom
  • 9. OneStream Live
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Conclusion

Furthermore, pre-recorded live streaming is excellent for people who are nervous in front of a live audience engagement. Fantastic use cases include adding content to Facebook Live, ad reels, sponsored content, guest posts, training videos, highlight videos, and much more.

In this article, we’ll cover how to create and deliver a live stream with prerecorded video. 

We’ll discuss some of the top pre-recording video platforms and distill the processes for pre-recording live streaming. Finally, we’ll show you an in-depth step-by-step guide on how to pre-record using the software we’ve listed.

Top 9 Pre-recording Video Platforms

Here are the top 8 live streaming software that you can use to stream pre-recorded videos to a global audience.

1. Wirecast

Here’s how you can add pre-recorded video message(s) to your live stream in Wirecast

  • Go to the “+” icon
  • Click on “shots” and “new playlist shot”

You can add multiple video files here and double-click on any of them to shuffle the sequence of your playlist (that’s what it’s called when you add multiple pre-recorded videos), snip them, pause and play, and manage audio.

By default, a video in Wirecast will play as soon as it goes live and will remember your position if you switch to a different source. The video will also continue playing until it finishes.

To change these settings, go to the “source properties” in the top left-hand corner of your screen. Wirecast’s video source settings allow you to make changes live, such as playing and pausing the video. In this menu, you can also set a video to loop, or select a specific part of the video to play.

2. Xsplit

To add a video source in XSplit, click on:

  • “Add Source”
  • Then “General widgets”
  • Then “Video playlist”
  • Now click on the “Add” button at the bottom.
  • Then choose the video file(s) you want to add

You’ll need to have a “video playlist” plugin installed for that. Here’s a guide on how to do that.

In XSplit, you can easily drag and resize sources to your desired location and size before live streaming pre-recorded videos. Right-click on the video source under “Scenes” or the video in the preview area to open the video options.

This will allow you to play/pause the video, and to move forward/backward in the timeline. You can also set a selection of the video to play, whether the whole video plays, loops, or freezes at the end of playback.

By default, a video in XSplit will play when the scene loads and will remember your playback position. You can change this in the video options.

3. vMix

To add a video as a source in vMix, click:

  •  “Add Input” in the bottom left corner
  • Then “Video,” which is at the top left corner of the screen that pops up
  • Select the video you want to use from your local storage.

The video will be ready by default, but will not begin playing until you click the “Play” button below. However, the video will automatically begin playing if you switch from the preview to the live area. vMix will also remember the position of the video by default.

To change these settings, go to the video source in the bottom left, and click on the ‘Cogs’ icon to open up the settings. In this menu, you can stop a video from playing as soon as it goes live, and you can also tell vMix not to remember your position in the video.

A feature exclusive to vMix is that you can switch out the video from the live broadcast and have it continue to play. You can even move forward and backward in the playback, and go live again, continuing to talk from your new position in the video.

4. Restream Studio

Broadcasting pre-recorded live streams on Restream Studio is a simple process. Here’s the step-by-step guide for it:

  • Log into your account
  • Click on “enter live studio”
  • Click on the “+” sign, which is located in the lower middle portion of your screen
  • Click on “Add to the stream”
  • Select “local video”
  • Browse to the file where your video is and click on it.


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Now, the video will appear on the left-hand side of your screen. You can play it live by clicking on the toggle button. Feel free to adjust the layout using the options next to the “+” sign underneath your live broadcast window. offers some graphics and pre-recorded files to its users, which you can access under the “video clips” tab on the right side of your dashboard. You can play a video from here, but this approach has some limitations. For example, it will instantly mute you, and you can only play up to 150 MB per file.

5. Prism Live Studio

Broadcasting pre-recorded live streams on Prism Live Studio is as easy as possible. The process is similar for both its mobile app and the PC version.

  • Log into your account
  • Go to “My Studio”
  • You’ll see an option to add “media” to your studio. Click on that and add a video from your local storage.
  • Your video will become a part of “My Studio Assets,” and you can play them during your live stream


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You can edit your video in “Studio Mode,” but only after logging in from a desktop device.

6. Splitcam

This is a live-streaming software that offers the feature to live-stream pre-recorded videos.

Here’s how you can do it:

  • Open the Splitcam dashboard on your computer
  • Click on the “+” sign next to the words “Media Layer” on the left side of your screen
  • Click on “video” from the drop-down menu that opens up
  • Browse through the folders in your local storage and click on the pre-recorded video you want to broadcast live

Your video(s) will show up in the form of a playlist in the left-hand column. You’ll notice an “eyes” icon and three dots next to the video in the left-hand column. Clicking on the “eyes” icon will make your video go live on your broadcast, and clicking it again so that a line appears across the “eyes” icon will remove the video from your live stream.

You can click on the three dots to change the settings, such as flipping it, changing its location and size, and placing it on top of another layer.

Since you can stream your Splitcam broadcast through Dacast, you can also show your pre-recorded video content through our platform with additional data security and HD video quality. You can add video from your local storage or cloud storage devices.

7. OBS

You can add one or multiple pre-recorded videos to your live stream using OBS software. Here’s the process for it:

  • Log into your account and open the dashboard
  • Go to the sources section at the bottom
  • Click on the “+” button
  • Select “media source” from the menu that opens up and select “VLC video source”


This process adds a pre-recorded video to your OBS account. You can broadcast it in a live stream by setting up your live streaming output, choosing the internet destinations you want to go live on, and clicking on “start streaming”.

If you want to switch between your webcam and a pre-recorded video while streaming, then you can set that up in the “scenes” tab. Add your webcam as the first scene and then the video, if that’s the order you want to broadcast in.

8. Zoom

You have two options to add pre-recorded videos to your live broadcast on Zoom. The first is through screen sharing, and the second is by playing the video in Zoom.

You can access the “screen share” option in the meeting controls. It is located in the bottom taskbar. To show the pre-recorded video, click on “screen share” and choose the window where the video is playing.

Some people report issues with audio when they use this approach. That’s why we recommend using the second approach to play a recorded video in Zoom:

  • Start a Zoom meeting with your desktop client
  • Click on “Share Screen” and then “Advanced” options
  • Browse to select the video you want to include in your live stream
  • Click on “Open,” and it will begin playing in the Zoom software

You will see various playback options that your audience won’t see. You also have the freedom to change the video’s screen size and audio settings. If you’ve integrated your Zoom live stream with Dacast, the pre-recorded video will also show in your Dacast broadcast without hiccups.

You can schedule your pre-recorded live streams with Zoom. Still, you’ll have to manually add the video before starting the broadcast because the process is not as automatic as starting a regularly scheduled meeting.


9. OneStream Live

OneStream Live is a top live streaming platform that allows users to stream pre-recorded videos to their desired social media destination, such as Facebook and YouTube. 

The software supports over 45 social media platforms. Here’s the process for streaming a pre-recorded video through OneStream:

  • Create a stream and select the pre-recorded streaming option.
  • Upload your edited video from your device. The video size limit is 5GB if you’re using a video directly. But there’s no limit if you’re using cloud storage like Dropbox or Google Drive.
  • Insert your video details such as the title, description, date, time zone, and your social accounts.
  • Then click on “Schedule” and select the time you want the video to air.

Unlike other platforms, you will not need to set up any technical details, such as bitrate and video format. You can also have your live stream up and running in a shorter period without needing to install any other third-party applications. 

You’ll be able to add features such as open captions, embedded chat, and video loops to your live stream. OneStream also lets you schedule your pre-recorded live stream to air when you choose.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is a pre-recorded video?

Pre-recorded videos let you stream sessions in a more structured way compared to live video streaming. Unlike live videos, you can edit prerecorded videos and have different takes before turning them into a live stream.

2. What is the difference between pre-recorded and live video?

Pre-recorded videos are edited videos you record offline and stream to your audience later. Unlike pre-recorded videos, live videos involve recording and streaming your events in real-time from your chosen platform. 

3. What are the cons of pre-recorded videos?

  • They can take longer to publish: Unlike live streams, if you’re looking to stay on top of trends, you may not be able to do so with prerecorded content. They can take a long time to edit and publish. 
  • More expensive: Since you’ll need to take more shots and edit clips, pre-recorded videos end up being more expensive than live streams.
  • It’s time-consuming: Pre-recorded videos take more time to reach the audience compared to live streams as they’re not sent simultaneously.

4. What are the benefits of pre-recorded videos?

Some benefits of pre-recorded videos include:

  • You get more control over technical issues: With pre-recorded videos, you can plan ahead of time on items such as internet speed and glitches to minimize technical issues.
  • Quality videos: Pre-recorded videos give you some control over quality compared to live videos. This is because you can shoot, reshoot, and even edit your clips before streaming.
  • You can introduce more elements: Live streams are often limited to the speakers and the discussions at hand. However, with pre-recorded videos, you can change scenes and introduce storytelling to promote your brand.

5. Can I stream a pre-recorded video?

Yes, you can stream a pre-recorded video using third-party live streaming applications like Wirecast and XSplit.


By adding pre-recorded videos to your live streaming, you can significantly improve your viewers’ experience. However, the quality must be professional and high-grade. The content must add value and play seamlessly.

Dacast is just such a professional-grade video platform that enables you to pre-record live streams. What’s more, Dacast streamlines the process, allowing broadcasters to quickly and easily pre-record videos straight from their live stream with its intelligent, built-in VOD2Live feature.

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Eliot Miller

Eliot was a content specialist at Dacast in 2015. Thanks to him, our customers got plenty of great written and video tutorials to learn all the tips about the Dacast platform.