Methods for sharing pre-recorded content in a live Crowdcast:

1. Screen Share with Audio
If you're using a Chromium-based browser (like Chrome, Brave, and Edge), you can share audio through a screen share.

2. Virtual Webcam

Virtualizing your webcam with third-party software is a way to pass pre-recorded video content into Crowdcast as if it were a live video feed from a webcam.

3. RTMP Studio

Crowdcast RTMP Studio enables you to use professional live streaming software with Crowdcast. Your video feed is entirely configured within third-party software, such as OBS, then sent into Crowdcast through RTMP (real-time messaging protocol) where it is broadcast live to your audience. Click here to learn more about RTMP Studio.

Best Practices:

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.

Set expectations.

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. Learn more about 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.

Have questions or suggestions? Email us at [email protected]. Happy Crowdcasting! 🎥

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