Here are some tips to ensure your stream goes off without a hitch:
Bandwidth and Firewall recommendations
Make sure you are connecting via Ethernet and using a network dedicated to your stream (i.e. not a network shared with other devices).
Check that your upload speed and firewalls are in line with our recommendations.
If you are looking for a webcam solution, our web-based production tool will work with your built-in webcam and microphone as well as some external devices. If you are streaming to a recurring event or webinar, this tool also includes the ability to bring in guest speakers, playback videos, overlay graphics, and share your screen.
If you are looking for an external multi-camera solution, our desktop encoder, Livestream Studio, is accessible with an Advanced, Premium or Enterprise membership and streams directly to Vimeo, among numerous other features. Here's a guided list for getting started with Livestream Studio.
Otherwise, any external encoder that can stream via RTMP will work with Vimeo. Here's a list of some we recommend.
Test and rehearse
Regardless of where you are streaming from, what equipment you're using, or your upload speed, test early, test often, and do at least one rehearsal. This will allow you time to make any necessary adjustments, technical or otherwise.
Record a backup
Most encoders have the ability to record your stream to your computer's hard drive. Livestream Studio has a handful of ways to record. Note that mobile streaming apps typically cannot record to your phone's camera roll.
If you're unable to do this (i.e. your have limited hard drive space), then at the very least you should record to a camera locally. The last thing you want is for a network outage to occur and you don't have any footage of your event saved.