Scenario

Restream is a popular Multi-stream Video Platform that is great for broadcasting live on social networks like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. You want to broadcast your talks simultaneously on various platforms while they run on HeySummit. Great news- Restream lets you stream to over 30 different platforms at once!

Although HeySummit does not have a full integration with Restream, meaning you can't stream directly from it, you can use the recordings from HeySummit.

Quick start

Here's a possible method of using Restream with HeySummit:

(courtesy of a handy tip from a fellow HeySummiteer- thanks Thiago!)
  1. You can use Restream to broadcast live; and then upload your recording on a video platform supported by HeySummit, such as Vimeo or YouTube. You can then use this recording as a pre-recorded video option.
  2. There is one problem with using a recording from Restream like this - your recording could be cut off for the first couple of seconds, or even minutes. According to the Restream Help Desk, this happens because each platform can take some time to establish a connection with Restream, and some take longer than others.
  3. They recommend that users place a one-minute holding screen at the start of the video such as a blank screen with some "Stream is Starting Soon" type-text. This will give the platforms appropriate time to get fully connected so when the video starts, no part is cut off.
  4. One caveat- the video could be cut off for longer than a minute, hence the holding screen would not be enough if the video isn't processed correctly.
  5. For example, if you record a talk on your phone and then upload it directly to Restream.
  6. To prevent this, the Restream team recommends that you run your videos through an encoding software, like HandBrake, so you can compress videos without losing quality and prepare a video file that will look good and stream well.
FYI, HandBrake is an open-source Video Transcoder- a video converter programme designed to both rip and convert video files to work on a number of supported devices.