You will have to install the Chrome extension to be able to screen share.
While setting up the screen share for the first time, Broadcast Studio will ask you to install the extension for Chrome automatically.
By clicking the blue button "Add to Chrome", you will be instantly redirected to the Chrome Webstore.
The extension can also be found via the direct link.
Once it's installed, no worries that it is highlighted with grey - this is entirely okay 😉
Let’s start the screen sharing!
First, you will need to create a broadcast. You can learn all about that in this awesome guide!
You will see different icons on the left bar of your screen. "Share screen" will be the 3rd one from the top :)
Once you’ve clicked it, three following options become available for you:
- share the entire desktop/laptop screen;
- share an application window;
- share the separate Chrome tab.
Once you start sharing the screen, you'll see this pop-up at the bottom of the screen:
To stop sharing the screen, you have to click the "Stop Sharing" button. Also, refreshing the studio page will disconnect screen sharing.
Now let's dive into each of these options :
Your entire screen
This option will bring everything that you see on your screen - along with the status bar, the Dock panel and all the pop-up notifications that appear on your screen. Thus, we suggest you turn on the “do not disturb mode” on your device.
On Mac, you have to have the application open, but not full-screen. You will see all the available for sharing windows in the pop-up window (check the screenshot below). That can be your browser, keynotes presentation, or any other app.
For the Windows devices application window has to be open (and not minimized to the Dock panel), otherwise it won’t be available for the broadcasting.
You will see all tabs that are opened in this Chrome window, and if you tick the checkbox at the bottom, you will be able to share the sound from the selected tab.
Sound in screen share
At the moment screen sharing with sound is possible:
- On Mac in Chrome Tab
- On Windows in Chrome Tab and Entire Screen
Mic sound in screen share
For viewers to hear you during the broadcast while using the screen share you have to add yourself (your camera) along with screen share to the broadcast area, this will allow your microphone and you will be heard during your LIVE.
Simply connect your camera and click on the arrow in the top right corner to move it to the broadcasting section.
If you don’t want people to see you, you can just press SOLO in the top left corner of the shared window.
Screen share for Guests
Exciting, right? Now your guests can share their screen on the broadcast! They will go through the same Chrome extension process as described in the very beginning of this article.
After selecting the window that they want to share they will see it displayed in the bottom section and so will the host.
The host on their end can move it to the broadcasting section. Also, the host has the option to disable audio/video.
NOTE: The guest can only disable audio.
If you're experiencing any problems with screen sharing, you may want to try reinstalling BeLive extension in Chrome.