The article will help those who activated "Streaming" after January 31, 2022. If you have activated the service earlier, you interact with a different user interface. If you want to combine streams in that interface, just add several live streams while creating a broadcast. You can use the guide (Step 9): Broadcasts. Create and manage a broadcast.
What is Multicamera?
Multicamera is a free option used to combine two or more live streams. You deliver several streams at once, and a user can switch between them using a button in the player.
This option is useful when you need to stream the event simultaneously from several angles or in different languages.
Multiple angles. You are broadcasting a film award ceremony. Your audience wants to see not only the stage, where the host announces winners, but also the hall with celebrities. With Multicamera, you stream from two cameras at once — one shoots the stage, the other films the hall. Each viewer can click a button in the player to switch between cameras at any time.
Multiple languages. You are broadcasting for a multilingual audience: Germans, English and French. You create three live streams dubbed into English, German and French respectively. You send these streams through Multicamera, and viewers get the opportunity to instantly switch between different voice-overs.
Create at least two live streams before you configure Multicamera. To do this, you can use our guide: Create a live stream.
1. Click "Create a multicamera", enter the name (it will be displayed only in your control panel and will be invisible to viewers) and select the live streams you want to combine. Click "Create".
A new window will open. Do the remaining steps in it.
2. Select a stream status. The status determines what a viewer will see in the player:
- Live — your stream
Waiting for Start — a black screen with the "Waiting for Start" message or a screensaver from Step 4 of this guide
Paused — a black screen with the "Paused" message or a screensaver from Step 4 of this guide
Ended — a black screen with the "Ended" message or a screensaver from Step 4 of this guide
You can change the status as you stream. For example, in case of a technical issue, set the "Paused" status to suspend your stream. When you fix the issue, change the status to "Live", and the broadcast will be continued.
3. Set the order of the live streams. When a viewer opens the player, they will first see the first live stream from the list, and then will be able to skip to others by clicking the buttons. At this step, you can delete and add live streams.
4. Upload a screensaver if you want to show an image in the "Waiting for Start", "Paused" and "Ended" statuses instead of the text message.
5. Click "Save changes".
6. Copy the iFrame code and embed it into your webpage code. The player will show the primary stream, and your users will be able to switch to other streams using the button in the corner.