Many hosts love sharing pre-recorded content during their events! However, bear in mind that Crowdcast is a live video platform, not a video hosting platform. This means you'll need to actually go live in a session to share pre-recorded video rather than simply uploading a file. Keep reading to learn how to share pre-recorded content as part of your live event.
Method One – The Studio
Crowdcast’s built-in Studio is the simplest way to share pre-recorded content. Hosts and co-hosts can upload pre-recorded videos to the Studio at any point before or during an event. The video must be hosted on Youtube, Vimeo, or Wistia.
YouTube Shorts require manipulation of the URL before uploading. If you open a Youtube Shorts video, the URL will look something like this: https://youtube.com/shorts/xxxx. This format is not compatible with the Studio. However, there is a workaround. Take the sequence after “shorts/” in the URL and append it to https://youtube.com/watch?v=. For example, https://www.youtube.com/shorts/123456789 would become https://youtube.com/watch?v=123456789.
Vimeo custom URLs need to be unfurled before adding to the Studio.
Method Two: Virtual Webcam
Another way to share pre-recorded video content is to virtualize your webcam with third-party software. When you virtualize your webcam, you are selecting a third-party tool as your webcam source. Whatever content you have loaded into the virtual webcam will be passed into Crowdcast as if it were a feed from your standard webcam.
Here are some third-party tools that offer this:
Method Three: RTMP Studio
RTMP Studio allows you to connect Crowdcast to other live-streaming apps like OBS, Wirecast, Streamyard, and more. If you need to quickly swap between various media inputs like video and camera with transitions and/or graphics, RTMP Studio may be the best option. Learn more about RTMP Studio’s capabilities here.
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