How to Screen Share While Live Streaming

How to Screen Share While Live Streaming

Screenshare is an essential feature to any live streaming software, including Melon. Screen share allows the stream owner to share their screen, but there is more nuance to that.

Let’s talk about: (1) how creator and streaming professionals are using screen share in their broadcasts, (2) what can you do with screen share within Melon, (3) how screen share interacts with different operating systems.

So how are people using screen sharing during their live streams?

We’ve seen 1000s of streams at this point and there are so many clever use cases. Here are a few:

  1. Annotate a file or a video on your computer. For example: maybe you are discussing a presentation, a product, a school project or a piece of art. You can share that and annotate with your camera side by side
  2. Show off another website or another application. For example: we’ve seen folks do real-time financial trading and analysis using Melon where they screenshare their trading application
  3. Play a game: while we recommend Streamlabs for gaming, you can share your screen and play Minecraft, Among us or any other game and stream the game content via screen share via Melon

What can you do with screen share within Melon?

  1. You can share your desktop screen with or without audio. The audio part is important and audio sharing depends on your computer OS (see below)
  2. You can share a specific browser tab or a specific application
  3. You can turn screen share into full screen with spotlight mode by clicking the arrow in the top right corner of the screen share guest icon

How do I share audio while I screen share?

Below we break down which operating systems allow you to share audio. To share audio - make sure you check the <share audio> box that appears in the bottom left.

Great and how does screen share interact with different operating systems?

Let’s break it down.

As you review the table below - please know that these differences are due to how browsers, operating systems, and Melon interact. So this is outside our control and while we wish to make it uniform across all systems, we are bound by the rules of how these systems are build.

Will audio come through if we share a screen in each of these scenarios?

Please note: Audio is currently not supported on Firefox browser.

Let’s recap:

  • Screenshare is an awesome way to interact with your audience during a livestream by sharing files, videos, or any other material
  • You can share your entire screen, an app window or a chrome tab
  • Audio will work in specific scenarios based on your operating system. Check out the table above

Happy streaming!

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