Didacte allows you to broadcast live lectures or video lessons using YouTube's live streaming service and your webcam. You benefit from all the tools offered by YouTube in terms of video, while having the opportunity to integrate one or more live broadcasts within your Didacte courses.
To use live video streams in Didacte, you must have at least:
- A computer with a camera and a microphone (or an external camera and microphone connected to your computer)
- A stable, fast and non-shared internet connection
- A validated YouTube channel (it takes a few minutes)
Disclaimer: Since January 2018, YouTube has made changes to permissions related to the external broadcast of live video for brand accounts. In this case, it's now mandatory to link an AdSense account to your YouTube account so you can stream your live video lessons to any other external app.
If you get a screen like the one below when you try to embed your live video in Didacte, you need to allow the integration of "Distribution Options" under the "Advanced Settings" section.
To enable live video integration on your Didacte platform, YouTube requires activation of monetization and linking an AdSense account to your channel. To find out how to activate the Adsense service on your Youtube account, click here.
Setting up your first live video course
Create a live video lesson
To create and configure your first live video lesson in Didacte, start by creating a new training, choosing the "Online" course type.
Enter the basic information you already have (you can always come back to it later), then save.
Under the Content tab of your training, you can then build your training plan as usual by dragging the lessons in the order you want. Drag and drop a "Live Video Stream" lesson in your course plan, enter a title, and save.
You can then click on the edit icon to the right of your new lesson to set up your live video.
Importing your Youtube Live Broadcast information
You will need to enter your YouTube broadcast URL in the field provided. If you have never used YouTube live streaming, we strongly advise you to first consult the official documentation.
Once you've entered your URL, tap the "Import from YouTube" button to upload your live event information into your Didacte lesson. You should see a preview video appear. Of course, if you're not live right now, your video should not show anything.
If you've set a start date and time to your YouTube live stream, you'll see that they're automatically copied to Didacte.
You can always edit them before saving your lesson again. Note that if you change the start time of your broadcast directly to YouTube after importing it into Didacte, the new time will not be synchronized automatically, you will have to change it manually in your Didacte lesson.
Complete and publish the training
Once your lesson is saved, all you have to do is complete the rest of your course (other lessons, quizzes, access and payment, categorization, etc.) and publish it!
Note that it is quite possible to include several live video lessons, at different dates, in the same course.
Before the broadcast
Once your course is published, your users will be able to start enrolling in it. All users registered for a training session with live lessons will receive an email reminder one hour prior to the start of each broadcast.
We strongly advise that you test your environment and your video streaming tools before the day of your live lesson. More information is available in YouTube's official documentation on Live Event Preview.
YouTube configuration notes
You are free to use the YouTube settings of your choice for your live broadcast. Here are some recommendations:
- Use the Events feature instead of Live Broadcast for better control over your streaming options.
- Upload a thumbnail image for your event. This will be displayed in the video player before the live broadcast starts.
- In the Chat section, uncheck the Enable Live Chat option. We recommend you use Didacte's built in chat system to keep track of all conversations within your courses.
- In the DVR section, check the Enable DVR option to allow your users to roll back into your live broadcast.
- In the Distribution Options section, ensure that the Allow Integration option is checked so that your delivery can be integrated into Didacte
- In the Current Recording section, uncheck the Allow comments and Users can view notices left on this video.
- In the privacy settings, select the Unlisted option to prevent your event from being publicly displayed in YouTube search results.
You're now ready to create your first live stream online course!
Streaming multiple video sources
It is possible to stream multiple video sources all at once using Youtube Live. Since August 1 2019, it is required that users use an encoder system to manage this workflow.
If you are interested in streaming more than your webcam, please read Youtube's documentation in regarde to setting up your live streaming encoder.