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Broadcasting Live

Livestream provides all the tools necessary to go live, record and archive your live event.

The Livestream platform includes a number of methods for broadcasting live: Procaster, Livestream Studio, and Webcaster

Livestream also supports broadcasts from External Sources such as Flash Media Live Encoder and Qik-enabled mobile phones.

We strongly recommend encoding from an external source such as Procaster for encoding. These sources will allow you to save a copy of your recording locally as a backup in the event there is any issue with the studio recording

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Broadcast Live using Procaster

1. Download it free from Procaster.com

2. Enter your Livestream Channel name and password

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3. Press "Go Live"

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That's it! You're live on your Livestream channel. Click here for a complete list of PROCASTER features.


Broadcast Live using Webcaster

We created Livestream Webcaster as a simple solution for Producers who want to quickly jump in and Broadcast Live with a Webcam or DV Camera. To broadcast with Webcaster, simply click the "Broadcast" button within the Account Center or the red "Broadcast Now" button on most Livestream Pages (after logging in). It can also be accessed directly Here!

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Select a Channel

  • After loading the applet, select a channel. If your channel has already been selected, skip this step.


Manage Your Video Settings

  • Select a Video Source.
  • Chose your Aspect Ratio. The default setting is set to 4:3, however, 16:9 is available. Free channels selecting to broadcast in 16:9 will have the image cropped.
  • Designate a Frame Rate. The higher the Frame Rate, the faster internet connection will be required. If your upload speed is below 500kbps, you may wish to lower this setting.
  • Select a Broadcast Quality. As with the Frame Rate, a higher quality setting will require a faster upload connection. The default is set to normal.

All setting changes will be logged within the "Activity" panel.


Manage Your Audio Settings

  • Select an Audio Source.
  • Chose your Input Volume. The higher the volume, the louder you'll sound.
  • Designate your Audio Quality. The default setting is set to "low." The higher the Audio Quality, the faster upload connection required.

All setting changes will be logged within the "Activity" panel.


Edit Your Livestream Settings

  • Webcaster provides you with options to Broadcast Live Automatically, and add your finished recordings to your Autopilot and On-Demand sections automatically.


Go Live!

To the left of your settings, you'll see the video monitor options, the "Record" button, and the "Go Live" button.

  • The "Local" Option will allow you to view your camera feed locally without quality settings affecting the image.
  • The "Remote" Option will allow you to view anything that is currently broadcasting on your channel.
  • You can also turn the monitor off, if desired.

Click "Go Live" to begin broadcasting live. If "Record" is set to "On," your live broadcast will be recorded.


Chat, Promote, and View Your Recordings

  • Webcaster includes the full Livestream Chat client so you can interact with your Livestream Viewers! Simply enter your desired nickname to begin chatting.
  • Similar to Procaster, Webcaster includes the ability to tweet within the same application! Enter your Twitter information to begin promoting your Live Broadcast!
  • When you've finished broadcasting, click the "Stop" button. The finished recording will be added to your "Record" section. It is here that you can view the recording and embed as you wish. If "Add to Autopilot" or "Add to On-Demand" was selected, the recording will be ready for viewing automatically!


Broadcast Live using the Livestream Studio

To broadcast live from the browser based encoder in Livestream Studio simply login to your Studio from the My Account & Channels section of Livestream.com, or directly at www.livestream.com/studio.


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Cue a Video Clip

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1. Click the Broadcast Live tab.

Your storyboards appear in a list under Pick Storyboards (the second Sources tab on the leftside of the window).

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2. Click on a storyboard to view its clips.

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Tip: To go back to the list of storyboards again, click the Back button under the list of clips.

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3. To put a clip live on the air, click its Cue button. It is loaded and cued to play next.

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Broadcast Live from your Web Cam or DV Camera

Anybody currently logged into your studio is available to be broadcast live from their webcam or DV Camera.

Note: If you can't see or hear yourself or others, check that the devices are plugged in and the device settings are set correctly. For details on how to adjust input settings, see Change your audio and video settings.

1. From the Broadcast Live tab, click on the Sources tab on the left panel of the Livestream window.

All connected video cameras appear on the list. You should see your live image on your video camera.

If you are using Flash Media Encoder to encode it will show up in this menu as "External Feed"

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2. To go Live, click the Image:CueButton.jpg button for your Camera. Your Web Cam is loaded and cued to play next. To transition manually, simply click the flashing "Transition" button.

Note: The cameras list will also include any sources used by your producers and associates. If desired, you may cue and transition to them as well.


3. A small pie chart lets you know how many people are currently viewing your channel (including yourself).

Before transitioning to a cued clip in a live broadcast at least 50% of viewers must be synchronized. When this level of synchronization is reached, you will be able to click Transition to Cued Clip to broadcast the clip live. You can see what's being broadcast from the monitor.

4. To end the live broadcast, click on restart autopilot from the Control Auto-pilot tab.

Manage Your Audio & Video Settings within the Livestream Studio

Allow Livestream to Access Your Camera

Upon logging into the Livestream Studio for the first time, Flash will ask your permission to access your camera. Click 'Allow'!

You can allow or deny access to your camera at any time. If you've deleted your camera by accident, follow these directions as well to see the source without re-logging.

  • Right click anywhere in the studio


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  • Select settings
  • Click on the eye icon.
  • Check the allow-deny box.


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  • Close the window.


Select your Video Input

If you have an external Web Cam or DV Camera, you may need to change the selected input in order to broadcast live.

  • Click on Video Source next to the preview window inside the Sources.

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  • Select the right input in the drop down menu. Most External Sources will display as "External Device" or "DV Camera."
  • If your source is not recognized, please be sure you are broadcasting in Standard Definition, Flash has access to the source, and it is not being used by another application.

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  • Click on the Image:Audioicon.png to monitor the source's audio.


Select your Audio Input

This is useful if you have multiple Audio inputs.

  • Click on the more settings tab. Click on the tab under mic source. Select your input in the drop down menu.


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Change your Video and Audio Settings

This is useful to change your video quality and your audio volume.

  • To change your video quality and audio volume, click on the more settings tab.

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High quality

Set the video and audio quality to maximum to broadcast a top quality live show. Note that you will need greater than 500kbps upstream bandwidth to use this setting and viewers on lower bandwidth connections may have issues viewing high quality.

Medium quality

Medium quality is what we suggest. It enables you to broadcast to a maximum of viewers with good image and audio quality!

Low quality

Set the video and audio quality to low if you have a lower speed connection or wish to broadcast to people with a lower bandwidth connection. It will lower the resources required to watch your show!


Once you are done, click on the "OK" tab Image:oktab.png


Change the Aspect Ratio

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Stream from a 16/9 Camera Source
  • You can change the aspect ratio of video from your camera video settings tab.
  • Channels default to 4:3 resolution but you can change the aspect ratio to 16:9 or a custom resolution of your choice from the aspect ratio dropdown.
  • Standard Livestream players will letterbox 16:9 or custom aspect ratios to display correct resolution in a standard 4:3 player.
  • Livestream Premium players will display the Aspect ratio of the player true 16:9 resolution or the custom resolution of your choice.


Notes on Live Broadcasting

  • Livestream Free Channels have a maximum bit rate limit of 500kbps. If your Flash Media Encoder (external source) bit rate is above 500kbps, your stream will not be present within your Livestream Channel. Please ensure the total bit rate is below 500kbps. Livestream Premium Channels are exempt from this limitation when higher channel qualities are designated.
  • Lighting is very important. Make sure you are well lit from the front (that is, the light should shine at you from behind the camera).
  • If you're collaborating with other producers, they can cue up the next clip while the person on air focuses on presenting. See Set up your team.

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