Many types of events now use live streaming to capture a diverse and location-independent audience and allow space for virtual attendees. Today you can find a live stream for almost anything, from a wedding or a concert at a business conference or seminar. Live streaming is cost-effective and straightforward, so it is a great way to expand the reach of your event. However, choosing an online platform for your stream can be a challenge.
Live streaming platforms allow users to broadcast video content to their chosen audience. They are also known as online video platforms or OVPs. When you look for a streaming platform, you want to look for:
Secure video uploading
Video editing tools
Capabilities for monetization
Professional video hosting
The platform you choose largely depends on your individual goals for your professional live stream.
Social Media for Streaming
Because of the rising popularity of streaming and webcasting, many social media platforms offer video sharing and hosting services alongside their traditional features. For example, Facebook Live and YouTube Live are popular platforms with large numbers of users. These services are useful for beginners, but they have their limitations.
With professional video hosting, you can get advanced security measures and even tools to integrate the videos with your existing workflows. For B2B live streaming, consider using a platform such as:
IBM Cloud Video
Teams Live Event
What is Dacast?
One of our top choices to pick from, Dacast is a video platform for small to medium-sized businesses. Founded in 2010, it’s a self-service live video solution where users can control their streams and videos on demand. Dacast streaming services were the first to use SaaS, or Streaming as a Service. The Dacast platform is compatible with many video file formats, allowing users to monetize their content.
Dacast Pros and Cons
Dacast received a Streaming Media Readers’ Choice Award in 2018 and 2019. Some of the benefits of using this platform for your professional streaming include:
• An all-device HTML5 player
• All-in-one streaming solutions
• Top tier CDNs
• 24/7 support and secure hosting
• The ability to boost your revenue
Dacast also has everything you need to manage your content, including brand overlay, closed captions, privacy options, video looping, and bulk uploading. Some of the potential pitfalls to using Dacast streaming are:
• Lack of ability to gauge audience engagement or analytics
• Lack of event scheduling options
• Lack of moderation or split-screen ability
• Inability to have feeds from multiple cameras
The Varvid Approach
When planning a live stream event, you want to weigh the pros and cons of all of your options. Varvid can help you with your professional live streaming and video production services. We have a knowledgeable team about all aspects of streaming and webcasting, and we can help you find the best options for your event.
We professionally stream events to a variety of platforms, and we can do multiple platforms simultaneously. Browse our packages to find a solution that works for you. Get a dedicated project manager who will ensure that your event streaming runs smoothly. Reach out today