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Software Encoder Configuration

Introduction

To start streaming straightaway or test your source, if you will be running your live stream through your web cam or another linked device attached to your PC, you will need to download the adobe encoder here:

Download for Windows
Download for Mac OS

For video streaming

  1. After downloading this, launch it up and complete the steps for setting up the Adobe Live Encoder below to have the best live experience
    • Set the device you want your input to go through, most likely this will be your web camera
    • Format H.264
    • Frame Rate: 25.00 fps or 29.76 fps
    • Input Size: 1280x720 with maintain aspect ratio checked
    • Bit rate: 800 kbps
    • Output Size: 1280x720
      Resolution Video Bit Rate
      Low Resolution 480x270 400 kbps
      Medium Resolution 640x360 800-1200 kbps
      High Resolution 960x540 900-1500 kbps
      HD Video Resolution 1280x720 1200-1800 kbps
      Full HD Video Resolution 1920x1080 1800-2500 kbps
  2. The right side of the encoder should look like this:

    MainStreaming Support | new user

  3. To make sure your stream is clear click the MainStreaming Support | format next to the Format line and make sure its set to the levels below:
    • Profile: Main
    • Level: 5.0
    • Keyframe Frequency: 3 seconds
      • The advanced settings should look like this:

        MainStreaming Support | new user

    • The audio side should have these settings:
      • Device – Microphone or another connected device
      • Format: Mp3
      • Channels: Stereo
      • Sample Rate: 44100
      • Bit Rate: 128
    • After following these steps, the Audio information should look like this:

      MainStreaming Support | new user

    • Next, to link your encoder with your live stream, you need to edit the FMS URL on the left-hand side of the encoder: (as seen below)

      MainStreaming Support | new user

      The FMS URL is the link you obtain from selecting the default RTMP encoder from the live sources. To get this link you need to click the next to the source name to open your sources configuration. A box will pop up and have your sources FMS URL listed on top (as seen below)

      MainStreaming Support | new user

      • Here you can also set up where you would like your content to be delivered from and what type of delay you would like for your stream.
      • After copying the link, paste it into the FMS URL section on your encoder and press connect.

Test your Stream

  1. To make sure everything is connected, test out your live stream by going MainStreaming Support | on air. You'll notice the MainStreaming Support | offline and MainStreaming Support | on air status next to your preview video player under Live Information in the MainStreaming media manager.
    • When your stream is MainStreaming Support | on air, if you have embedded/published your link, your audience will have the ability to see what you're streaming Live.
    • When your stream is MainStreaming Support | offline, your embedded/published link will not show anything in the video player.
    • Keyframe Frequency: 3 seconds
  2. To test your stream out, click MainStreaming Support | start on the Adobe Encoder and then go to the "Live Details" page on your MainStreaming media manager to see if the status of your stream has changed to MainStreaming Support | on air.
    • If the status of your live stream has now changed from MainStreaming Support | offline to MainStreaming Support | on air, you can go back to the Adobe Encoder and click MainStreaming Support | stop as your stream is fully functional.
  3. Since everything is now connected, follow the directions under "Finishing Steps" to publish and share the live stream link with your audience.

For audio streaming

Audio streaming with Icecast

  1. To start streaming straight away or test the source functionality, if you will be running your live stream through your microphone or another linked device attached to your PC, you will need to download the Icecast application here:
  2. After following the beginning steps at the start of the section
    • In the details page of your live audio stream, In the Live Sources section, click
    • A pop up will appear and then you must click in the lower left corner
      • Another pop up will appear requiring you to put in a title and giving you an option between RTMP and Icecast. Input a title, choose Icecast and click

        MainStreaming Support | icecast

      • Your new source will be added to the list of Live Sources available to choose from. Click the Icecast live source on the list and it will then be linked to your stream.
      • The added source will have a warning icon, as seen below, because it needs to be approved by our support team:

        MainStreaming Support | icecast

    Note: Since you have added Icecast as a source, an email will be sent to our support team and will be reviewed and approved for streaming from the MainStreaming platform
  3. After downloading this file, the audio encoder for Icecast will appear and look like this:

    MainStreaming Support | icecast

  4. Now that you have the Icecast program up, you need to connect it with the MainStreaming CDN
    • To do this, click settings on the program and you will see this window pop up:

      MainStreaming Support | icecast

    • Here, you must click Add under Server to input the live source from the MainStreaming Platform. A new box will pop up that will look like this:

      MainStreaming Support | icecast

    • Input youur settings like the example below:
      Tips: Below are example settings, you will have different numbers for your stream
      • Title of stream – anything you'd like to call it
      • Type: Icecast
      • Address: icbroadcastny.mainstreaming.tv/{id_live_event_source}/audio
      • Port: 80
      • Password: {icecast_password}
      • IceCast Mountpoint: {id_live_event_source}/audio
      • User: Source
        Note: The password are the numbers on the beginning of the source link in the mainstreaming platform Ex: 1234567890 and you must delete "source:1234567890@" to get the address.
    • The box should look like this with all of the information included:

      MainStreaming Support | icecast

    • When complete, click save, and the server information will be added to the Icecast program.
  5. Now that everything is set up correctly, test your stream out by clicking on the main Icecast application and your app should start trying to connect (as seen below)

    MainStreaming Support | icecast

  6. Once connected your Icecast interface will have the words "connected" and you have now successfully tested your audio stream.
  7. Since everything is now connected, follow the directions under Finishing Steps to publish and share the live stream link with your audience.
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