How to stream yourself to Zoom
The following series of tutorials show the users how to stream themselves using live stream platforms. This third entry will explain how to stream yourself to Zoom.
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Getting started with How to stream yourself to Zoom:
Live Streaming Platforms are tools that let users upload pre-recorded videos or broadcast live videos to their audience. This audience can be completely public or it can be restricted if needed.
During these times of Covid-19 pandemic, musicians, artists and bands from all over the world have shifted towards streaming their concerts, writing sessions and even rehearsals to their audiences in order to keep the social distancing and quarantine in an effort to reduce the infectious curve and still please their fans and followers.
These live streaming platforms can also be used by producers and audio engineers in order to teach production and engineering classes, demonstrate certain recording techniques, or even perform live recording, mixing and mastering for their clientele or followers.
On this blog, we are going to explain how to stream yourself to Zoom, a free online platform that lets their users connect and create live meetings, video webinars and conference rooms. Zoom is a very powerful tool for companies that need to connect their employees, professors teaching online classes or general streaming/meeting purposes.
Here are the steps:
1. Make sure you have a Zoom account:
You can create one at https://zoom.us/signup
2. Download the Zoom Client for your computer:
You can download it at https://zoom.us/download#client_4meeting
3. Open the Zoom client on your computer:
Once opened, the Sing In window will open as:
4. Click on Sign In:
Enter your email address and password and press Sign In. The Zoom main window will open as:
At this point the user has two options:
- Create a “New Meeting”, which basically makes the user the host of the stream and other users can connect.
- Join an existing meeting, previously created by another user.
Here are the steps for each option:
OPTION 1: CREATING A NEW MEETING
On this option, you create the meeting. Your computer hosts the streaming. However, other users will also transmit audio and video (they can also stream).
1. Click on “New Meeting”:
The meeting will start and the meeting window will open as:
The Zoom client will ask the user which audio capture device will be used. For the purpose of this tutorial we will click on “Join with Computer Audio” so that it uses the integrated sound card for capture and playback. The user can switch this to another sound card if needed.
Since there is only one video capture device connected, Zoom assigns it automatically. For the purpose of this tutorial, the webcam was selected.
At this point the streaming is happening. The meeting is live, but there are no other participants. In order to let other people join, the meeting ID and password must be shared with them. This is important for learning How to stream yourself to Zoom.
2. Locate the small “i” icon on the top left of the screen:
3. Click on it and the Zoom meeting info will show up as:
3. Look at the information on the window:
- Meeting ID
- Invitation URL
- Participant ID
Share the Meeting ID and Password with other clients so they can also join the meeting.
OPTION 2: JOINING A PRE-EXISTING MEETING
On this option, you join a meeting that another user has created. Your computer is not the host. However, you can also transmit audio and video.
1. From the Zoom main window click on Join:
Once clicked, the following window will appear:
2. Enter the Meeting ID and your name, then click Join:
The following window will appear as:
3. Enter the Password and press Join:
The Zoom meeting window will open as:
The Zoom meeting will start. The stream is live.
Once again, for the purpose of this tutorial, the audio and video capture devices were set to the integrated sound card and webcam.
At this point we have successfully explained How to stream yourself to Zoom.
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