In MyOwnConference, you can host webinars using live streaming from OBS Studio and other streaming software. The main thing is that they support the RTMP protocol: Wirecast, FFmpeg, Adobe Media Encoder, etc.
Table of contents
- Why use broadcast from OBS on a webinar site?
- Other options for broadcasting through OBS Studio
- How to enable broadcasting through OBS Studio on MyOwnConference?
- What should be considered when broadcasting through OBS Studio for webinars in MyOwnConference?
Broadcasting with OBS Studio
Why use broadcast from OBS on a webinar site?
In MyOwnConference you will have a great webinar even without additional applications. If the format of your event is a presentation and a camera, using OBS Studio will complicate your task. But there are situations when you need to stream video in 1080P or higher resolutions and this can be convenient from OBS or other streaming programs. You should use the format if you need to show how you do something on camera. For example, when you want to display images from several cameras at once or enable the green screen function, changing the background behind you.
Let’s take an example of a manicure master class: During the webinar, you want to have one camera pointing at your hands and another showing your face, in this case, it will be convenient to use an external camera and a built-in laptop camera or several external cameras at once. Then the signal from both cameras passes through OBS Studio and is broadcast to the webinar room.
Other options for broadcasting through OBS Studio
In addition to the fact that you can display images from several cameras at the same time from one computer, the use of encoders has other advantages.
- Separately record the camera and audio from the webinar.
- Record video from each presenter’s cameras into separate files.
- Get access to finer and more flexible video settings to stream your camera video in the best quality.
- Broadcast the webinar simultaneously on YouTube and in the webinar room.
- Combine showing video from the camera and capturing part of the presenter’s screen.
- Create another recording of the webinar, which will be immediately saved on your computer, setting the desired image quality.
It can be said that these are additional advantages of broadcasting through OBS Studio, but there are situations when broadcasting through an encoder is the only way out.
For example, if for some reason it was not possible to capture a camera or microphone in the browser, then with a 99% probability you will be able to do this in OBS Studio. Indeed, unlike the browser, this program is specially designed to work with cameras. With broadcasting through such programs, you have the opportunity to show video from any equipment: IP cameras, intercoms, video peepholes, and telephones.
Please note that the platform supports not only OBS Studio but also other similar streaming programs that support the RTMP protocol.
How to enable broadcasting through OBS Studio on MyOwnConference?
Everything is simple.
✔️ Step 1. In OBS Studio, select the video source – the cameras from which you want to broadcast video – and specify the image size.
✔️ Step 2. In MyOwnConference, create a webinar and add at least two hosts to it.
Enter the advanced settings menu of the webinar room, General section, and activate the OBS broadcast mode.
Open the webinar links section.
Now in the «Share event» section, you have the opportunity to get data for connecting the presenter via OBS. Set the OBS switch next to the name of one of the presenters.
You will see two fields. The first line contains the server address, the second line contains the unique key of the webinar.
✔️ Step 3. Copy and paste these settings into OBS Studio.
To do this, open OBS Studio «Settings», then open the «Stream» tab. Specify the value “Custom” in the “Service” line.
Then in the «Server» line insert the server address (link from field 1).
In the «Stream key» line, paste the unique webinar key – the content from the second field.
✔️ Step 4. Set the rest of the broadcast settings, if necessary.
✔️ Step 5. Start broadcasting in OBS Studio.
Now if you enter the event as a listener or a host who does not broadcast through OBS, you can watch your broadcast.
Before you end the webinar, end the broadcast in the encoder.
What should be considered when broadcasting through OBS Studio for webinars in MyOwnConference?
To make everything go smoothly, consider some of the nuances of using an external program.
Webinar moderation and the role of presenters
If you are hosting a webinar on your own, then within the same webinar you cannot switch from broadcasting via the encoder to the usual broadcasting from the webinar room. Broadcasting through OBS Studio will be displayed in the content display area and will be subject to the same rules as webinar presentations. Namely, by switching to another mode, for example, if another host activates the screen or video, the broadcast window with OBS Studio will close. In addition, the host who broadcasts through OBS Studio will be removed from the room. Each start and stop of a broadcast from OBS Studio will be accompanied by an exit from that presenter.
In order to moderate the chat, run tests, questionnaires, or sales buttons, and invite a second host or moderator to the webinar. If a co-host needs to join the conversation, all they need to do is click the Speak button in the webinar room.
Broadcasting through OBS Studio, only one presenter can conduct your webinar. Even if you are hosting a webinar on your own, encoder functions allow you to not only show video from the camera but also show windows of different programs or the entire screen of the presenter. So, having mastered the capabilities of OBS Studio once, you can conduct a webinar at a high level without any hitches. The host himself must be in the webinar room at the time of the start of the broadcast and remain on the webinar until it ends.
👉 Tip: Even if you are hosting a webinar on your own, create two hosts at once. Use one to enable broadcast through OBS Studio. And don’t do anything else on their behalf in the webinar room. As a second host, you can access the webinar in another browser and moderate the event.
Unique broadcast code
For scheduled events, you will receive a unique broadcast code that is different for each host. This code changes even within the same chain of webinars.
In a permanent webinar, each of the presenters is assigned their own unique code. It is valid for all events in this room.
Please note that during the signal transmission through the encoder, there may be a slight delay in broadcasting. You can customize its duration in OBS Studio. But the larger it is, the better the image will be during the broadcast.
You can broadcast a webinar from any program that supports the RTMP protocol and enjoy other benefits of this solution. Everything is configured in the same way.
Although it will take a little time to get familiar with OBS Studio. Broadcasting with such a program can elevate your webinar. New features and better video quality, simulcasting to other sites are just some of the extra features you get in MyOwnConference at no additional cost. We hope this guide has helped you understand OBS Studio better, now, it’s time to practice.
Read also about our secure broadcasting technology. It can help you avoid high internet traffic usage when you hold your webinars and keep the same level of interaction you can get with OBS.
OBS Studio is an indispensable assistant when you have additional webinar needs. For example, when you want to show the view from several cameras at the same time or from one, but in the highest resolution 1080p. Or in a situation where you need to use a green screen. However, such a broadcast has its own disadvantages and disadvantages, which we mention in the article.
That type of streaming has a lot of pros. The camera view and sound can be recorded separately, which greatly simplifies editing and has a positive effect on quality. We also have various settings available, thanks to which you can choose a higher-quality broadcast. In addition, thanks to this option, we can host a webinar not only in the webinar room but also on YouTube at the same time.
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