Use Flash Media Encoder On2 Flix live or Wirecast with Livestream

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Overview

You can use external encoders such as PROCASTER, Flash Media Encoder, Wirecast, On2 Flix Live, and Adobe Visual Communicator to send highest quality live streams to your Livestream channel.

These encoders provide the following benefits when compared to using the Livestream Studio encoder:

  • Increased frame rate
  • Higher quality (newer codecs)
  • Full control of encoding settings
  • Procaster supports screen capture and Livestream chat and twitter without using a browser


Using Flash Media Encoder with Livestream

1. Download it free from Adobe: http://www.adobe.com/products/flashmediaserver/flashmediaencoder/

Flash Media Encoder is available on MAC and PC, for a list of compatible devices click here.

Note: The latest version of Flash Media Encoder includes the latest codecs so there is no major advantage to using On2 Flix Live encoder.

2. Open the application.

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3. Configure 'FMS URL':

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  • rtmp://publish.livestream.com/mogulus/[your_channel]/username=[username]/password=[password]/isAutoLive=[true|false]
  • Replace info (remove the brackets):

[your_channel] with your channel name [your_username] with your username [your_password] with your password

NOTE: your password may not contain special characters. Only letters and numbers are allowed.

  • Set isAutoLive=true if you want the feed to go live on your channel immediately bypassing the need to cue the camera and press record in the Studio.
  • Set isAutoLive=false if you simply want the feed to appear as a camera in your Livestream studio and manually control it when you cue it and go live from the studio. By doing this the Flash Media Encoder signal will show up as "External Feed" in the cameras menu and you will be able to add graphic overlays and use the studio as if it is a separate camera.
  • Configure 'Stream' : Pick any name without a space or special characters. Note: if you are sending multiple Flash Media Encoder feeds to your Studio make sure you name them differently or they will not show up in the studio correctly.
  • Make sure "autoadjust" is unchecked.
  • If you check the "Save to file" box you can save a backup of what is encoded to your desktop.

4. Press Start

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That's it - you are now streaming live on your Livestream Channel!


Advanced FME Options

Add any of the following parameters at the end of your RTMP URL :

  • /autoVOD=true - This automatically adds the recording to the top of the Video on Demand list
  • /autoPilot=true - This automatically adds the recording to the top of the auto-pilot playlist
  • Aspect Ratio Conversion support :
    • /aspectWidth=[number] - If your input camera/feed is not 4/3 - for example 16/9 - set this parameter to 16
    • /aspectHeight=[number] - If your input camera/feed is not 4/3 - for example 16/9 - set this parametre to 9
    • If your channel is configured to be 4/3 aspect ratio, it would letter box your 16/9 feed and display it correctly. If you did you not set the aspect ratio properties and your feed was 16/9 - Livestream would assume it was a 4/3 feed and display it as 4/3 - which would be incorect for a 16/9 feed.
  • /bufferTime=[x sec]

Allows you to set the buffer time of the live streaming in the player. By default this is very low (0.5 seconds) Increase if you use a unreliable connection during a live Flash Media Encoder broadcast.

  • /autoRecord=true to activate auto-record
  • /autoRecord=false to deactivate auto-record

Configure Wirecast with Livestream

Telestream Wirecast now allows you to stream directly to Livestream and Livestream Premium.

Download the trial version below to test it out for free: Download Wirecast 3.5 for Windows 2000/XP/Vista Download Wirecast 3.5 for Mac

Telestream’s Wirecast webcasting production software is the affordable 21st century alternative to expensive television broadcast hardware. For less than $500, Wirecast users can quickly and easily capture live events and create professional video webcasts on computers or laptops for real-time web distribution from any location. All users need is a computer and an internet connection for broadcasting and viewing.

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1. From the menu bar, choose "Broadcast," then "Broadcast Settings."

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2. From the Encoder Presets menu choose one of the Flash Encoder Presets:

  • Advanced users may select "edit" to further tailor the encoding settings to your preference.


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3. For destination, choose "Livestream" and enter your channel name, username and password

Note that for Livestream Free channels you will need to ensure that the total encoding bitrate is set no higher than 500Kbps.

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4. From the Broadcast tab go to "Network Broadcast" and then "Start all" to begin encoding.

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Note that we recommend changing the streaming profile to Baseline instead of Main in your Wirecast Preferences.

Go to 'Broadcast Settings' and click 'Edit' beside 'Encoder Presets'. Under 'Encoder Presets' window, change the profile to 'Baseline' as seen in the image below.

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That's it! You can now go live on your Livestream channel.

Using On2 Flix Live with Livestream

1. First download On2 Flix Live (demo or full version)

2. Open the application.

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3. Configure 'Send to Server': rtmp://publish.livestream.com/mogulus/[channel_name_here] /username=[your_username] /password=[your_password]/isAutoLive=[true|false]

4. Replace (remove the brackets) :

 [channel_name_here] with your channel name
 [your_username] with your username
 [your_password] with your password

5. Set isAutoLive=true if you want the feed to go live on your channel immediatly or isAutoLive=false if you simply want the feed to appear as a camera in your Livestream studio and manually control when you cue it and go live from the studio.

6. Configure 'Stream' : Pick any name without space or special character. If you are sending multiple feeds to your camera make sure you name them differently.

7. Press Start

That's it - you are now streaming live on your Livestream Channel!

Configure Adobe Visual Communicator with Livestream

You can now use Adobe Visual Communicator to stream directly to Livestream. Visual Communicator allows you to create customizable graphics, switch between multiple cameras from and offers the ability to insert music clips, transitions and special effects into your broadcasts. The program is free to try for 30 days, the full version costs $399.

Adobe Visual Communicator includes built in Flash Media Encoder support allowing you to use it to stream directly to your Livestream channel. The setup is as follows:


1. Adobe Visual Communicator is available for download from Adobe here. It is free to try but you will need to purchase if you decide to keep using it.


2. Open the application and select the Publish option.

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3. From the Director tab click on "Settings" and then the "Configure" button.

  • Enter the Media Server URL using the same Format as you would with Flash Media Encoder:
    rtmp://publish.livestream.com/mogulus/[channel_name_here]/username=[your_username]   
    /password=[your_password]/isAutoLive=[true|false] 
  • Enter a stream name, it should contain only letters and numbers.
  • Because the username and password are included in the URL you can leave those blank.
  • Set the video bitrate and other encoding settings to your preference based on your connection speed. **Note: this will need to be set below 500Kbps unless you have a Livestream Premium channel and set the bitrate to 700Kbps or 1700Kbps.


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  • Add any of the following parameters at the end of your RTMP URL :
  • /autoVOD=true - This automatically adds the recording to the top of the Video on Demand list
  • /autoAutopilot=true - This automatically adds the recording to the top of the auto-pilot playlist
  • Aspect Ratio Conversion support :

o /aspectWidth=[number] - If your input camera/feed is not 4/3 - for example 16/9 - set this parameter to 16

o /aspectHeight=[number] - If your input camera/feed is not 4/3 - for example 16/9 - set this parameter to 9

o If your channel is configured to be 4/3 aspect ratio, it would letter box your 16/9 feed and display it correctly. If you did you not set the aspect ratio properties and your feed was 16/9 - Livestream would assume it was a 4/3 feed and display it as 4/3 - which would be incorrect for a 16/9 feed.

  • /bufferTime=[x sec] Allows you to set the buffer time of the live streaming in the player. By default this is very low (0.5 seconds) Increase if you use a unreliable connection during a live Flash Media Encoder broadcast.


4. Once the encoder settings have been entered, press OK and you will return to an overview of the settings. You may want to use the "Save as" feature to save this profile so you don't need to configure the settings each time.

5. Click on "Connect" to connect to the server and then "Start" to begin streaming.

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Configuring Quicktime Broadcaster with Livestream

Quicktime Broadcaster is a live encoder for the Mac which will allow you to broadcast in high quality using H.264 on your Livestream channel. You can download Quicktime Broadcaster here To get started open up Quicktime Broadcaster and follow the instructions below.


Configuring for Livestream in the Network Tab

1. Set Transmission to Automatic Unicast (Announce)

2. Set Host Name to: rtppublish.livestream.com:1935

3. Set File to the following substituting your username, password and channel name: wirecastOrigin/channelname/test.sdp?username=username&password=password&isAutoLive=true

Additional parameters can be added to this string and should be separated by "&" signs rather then by a "/"

4. Check the Broadcast Over TCP box.

5. Click on broadcast and that's it, the feed will show up in Livestream Studio.

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Suggested video settings

Encoding can be very processor intensive, depending on your system specs you can increase the resolution, framerate and bitrate but the below settings offer a good place to start for broadcasting to a standard free channel.

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Suggested Audio Settings

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