How to access Shoflo Studio
Shoflo Studio is first accessed by creating a Studio file inside of your Event Dashboard. This is done by clicking the blue "Create new" button at the top right of the dashboard.
When you click on the newly created Studio file, you will enter that Studio's Director View. This is the view that will be used by the Video Director of the show and where that person will control the Live program output. Presenters, Cameras, Screen shares, and media are all added and edited here. This view will have the program live view at the top, the inputs below that, and all overlays, banners, and other customizations and tools on the right.
Add local camera
When loading into Director view, you will be requested to select which of your device's available cameras and microphones you want to use. Then, click "Enter the Studio". You will automatically be added as a source.
If you were to remove yourself as a source, you could easily re-add it by clicking on the "Add Source" button to the top right of your source list and then selecting the "Add local camera" option from that dropdown.
Add Screen share
Similar to how you would add your local camera, click on the Add Source button but this time select the ScreenShare option. Then, in the modal that appears, select the screen or part of your screen that you wish to share.
Up to two concurrent screen shares are possible in Shoflo Studio, So, both the Director and a presenter can share their screen or two different presenters.
You can also add media such as pre-recorded video or images as inputs. To upload media into Studio, scroll down below where your presenters appear and click "Add Source" and choose "Upload a local media file" After you've chosen the file you want to upload and given it a name, click "Create" and when it has finished uploading, it will appear as a new input under your Media sources.
The Filesize limit is currently 1GB but moving up to 2GB soon. Though these large file sizes are supported, be mindful of the videos bitrate for smooth playback. We recommend sub 10 Mbps. We currently support H.264/AAC video in an MP4 wrapper/extension.
Add Overlays + Backgrounds
Overlays and backgrounds can be useful in giving your production a professional look and feel for your audience. You can add your own custom overlays and backgrounds from the Brand tab by clicking "Add New" from either the overlays or backgrounds section. Just how you would add media, simply choose the file you want to upload and after you've entered the desired name, click "Add".
The file size limit for Overlays and Backgrounds is 5MB. Backgrounds are going to be the bottom layer in the stack and overlays are going to be the top layer, with video or screen shares existing between these two. When turning on multiple overlays, the last one activated will be the topmost.
A banner is a great tool for providing the audience with additional information about a presenter or topic that the presenter is talking about. When used, banners will appear in the lower thirds of the program. You can add a banner in the Banners tab and by selecting "Add New". A modal will appear which allows you to enter in the desired information as well as choose a banner style, accent color and animation. You can also set the banner to automatically animate out. Clicking "Submit" will create a new banner with the chosen settings.
How to add remote presenters
Remote presenters can be added via the invite link. In Director View, you can access and share the invite link to presenters using the "Copy Invite Link" button at the top right. Once a presenter clicks the link and enters their name, they can Request Access. This request is seen by the Director, who must approve it before a presenter can join. Upon approval, the remote presenter will be loaded into the Presenter View and can now be added into the Live program by the Director.
Once added, remote presenters will be brought into Presenter View. This adds the presenter's video and audio feed to the Director View as a single source. From Presenter View, presenters will be able to watch the live program as well as see other presenters. As a presenter, you also have access to a few controls such as muting your mic or stopping your video feed as needed. By clicking the "Settings" button, you can also switch camera and microphone sources. You also have the option to share your screen which will be seen as an additional source in Director View.
Auto Layout and the layout buttons
The auto layout options are visible beneath the program in Director View. These preset layouts make it simple to transition between different presenter/media layouts. It also allows you dynamically add and remove sources to the program without having to arrange them each time. Auto Layouts will automatically put the added sources in the right spot according to the selected layout. After enabling your desired presenters, media or screen shares clicking one of the auto layouts will automatically arrange and bring the selected sources live.
Controlling audio and video of presenters
While in Director view, it's important to have controls which allow you to enable or disable a presenters audio or video independently. If a presenter or media source is toggled on, audio controls are easily accessible to the right of their preview. Clicking the "Add Live/Remove Live" buttons below the preview allows you to control whether their camera feed will appear in the program.
Clicking the "Add live" button while a source is toggle off will automatically toggle it on and add it to the program.
Streaming to an endpoint
A streaming endpoint such as Youtube, Facebook, etc. can be added using the Endpoints tab at the bottom right of Director View. Simply click "Add New" and enter your endpoint's information into the RMTP Endpoint modal. To add an endpoint, you'll need your Stream Key and your Stream URL. In this modal, you also have the option to select the Advanced settings to make more technical adjustments to the stream output.
Recording the session
What is the delay?
We use WebRTC and the delay is sub one second so its comparable to zoom and other web conferencing tools.
What is the user limit?
You can have up to 25 participants, 10 of which can be live (sharing their camera feed or screen) at any given time.
Are my presenters required to have a Shoflo account?
No, anyone with the Director provided link will be able to access the Presenters area and become a presenter, once approved by the Director.
Can a Presenter share their screen and their camera at the same time?
Yes, Shoflo Studio was designed to allow your, presenters to share their screen and camera at the same time.
What Endpoint protocols does Studio support?
Studio currently allows you to use RTMP/RTMPS as a way to send your stream to different endpoints. SRT, HLS, HDS and RTSP are not currently supported by Studio
What is WebRTC?
WebRTC is the technology used by Shoflo Studio to accomplish sub-one-second delays for presenter camera sources.
What is Mix/Minus?
The removal of your own audio from the audio stream so that you don't hear yourself through the microphone of your audience
Can the director speak with presenters without it going live?
Yes, right now, you can communicate via the chat window but we also have plans to add a greenroom feature for backstage voice comms.
Can I stream to endpoints that are located outside of the US?
Yes, Studio does not prevent you from streaming to endpoints located outside the US, just set it up the same way you would with any other endpoint.
Can I setup a redundant backup stream to my endpoint to avoid any disruption if one of them has an issue?
Yes, Studio has the ability to have streams running to multiple endpoints. If your endpoint supports having a backup stream, you can set it up using the settings provided by the endpoint. Click here for more info on how to setup and Endpoint in Studio.
What are the limitations for video files, what formats you recommend?
For video, we support H.264 encoded video with AAC encoded audio in an MP4 extension. Video files are also limited in bit rate, anything below 15mbps is allowed and the total file size can be no bigger than 1GB
Are there any restrictions on media, backgrounds, banners or overlays?
Overlays and backgrounds are limited to 2Mb in size and JPG, JPEG, PNG are the preferred file types.
Banners have no file size limit but there is a character limit that varies depending on which characters used.