Live streaming meetings and webinars using Zoom and Restream

The COVID-19 pandemic has already made its inconceivable impact on practically every aspect of human life. Half of the world’s population is staying at home due to the quarantine. This, in turn, drastically changes the way we interact with each other. Live streaming as a means of communication has become the only viable option, rather than just a fancy entertainment tool. And if you are new to it, we are here to help.

Today, one of the few prominent cloud platforms for video and audio conferencing is Zoom. You’ve probably already heard something about it. Perhaps, you believe this is just an alternative to Skype. However, Zoom is more than just an app for video and voice calls – it is also a wonderful tool for live streaming. Metaphorically speaking, Zoom is at the top of the food chain, of course, for good reasons.

TL;DR

If you are already familiar with Zoom and want to dive straight into live streaming, we have prepared two short guides with proper and simple steps on how to do this right. Use these quick links to jump to the method you want to use:

  1. Live streaming with the Zoom paid account via Restream.
  2. Live streaming with basic Zoom via OBS Studio and Restream.

Why use Zoom to live stream? Who should use it?

Zoom allows you to broadcast your content on streaming platforms, like YouTube Live or Facebook Live, for instance. However, you can also live stream to all these platforms with Zoom using third-party tools like Restream. It's easy and doesn't require any specific skills from you. Are you interested? Stay with us then. We will show you how to do this. So, whether you’re a business looking to keep your team’s communication going, a person looking to video chat with friends, or a professional interested in running webinars, Zoom is a tool you should definitely get to know.

The reason the live streaming community is interested in Zoom is twofold. The first is that the video conferencing software allows for features like polling, virtual hand raising, and having people who participate in the conversation on the screen together at the same time. The second reason is the ability to live stream using Zoom.

Who would benefit from using Zoom? Normally, these are businesses that have multiple offices and remote employees. However, due to the recent coronavirus pandemic, more and more people have been forced to adapt to the changes. We believe Zoom would be useful for teachers and life coaches to live stream their classes, presentations, and webinars. Live streaming allows you to interact with your viewers in real time, which is surely a huge advantage, to say the least.

How to multistream with Zoom

Currently, there are two main options for multistreaming using Zoom. The first method involves a purchase of a paid Zoom plan (typically Pro, Business, or Enterprise), whereas the second involves third-party apps, like OBS Studio. We will now cover both of these methods.

💁‍♂️ Live streaming with the Zoom paid account via Restream

Multistreaming means broadcasting your live stream on multiple platforms simultaneously. For instance, say you want to live stream your webinar on YouTube Live, LinkedIn, and Facebook Live with Zoom. You would need at least a Pro Zoom plan and an account on Restream for this to work. Here’s a detailed video guide on how to do this. Just follow the instructions below and you are ready to go!

The first step is to enable live streaming of your meetings in Zoom. Go to your Zoom profile and click Settings. Then, click In Meeting (Advanced) and find the option that reads Allow live streaming meetings. Turn it on and make sure all the boxes are checked.

  1. Now, you can host a meeting in your Zoom app as you would normally do. In the meeting control panel click More and select Live on Custom Live Streaming Service.
  2. The next step is to fill in your Streaming URL and Streaming Key. You can find them on the Restream channel dashboard. You also need to enter a URL of any of your connected streaming platforms, like YouTube, Twitch, or Facebook.
  3. Finally, press that Go Live button! In a few seconds, Restream will broadcast your live stream on every connected channel.
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💁‍♂️ Live streaming with basic Zoom via OBS Studio and Restream

Let’s say you would like to live stream on more than just one platform, but you don’t have a paid subscription with Zoom. Restream allows you to broadcast your Zoom webinars or meetings on as many streaming platforms as you want simultaneously, including LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube, etc. In addition to your free Zoom and Restream accounts, you will need to download OBS Studio. But don’t worry! The setup process is super easy and user-friendly.

1. First, you need to create your Restream account, if you haven’t done it yet. The registration takes only a minute. The next step is to connect your Restream account to OBS Studio. To do that, open your OBS Studio app and go to Settings on the right.

OBS settings

2. Choose the Stream tab on the left and select Restream.io - RTMP in the drop-down menu. Then, click Connect Account. You will be asked to log in to your Restream account.

OBS Stream settings

3. After you’ve successfully connected your Restream account and OBS Studio, you can choose the channels you want to live stream on. For that, go to the Restream website and click +Add Channels.

Restream Dashboard – Add channel

4. After you’ve added a bunch of channels, make sure your OBS Studio has your Zoom Meeting as the video source. Click Add in the Sources mini-window and choose Window Capture.

OBS add source

5. Name it something like Zoom Meeting, for instance, and click OK. Then, choose your Zoom meeting [Zoom.exe] in the dropdown Window menu, and click OK.

OBS choose window

6. Now, you can click Start Streaming and go live! For more info, you can visit our Help Center.

OBS start streaming

Putting Zoom to use for live streaming

There’s a lot you can do when you know how to use Zoom in your live streaming setup, especially if you combine it with a multistreaming service. Zoom is a popular solution for communication in a workplace setting, so a lot of its use cases involve a professional or business manner. Still, that doesn’t mean you can’t multistream with Zoom for your side projects or even a hobby you want to turn into a business.

  • Give a behind-the-scenes look. Behind-the-scenes segments are one of the types of content businesses make when they want to demonstrate their company culture and increase reach. With Zoom, you can take going behind the scenes a step further by broadcasting team meetings. You need to be extra careful not to blurb out any business secrets, though, but your audience might appreciate the rawness of a live behind-the-scenes look.
  • Produce an online show with co-hosts and panelists. Zoom works great for any kind of content where you could use a video call-in feature. It helps you co-host your show with someone who’s not in the room, or it might even be used to create your very own panel of guests.
  • Stream product demonstrations from several locations. Product demonstrations are great, and adding some social proof, or even a couple of words from product ambassadors or employees, can make them even better. With Zoom, none of them have to be in the same physical location as you, which is a fact you can use to save on travel or location expenses.
  • Make your educational content available across the world. Is there something you’re good at and want to share your knowledge about? You can gather a couple of highly interested people and host a webinar with them with all the options Zoom offers. You can then live stream whole sections of the webinar online to reach new audiences.

These ideas should only get you started, really. When you combine teleconferencing, webinars, and live streaming, you can create any number of interesting types of content.

Some things you should keep in mind when using Zoom to live stream include:

  • You can record your Zoom webinars. Paid users can record them to the cloud. Both paid and free users can use Zoom to record their content on local hard drives. You can use the footage to stream it again later, upload it to your platform accounts, or edit it into new videos.
  • Zoom can transcribe your webinars for you. Don’t worry if you didn’t prepare a detailed script for your webinar – Zoom will produce a transcript for you. You can use it later to turn your webinars into other types of content, such as a book or a series of articles.
  • Zoom has advanced features such as polling. You can use these features to make your meetings and webinars more engaging and interactive.
  • You can see an attendee list in Zoom. It’s always good to have a list of meeting attendees. You will be able to see who attended it from within Zoom. Better yet, Zoom will let you ask the attendees for additional information when joining the meeting.
  • You can invite more people to your call with chatbots. Simply invite a list of contacts with a mass text message invitation with the help of the MobileMonkey's chatbot. Moreover, it can send text reminders to the attendees when your Zoom conference is about to start.

FAQ

Q: How do I change the background on Zoom?

A: Open your Zoom client and go to the Settings. Then, click on the Virtual Background menu and choose the one you like. Also, while you are in the meeting, you can click on the arrow right beside the Stop Video button and find this option there as well.

Zoom Settings – change background
How to change Zoom background while conference

Q: How do I share my screen on Zoom?

A: While in the meeting, simply click Share Screen on the control panel. Then, select the screen you want to share in the window. And finally, click Share.

Zoom screenshare

Q: Zoombombing: what is it and how can I prevent it?

A: Zoombombing is a public video conference hijacking. Hackers can gain access to your video call and disrupt your online class or webinar. Don’t worry, though! Here are some useful tips on how to prevent it:

  1. Use a one-time ID instead of your Personal Meeting ID.
  2. Setting a password to the meeting prevents any uninvited guests from joining.
  3. Send the unique meeting ID personally, instead of sharing it publicly on social media.
  4. Lock the meeting once all the attendees have joined. Manage Participants > More (...) > Lock Meeting.
Zoom lock meeting

Q: Who can use Zoom?

A: First and foremost, companies and corporations can use Zoom for work communication. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Zoom can be especially helpful for teachers, life coaches, mentors, bloggers, etc.

Conclusion

People who like to live stream, and especially those who do it for business purposes, are always on the lookout for new and better ways to reach their audiences. That’s why multistreaming is becoming such a big deal. Using Zoom with your multistreaming setup is by far the most convenient option to reach as many people as possible. Hopefully, we’ve answered all your questions regarding Zoom and multistreaming. We wish you smooth live streams. Stay healthy!