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OnZoom event types Follow

Overview

You can create two types of OnZoom events as a Host:

  • Spectator events: The Host presents and controls the experience throughout the event; the audience are not allowed to turn on their audio and video during the event, but are able to use the chat or Q&A features if enabled (uses Zoom Video Webinars).
    • To create a spectator event, select Only Host, Alternative Hosts, or invited Panelists can turn on video and audio as the event type.
  • Interactive events: Participants join and can share their own audio and video if enabled (uses Zoom Meetings).
    • To create an interactive event, select All Attendees and Alternative Hosts can turn on their video and audio as the event type.

Depending on the Zoom meeting license and/or Zoom webinar license your Zoom account is subscribed to, you can host events with up to up to 10,000 Attendees and 1,000 Panelists and/or Alternative Hosts.

This article covers:

Prerequisites

  • For spectator events, you must purchase a webinar plan of 100, 500, 1,000, 3,000, 5,000, or 10,000 participants
    • Host user type must be Licensed and be assigned the Webinar add-on
  • For interactive events, you must purchase a Pro, Business, Enterprise, or Education meeting plan
  • Zoom desktop client
    • Windows: 5.3.0 (52651.0920) or higher
    • macOS: 5.3.0 (52651.0920) or higher

Choosing a spectator or interactive experience for your Attendees

The main difference between a spectator event and an interactive event is how much participation is allowed from the audience (Attendees) during the event.

Spectator events

Attendees are not allowed to turn on their audio and video, but can interact with the Host and Panelists using these features (if feature is enabled for event):

  • Chat
  • Q&A

Interactive events

Attendees are able to participate in the event (if feature is enabled for event) by turning on their:

  • Audio
  • Video
  • Chat

Adding a Zoom webinar license

You must have a Zoom webinar license to host a spectator event. If you don't have a webinar license, the Only Host, Alternative Hosts, or invited Panelists can turn on video and audio option when creating an event will not be a selectable option.

You can purchase a webinar license by visiting your account's Billing page or by contacting sales. You can assign the webinar license after purchasing one.

Inviting Panelists and Alternative Hosts to spectator events

You can invite up to 100 Panelists or Alternative Hosts when you create a spectator event or after you have already published a spectator event.

Please note that Panelists will receive a direct email invitation that is separate from the Attendees of the event.

Increasing Attendee capacity for spectator and interactive events

The maximum number of Attendees for a spectator event ranges from 100-10,000, and is determined by the webinar license you are subscribed to. To increase your spectator event's maximum Attendee capacity, upgrade your Zoom webinar license. Alternative Hosts and Panelists do not deduct from your Attendee capacity.

The maximum number of Attendees for an interactive event ranges from 100-500, and is determined by the meeting license you are subscribed to. To increase your interactive event's maximum Attendee capacity, upgrade your Zoom meeting license.

Creating a spectator event

For events that want to avoid potential distractions from the audience, you can create a spectator event by selecting Only Host, Co-Hosts, or invited panelists can turn on video and audio when you create an event.

Creating an interactive event

For events that encourage audience participation, you can create an interactive event by selecting All Attendees and Alternative Hosts can turn on their video and audio when you create an event.