Stages is a core feature of Balloon where organizers can host talks, panels, and much more and broadcast them to up to 100,000 attendees.

Before we get started, here are some existing Help Center articles on stages.

Other FAQs:

  • Who controls the backstage?

The backstage is controlled by the organizer, including any account that has been added to the organization of the organizer.

  • Can speakers access the backstage before the event starts?

Yes, the speakers and organizers can access the backstage and the event before it starts to test and rehearse.

  • Do speakers need to be added as speakers to the event to access the backstage?

No. Any registered attendee with the backstage URL can access the backstage but the organizer(s) will have to add them to the stream. This is useful when organizers have sudden changes in their agenda.

  • Can I create multiple stages and stream them in parallel?

Yes, you can create multiple parallel stages depending on your Balloon plan.

  • Is the schedule linked to what broadcasts on the stages?

No, the schedule and live stages are not dependent on each other. You can go 'Live' with any content regardless of the schedule. However, to not confuse the attendees, make sure to always update your schedule/agenda to be synced with your streams.

  • Can I screen share from the stages?

Yes, you can screen share your full screen, window, or tab, depending on your browser. Chrome is the most recommended browser to use with Balloon.

  • Can I screen share with audio from the stages?

You can screen share audio from your Chrome tab or window - or use a 3rd party tool to screen share with any file on your device.

  • How many viewers can watch the stage at the same time?

Balloon stages can accommodate up to 100,000 viewers at the same time.

  • What is the maximum number of speakers allowed on a stage?

We recommend limiting the number of speakers on stages to less than 6 for the best viewing experience, but you can technically go above that.

  • When does the recording start and end?

The recording starts when the broadcast is initiated by the organizer and ends when the organizer stops it. This would be considered as one recording file that you can download.

  • Can I broadcast from Zoom to the stages?

Yes, you can broadcast from Zoom via RTMP directly (depending on your Zoom plan) or via a tool like OBS or Vmix.

  • Can I add captions to the stages?

There is no direct way to add captions to your stages on Balloon. However, you can go around this by connecting your Zoom or Google Meet to Balloon via OBS.

  • How can I show holding slides or play music on the stage?

You can use a tool such as OBS and broadcast holding slides and animations as well as play music. OBS and Balloon can be connected by RTMP.

  • What is the difference between a stage and a session?

A stage is meant to be used for talks and sessions with a larger audience while sessions are considered more like breakout sessions which include various formats on Balloon such as workshops, roundtables, and meetings.

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