How to Run Custom Online Events (Using Free Tools)
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.