Zoom is a video conferencing service widely used by companies and organizations for remote meetings. In this tutorial, we will cover how to connect a Zoom meeting to Dacast. The benefit of Zoom live streaming via Dacast is the access to high video quality and stability offered by our streaming services.
Please note that this tutorial requires you to have a Zoom Pro, Business, Education or Enterprise account to access the “Custom Live Streaming Service” Zoom feature.
We strongly recommend that you test the stream before the beginning of the meeting to minimize any issues so that you can enjoy a seamless streaming experience.
Step 1: Create Your Dacast Live Stream in Dacast
Log in to your Dacast account, and go to the “Live Stream” section on the left-side vertical menu. Click “Create Live Stream” on the right side of your screen. Enter a stream name, then select the number of renditions and Click “Create”:
Once in your live stream, your will click on “Encoder Setup” and leave the Encoder Setup window open as we will need this information later on.
Step 2: Set Up Your Live Stream on Your Zoom Account
There are 2 options to connect your Dacast account with Zoom. Below we will go through the 2 options; However, we highly recommend using the first option, which is the preferred option of our customers.
Log in to your Zoom account (make sure you have a professional or premium account)
A – Click on Schedule a meeting
Then fill out the meeting form and click on “Save”.
B – From here you will click on “Start this Meeting”:
From here, you will have the option to click on “open Zoom meetings” or “Launch Meeting”.
C – Once in your meeting you will click on “More” (3 dots) on the far right side:
And then you will select the “Live on Custom Live Streaming Service” option as below:
D – In this section, you will fill out the fields with the encoder credentials information we opened at the beginning (step 1).
Click on Go LIVE to start streaming.
A – Enable the “Live on Custom Live Streaming Service” Option on your Zoom Account:
Log in to your Zoom Pro, Business, Education, or Enterprise account.
On the vertical menu to the left navigate to Admin. Click “Account Management” then “Account Settings.” In the section “In Meeting (Advanced)” under the meeting tab, turn on the option “Allow Live Streaming Meetings,” and check the sub-option “Custom Live Streaming Service”:
Update the instructions so that the meeting organizer can configure the required settings when scheduling the meeting.
To do so you will copy the information from the Dacast encoder setup window that you left open in step 1 and paste the required values into your Zoom account.
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.
Here is how it should look like:
B – Set Up Your Zoom Custom Live Streaming Meeting
On your Zoom account, click “Meetings” then “Schedule a Meeting”. Enter the required information, and click “Save” to display advanced options:
At the bottom of the page, click the “Live Streaming” tab. Then, click the “Configure Custom Streaming Service” link:
Apply the information in the green box in accordance with the format we provided in step A:
Click “Save” to save your live streaming settings. Now, the host will be able to live stream this meeting without having to add these settings after the beginning of the event.
C – Start Streaming
On your Dacast account, make sure that the live stream used for the meeting is set up to “Online”:
Open the Zoom application or web portal, and start your meeting. At the bottom of the Zoom window, click the “•••” icon and select “Live on Custom Live Streaming Service.” If the Streaming URL, Streaming key, and Streaming page URL have not been entered at this point, Zoom will open a window where you can paste these values from the Encoder Setup section of your Dacast live stream.
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