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How do I Add a PreRecorded Video to WebinarJam?

This article is for: WebinarJam Studio Users

 
With WebinarJam you have the power to switch between Live Mode and Pre-Recorded Video Mode. This is called a Hybrid Webinar.
 
You can pre-load up to 10 videos. Then, with the click of your mouse, switch from "live broadcast mode" into "video mode". At the end of the video, you can switch back from "Video mode" to "Live mode" and answer questions, continue with the live presentation, or simply plug-in the next video.
 
Below, you'll find instructions on how to load videos into your webinar to create a Hybrid Webinar. Please also read the Troubleshooting Pre-Recorded Video Problems 
 
 
 

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How to Pre-Load Pre-Recorded Videos

While the process to add a video doesn't take long, it is not something you want to do on the fly during a live webinar unless absolutely necessary.
 
  1. Either set up a "New Webinar" or go to "Edit Webinar" mode
  2. Go to the "Live" tab (Marked #2 Below)
  3. Click the Pencil to Edit the "Pre-Configured Video Injections" (Marked #3 Below)
  4. Click "Add New Video" (Marked #4 Below)
 
 

Adding Videos in JamSession.

JamSession allows you to inject both YouTube and MP4 videos.  The videos are automatically recorded in your webinar Youtube recording, but you do need to be careful to maintain any copyright laws.  We strongly recommend that you make certain your Live Streaming is set to Unlisted. Please visit the article "Setting up YouTube" and read the section about Promotions.

Additionally, please be sure to read the warnings on the type of videos you can add.

 

In the Popup that appears:

1) Add a name for you to identify the video you need (Marked #1 Below)

2) Add the Video URL from the address bar (Marked #2 Below)  

You can add:

YouTube URLs (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED)

YouTube videos are encoded appropriately and have fewer issues with audio or video. 

WARNING: YouTube videos are set to Unlisted or Public.  Unlisted will keep the video from searches on YouTube and still allow it to play on WebinarJam and for your attendees.  

WARNING: The video must be allowed in the United States and have embed enabled.

To confirm embed is allowed, click Share under a video (Marked #1 Below) then go to Embed (Marked #2 Below).

 

 

MP4 URLs

WARNING: You MUST test this video before you go live. Be prepared to upload to YouTube if it doesn't play correctly. YouTube is highly recommended because it is encoded appropriately for use with WebinarJam. With MP4 videos, the audio or video may have issues, or may not play at all. We highly recommend using YouTube, as it provides the smoothest experience, especially for those just starting out.  

WARNING: If you use Amazon S3, you must make certain your settings are configured correctly. See S3 Settings Even done using these guidelines, it is imperative that you test before.  

WARNING: If you use Vimeo, you need to have Vimeo Pro so you can get the MP4 link to use in your own player.  Read our article on Vimeo Links.

WARNING: While you can use almost any MP4 link, you'll want to test prior to your live event to ensure they play through the JamSession recorder.

 

3) Add the Video duration. If YouTube says 7:18 you will add 7 to the minutes and 18 to the seconds (Marked #3 Below)

  1. The video time duration needs to match exactly to the URL time duration.
  2. Failure to match the duration properly could result in injection issues.
 
 
 
 

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How to Add a Video to a Live Webinar

  • Click Videos
  • Click the Sprocket
 
You'll click the white "Select Video" and then "Create Video" from the drop down
 
 
  1. Add a name for you to identify the video you need (Marked #1 Below)
  2. Add the Video URL from the address bar (Marked #2 Below)
    1. You can only use YouTube Videos. We discovered that most other URLs have encoding issues or links that won't work in our player. Youtube is the exception to this as long as the YouTube videos are set to Unlisted or Public.
  3. Add the Video duration. If YouTube says 7:18 you will add 7 to the minutes and 18 to the seconds (Marked #3 Below)
    1. The video time duration needs to match exactly to the URL time duration on YouTube.
    2. Failure to match the duration properly can result in injection issues.
 

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How to Play a Video

  • Click Videos
  • Click the Sprocket
 
Click the white "Select Video", then choose your video from the drop down
 
 

Load Video

Your video will display as below...

  • Click "Load Video" (Marked #3 Below)
 
 
 
Next, You'll see this screen here:
 
Your video is not playing yet. Press Play.  After you press Play there will be a 30 second delay which allows for the average time delay between presenters and attendees.  (Read about Delay between Attendees & Presenters
 
 
 

How The Video Looks While Playing

The Attendee will see what is in the Red Box below
 
Your attendees will see the video in full screen and be able to hear it as intended. They are able to chat and see Offers.

As the Presenter you will see what is in the Purple Box below

Once you press Play you'll see the video playing in your sidebar.  You will NOT hear the audio. Instead, you can watch the countdown timer beneath the video, as shown on the right.  
 

Want to hear the audio?

Under the video is a red X over a speaker Icon. To hear your video's audio, click the X (Marked with a Purple arrow).

 
 

End the Video

If you wish, you can end the video early, simply by clicking the red "End Video and Resume Hangout" button.  Your audio and video will come back so that you can continue with the webinar. 
 
See Below  
 
Having Issues? Be sure to see Troubleshooting Pre-Recorded Video Problems
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