Zoom is one of the most popular platforms for live streaming and video conferencing. And with the pandemic, it’s even become integral to some organizations for their operations (heard of Zoom Boom?.
However, when it comes to creating business value, there are limitations to what it can offer to organizations on its own. While it’s great for providing quality two-way communications, it’s not a complete solution for organizational use cases. Incidents regarding security have also brought into question Zoom’s reliability as a stand-alone solution for corporate organizations and businesses. That’s why so many organizations are integrating their Zoom application with enterprise video platforms for a complete and secure solution for their corporate video needs.
But how does that work? Let’s break it down, shall we!
To Zoom or Not To Zoom: Why Live Stream From A Video Platform Instead?
You might be wondering, why in the world would I need to live stream my webinar with another live streaming service? Isn’t Zoom good enough on its own? Well, maybe not.
One of the biggest concerns that a lot of organizations seem to have is security. Reports of leaked meetings and some careless but potentially serious incidents have highlighted Zoom’s limitations when it comes to security. And then there’s Zoom-bombing, where someone manages to hijack or intrude on a live Zoom meeting or webinar, usually followed by introducing some sort of lewd, racist or otherwise obscene content into the session. Serious incidents like this one have alarmed Zoom’s customers.
Read More: Solving Zoom Security Issues With VIDIZMO
There are several other limitations as well. Zoom has very limited scalability and is not reliable for streaming to a large number of participants. Additionally, it doesn’t let you create any concurrent streams. This can pose an issue in case you’re in the middle of a session and need to switch to a backup due to technical reasons or issues. Even if you create two different streams at the same time, initiating the second one will prompt you to leave the first one which is highly inconvenient.
On the other hand, an efficient enterprise video platform like VIDIZMO provides robust security with multiple controls for privacy and security, such as single sign-on authentication, role-based access control, configurable user groups to segregate viewers and content, audit logs for monitoring all activity and end-to-end encryption to ensure all your meetings and webinars are kept safe, secure and only accessible by the right people. VIDIZMO is also highly scalable, allowing you to stream to an unlimited number of viewers at the same time, and creates multiple concurrent streams, which you can fall back to in case your main session faces a failure.
That’s why organizations prefer to live stream their Zoom meetings and webinars through VIDIZMO by leveraging Zoom as an encoder to stream quality video through VIDIZMO.
Benefits of Zoom Live Streaming through VIDIZMO
Zoom falls short in a lot of areas in terms of security and optimized video delivery to ensure an interactive experience. This is where VIDIZMO steps in to provide you an enterprise-grade live experience. Here are some key features of VIDIZMO's interactive live streaming absent in Zoom:
Transcoding for Higher Quality Accessible Viewing
VIDIZMO offers adaptive bitrate streaming by transcoding your live stream to create multiple renditions playable on different devices and browsers anywhere in the world despite any bandwidth problems.
Learn More About How VIDIZMO Improves Video Delivery and Solves Bandwidth Challenges.
Smoother Global Video Delivery
VIDIZMO provides you out-of-the-box CDNs that help you smoothly scale your live stream to a global level with reduced buffering. It caches your live stream into various servers spread across the globe and pulls live stream from the server closest to the viewers.
Globally live stream securely and smoothly by setting up an enterprise content delivery network by configuring your existing on-premise servers or caching appliances to act as an edge. Use this to intelligently route your videos to the edge server closest to the user. This will ensure that your live stream can be viewed in any location and bandwidth conditions.
Unlike in Zoom video player, VIDIZMO video player allows you to move back or jump to different portions of the ongoing live meeting or webinar.
Backup Live Stream
VIDIZMO allows the creation of multiple redundant streams available for swift backup in case you face disruption in your main live stream.
Ample Features for Live Stream Interactivity
VIDIZMO provides a broad range of interactivity tools to engage your audience in a live stream. You can insert quizzes, polls and surveys to receive direct feedback, and use live chat and Q&A to enable dialogue with your audience. You can also attach handouts like slides and infographics to share with your audience and integrate your social media accounts, such as Twitter, to display your feed in the Zoom live stream.
End-to-End Video Management for On-demand Zoom Recordings
On top of all the useful live streaming features, VIDIZMO is well-known for its on-demand video streaming. The platform also provides multiple features to help you better manage your Zoom cloud recordings. Let us explore these in-depth.
Nearly every organization records their Zoom meetings and webinars as on-demand videos for viewing later. There are many reasons why you should record your Zoom sessions, such as for sharing with someone who wasn’t present or missed the session and keeping a record of the information that was discussed.
While Zoom is reliable for basic real-time two-way communication, it is less suitable for managing and distributing on-demand video. Unlike video conferencing platforms, efficient enterprise video platforms, like VIDIZMO, come with a range of tools and features for on-demand video streaming and management, such as playlists, categories, powerful search capabilities, multiple portals and more to manage your video content more effectively and efficiently.
Here are some key features on top of VIDIZMO's live stream offering:
Automatic Transcription & Translation
There are many benefits to transcribing your recorded meetings and webinars. In addition to making the recordings more accessible and Section 508 compliant, VIDIZMO enables you to use the transcript to search for all spoken and displayed words inside a video and instantly fast forward to the moment they occur video. Moreover, VIDIZMO can also translate your transcripts into 12+ different languages. This makes your content more easily accessible to an audience with different language backgrounds.
Sharing for Limited Time and Views
On VIDIZMO, you can choose to specify the number of views or period of time with any internal or external viewers. Once you choose to share a live Zoom meeting or webinar, a link will be sent to the viewer, which they can use to access the stream. Once the specified views or time period are exceeded, they will lose access to the stream unless an authorized user shares the live stream again. Limited sharing can also be used for your recorded on-demand Zoom meetings and webinars.
Learn More: How to Share a Recorded Zoom Meeting Securely?
Restrict Video Access To Authorized Viewers
There are user roles in VIDIZMO with pre-defined permission setting for what video action (sharing, downloading, etc.) users may or may not perform. Assign one of these user roles to your team members to quickly limit their capabilities based on the required level. You can also split users into various groups and share videos within these groups. These are used to segregate your video content and ensures only authorized viewers are able to watch a video.
Live streaming Zoom meetings and webinars are a great way to share sessions with certain employees or other participants without directly involving everyone. This way, the participants can maintain full control and direct the Zoom session while enabling others to watch without getting directly involved in the meeting.
How to Live Stream a Zoom meeting or webinar with VIDIZMO
You can only live stream your Zoom meeting or webinar if you have a Pro, Business, Education, or Enterprise account. You’ll also need a user role with permissions to edit the account settings.
You’ll first have to enable live streaming for your Zoom meetings.
- Sign in to your Zoom account
- Click on Account Management and then select Account Settings
- Click on In Meeting (Advanced) and,
- To enable live streaming for a Zoom meeting through VIDIZMO, use the toggle on the right to enable the option to Allow live streaming meetings
- To enable live streaming for a Zoom webinar through VIDIZMO, click on In Meeting (Advanced) and enable the option to Allow live streaming webinars
- A couple of checkboxes will appear; check the option for Custom Live Streaming Service and click Save
Now, you can start live streaming your Zoom meeting or webinar on VIDIZMO.
For VIDIZMO, make sure you have a Moderator, Manager or Administrator account role to schedule a live stream.
Pre-requisites for starting a live stream on VIDIZMO.
- You’ll need to configure an eCDN Node with your Streaming Server Provider. To know more, read: How to Configure ECDN Node using General Streaming Server Provider
- After the eCDN Node is configured, you have to create a Publishing Point against the configured ECDN Node. To know more, read: How to Set Up Publishing Point for Live Streaming using General Streaming Server
To create a new live stream on VIDIZMO:
- Sign-in to VIDIZMO and click on Add New Media (‘+’ icon) to the bottom right of the screen.
- Click on Schedule Live Webcast. You can add information such as the title and description, and configure settings such as the accessibility and scheduling for the live stream here as well.
- Navigate to the Live Source tab
- Choose a publishing point.
- Start your Zoom meeting
- Click More on the Zoom meeting control panel and select Live on Custom Live Streaming Service
- Copy the Ingest URL and Stream Name from the Live Source tab, and copy your VIDIZMO URL (e.g., https://xyz.enterprisetube.com/home) to the Stream URL, Stream Key, and the Live Streaming Page URL respectively on Zoom.
- Click Go Live! on Zoom and Save the settings on VIDIZMO. If you’ve already configured everything else, click Save and Close.
- You can now start your live stream.
To learn more, click here: How to Conduct a Live Webcast in VIDIZMO
To start a scheduled live stream on VIDIZMO:
- Click on the navigation menu on the top left corner of the homepage, and under the Admin tab, click on Media Manager
- Select your scheduled live stream and click on Live Control Room under the ‘Selected Media’ pane on the left side of the page.
- Click on Start Session to begin live streaming your Zoom meeting or webinar.
It’s important for organizations to make sure their live Zoom meetings and webinars go without a hitch. That means making sure they are being hosted and shared securely, and accomplish their purpose without any limitations or hindrances. Using a video platform like VIDIZMO to live stream Zoom meetings and webinars ensures a secure and scalable streaming experience, as well as extends the value of your Zoom recordings.
VIDIZMO is not just a live streaming platform; it is also a complete enterprise video content management system (CMS) for securely hosting, managing and sharing video content such as live and recorded Zoom meetings and webinars.