Microsoft recently unveiled a feature within its Microsoft Teams collaborative software. Microsoft Teams live events is meant to deliver a one-to-many video and content streaming experience that can benefit anyone from small organizations to webcasting professionals. It’s currently available in public preview. Here’s some more information about how it’s intended to work and the different production methods that are available.
How Microsoft Teams live events works
Microsoft Teams live events allows you to deliver one-to-many video streaming experiences to large audiences while maintaining centralized control of the experience for attendees. So as a Microsoft Teams user, you can become an organizer for a new event and invite attendees to join the experience wherever they are, including on third-party platforms like Stream or Yammer, or directly within Teams.
You also have the ability to set attendee permissions. You can designate fellow team members and invite attendees. There are multiple roles available within every event, including the organizer, who manages the live event end to end; the producer, who hosts the meeting and controls the views and media sources for attendees; the presenter, who sends audio, video, or screen sharing content to attendees; and attendees, who simply experience the event live.
Organizers will have a couple of different production methods to choose from when setting up their event. The quick-start setting is the first one. It enables users to produce their event using the Teams client and then facilitate remote participants or use USB audio/video devices connected to a PC if necessary.
Then there’s the external encoder option, which is set to become available soon. This option allows you to manage events using third-party hardware and software through Microsoft Stream. The service lets you use studio quality equipment like media mixers and stream to a Real-Time Messaging Protocol (RTMP). This would be an option mainly for large-scale or professionally produced events.
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