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Walkthrough: Intro to Live Streaming

Spanish version available here

This guide assumes you know the basics of live streaming. For example, that you will need a camera and encoder. It will walk through how to setup a live channel and begin streaming using DaCast. Need help with the basics? Check this guide instead.

If you are just looking about how to set up your account in the new DaCast BackOffice, we also have a guide for that.

 

Getting Started

First, login to your DaCast account and make sure you are in the Live Channels section. 
Then please click on the orange CREATE button on the top right of your page.




The following window will pop-up so you can name your new live channel.
Please click on the "Add New" green button once you have named your new live channel.  

By default, streams are HTML5 based for all devices. If you need to use a Flash channel instead, please open the chat and ask a operator for this feature to be added to your account.
If you already have access to the Flash channel type, your pop-up window will look like this: 

 

Description

This is the first area seen after the creation of your channel.

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The most important feature on this page is the following one: 



Please note that your live channel is turned OFF by default. You can turn it ON whenever you want to put your channel online. 

The rest of the settings are optional. 
Category, Description and Splash screen relate to how the content will be shared on the DaCast Viewer Portal.
If you plan to only share the content on your own site, these can be ignored. However please note that if you want your content to be displayed on the DaCast Viewer Portal, you will need to add a description and splash screen.

The splash screen will display when content is offline for live streams whereas the thumbnail is used to represent your content inside packages and on viewer portal. 

Please click SAVE once your information has been entered.

Publish Settings

Second step in the process are the publish settings, which control embeds and advanced features.

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Advanced features include geographic and website restriction. Player themes are also selected here, while autoplay can be turned on or off as well as viewer counter, Google Analytics tracking and publication on the DaCast portal. 

Encoder Setup
(specific tutorial on this section available here

This portion has three subsections:

1. Publishing Point and Bitrate
2. Select an Encoder
3. Start Streaming


STEP 1

  • Publishing Point

Our system auto-detects and optimizes the selection of the publishing point based on the location of your stream.

  • Stream Quality 

Please note that DaCast does not support adaptative live transcoding for now but soon will!
Right now it uses a multi-bitrate method for live video wherein the broadcaster can setup several different qualities to stream at. 

Our player is adaptive and automatically detects your encoder multi-bitrate settings to provide the best quality stream to your viewers based upon their connections.

STEP 2: 
You will now have to select your encoder.

Various encoders are displayed here:

  • OBS Studio: an open broadcaster software that you can use to freely and easily set up your stream. 
    Please be aware that OBS studio does not support multi-bitrate. 
  • Wirecast: a paid software encoder available for Max and Windows (free demo is available but your broadcasts will contain both video and audio watermarks)
  • VMix: a paid encoder for Windows (free 60 days trial)
  • VIDBlaster: a paid encoder for Windows (free demo available but your broadcasts will contain video watermark)
  • Other RTMP Encoders: you are free to use any hardware or software encoders with DaCast as long as they are RTMP-based. 

STEP 3: 
Now for the most extensive part of the process, which is linking your DaCast account to your encoder. You fill find the information needed to do that and the process might be different according to the encoder you use.

We provide tutorials for most of the encoders you can easily use with DaCast: 

However, here is a quick description of the information provided: 

- Stream URL and Stream names that are always needed. If you are having trouble using the Stream URL you might use the Backup URL. 

Example of Stream URL: rtmp://p.epXXXXXX.i.akamaientrypoint.net/EntryPoint
Example of Back Up URL: rtmp://b.epXXXXXX.i.akamaientrypoint.net/EntryPoint
Example of Stream name: dclive_X_XXX@XXXXXX
Example of a Full URL: rtmp://p.epXXXXXX.i.akamaientrypoint.net/EntryPoint/dclive_X_XXX@XXXXXX

- Login and Password are needed when DaCast is not integrated in the dropdown menu of the encoder. 

Example of Login: 123456
Example of Password: 321654

 

Monetization
This area gives you the possibility to set up a paywall for your live channel so viewers will have to get through pay-per-view before getting access to your content. Please note that you can also set up promo code to offer discounts to your viewers.
Tutorial available here

Analytics
This section will give you the usage and performance of your live stream.
Tutorial available here

 

Happy Broadcasting! 

 

Comments

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    jamaal

    Does this program and set up work with Macintosh?

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    Anthony Romero

    Hi Jamaal,

    The program works with both PC and Macs. There are different versions for each, which can be found under the ENCODER SETUP page.

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    leomaturan

    This is frustrating after I click their Flash Live media encoder nothing happend. shhhhh

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    Anthony Romero

    Hi Leo,

    That's troubling to hear. Can you tell me what browser you are using? I just tested over Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Opera. If you are using one of these, would it be possible to also tell me the version of the browser being used?

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    shaynevanvlerken

    I have followed the set-up process. I have launched Adobe media encoder, however it does not seem to find my web-cam. What do I need to do?

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    ashokkumar.r

    when I start the live stream in adobe encoder, it throws this error

    Problem with primary server..please verify that your server url and application name are valid and that your internet connection is working and retry

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    gregsymes

    I cant get past the server input...
    What is the FMS URL ?? and where do I get this information.
    Please give me an example here, so I can see exactly what I should be inputing
    When I open File/Open Profile It starts encoding (i think...encoding to file) but get the error Failed to connect to Primary server