When setting up a live streaming session with Vimeo as the hub, you'll need a live streaming studio platform (web camera and microphone) such as Melon, to produce your session. No download is necessary!
Once your session is streaming via Vimeo, we can easily pull in and embed this video content into Expo Pass, for a one-stop location housing all your virtual event sessions.
1. Streaming Your Content On Expo Pass - Vimeo to Melon
The process starts with setting up your Vimeo Event.
Sign up for Vimeo Premium. You can check out their current prices, here.
Sign into your Vimeo account
On the left hand side, click on "New Video" in blue
Click on “Create Live Event”
Name Your Event (what we in Expo call a "Session"). We recommend that your name here is the same as your session name that will appear in Expo Pass.
Click on either "Recurring" or “One-Time.” We recommend "Recurring," which you can stream to multiple times without changing your event page link or embed code. For more information on this setting, please refer to this Vimeo settings article.
Choose your Privacy setting. We recommend that you use “Hide From Vimeo,” which means that the video can be embedded on other sites but can’t be viewed on vimeo.com. For more information on privacy settings, click this Vimeo privacy article.
Find the 6 or 9 digit code at the URL link: https://vimeo.com/123456789 and save that number for future input into Expo Pass. Write it down, put it on a sticky note, etc. You’ll need this later! NOTE: 6-digit codes correspond with a "Recurring" setting while a 9-digit codes correspond with "One Time" event settings.
Toggle on the Chat if you’d like this feature on, as this will embed into Expo Pass too.
Click on “Next”
Above the video, click on “Connect (RTMPS)”
You’re going to copy and paste TWO things from this page into StreamYard
Follow along with this video below!
2. Streaming Your Content to Expo Pass - Melon to Live Broadcasting
Sign up for Melon Professional - you can check out the current prices, here
We recommend the Professional plan. If you decide to use free or basic options for a cheaper price, please know that Full HD quality is not included and there will be Melon branding
Double check your browser - use Google Chrome (recommended)
Click on the settings avatar in the right hand corner
On the next screen, you'll be immediately directed to "Platforms"
Let's get the Custom platform ready!
Copy and paste your RTMP server URL from Vimeo (mentioned in step 1) into Melon
Copy and paste your Stream Key from Vimeo (mentioned in step 1) into Melon
Click on Add
Go back to the main page by clicking on on "Studio" in the upper right hand corner
When you're ready, click on "Go Live" and you'll see the following prompt pop up
click on the Custom broadcast you just created!
Input the details and you're almost ready to go live!
Step 3 will take you to Expo Pass to complete the process, but remember that you'll go live from Melon.
Here's a video you can follow along with!
3. Inputting Information Into Expo Pass
Before you can officially go live, you'll need to do a few more things!
Go to your virtual event session
In the top right corner, toggle down from view to “Edit”
Click on the video and click on the “Live” button
Use the dropdown menu to click on “Vimeo”
Plug in the 6 or 9 digit code from Vimeo (the one from Step 1 above) into the “Vimeo Video ID” section
Toggle on “Enable Chat” if you’d like this feature
NOTE: When setting the "Available Until" time within your viewing screen for a LIVE Session, please note that this is the time that the session will expire/shut down. ALL ATTENDEES IN THE SESSION AT THIS TIME WILL BE REMOVED FROM THE SESSION. Please make sure when setting this time to account for a time buffer in case your session goes over the expected time.
Go from “Edit” to “View”
5. Let’s Cover Our Bases and go LIVE!
Great job, you’re almost there!
You’ll be broadcasting live from the Melon webpage
On Vimeo, click on “Webcam” next to “connect (RTMPS)
You’ll see the stream from Melon
If this is good to go, amazing!
Go back to the Melon page, when you’re ready to GO LIVE, click on “Go Live”
You're LIVE!!! Congrats!
You are now streaming live from Melon into Vimeo and now embedded in Expo Pass.
Once you’ve completed the steps listed above, here are some things to note:
Melon has several Help Articles for your reference, which will be helpful for the Admin. Hosts and other Speakers. You can access them here.
Have someone ready to be the Admin. Host on Melon. Here is a link to Melon's YouTube channel that has lots of additional tutorial videos.
Please inform your speakers to not touch/adjust anything. Here is help article from Melon regarding Guest Instructions and video on how to Invite Guests.