Get started with Streamio live-streaming

All Streamio accounts have live-streaming built-in. The functionality is included but is not activated by default. If you don’t have the tab “Live!” available in the Library you are welcome to contact us and we will get in touch (the easiest way is to use the chat). There is no extra cost for the service within the limits of your present account (storage and traffic).

Get started with Live-streaming

When Live streaming is activated, you’ll find the tab “Live!” in your Streamio library.

 

Activate stream:

This is where you start the live broadcast. The stream could be on all the time if you like. For example, some clients use this internally and to display a video window on their intranet, always ready to start displaying a new live event. With the stream active starting a new live-stream is quick, it is automatically enabled as soon as the video is transmitted, so it could be a question of just whipping up a mobile phone and start filming.

Live streaming platform

Description:

This is a field for a text description of the live-stream. Descriptions could be shown in the video player by choosing to activate “Description” in the player configuration.

Testcard / Stream inactive

Choose a picture to be shown when the stream is inactive. This picture is shown instead of the player. When the stream is activated, the player is displayed instead. This function could, as an example, be used to give information on when the next broadcast starts!

Start image

The difference between the Start image and the Testcard is that the former is a picture displayed by the video player. Without a Testcard, the player shows when someone visits a page with the player embedded or follows the “Share link”

In the player, the Start image shows if no video streams. The disadvantage with using this method is that an error message shows when there is no stream: “Cannot load M3U8:404 Not found” and the play button in the middle of the player shows as an exclamation mark.

Status

Below the Status heading the status for the active live-stream is shown.

Ingestion state

Shows Null if now stream is active. Publish while streaming and Unpublish if a stream stops.

Broadcast state

Inactive if no stream is active / Active while broadcasting or if the stream has stopped.

Recording State:

No stream running / Not started there is no active recording / Started when the broadcast is active and recorded.

Start recording

When pushing the “Start recording”-button, recording of the live-stream is started. Videos appear under “Videos” in your Streamio account when recording and transfer are ready. The videos are chunked into pieces if there is a long recording.

Settings:

By clicking on the green buttons down below, you’ll find instructions for some of the most common systems our clients use. Even if you use something else it is likely that you can find setting here to use, they are all pretty similar!

Ingestion details – Flash Media Live Encoder – Open Broadcaster Software – Wowza Godcoder – Telestream Wirecast – Tricaster

These buttons contain dynamic information with the details that are needed to start your stream for that system!

Other settings

The maximum bitrate that Streamio handles for live-streams is 3000 kbps. For the stream to work well on different viewers equipment (mobile phones, rural broadband and so on) it’s a good idea to keep the bitrate of the stream below this, often a significantly lower setting is preferred to reach as many viewers as possible without hiccups.

Note that many settings also can be made in the player you choose for publishing the stream. For example you can configure the player to autostart the stream or setting a watermark (“channel logo” or the similar). That way it is also possible to configure different players to report statistics to different Google Analytics accounts, which is excellent if a video is on more than one site!

If you have other need, feel free to contact us at Rackfish. We provide live streams for large audiences all over the world. With our CDN we can target the distribution for specific markets. We also handle live-transcoding, ultra-low-latency (low delay from live to the viewer) and more. Just get in touch (chat below, mail or call our sales department at +46-8-42501818 to discuss your need or get inspired by solutions we’ve provided for other clients!