gloww is a live video platform that allows you to create and host interactive video events in minutes. Here’s how to get started.
1. Create your account
Click on the Signup button
In the signup window, choose the way you prefer to signup
To use your Google account, click on ‘Continue with Google’
To use your Facebook account, click on ‘Continue with Facebook’
To use an email account:
Type your email address and click on ‘Continue with email’
Open your email client on the computer you’ll use gloww
Open the email from gloww and click on the verification link
After creating your account - you can login to your account in the same way you signed up.
2. Create a session
A session is the pre-planned content of the live video events, webinars, meetings, or any sort of gathering that you will be hosting. In gloww, you can create and design your sessions before going live.
On the start page, select a session template to start from
Click on the template most suited to your live video event
Alternatively, you can start from scratch by clicking on ‘Create Blank’
3. Edit your session
Your session is made up of scenes, you can navigate between them using the storyboard or your keyboard arrows
You can create a new scene in the following ways
+ button on the left of the storyboard
Duplicating an existing scene by selecting it on the storyboard and clicking on the Duplicate action
Copying and pasting a scene on the storyboard
You can also delete, copy, and move scene order on the storyboard
Each scene is made up of elements (or scene elements). These can be used to present:
Content like text, images, video, music, background, shapes or Power Point / PDF presentations
Participants: Camera streams from the people that join your live session including your own stream (host), your audience’s stream (audience) or specified speakers or guests (speakers).
Live apps: Interactive apps that let your participants take an active part in the session and avoid being passive.
Elements are added to the session from the content sidebar on the left
They can be moved, resized, rotated and edited, allowing you to design your each scene in your session
Participants are what makes your static content into a live video event.
You can position yourself (the host) anywhere and control your size, shape or event rotation.
Similarly, you can add the session participants (your audience) anywhere on the scene, change the layout, number of people shown at the same time, change their shape, size and more.
In scenes with specific speakers, you can use the Speaker element to select specific participants and show them separately from the other participants. This is good for a planned guest speaker, a panel or even a planned Q&A / debate between participants.
If the participants make your content a live video event, live apps make it an engaging, interactive event where your participants take an active part.
You can add the following live apps:
Wordcloud - Asking your audience a question and presenting the results in a form of a wordcloud where more common answers are displayed larger.
Reactions - allows people to react to what’s happening in the session with gifs and sounds (sounds can be turned off).
Scribble - allows all your participants to scribble right on the scene and see each-other’s live cursors as they do this.
Buzzer (or ‘First to Click’) - a big red button that shown the live video of the first participant to click on it. It’s great for adding a fun gameshow vibe to your session.
Whiteboard - allows you and your participants to collaborate and create ideas together. This is a more elaborate live app that allows everyone to add text, free-style scribbles and shapes to capture your joint work.
Music visualizer - allows you to add beautiful visualizations to any music or sounds that play during the live session.
Poll - A multiple choice question where participants can choose between 2-4 options you set in advance and the results are shown to everyone when ending the poll.
Yes or No - a special type of poll where participants select one of 2 answers - yes or no.
Quiz - Similar to the poll, but here you can set one of the possible answers as the correct answer. When ending the quiz each participant gets a fun Right or Wrong reaction.
Share screen - allows anyone to share their screen and present it to everyone else.
Sticky notes - Allows you and your participants to quickly jot down ideas and arrange them on the scene.
Scheduling and Creating Invitations
You can create unique invitation links to your live event instances. Each session you edit can have multiple live session links for events you will be hosting at different times. To create an invitation link:
Click on the ‘Schedule’ button on the session tile in the start page
Or in the 'Schedule' button in the editor
Click on ‘New Invitation’
Give your invitation a descriptive nickname and then click on ‘Create’
Copy the invitation link URL to your clipboard by clicking on the ‘Copy’ button
Send the invitation link to your participants ahead of time in any way you prefer - Calendar invite, Email, Whatsapp, Slack, etc.
When it’s time to start the live event, you can start the live session from the invitation links window or by using the same link while you are logged-in to gloww.
You can set invitations to be restricted by toggling on the "Participants need to ask to join" button. When on, the host will need to approve any participant trying to join the session.
When the session is over, you will see the invitation link in the Ended sessions tab of the invitations dialog.
4. Sharing your session
You can work together with a team mate on the same session by sharing it. To do this:
In the dialog that opens, add the email addresses of the people you'd like to share the session with (separated with commas)
Click on Send
The person you shared the session with will get an invitation email from gloww to edit the session. If they don't have a gloww account yet, they can sign-up.
You can now co-edit the session even at the same time. A shared session appears in the start page / all sessions page with a purple "shared with you" icon.
5. Host your live session
Once you’re done editing your session or if you’d like to preview your work, you can start a live session by clicking on the ‘Start Session’ button.
The session player opens, this is where you control the live event as the host
Basic control - camera, microphone, leave
The control panel at the bottom of the screen allows everyone to open and close their cameras as well as mute/unmute their mics.
Participants can leave the session by clicking on the ‘Leave’ button.
Hosts can end the session to everyone by clicking on the ‘End’ button.
Navigate through scenes
As the host, you can switch between scenes of your session. All participants in your session see the same scene as you at the exact same time. You can navigate between scenes in the following ways:
Right and left arrows on the storyboard
Scene thumbnails on the storyboard
Keyboard arrows (right, left, space, enter)
Managing people in the session
Click on the participants button in the control bar to open the people panel
Participants can use the people panel to watch who is in the session
You (the host) can use the panel also to manage other participants - approve participants asking to join, mute, turn the camera off and remove a participant from the session.
Managing live apps
Some live apps have a dedicated host panel that allows you to control the live app. A few examples are:
Starting, ending and restarting an activity
Pausing or controlling the volume of music and videos
Changing what participants are allowed to do or see in the app and more.
And that's it! We're here for you, for any questions just reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or use the chat. Happy hosting!