Today, we’re excited to announce an update to the Panopto Mobile app that enables you to watch live webcasts on your iOS device. Panopto Mobile 4.8 is now available in the iTunes App Store, and is a free download for all Panopto customers.
Here’s how the new live-to-mobile webcasting capability works:
First, launch your Panopto recording and webcasting software. Select your audio and video sources. Then check the Webcast and Record checkbox, and click Record. In other words, start a live Panopto webcast the same way you normally would.
From there, make sure you’ve got the latest version of Panopto Mobile installed on your iOS device. Launch the app on your iPad or iPhone and log in to your server. You should now see the live webcast listed alongside on-demand videos. Simply click on the link to the live webcast, and in seconds, you’ll be watching and listening to a live stream. Panopto supports live streaming at up to 720p at 60 frames per second (60fps) in order to provide broadcast-quality video on your iPhone and iPad.
In this release of the Panopto Mobile, you can live stream a single feed of audio and a single feed of video — either the primary video and audio streams or primary audio and the contents of your screen. Future releases of the app will include the ability to watch multiple feeds of video, as is currently possible when viewing live webcasts on PCs and Macs.
If you’re running an event that includes both presenter video and screen content (such as PowerPoint slides or software demonstrations), and you want iOS viewers to see both feeds, you can incorporate video switching by adding a hardware- or software-based mixer upstream from Panopto. For example, vMix makes a great, affordable live production software that accepts multiple video inputs and supports real-time switching. Because Panopto recognizes vMix as a video input, the vMix feed can be streamed into Panopto, and as video feeds are switched in vMix, those will be reflected in the Panopto webcast.
For businesses and universities, live streaming to iOS means that your employees and students never have to miss a town hall meeting, corporate event, or lecture even when they’re on the go. And for IT organizations, Panopto’s use of HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) means that there’s no need to manually configure network firewalls and proxy servers to support live streams. All Panopto streams use ports 80 and 443, the default ports already opened for HTTP and HTTPS traffic, respectively.
If you’re looking for the easiest way to live webcast presentations and events to iOS devices, go to the iTunes app store and try Panopto Mobile 4.8 today. Or for more information on how Panopto’s video platform can help your organization record, live stream, manage, and search all your video content, contact us to request an online demo today.