Can I run pre-recorded events?
Yes you can! Due to some recent updates, any Chrome based browser (Brave and Microsoft Edge) now give you the ability to share audio within the browser during an event. When sharing a Chrome based tab or entire screen, you can tick a "share audio" button and your attendees will hear the sound from any pre-recorded video hosted on any site. You also have the option to share an mp3 or mp4 from your own computer.
Rather than going live directly in-browser, you'll opt to go live through RTMP studio. We've compiled some information and outlined how this can work for you and your goals: Click here to check it out. Keep in mind when using RTMP, features specific to in-browser streaming are not available (like the green room and invite-on-screen). This will allow you to run pre-recorded content, which is particularly helpful if you're using Crowdcast to increase sales and want your pitch to be polished. Here's an article with additional information about RTMP studio, including some third-party software recommendations for managing event production.
Keep it authentic.
Crowdcast is built to be a live-streaming platform. So you'll still need to hit "go live" and "end broadcast" even when streaming pre-recorded content during your event. We recommend that you let your audience know that the video content is pre-recorded, but that you'll be interacting live in the background and in the chat.
Communication and clear expectations are key to maintaining authenticity and earning the respect of your audience. A great way to set expectations is by customizing your Crowdcast registration page with the topics you'll be covering in your event, a note that while the presentation might be pre-recorded, you will still be live in the event, there to meet your audience and answer questions. Here is an article that highlights how to rock your event description and practices.
Keep it interactive.
Engaging in the chat, answering incoming questions and moderation are musts for highly engaging and successful events. And one of the benefits of streaming pre-recorded content, is that your attention is freed up to answer questions through the chat and get to know the people who chose to show up for your event!
Follow up with a live Q&A.
A practice employed by many creators on crowdcast is hosting a pre-recorded webinar session and then immediately jumping into a second session for a live Q&A. Because your first session is pre-recorded, you can take note of any questions that come up during that presentation and then pre-load them as questions for the live Q&A, thereby delivering an event that is both highly informative and interactive! Click here to learn how to use the Ask a Question feature.
Check out this example of an event our team collaborated on which took advantage of both pre-recorded and live content: Together in Sound, A virtual concert by Crowdcast and Presence.