Livestreaming is available on the web, Android, and the iOS app.
Start a Livestream
On the web, click the create menu and select "Go Live," If you have the Feed feature enabled, you can also go live from the Quick Post menu.
In the iOS and Android app, tap the "camera" icon in any Global Feature you have enabled.
In a Space, you can find the go live in three dot menu in the upper right corner.
When you go live on the web or mobile, you’ll be prompted to allow access to your camera and microphone. Next, name your livestream and choose whether to notify members about the livestream and record it.
Once you click the "Go Live Now" button, the livestream will prepare to start, then display a countdown before going live. If selected, notifications will be sent and recording of the live video will start immediately. Members will be able to easily view if multiple livestreams are happening simultaneously in your different Spaces.
On the web, you will see the livestream on the left. In the upper left corner you’ll see an "End Livestream" button and a livestream timer. On the right, a panel includes the chat and a participant list in separate tabs. Livestream viewers will be able to type in the chat and have the option to toggle off the chat for themselves as well. The list of viewers will update in real-time.
On mobile, you will see the livestream filling the screen. At the top of the screen there will be an “End” button, options to toggle your camera and/or microphone on and off, toggle off the chat, and the ability to switch between front and rear cameras. If using the rear camera, you’ll also have the option to toggle your device’s flashlight on and off.
At the bottom of the screen, you will see a viewer count icon and the chat bar. Tapping the icon will open a popup with the list of viewers. Chat messages will appear halfway up the screen before disappearing. You can scroll through the messages throughout the livestream.
When going live on desktop, you will see some options at the bottom of the screen during the livestream, including the ability to toggle your camera and/or microphone on and off and the option to Share Screen.
When choosing to share your screen, depending on your browser, you may then need to grant permission and/or choose what to Share (a specific window or the entire screen). Your screen is immediately shared with participants until the session ends or you click the “Stop Sharing” button.
A note on sharing sound: If you screen share a tab on Chrome, you can share that tab’s audio, however all screen share options in other browsers will only share the video content. If you are using an External webcam and turn your computer sound up, it will pick up the sound. It will also pick it up if you just use your computer speaker and camera but not as well.
When you go live, a banner will appear at the top of the . It will show the title, a livestream of the video, and a counter of the participants. The banner will remain at the top of the feed throughout the livestream. Clicking on it will open a flyout with the livestream.
How to Join a Livestream as a Viewer
When you go live, any Host, Moderator, or member that has access to the Space where you are livestreaming can join by clicking the notification, if the Host chooses to send one, or they can click “Join Livestream” on the livestream banner at the top of the feed.
To leave the livestream, a participant can click the ‘Leave’ button in the top left corner.
End a Livestream
Clicking the “End Livestream” button will immediately end the livestream and viewers will see a message that the livestream has ended.
If you chose to record your livestream, the recording will be available in your Livestream Recordings on web. You will receive an email and in-app notification when it’s ready. The recording will only be available in the account of the Network Host that went live.
You will have the option to download the recording, delete it, or create an Article with the recording to share with your Mighty Network. If you would like to create an Article of your recording, then you will need to be sure that Articles are enabled in Network Settings > Content.
Once the video uploads, you will have the option to add a thumbnail image for the video in the upper right corner.
Need more Livestreaming Hours?
If you’re looking to get more live-streaming hours or support more viewers, check out this article.
Do I have to create an Event or can I just Go Live?
You can do both! You can spontaneously go live inside of your Mighty Network, or you can also use the “Live Video” link in Events and schedule it. The link should point to the Space your Livestream will live. Check out this article for step-by-step instructions.
If you decide to go live inside your Mighty Networks and schedule it as an Event, note that when your Event starts and you see the "Live" indicator pop up next to Events in the left-hand navigation bar, this indicator won't automatically take your Members to the Livestream. Your Members will still need to navigate to the Space where your Livestream will live. They can do this by clicking the link you include in the Event, or by manually visiting the Space Activity Feed.
Are the chats during Livestreams saved?
Chats during Livestreams are not currently saved but we will be adding this in the near future. You can also copy and paste the chat into a document or Excel sheet in the meantime.
Are Livestreams recorded?
Yes, you can select to record them; the replay will be available in your Livestream Recordings.
Can I hide the chat?
Not at this time, but we will be adding this in the future.
What max quality can I expect for Livestreams?
720p. The exact quality your members experience will depend on their available internet bandwidth. For broadcasting, we recommend high-speed internet to maximize Livestream quality (2 Mbps or more is ideal).
How fast does my (or my Members') internet need to be for a good Livestream experience?
For viewing, we use adaptive streaming, which will adjust your video quality based on your available internet bandwidth. For more on bandwidth requirements, you can check out this article from Chime, the platform our Livestreaming feature builds on.
Is Ecamm compatible with livestreaming?
Yes, you can! You will need the Pro Version of Ecamm and you can follow the instructions in this article here.
Can Livestream recordings be downloaded?
Yes, you can go to your Livestream Recordings, click on the 'more' menu in the recording and download it or delete it.
Why isn't my camera or microphone working in Google Chrome on my computer?
It may be a permissions issue in your browser. Try following these support instructions to get you back on track.
Can multiple Network Hosts Go Live at the same time?
Yes, Network Hosts can go live at the same time in different Spaces.
Are closed captioning and playback speeds available?
Not at this time but we will be adding these features soon. We recommend using the Live Chrome extension for live captioning. You can also embed videos from other services like YouTube, Vimeo, and more.
What happens if a Livestream is interrupted due to connectivity issues?
There will be a five minute grace period on the Livestream if the Host’s connection goes down or if the app or browser is accidentally closed.
The livestream will continue if the Host is able to reconnect within 5 minutes. After that, the broadcast will be automatically stopped.
What is the maximum length of a livestream?
Can non-Network members participate in a Livestream’s chat?
Non-Network members on a Public Mighty Network will be able to see the silent Homepage preview but will need to sign up to participate and view the Livestream.
How do I get more storage and livestream hours?
You can visit Network Settings > Your Plan to add more storage and livestream hours.
Updated January 2023