Here's a short video on how to share your screen during broadcast:
For a more detailed explanation on this process, feel free to read the full article below.
Installing the Chrome Extension
When setting up screen sharing for the first time, the Studio will ask you to install the extension for Chrome automatically:
By clicking "Add to Chrome", you will be instantly redirected to the Chrome Webstore. The extension can also be found via the direct link.
If it is highlighted in gray, don't worry - simply refresh the page in the studio and you are ready to continue.
Setting Up Screen Sharing
First, you need to create a broadcast. Learn more about that in our articles.
From the studio, you will see the screen share icon from the toolbar:
Once you click it, three options will appear:
Option 1 - Share entire desktop/laptop screen
This option will bring everything you currently see on your screen (including the status bar, dock panel, pop-up notifications that will appear on your screen, etc.). This said, we suggest you enable “do not disturb” on your device.
Option 2 - Share an application window
- On Mac, you need to have the application open, but not full screen. You will see all active applications available for sharing. This can be your browser, Keynote presentation, or any other open app.
- For Windows devices, the application window has to be open and not minimized to the Dock panel. Otherwise, it will not be available for broadcasting.
Here is an article on how to share your presentation.
Option 3 - Share a Chrome tab
If you select this option, you will see all tabs currently open in the Chrome window:
Select the best option for you and click Share.
Once you start sharing your screen, you will see this pop-up at the bottom of the screen:
Push the screen to the broadcast by clicking Show in Stream. This will make it visible to your viewers.
To disable screen sharing, click Stop Sharing. Refreshing the studio page will also disable screen sharing.
Mic sound in screen share
For viewers to hear you while using screen share, add your camera source along with screen share to the broadcasting area. This will enable your microphone during broadcast and you will be heard during your live stream.
Simply connect your camera and click on Show in Stream in the top right corner to move it to the broadcasting section.
If you do not want people to see you, simply click SOLO in the top left corner of the shared window.
Alternatively, you can use the Audio-Only feature by clicking on the camera icon on your camera source:
You can learn more about Solo Mode and Audio-Only here.
- If you're experiencing any problems while screen sharing on Chrome, reinstall the Be.Live extension.
- On Mac Catalina, grant your browser access to Screen Recording:
- Go to System Preferences > Security & Privacy
- Click on Privacy
- Select Screen Recording
- Tick the box next to the browser
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