How to Run Custom Online Events (Using Free Tools)

Shane Melaugh   3

Updated on April 22, 2020

​In our free Better Online Events mini-course we've covered all the best tools and strategies you need to create better online meetings, classes, physical classes and webinars.

If you have a different type of online event in mind and can't find the right platform to do so, this bonus lesson is for you! Here, we'll look at how you can create 100% custom recordings and livestreams. Plus, we're using free tools to do it!


​Here are the tools used in the lesson:

  • OBS (Open Broadcaster Software) is a free, open source live switching tool that you can get for Windows, Mac and Linux.
  • To bring in co-hosts, interviewees or guests, we're using Skype with the NDI feature activated.
  • For better image quality in the video stream, I'm using a mirrorless camera together with the elgato CamLink dongle. This is covered in more detail in the physical classes lesson.
  • ​We're also using a 2-screen setup, using the same principle as described in the webinars lesson.
  • Finally, we're using OBS to either record the screen and get a video file or to livestream to YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo or other destinations.

The lesson gives you a brief crash-course and overview in using OBS. The main idea is that you can learn enough about it to know whether it's the right solution for your needs or not. OBS is a free and powerful tool. But while it doesn't cost money, it will cost you some time to learn the ins and outs of using it effectively.

This concludes our ​Better Online Events​ mini-course! I hope you've enjoyed this series and I hope you get a lot of value out of it.​​​

by Shane Melaugh  April 14, 2020


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  • Shane – incredible as usual! I’m sending this series to our CF (cystic fibrosis) planning committee – they have an annual live conference, but need to be virtual this year – I think this will be extremely helpful – thanks for all you do and for sharing your deep knowledge with us. Stay safe and healthy!

  • Hi Shane for this lesson.

    Maybe you can help me with an issue I want to handle:

    I usually do my webinars using a combination of YouTube and OBS Studio. Everything works fine.

    However, I’m going to launch a new series of webinars which imply to invite to another person to the transmition in order to answer the questions related with these webinars. Not necessarily the other person has to show his/her webcam but her/his voice.

    I hope you can help me with this.



    • There’s no way I know of to do that on YouTube or with live streaming. This is where a webinar solution like LiveWebinar or a group call app like Google Hangouts or Webex will have features that livestreaming doesn’t offer.

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