Live Streaming

by Scott Dilley - CTO 01 Apr 2020

Overview

Providing alternatives to physical fundraising has become paramount for all charities globally. Recent adoption rates in video streaming services such as Zoom and Twitch allow fundraisers to interact with others in new ways.

This article will show you how to add live-streaming capabilities to your Fundraising pages.

How it works

Live streaming provides the ability for fundraisers to embed video players on their fundraising pages and then stream live video direct to it from other services such as their smartphone, their computer, gaming platforms like PS4, etc

These video streams can be viewed directly on their fundraising pages by friends and family members, allowing for direct interaction between the fundraiser and visitors.

Streaming Services & Apps

The two main platforms for live streaming are Twitch, and YouTube so fundraisers must sign up to one of these services to be able to live stream.

To record the video itself there are a few different applications available such as StreamLabs for iPhone and Android phones and OBS for desktops and laptop computers. Also, a range of video game consoles supports live streaming out of the box.

How to enable live streaming

Online Events

Live streaming can be enabled at event level for any online event. To do this simply login to Funraisin and choose "events" from the main left nav, click the edit icon for your event, and click on "Fundraising Options" from the middle nav. In here you will see a tab called "Streaming" where you can enable live streaming.

Checking this option will activate some options within the fundraiser's login area allowing them to enable Live Streaming by choosing their streaming service and adding in their streaming username, as shown below.

DIY Themes

For DIY pages this can be enabled by editing the DIY theme and selecting Live Streaming under the Create Page tab.

URL Formats

When live streaming is in use, each streaming platform requires a different format in the username field.

Twitch

For Twitch users, head to their account and copy the username in the URL and paste it into the username field. For Example:

https://www.twitch.tv/drlupo you would just need to enter drlupo into the username field

YouTube

For YouTube users, you will need the URL of their account/YouTube channel that includes "/channel/" followed by a random string of characters

For ABC News Australia as an example, their channel URL is https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVgO39Bk5sMo66-6o6Spn6Q you would just take the UCVgO39Bk5sMo66-6o6Spn6Q pare of the URL and paste that as the username.

Further Reading

To learn how live streaming works from a fundraiser's perspective visit https://support.funraisin.co/blog/introduction-to-live-streaming

If you’d like further help please pop in a support ticket from your Funraisin admin and our team will assist you.