Best practices

How to create my virtual event ?

Best practices to know how to create a virtual event with Shotgun and what you need before processing the creation of your stream.
Julia Dousse
February 3, 2021
8 min to read

Why should I broadcast my show on Shotgun Stream ?

Shotgun's streaming platform is meant for : 100% social interactions, 0% censure.

  • Donation & Merchandising: You can make your stream paid, free or based on donation, you can also sell merchandising !
  • Chat, Dancerooms, Wall of Fame: Boost your live with tons of hot social features !
  • Multi-stages: You can run several stages simultaneously and create a variety of atmosphere
  • Replay & visibility: host your event for free and benefit from being promoted to our audience, 500,000 registered users and over one million hits per month.

Checklist : What you need before processing the creation of your stream

๐Ÿ’ป A powerful computer

๐Ÿ“น A webcam or a smartphone's camera with the best quality as possible, completed if possible with a mobile camera for better videos

๐Ÿ“ก A goood wired connection (no wifi) - test your connection - if you cant connect your computer to your router, you can use an AC network adapter which will always be more stable than WiFi ;)

๐Ÿ’พ A streaming software like OBS Studio (download for free)

๐Ÿ“€ A external soundcard (recommended)

โ›“ XLR or TRS cable

๐Ÿ”‡ A short video trailer (no sound) 1000x1000px

๐Ÿ–ผ A visual 1000x1000px

๐ŸŽค๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐ŸŽค๐Ÿ’กAnd of course, everything to rock the show (instrumental setup, light, scenography, ... )!


1. Set up your stream on OBS Studio

Audio setup

  • If you have an external sound card:
  1. Connect your soundcard to your computer and to your mixer using XLR or TRS cables;
  2. Open OBS and configure the audio settings:
  3. Settings -> Audio -> Micro / Auxiliary Audio -> define your sound card
  4. On your sound card's audio source, adjust the volume between -25 db and -20 db to keep the sound clear. Cut or remove the "microphone" source to avoid echoes or ambient noise.
  • If you don't have an external sound card:
  1. Open OBS and check the audio settings:
  2. Adjust the volume between -25 db and -20 db in order to keep a clean sound

Video setting

Create a new Source, to the existing Scene

  • If you are using an external webcam or camera
  1. Rename your scene
  2. Create a "Video Capture Device" source
  3. Select the webcam/camera in the "Device" drop-down menu
  4. "OK" โœ…
  • If you are using a smartphone as the video source
  1. Download **Shoot - Clean Camera Feed** application;
  2. Connect your smartphone to your computer via USB;
  3. Rename your Scene;
  4. Create ย "Video Capture Device" source;
  5. Select your smartphone from the "Device" drop-down menu;
  6. "OK" โœ…

Remember to turn off notifications and automatic standby!

2. Create your stream on Shotgun in 5 steps ! ๐Ÿš€

  • Sign up here and confirm your submission
  • Log in to access your Smartboard, this is where you will manage awesome thing ! Go in "Event" section and click on "create event", choose "livestream event"
  • You can import all informations from a Facebook event, otherwise, fill in all the informations (date, description, visuals, tags)
  • Set up your stage(s) by connecting your broadcasting system with Shotgun. In OBS, click on Settings โ†’ Stream โ†’ Service :
  • Service: set to Custom
  • Server: copy / paste the server address provided by Shotgun
  • Stream Key: copy / paste the Stream key provided by Shotgun
  • Publish ! Your stream is ready to go, a countdown will run on your virtual stage until the show begin, now spread the word ย ! ๐Ÿ‘

๐Ÿ™Š Some tips (on OBS)

Add logos / photos / slideshow / GIF...:

  • Create sources
  • Manage the superposition of sources

Trigger the stream with X seconds delay:

  • Settings -> Advanced
  • Stream delay -> Activated -> set to X seconds

Save content for later transmission:

  • Perform the same parameters
  • โ€œRecord videoโ€


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