Manage Microphone, Camera & Screen Sharing

In this article, we will cover everything about stream management in the event room. All contributors can go into the event room at any time! Just click on Event room at the top right of your event's dashboard.

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Activate Your Camera and Microphone

When you join the event room for the very first time, you will have to allow your browser to access to your webcam and microphone.

Click on Allow to allow access.

If you don't allow permissions, you won't be able to join the stage to share your audio/video with your attendees. 

You'll get an error message.

If you blocked permissions by error, don't worry! You can always allow permissions again by clicking on the lock icon to the left of your address bar.


Join the Stage

In order to join the stage, from a computer, you would need to use Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari (v.12.1 and up) or Microsoft Edge (v.79 and up). From mobile/tablet, you would need to use iOS>12.1 or Android.

You can configure your settings before joining the stage

You can share your webcam and your microphone (or disable them). If you'd like to use an external device (for example an external USB microphone or webcam), you can also select it here. Watch the green bar to see if your audio is being captured.

Next time you enter the room we will keep the same settings. If you want to change those settings just click on the gear icon (in the middle of the Dock).

If you close this window by mistake, don't worry. You can always go back on stage by clicking the Join stage button at the bottom 

Once you've configured your audio/video click Apply and Join stage. Once you're on stage, you'll be seen and heard by everyone. Your audio, video and screen sharing will also be recorded once you start your event.

You can control the stage by using the Dock. Click on each icon to manage your video, audio, share a document, your screen or a CTA.

For privacy reasons and better event management no one can enable the camera or unmute the microphone of someone else. Each person must manage their own stream/stage settings. They will either need to do it themselves or you can request them to do it.


Use an External Camera or Microphone

If you'd like to use an external device (for example an external USB microphone or webcam), you can select it when you first enter the event room ( explained above) or you can change your audio/video settings by clicking on the little gear icon in the middle of the Dock. A popup will open, you will be able to switch between devices. 

If the external device does not appear in the select menu, refresh the page first and open the device settings again. Your device should appear in the dropdown menu afterwards.


Share Your Screen

Screen sharing is great for presenting a Powerpoint or a software and have it recorded in the replay. In a few clicks, you can share everything happening on any app or on your entire screen. Click on the arrow icon on your Dock.

Bear in mind that you need to be on Chrome, Firefox, Opera or Safari (v.13 and up) and connect from a computer to share your screen.

Mobile/tablet devices do not yet support screen sharing, however you can still share your mobile/tablet screen by connecting it to a computer and screen sharing from there. We have all the details how-to here!💡

Livestorm Tip 👉 You can share your screen without being on stage as well! All you have to do in this case is to click on Share and choose Share screen.

Chrome

Once you click Enable screen sharing, this will trigger a popup. You can share your entire screen or just share an application window or a tab.

Sharing the audio with screen sharing is only possible if you share a Chrome tab (Chrome 74+) and check the "Share audio" box. Your participants will then be able to hear the audio of the content you're sharing.

If you share audio content by sharing Your Entire Screen, your participants won't be able to hear it.

If you use a Chrome version older than 72, you have to install our Chrome extension to use screen sharing. If the extension is not installed, we will display a notification pop up asking to download the extension. Once you have installed it, you don't need to reload the page, just click on the screen icon again.

Firefox

For Firefox, you don't have to download an extension. You'll be able to share an application window our your entire screen natively. Just select whether you'd like to share an entire screen or an application window from the Share button.

Once you make a selection, Firefox will then ask you to give permission to Livestorm to allow screen sharing. You'll be able to select which application/screen you'd like to share from the popup.

You have to give Livestorm browser permissions to share your screen. If you don't, you'll get this warning:

In this case, click on the screen-sharing icon to the left of your address bar to manage your screen sharing permissions.

You can then clear the blocked permission. Once removed, click on the Share button in your Dock again. This way, Firefox will ask you to give permission one more time. Click Allow and you'll be able to start your screen sharing afterwards. 

Safari

Starting from version 13 and up, you can use screen sharing on Safari. In order to use Safari's screen sharing, please make sure to have given access to your browser. You can verify this in your Safari settings:

1. Click Safari > Settings for this website:

2. Check that the Screen Sharing field is not set on Deny. If it is, set it on Ask or Allow:

3. Once you have updated the settings, refresh your browser. You can now use screen sharing on Safari.

Edge

You can share your entire screen or just share an application window or a tab.

Sharing the audio with screen sharing is only possible if you share a Microsoft Edge tab (Edge 79+) and check the "Share audio" box. Your participants will then be able to hear the audio of the content you're sharing.

If you share audio content by sharing Your Entire Screen, your participants won't be able to hear it.

Opera

In order to share your screen on Opera click on Share and choose Enable screensharing.

If your Opera version is older than 60, screen sharing will be a two-step process. As we don't have a native Opera extension for those versions, you'll have to use our Chrome extension instead:

First you'll have to install Chrome Extensions for Opera. You can install the extension here.

Once that's added to your browser, you can download our Chrome extension. If the extension is not installed, we will display a notification pop up asking to download the extension. Once you have installed it, you don't need to reload the page, just click on the screen share icon again in your Dock to start your screen sharing.

That's it, you're good to go!

In order to learn how to properly share a presentation please refer to this tutorial. We cover every tip and trick to share a presentation with your attendees.


Screen Share Your Phone or Tablet

You can share the screen of your mobile or tablet in the event room. But first you'd need to mirror your device's screen to your computer. Once mirrored, you can use screen sharing to project your device's screen in the event room.

Apple Devices

If you're using an iPhone or an iPad, you can use QuickTime Player to share the screen of your device. Here are the steps:

1
Connect your device to your computer
2
Open up Quicktime on your computer. Select File then New Movie Recording
3
Select your device
4
Access your event room and start a screen share

Going from here, you have two options: 

- You can share your entire screen including the device:

- Or share just the screen of your device under Application window. It will be listed as a movie recording:

Livestorm Tip 👉 You can use a dedicated app to screen share your iPhone/iPad like PhoneCast.

Android Devices

If you'd like to mirror your Android devices, check out the hacks listed in this article. They might prove to be useful in this case 🖖


Minimize or Maximize a Stream

If you want everyone in the room to be focused on a specific stream, you will need to minimize or maximize a stream.

Minimizing or maximizing a stream affects the display for everyone in the room!

In order to minimize or maximize a stream:

  • Hover the stream you want to minimize/maximize
  • Click on the minimize/maximize icon at the top right corner of the stream.

A stream is maximized by default when a screen or media is shared.

For better event management, you might want to designate in advance who will be in charge of minimizing and maximizing streams.


Go to Fullscreen Mode

Going to fullscreen mode doesn't affect the display for everyone. It will only be applied to you.

The fullscreen mode lets you take full advantage of your entire screen.

In order to go to fullscreen mode:

  • Click on the Fullscreen icon at the bottom right corner of the room.

Once in fullscreen mode, a floating dock shows up at the bottom of your screen. 

In addition to the usual options, the fullscreen mode dock allows you to:

  • Drag it around and place it wherever you want on your screen
  • Leave stage or Start event
  • Open the side pane
  • Leave the fullscreen mode (you can also press "esc" on your keyboard).

The fullscreen mode is not available on mobile browsers at the moment.


Resize Streams

Resizing streams allows you to manually adapt the size of the streams while on focus mode (a stream is maximized).

Resizing streams doesn't affect the display for everyone. It will only be applied to you.

If a stream is on focus mode, the resize bar will show up to be able to resize streams. The resize bar will not be displayed if no stream is maximized.

In order to resize streams:

  • Click on the resize bar in between the maximized stream and the minimized ones
  • Drag the resize bar to resize the streams as you want them to be.

Please note that the focused stream can't be smaller than the minimized ones.

If you want to only focus on the maximized stream, you can totally hide the minimized ones by dragging the resize bar to the bottom.

Resizing streams won't be seen in the replay of the event.


Use Keyboard Shortcuts

The keyboard shortcuts won't be enabled if you're on another browser tab/application or if you're writing in the "Chat tab" of the event room.

When you're on stage, you can use keyboard shortcuts in the room to:

  • Mute/unmute your microphone by pressing M
  • Enable/disable your camera by pressing C
  • Push to talk by holding M

You can only "Push to talk" if you're already muted. While you are pressing the M key your audience can hear you. As soon as you release it, you will go back to being muted.

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