To stream beautiful live video in up to 1080p HD through Vimeo, all you need is a camera and a Vimeo Premium account. To learn more about Premium and its associated live streaming capabilities, go here.
✦ Setting up your stream on Vimeo
The first step to going live is creating your event on Vimeo. From your browser, go to Vimeo.com and click “Upload.” On the right side of this page, click the ● Create live event button, and you’ll be prompted to enter the name, date, time, and privacy of your event. Please note that scheduling your live event for a given time still requires you to manually begin streaming at that time.
Hitting the Next button will take you to the live settings page, which is the control center for your live stream.
✦ The Live Settings Page
The live settings page is where you can access you stream's Vimeo URL, add a thumbnail, grab the embed code for your stream, enable live viewer chat, and (when you're ready!) go live.
Along the top of the live settings page, you’ll see a pencil icon next to your stream's title, which allows you to edit it, as well as a countdown of how much time you have remaining in your broadcast (individual Vimeo streams cannot exceed 12 hours). Also on this page, you’ll find the option to add a thumbnail (on the bottom left of the player window), as well as the Onsite, Embed, and Social tabs.
This tab contains the shareable link for your stream on Vimeo, the toggle switch to enable/disable live chat, a button to change your event's privacy settings, and the description box for you to edit.
This tab contains more advanced customization options for your live video's embedded player. If you're a Premium member, you'll also have the ability to add email capture before or after someone watches your stream. You can also grab the embed codes for both the live video player and the viewer chat module.
In this tab, you can access your simulcast settings. This feature allows you to relay your stream to other social platforms, or anywhere with the manual RTMP destination. For more information on simulcasting your stream, please check out our Simulcast Guide.
✦ Going live
When you're done adjusting your settings, click Next on the top right of the live settings page and allow your browser access to your webcam. You will now see the Input Settings window where you can choose both the video and audio inputs for your stream. There are tabs in this window for Camera, External Encoder, and Other Inputs.
The Camera tab shows our Browser-Based Encoder inputs. This allows you to connect your webcam and microphone as inputs and begin streaming directly from your browser. If you have any other connected inputs, such as USB microphones and webcams, these should show up in the dropdown menus as well. Some more advanced inputs may require an external encoder to work on Vimeo.
The External Encoder tab contains your RTMP URL and Stream Key for your event. Once the RTMP URL and Steam Key are copied and pasted into your broadcast software and the stream has been started, you're stream will go live regardless of whether or not a camera is detected by the browser-based encoder. When your event is ready to start, just begin streaming from your broadcast software and your stream signal will be broadcast live to your viewers. We recommend starting a local recording of your stream from within your encoder at this point as well, just in case of any problems with your internet connection.
This tab contains links to both Livestream Studio 5 and the Mevo website, so you can learn more about using these native integrations to stream to Vimeo as well. These products have been crafted to work perfectly when streaming to Vimeo, and contain many advanced production options not found in any other production software or hardware.
✦ Managing your live stream
After your stream goes live, you’ll see your event title, a countdown of the maximum remaining time of your event, an indicator light that you are currently live, and a button to end your stream.
The stream preview window shows exactly how your stream appears for viewers, with your live stream stats beneath. If you've enabled viewer chat, it'll appear on the right side. The chat menu contains options to minimize and disable/enable the chat, as well as pop it out into its own window.
✦ Live Stats
While your stream is live, you’ll see some helpful metrics right beneath your stream preview to help you track how many people are viewing your stream, and for how long.
- Watching Now: the number of people currently watching your stream
- Peak views: the highest number of concurrent viewers on your stream
- Total plays: total number of player loads
- Average view time: average duration of a viewer’s page load
✦ Ending your stream
To end a stream, simply click End event on the top right corner of the Live Settings page on Vimeo. Ending your stream will trigger the final stages of the video archiving process. Thanks to our live transcoding system that runs in the background during your stream, archives of Vimeo Live events are generally ready within minutes even for hours-long events.
When your stream ends, your live settings page also changes to the post-live version. The indicator light on the top right changes to Offline and your video preview will now link to your archived video settings page.
If you separately recorded a higher-resolution version of your broadcast (e.g. 2K or 4K), you can replace the Vimeo archive with your higher-resolution version. You can replace the video at any time, so feel free to edit the video file before replacing it on Vimeo.
Once your video has gone through the archival process, it appears in your video manager like any other video.
✦ Support features
While you're setting up your broadcast, there is a support chat icon in the bottom right corner of the broadcast view. Clicking the chat support icon will prompt you to enter your name, account email address, and a short description of your problem.
If a live video support specialist is available, you can troubleshoot with them directly on your broadcaster view page. If a live video support specialist is not online, your message will be re-routed to our email support team, who will respond via email.