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Live stream a video meeting

In-house and Cross Domain live streaming is available with these Google Workspace Editions: 

  • Enterprise Plus
  • Enterprise Standard
  • Education Plus
  • Teaching and Learning Upgrade 

Compare Google Workspace editions or Learn about your available Meet features.

If live streaming is on for your work or school account, you can let people in your organization watch your video meetings. With Cross Domain live streaming, admins can also allow up to 50 different Trusted Workspace sub-domains to join their live streams. The maximum number of live-stream viewers depends on your Google Workspace edition.

Tip: If you’re a Google Workspace administrator who manages Google Meet for your organization, first allow live streaming or set up Cross Domain live streaming.

Who can view a live stream 

Only guests in your organization can watch live streams. If your admin turns on Cross Domain live streaming, then guests in your organization and in Trusted Workspace domains can watch. All participants in your organization can stop and start the stream during the meeting, and record the event. Guests who join as “view-only” can’t participate in the meeting or control streaming and recording.

Tip: Live stream organizers will see a viewer count at the top of their screen. The live stream counter will show every new viewer until the first 100 users. After 100 users, it will round to the nearest 5.

Supported Meet browsers

You can use these browsers to view live stream meetings:

  • Chrome Browser
  • Microsoft® Edge®
  • Mozilla® Firefox®
  • Opera®
  • Apple® Safari®

What you can share via live-stream with Meet

  • Real-time employee and staff training
  • Academic information with students 
  • Conference materials that can’t be shared in person.
  • Organization-wide presentations with multiple presenters
  • Guests may be designated as view-only

Set up a live stream with Google Calendar

Part 1: Create a live stream event

  1. Open Google Calendar.
  2. ClickPlusCreateand thenEventand thenMore options.
  3. Add the event details, such as date, time, and description.
  4. Add the guests that can fully participate in the video meeting. 
    • All guests added to this event can be seen, heard, and present their screen.
    • People from other organizations and trusted domains can be added. Only people in your organization can record and control streaming.
  5. Next to Join with Google Meet, click the Down arrow""and thenAdd live stream.
  6. Click Add live stream again to confirm.
  7. Click Saveand thenSend.
    Note: Streaming does not automatically start. During the meeting, at the bottom right, click, click Live Streamingand thenStart streaming.

Part 2: Create an additional event for view-only guests

To invite specific people to the view-only live stream, create a view-only event. The event is added to their Calendar and includes the link for view-only guests.

People invited to the event are not seen or heard in the meeting, and can’t present, record, or control streaming.

Tip: If invited, view-only guests can join live streams even if their accounts don't support live streaming or their organizations have live streaming turned off.

  1. Open Google Calendar.
  2. Click the live stream event you created and thenEdit "".
  3. At the top, click More actionsand thenCreate view-only event.
  4. Add guests or rooms for view-only access, and other details such as a description.
  5. Click Save and thenSend.

Remove a live stream from a Google Calendar Event

  1. Open Google Calendar.
  2. Click the live stream event and then Edit Edit.
  3. Next to Join with Google Meet, click the Down arrow ""and then Remove live stream.
  4. Click Save.

Tip: The meeting link changes when you add or remove live streaming. Be sure to share the updated link with your guests.

Start and stop a live stream

If allowed by an administrator, any participant in the same organization as the meeting organizer can start or stop the live stream. Live streams automatically stop after 8 hours since live streams have an 8 hour time limit. 

Can start or stop a live stream View only, can’t control live stream
Meeting organizer  
You’re in the same organization as live steam organizer Guests who join view-only
You’re allowed in live stream by an administrator  
You’ve joined as a full participant  

 

  1. Open Google Calendar and join the video meeting.
  2. Select More ""and then Start streaming.
  3. Confirm that you want to start streaming. When streaming is on, at the top left, “Live” is indicated. View-only guests can now watch the meeting using the stream URL.
  4. Select More ""and then Stop streaming.
  5. Confirm that you want to stop streaming.

Record a live-stream event

Full participants from the same organization as the meeting organizer can record the live stream so people can watch the event after the meeting ends. Live-stream events are not automatically recorded, so you must manually start and stop recording. Learn how to Record a video meeting.

Guests who join view-only cannot control recording.

Watch a live-stream event

Tip: People using the live-stream link cannot interact with the meeting participants or others in the live stream.

To watch a live-stream event, guests can:

  • Click the live-stream link in the Calendar event or an email.
  • Watch from a meeting room that is added to the event and set up with Chromebox or Chromebase for meetings.

When you watch a live-stream event, you can:

  • Stop and start the live playback.
  • Set the playback speed and video quality.
  • Play the video on a TV.
  • Switch to full-screen mode.

Tip: To watch the event later, ask the meeting organizer if a recording is available. The live-stream can only be viewed while being broadcast live.

Add captions to your live stream

To use captions for your live stream event, meeting participants should first turn on  live stream captions from the main meeting. Live stream captions will appear in the same language as is set in the meeting and are available in English, German, French, Spanish and Portuguese.

For meeting participants: 

  1. Join a meeting with live streaming turned on. 
  2. At the bottom right, click Activities  and then Live Streaming
  3. Select the language for captions from the menu and then click Start Streaming.

For live stream viewers: 

  • On your computer, on the livestream viewer, click  Turn on captions "" or Turn off captions "".
  • On your mobile device, on the livestream viewer, at the top right, tap Menu  and then Subtitles.

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