Check out these common questions and answers about our multi-session event feature. We've also linked to guides that break down how to build multi-session events step-by-step.
What is a session?
Every Crowdcast has one session by default. A session is made up of the following:
Live broadcast (session time depends on plan selected)
Questions & Topics
We refer to a single session event as simply an event. If the event has multiple sessions within that event, we call it a multi-session event.
Does Crowdcast have breakout rooms?
Yes, we call them multi-sessions. Breakout rooms often occur simultaneously. You are able to schedule sessions to occur at the same time, at different times, back-to-back, and even on different dates.
How many multi-sessions can I have?
It's recommended to have no more than 70 sessions per event.
How long can my sessions be?
Starter and Lite Plans:
2 hours per session
4 hours per session
6 hours per session
Can I have sessions going live at the same time?
Yes, you can have sessions scheduled and live at the same time. There are a few things to keep in mind, such as having multiple admins, calling your audience to the event, and informing your audience about the agenda. We cover these subjects and more in our How to Create a Multi-Session Event guide.
When should I create a multi-session event?
We suggest creating a multi-session event when you have an event that lasts for several days or when you have a series that you want your attendees to register for just once.
Sessions can help organize your events for a variety of use cases.
Hosting a virtual conference: Add a session for each speaker or discussion. Your audience will have a dedicated chat, Q&A section, and polls for each topic.
Creating a course: With a dedicated session for each class or module, your students can use the same URL to access each lesson and discussion.
If you have an extra long webinar: Each session can run for two, four, or six hours depending on which plan you have. If you need more session time than your plan allows, add extra sessions to keep the conversation going. Keep in mind that your session time limit differs from your monthly allotment.
Multi-session events also allow for better event organization. For example, you can create one session for a main presentation and another for a Q&A portion.
If you want to combine RTMP Studio with In-Browser features: Depending on your needs, you might choose to run an event with a mixture of RTMP and In-Browser sessions. In-browser sessions are better when you need to easily manage the engagement features like the Q&A, chat, and inviting someone on-screen. RTMP sessions are ideal if you need to have the highest quality audio/video possible or incorporate advanced graphics and features available through third party tools.
If you're hosting a film screening, for example, you might use RTMP to display the film with high quality audio and video, and then use an in-browser session for a Q&A with the audience afterward.
How do I create a multi-session event?
We've outlined exactly how to create a multi-session event in our step-by-step guide:
Now that my session is over, how do I call the audience to the next upcoming session?
To make sure your audience gets into the event and lands in the right session, you'll want to use the Call Audience to Session button:
When are reminders sent to attendees?
In multi-session events, reminders are sent when the send reminder email box is ticked and the session start times are more than 120 minutes apart. If you run an event over several days, each session will trigger a reminder. If you run an entire day of back to back events, reminders will only be sent a maximum of every two hours.
You can send emails manually within the event, to all registered attendees, at any time.
Can I create a multi-session event from the app?
Please note that you can only create single session events from the iOS app. Multi-session events must be created from a browser.
Have questions or suggestions? Email us at [email protected]. Happy Crowdcasting! 🎥