Webcasting with OBS Studio

This page is a step-by-step on how to set up the FREE open source OBS Studio encoder software for LIVE broadcast on SermonAudio. For more on what other options are available and what is needed to set up your account for webcasting visit our webcasting help page

If you do not yet have OBS Studio installed on your system you will need to do so before beginning this tutorial.

There are several quick and easy ways to see if your account is webcast-enabled.

  • Go to the Live Webcasts section to see if your church is listed as a webcaster.
  • Visit your homepage on SermonAudio and look for the webcast badge under the HOME tab.broadcaster home TOP - webcast badge
  • You can also visit your Members Only page, the webcast server will appear under the STATS tab in the “Basic Account Settings” section if activated.
You will need to have your account webcast enabled before you will be assigned a webcast server (needed below.)

Once set up you will be able to initiate a webcast anytime you want and as often as you want.  (note: there is a 10-hour max run time for any single webcast.) The site will automatically detect your webcast and activate the notification buttons on-site and (if you have one of our embed codes installed) on your church website as well! A truly complete and flexible solution!

In the examples shown below, use your SermonAudio Member ID wherever the text “MEMBER_ID” appears. You will need to verify that you have been set up for webcasting and get the webcast server address at this point. Cutting and pasting is the best as it removes the chance for a typo.

You can find this information in the Members Only section of the site under the STATS tab.  It should be listed near the top of the page under “Basic Account Settings”  If it is not listed there, you have not yet been enabled for LIVE Webcasting.

Your server address  will “look like” the one below where the text MEMBER_ID is replaced with your actual SermonAudio Member ID:

rtmp://stream.sermonaudio.com/MEMBER_ID

Next, you will need to start the OBS Studio program on your computer. If you have not installed it yet you will need to do so now. This is a free and open source tool you can download here!

First, select the STREAM tab on the left-hand side of the settings window.

Next, select the “Custom Streaming Server” option from the “Stream Type” dropdown.

Next, type or paste the Server URL from your Members Only page into the URL field.

You will need a Stream Key of some kind. This will not be used publicly anywhere so we recommend just typing “stream” in the Stream Key field

Be sure to check the box “Use Authentication” and then enter your Member ID in the “Username” field and your password. Your Member ID and password are case sensitive when webcasting so make sure you pay attention to this detail when entering them.

Note: the Password can either be the main account password or your webcasting password if you have that setup.  If you wish to assign a password for webcasting other than your main account password you can do this by logging into the Members Only page and clicking on the PASSWORDS tab.

When you have finished click on the APPLY button at the bottom right of the screen and go to the next step.

First, click on the SETTINGS button near the bottom right of the screen. You can also access this using the “File” menu in the upper right corner. Once the settings window is open you will first select the OUTPUT tab on the left of the window then select “Advanced” from the “Output Mode” dropdown.

Next, select “x264” from the Encoder dropdown.

Set the Rate Control dropdown to “CBR” (constant bitrate) and the KeyFrame Interval to “2”

Profile can be set to either “baseline” or “main.” Setting the profile to “main” provides better quality but there may be issues for viewers with older devices streaming it properly.

You can set the Bitrate to anything you like as long as it is not higher than 1000. Be sure that the bitrate you choose is not too high for your connection. If you go higher than your connection can handle the user experience will be degraded. One other thing to keep in mind when setting your bitrate is that because OBS does not support multiple streams your user will only have two choices, the bitrate you choose or an Audio-Only version of your broadcast.  If you receive a lot of feedback about buffering, etc. from your listeners and you eliminate CPU or bandwidth issues at the source, you may want to consider lowering your bitrate a little.

IMPORTANT!! It is imperative that your upload bandwidth speed is fast enough to ensure a smooth and successful webcast. Find out what your upload bandwidth speed is at your location before setting your bitrate. We do not recommend that your bitrate exceeds 50% of your upload capacity and that you use a dedicated line when you are streaming.
If your stream is dropping frames, or rebuffering, pausing and disconnecting your viewers, try using a lower bitrate and see if that helps.

Next, click over the to AUDIO tab at the top to set the audio bitrate.  We recommend 48-64Kbps for audio. You can set this lower if you like but we do not allow bitrates higher than 64 at present.

Go ahead and click the “apply” button at the bottom to save any changes.  For most applications, the default settings are fine for archive purposes but if you wish to change the bitrate, etc. for recording your sessions to your local PC you can do that in the RECORDING tab at the top.

Next, let’s click over onto the AUDIO tab on the left-hand side of the window.

The primary thing to set here is the “Channels” dropdown. To avoid any phasing issues we strongly recommend setting this to MONO. A good sample rate for a 64kbps stream is 44.1 kHz.

That’s it you are ready to stream.

To begin a Webcast, Press the START STREAM button at the bottom of the window and your webcast will be LIVE and visible on SermonAudio.com! Please note that usage charges are accumulated at this point, even for test runs. Keep an eye on your current usage charges in the BILLING section of the Members Only Area.That’s it! Congratulations!

The site is designed to automatically detect when you are “ON-THE-AIR” and will make it clear to all who are on the site that a LIVE webcast is in progress. When you are live webcasting, the button will automatically change from the OFF AIR button

to the ON AIR button.

Please note it may take up to one minute for SermonAudio to actually detect that you are on-the-air. This simply means that the OFF AIR button may not change into the ON AIR for up to one minute.

Note: All single sermon (audio or video) and sermon browser embed codes will also display a notification automatically for your visitors alerting them to a webcast in progress. We do not want your visitors to miss your live broadcasts! For more on our embed codes and how to use them in your website visit our embed code editor help page. Your webcast will also appear in the webcast directory on the main site and in the iOS apps, the Android apps, on the SermonAudio Roku channel, the Fire TV and the Apple TV. Where else can you get this kind of coverage with a single click?

You can keep the live webcast on-the-air for as long or as short as you wish. SermonAudio will automatically keep track of the number of hours that are used in your live webcasts throughout the month and then add the total hourly usage charges for the month to your next billing cycle.

In order to STOP the live webcast, simply press the button again. Please be aware that it may be up to 5 minutes before SermonAudio is able to detect that you are completely off-the-air. Do not be alarmed at this. We have taken these delays into account when calculating the usage charge for billing.

Monitoring your Webcast  OBS has a handy at a glance view of a number of important stats at the bottom of the window.

Pay close attention to CPU and Dropped Frames.  If you are taxing the CPU (over 70%) you can change the CPU usage preset in the OUTPUT tab to ease the load a bit but we recommend not changing this unless absolutely necessary as it may adversely affect the quality of your stream.  The Dropped Frames display is very helpful to alert you if you are pushing more data than your connection can handle. If you are dropping frames you will definitely want to back off a bit on the bitrate or your viewers will not have an optimal viewing experience.  Generally, if the box in the lower right corner stays green you are doing well.

Auto shut-off  It does happen occasionally that a webcaster will forget to turn off their stream. After ten hours of uninterrupted broadcast, we will automatically stop the stream for you to avoid further accumulating charges to your account. If your account is auto-killed you will need to log into the Members Only section of the site to reset your account before another webcast can begin.

Also, note that you can also set your software to record the current session and save the live VIDEO webcast as a file which you can upload later as an archived video.

Please abide by the limits and rules as outlined in the above points. If you go over these limits, visitors may not be able to experience your webcast properly, your webcast may interfere with other webcasts in progress, and we may, therefore, be forced to terminate the stream until it is corrected.

Welcome to Live Webcasting on SermonAudio.. and enjoy!

Feel free to email us at support@sermonaudio.com if you have any questions about this service.

Adding the Sermon Browser to Facebook

Adding the Sermon Browser to your Facebook page can be accomplished using free a third party Facebook app. There are a few to choose from. We will highlight one below. It is called Static IFRAME tab by Woobox.

 

1. Once you have copied the link go to your Facebook page for your church and search for the Static IFRAMES app by typing “Static IFRAME tab” into the search box at the top of the Facebook page. Click on Use Now button and you will be taken to a page on Facebook where you can install the app for the pages you wish to use it on.

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2. Select the pages you wish to use it on from the list by clicking on the “Add Tab To Page” button.

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3. The tab will be added to your page and will show up as “Welcome” by default. Navigate to your Facebook page and select the tab either from the menu on the left or the icon in the page itself.

 

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4. On the tab settings section select the URL radio button and paste the address of the IFRAME version of the Sermon Browser that you copied from SermonAudio. If you have not done this yet see the instructions above.

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5. Next, change the Tab name to something more suited to sermon content like “Sermons”

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6. And finally, you can also change the image that is associated with your new tab to something more appropriate as well.

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7. That’s it, just do not forget to save your changes by clicking the save settings at the bottom.

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Congratulations, you now have a Sermon Browser on Facebook!

The Embed Code Editor!

You do not have to double post your content. You do not need to worry about outdated Flash players on your site, in fact, you do not have to worry about what device your visitors are using.  With our easy to use HTML 5 responsive embed codes, you can simply copy and paste then sit back and relax.

  • You can drop in a fully-functional sermon browser that allows your visitors to display, page-through, filter all sermons from any SermonAudio account right into your own website!
  • They can download, listen to or watch any sermon without leaving your site or using your bandwidth or storage!
  • You can stream your LIVE Webcast from SermonAudio right from your website!
  • You can even create a custom list of sermons or a single sermon embed from your SermonAudio account and it could not be easier!
  • You can have a beautiful responsive HTML5 player right now!
  • You can customize the look and feel and still know that it will work everywhere.
So, what are you waiting for? Here is how it works!

Opening the Embed Code Editor from the Player

If you are already listening to the sermon you can get the embed code right from the player. Just look for the Embed Icon in the lower right corner of the player and click on it. This will open the window where you can select the options you want for your personalized embed.

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Opening the Embed Code Editor from a Live Webcast Player

If you are already listening to a live webcast you can get the embed code right from the webcast player. Like the regular player just look for the Embed Icon in the lower right corner of the window and click on it. This will open the window where you can select the options you want for your personalized embeddable webcast player.

Opening the Embed Code Editor from a Sermon Page

You can also get the embed code for any sermon on the site from the sermon page. To do so, first, navigate to the sermon page of the sermon that you wish to embed. This is the page with the big green PLAY button. You can get there by clicking on the title of any sermon in a listing on the site.

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Just click on the EMBED button to open the window where you can select the options you want to be included in the embed code for your personalized player.

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Opening the Embed Code Editor from the Homepage dropdown

The embed code editor can be accessed as well from the “Podcast+codes” dropdown on the broadcaster homepage.

Our HTML sermon player is 100% HTML5-friendly and free of any flash components. It is also responsive so it works and looks fantastic in any size, on any device. It loads super-fast and the playback scrubbing is very smooth. The sermon player has built-in ability to adjust the playback speed and to skip back and forward in the sermon in increments of 15-seconds.
The player displays an aesthetically pleasing waveform representation of the audio and is fully responsive stretching to fit any size display. Choose between light or dark themes or specify a starting time to begin playback. The embed code supports automatically displaying the newest sermon by broadcaster, speaker, event type or series.

Embedding the player on your website is as easy as copy and paste. You can get the code from the sermon page or the player itself right while the sermon is playing.

For most single sermon embeds it is best to open the embed editor from the sermon page or player. Opening it from the homepage dropdown will limit your embed option to only the newest sermon from that account. If you need help finding the embed button see the steps above.

After clicking on the embed button you will be presented with the universal embed codes editor and a number of options to configure the player for your site.

Audio or Video

If available, video will be selected by default but if audio is also available you can also select it using the toggle at the top of the window.

You can also create embeds for webcasts and a full sermon browser from this dialog but that is covered in the sections below. Go ahead and select either the audio or video selection to change the code to embed your desired format.

Sermon Selection

Next, let’s select which sermon you wish to embed. By default, the “Single Sermon” option is set and will display the sermon you were on when you clicked into the editor window. If you click the sermon drop down, there you can also select the following options:

  • Most recent from Broadcaster (This will embed the newest sermon from the Broadcaster account where this sermon resides.)
  • Most recent from Speaker (This will embed the newest sermon in the account by the speaker of this sermon.)
  • Most recent in Series (This will embed the newest sermon in the series that this sermon is a part of. If the sermon is not part of a series this selection will default to “Most recent from Broadcaster.”)
  • Most recent in Event Type (This will embed the newest sermon of the same event type posted to this Broadcaster’s account.)

These will automatically be updated on the webpage where you embed the code with the newest sermon for the category that you select.  So, as an example, if you select “Speaker” from the dropdown, the code will automatically look to see what the latest sermon in this Broadcaster’s account by that speaker is and display that sermon.  When a new sermon by that speaker is posted the embed will dynamically change the sermon listed for you. Pretty neat, huh?

Width Selection

The player width setting is customizable if you need a specific width player for your site, but we recommend the default “auto” setting for most implementations as the player is responsive and will automatically adjust to any size screen on its own.

Custom Start Time

There is even an option to begin the sermon at a particular time. Simply check the “Use Custom Time” box and slide the start time over to where you wish the sermon to begin playing. You can fine tune your start time second by second with the arrows on each end of the timeline and hear or see the new start time by clicking the play button on the preview below. Note: this option is only available when you have the single sermon option selected. It cannot be set with a dynamically changing sermon embed.

Autoplay

Checking this box will start the sermon automatically when the page it is embedded on loads. Note: This can be an annoyance to some listeners so use this sparingly. This is especially important if you embed more than one sermon on a single page. If they both have the autoplay option enabled they will both start playing at the same time.

Themes

When the audio player is selected, two themes are available. Choose the light theme for websites that need a lighter player or stick with the dark theme if that looks better.

SSL

Do you have a secure site?  Need a secure player? SSL is built into our embed codes so you do not need to worry about that, we have you covered!

Once you have created the embed with the options you want, jump down to the “Copy and Paste” section.

You are almost done!

Clicking over to the “Webcast” embed option will display the webcast player window and if there is a webcast in progress for that Broadcaster, it will show up in the preview window at the bottom.

The webcast embed only has two options.

Width Selection

The first is the player width setting which is customizable if you need a specific width player for your site, but like the audio and video players, we recommend the default “auto” setting for most implementations as the player is responsive and will automatically adjust to any size screen on its own.

Autoplay

Checking this box will start the webcast automatically when the broadcaster goes live. This can be a great help to your viewers as there is no longer any need to refresh the page.  As long as the page you have the player embedded on is open the webcast will begin to play on its own without any user interaction. We recommend that you check the Autoplay box! It just makes it dead simple for people coming to your website to watch any live broadcasts in progress.

Note: All single sermon (audio or video) and sermon browser embed codes will also display a notification automatically for your visitors alerting them to a webcast in progress. We do not want your visitors to miss your live broadcasts!

Once you have created the embed with the options you want, jump down to the “Copy and Paste” section.

You are almost done!

The sermon browser is so fully-functional that it can almost double as its own standalone sermon site! It allows users to display, page through, and filter then listen to, watch or download any of your sermons without ever leaving your website. All with a single line of copy and paste code! Best of all it is responsive so it will look great on any device!

We think the defaults are a great look but if you want to change things up you can do that too, and as you do any changes will be immediately reflected in the preview at the bottom of the window.  You can interact fully with the preview and it will act and look exactly as it would when embedded elsewhere.  So let’s get started and take a look at what you can do.

First, you can choose either to display All Sermons or filter the sermons and only display a subset of all the sermons in your account.  The options for this are to show a particular Series, Event, Speaker, Language, Bible book, or Year.

Selecting a subset will display a second filter drop down where you can then select which one of the Speakers, etc. that you wish to display by default.

Next, once you have selected the set of sermons you wish to display by default, you can also select how they are sorted or what order they will appear in.

All your sermons are still available to the user and you will notice that the filter and sort menus will also appear in the browser.  So if a visitor to your site wishes to see a larger set or perhaps a different set of sermons they can do that using the filter and sort menus in the browser itself.

However, you can override this and remove the filtering and sorting from the embed code. This is helpful when you only want to display a certain set of sermons like a series but do not want to include the rest of your sermon content in that particular embed. To turn off the ability to filter and sort the sermons in your embed just uncheck the “Show Filter Options” box. It’s that simple.

The “Show Header” checkbox will toggle the header on and off in your embed.

Show Page Options” toggles the pagination controls at the bottom of the browser embed on and off.

You can also Remove the Background, toggle between light and dark themes, and add or remove an outside border to the browser with the click of a mouse.

But we are not finished just yet!

Width Selection

The browser width setting is customizable if you need a specific width browser for your site, but like the embed codes, we recommend the default “auto” setting for most implementations as the browser is responsive and will automatically adjust to any size screen on its own.

Height and Sermons Per Page

You can also specify how many sermons to display on a page and how tall the browser window is in pixels.  The height drop-down and the “Sermons per page” value work together to control how large over all the sermon browser is on your page and how many sermons are displayed on each page of the browser.  If you set the height too high and the number of sermons per page too low, you will end up with empty space at the bottom of the browser. If you wish to avoid this (and we really think you should) and you need to change the default height we highly recommend that you try different values in the sermons per page box to ensure that you do not leave a blank space at the bottom.  If you have more sermons than will fit in the browser window, a scrollbar will appear along the right-hand side of the browser window to allow the user to smoothly scroll through the sermons on a page within the browser.

Once you get it looking the way you like it all that is left is to copy and paste the code into your website.

The next section will show you how!

Once you have your embed configured the way you like, simply click the “Copy” button next to the line of code in the center of the window and copy it to your website.

You will know that you have captured the code on your clipboard when it says “Copied!”

You can now open a new page in your CMS (content management system) and paste the code into it. It is really that simple!

And last but not least, be sure that when you paste the code into your website you paste it “as code” and not as HTML. Some CMSs like WordPress Joomla, or Drupal, etc. will alter the code and insert characters in an attempt to make it into HTML if it is not pasted into the page “as code.” Doing so breaks the functionality of the embed code so make sure the text of the embed code that you paste into your page is not altered by your CMS (Content Management System).

That’s it!  You just embedded a sermon, webcast player or fully functional sermon browser into your site! 

Want to embed something that is not here?  We have plans to add to these embeds in the future and we may be already working on it. We would love to hear what you think!

Adding eDocs to your Homepage

All member homepages include a section called eDocs where articles on theology, church practice, current issue positions, tracts, pamphlets, and any other document that doesn’t quite fit into the category of a sermon or a daily weblog can uploaded and organized.

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To add an eDoc document:

  1. Go to your Homepage on SermonAudio and hover your mouse over or click on the eDocs menu option. (You will notice the context sensitive submenu options will change when you do this.)edocs-new
  2. Click on the “add new” link on the submenu.
  3. Supply some basic document details (title, description, author) and specify a file to upload in the webform. edocs-submit
  4. Be sure to enter your Member ID and Password at the bottom before clicking on the Upload button at the bottom.

Accepted file formats: PDF, Text, and RTF. Simple WORD DOC files are allowable upon request. (If you upload a non-PDF document, we will automatically convert the file into the PDF format for your convenience and for no-hassle viewing. However, we recommend that you upload your articles in the PDF file format to achieve more predictable formatting by avoiding the auto-conversion step.)

Maximum file size: 2MB

The eDocs can be grouped into categories at the time of creation by selecting one of the preset categories or a totally new one of the broadcaster’s choosing.

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All eDocs will automatically have a small thumbnail cover image generated and will be displayed on your eDocs page in groupings that reflect the eDoc article category selected or created on the upload form.

For more on editing, deleting and featuring eDoc files…Read the post on editing and deleting eDocs

Editing and Deleting eDocs

In this post you will find out how to:

  • edit an existing eDoc entry.
  • delete an eDoc from your eDocs section.
  • feature an eDoc on your homepage.
  • replace an eDoc.

To find out how to add a new entry to your eDocs section, read the post on adding new eDocs to your hompage.

To edit and eDoc entry or delete an eDoc document already added to your eDoc section:

  1. Click on the eDocs menu option on your SermonAudio homepage.edocs
  2. Hover your mouse over the eDoc listing that you wish to edit or remove.
  3. Click on the edit icon that appears to the left of the listing.edocs-edit
  4. Make any necessary changes to the form that opens.
  5. Be sure to enter your Member ID and Password before submitting your changes.

In the form you can:

  • Change the Title of the eDoc entry as it appears on SermonAudio.edocs-edit-form
  • Change the Author of the eDoc entry as it appears on SermonAudio. If you specify an author name that matches one of your speakers listed in your church on SermonAudio, those online articles will automatically appear on all sermons for that speaker (for your church) for even more exposure.
  • Checking the Feature box will feature the eDoc on your Home page on SermonAudio and will move the eDoc listing to the top of the eDocs section in the featured spot. (When you specify a particular document to be a featured article a link to it will appear on your homepage as well.)
  • You can select a new category to list the article under or specify a New Category alltogether.
  • Change the order the eDoc appear in, by specifying position in the sequence.
  • You can edit the the description that appears anywhere the eDoc is listed on the site.
  • When you are finished, enter your Member ID and Password and click on the Update Article button at the bottom.
  • If you wish to simply remove the eDoc from your page, enter your Member ID and Password and  click on Delete button.

Note:  None of the changes you make to the Title, Author, Description etc. in this form will affect the contents of the PDF document that you loaded to the site.  To make changes to the actual eDoc Document (PDF) you will have to make the changes locally (on your PC) and then load it again as a new eDoc. 

To read more about uploading a new eDoc article read our post about adding new eDocs.

For broadcasters, if you specify an author name that matches one of your speakers listed in your church on SermonAudio, those online articles will automatically appear in the eDocs section of the sermon pages in your account for that speaker for even more exposure.

Relevant and up-to-date statistics (such as total articles views, top-viewed articles, etc) are available in the Members Only Area at any time. Give it a try! It’s a simple yet useful addition to the array of services we offer every broadcaster!

 

 

Audio Creation Submission and Upload

So you have an account on SermonAudio, now what?  You have many options for recording and uploading your sermons to SermonAudio. This page will help you sort them out.

Summary of steps:

  • Use a digital voice recorder, phone, tablet or PC record directly from your existing sound system using a line in. For those using a phone, tablet or digital voice recorder you can record with a lapel mic OR a line-in connection.
  • Transfer the audio file to your computer (if you are recording directly on an iOS device you can upload directly from your phone).
  • All MP3 files are encoded at 64kbps but you can upload them at any bitrate (64kbps or higher) and we’ll autoconvert them.
  • Use the Submit Sermon form to submit the sermon details and then upload the MP3!

Recording the Audio

The first step is to record the sermon. Our broadcasters use a variety of tools to accomplish this, among them are recording direct to the PC, digital voice recorders, iOS or Android devices, and recording to Audio CD and then ripping to a PC for upload. However you choose to do it, as long as you have a digital file and an internet connection you can load your sermons to the site.

If you have a sound system already in place at the location where the recording will be made you can simply take a line out to any of the following:

  • Direct to PC or Laptop Computer using a sound recording/editing software.
  • Digital Voice Recorder.
  • iOS or Android Device with an appropriate recording app,
  • Audio CD recorder.
If you do not have a sound system in place we recommend using a lapel mic or wireless mic plugged directly into a voice recorder or phone.  This will ensure a good sound level for your recording. Some have even found that open air recording from a phone or tablet works in a pinch but a mic will do much better.

For recording on a PC many have had good success using Audacity for both Windows and Mac but there are many choices out there and there is really no need to spend a lot of money for recording software.  Many software packages like Audacity are free.

The free Voice Record Pro app for iOS devices is also a good choice for those wishing to record directly to an iPad or iPhone. For Android users there are many choices. For those using iOS devices we have upload capability built into our iOS app and it works well with Voice Record Pro as well as a host of other recording apps.

Editing Audio

Once the audio has been created, editing it can be a simple task if all you need to do is trim the beginning and ending to include only the sermon or a little more in depth if you are wanting to improve the quality or remove sections from within the audio itself.

Some apps will allow trimming of the audio but if you need to do this on the PC you can use Audacity or iTunes to trim.

Uploading Audio

You can upload your audio file using the Webform, Dropbox, FTP, SermonAudio App (iPhone only) and even Email! You can upload in any of the following audio formats and we will auto-convert the file for you. Acceptable audio formats include: MP3, WMA, WAV, M4A.

Loading an uncompressed WAV file can be tedious unless you are on very fast connection.  To convert easily to MP3 before upload follow the steps on the Trimming MP3s in iTunes page.  You can ignore the step to trim the file if you simply need to convert.

Once you have the media ready for upload you will need to create the sermon record by submitting it to the database. We have a brief tutorial on submitting sermons to help with this if you need it.

Webform Upload

Once the sermon record has been created you can upload the media in a number of ways, but for most we recommend using the webform. The following video tutorial will bring you up to speed on uploading, editing and deleting sermons if you need help.

We have made it easy for you to upload your sermons in a number of ways. You can even upload in batch.  Below are listed the ways you can send sermons to the site.  Each has its own instruction page and extra charges may apply so read the instructions carefully.

Dropbox (submit and upload)

Great for batch uploads! You can submit and upload sermons in one step via DropBox. For more on this mechanism for upload visit the Dropbox instructions page.

FTP (submit and upload)

Similar to Dropbox you can do batch uploads and both submit and upload mp3 files using this method.  For more visit the FTP instructions page.

iPhone App (submit and upload)

Our iOS app has upload built in for those that are recording on their phone this is a great way to load your sermons to the site.  For more visit the iOS upload help page.

If you need assistance with any of this of course feel to email us at support@sermonaudio.com and we will do what we can to help.

How do I Back up and Restore Sermons on the iPhone App?

To back up the sermons that you have stored on your iPhone in the app open iTunes on your PC and select the device that you wish to back up from or restore to.

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Next, scroll down until you see the APPS section on the left hand column of iTunes.

 

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The apps that you have installed on your device will appear in the right hand column.  Scroll down to the FILE SHARING section and all the apps that allow file sharing will appear in that section. Select the SERMONS app from the list.

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Once selected the column to the right will be populated with the sermons that are in the app. Select the sermon or sermons that you wish to save to your PC for back up.

iphone backup 4

Finally, click on the SAVE TO button to save them to a location that you select on your PC.

iphone backup 5

The process can be reversed and the files that you saved can be added back into the app using the ADD FILE button. (note: only files saved from the app can be loaded to the app again.)

iphone backup 6

Submitting, Uploading and Editing Sermons Using an iOS Device

With the 4.0 release of our iPhone + iPad app, all broadcasters can upload audio sermons to SermonAudio directly from their iOS device.

It’s a completely native experience that works seamlessly and beautifully for those who increasingly depend on iPods or iPads to record sermons. This page will show you how it is done.

Preliminary Considerations:

  • To submit sermon details, edit sermon details and upload audio you must first be a FULL Broadcasting Member on SermonAudio.  To see more about this visit our Services page.
  • You must have the Free SermonAudio App Version 4.0 installed on your iOS device.  If you have not already done so you can find it in the App Store by searching for “SermonAudio”.
  • You must have an app that will allow you to record audio and either open the files in another app or send the audio to Dropbox or iCloud storage. Voice Record Pro is one audio recording app that we have used with good success and it does allow the recorded audio file to be opened in our app. And the best part, it’s free.
  • There is no extra charge to submit or upload sermons via the SermonAudio app. (You are allowed ten sermon submissions per billing cycle without extra charge.)
  • Sermons can only be submitted at this time for existing speakers in your account.  If you are uploading a sermon for a new speaker or one that you have not previously had sermons in your account for you will need to submit the sermon details using the webform first. You can still use the app to upload once the sermon record has been created.
The sermon submission and upload process is a two step process on the site.  You must first submit the sermon details (Title, Speaker Name, Scripture Reference, etc.) and then once the record is created in the database you can move on to the upload of Audio, Video or PDF files to the sermon record.  The iOS upload functionality is limited to AUDIO upload at this time.
Uploading a Sermon from Another App

There are two ways to upload a sermon to the site. The first is from the app that recorded it via the “Open in…” functionality that is built into many apps. The second is to do so using the iOS document picker (only some apps support this, iCloud and Dropbox being the most prominent.)

This section will look at sending a sermon from a recording app to the SermonAudio app for upload using the “Open in…” functionality.  Not all recording apps support this but for this example we will be using the Voice Record Pro app.  It is a free app and has many options. It is a good choice for recording audio to an iOS device.

Once the recording is finished you can select it and then scroll down to the “Open With Other Apps” option.

The SermonAudio app should appear in the list of options. Touch the SermonAudio icon and you will be taken directly to the SermonAudio app.

iphone uploads-open in Sermons

You will then be prompted to log into the SermonAudio app. Once you are on the Sermon Listing page you can create a new sermon or select the sermon that you wish to load the audio for. If you have not yet created a sermon entry in the database for the content you are attempting to load you will need to do so now.  For help with this see the section “Create New Sermon” below.

If you have already created the sermon record you can skip to the section on UPLOAD below.

Create New Sermon

To create a new sermon scroll to the bottom of the screen and touch “Create New Sermon” link.

iphone uploads-create new sermon

This will open a form where you can fill in the sermon details.  Title, Short title and Speaker are required fields but it is strongly encouraged that the form be filled out in its entirety.

When selecting a speaker if the speaker is not in the drop down you will need to submit the sermon using the webform on the site. Only speakers that have sermons in your account can be selected at this time. Once the sermon details have been submitted there (using the webform on the site) you can return to the app for upload. See steps for uploading the sermon in the sections below.

iphone uploads-speaker

When you are finished entering the sermon details, touch the word SAVE in the upper right corner of the screen to submit the sermon. You will be taken back to the sermon listing screen where you can then select the newly created sermon and upload the audio.

UPLOAD

You can choose either a sermon that has no audio associated with it or a recently uploaded sermon that you wish to reload the audio for.

iphone uploads-select sermon
Note: Sermons that are a lighter gray already have audio but you can select them if you wish to re-load it but be aware that this will copy over any audio already associated the sermon and this cannot be undone.  Sermons in regular dark type do not yet have audio associated with them.

Touching the sermon in the listing will select it and you will see the audio you sent over from your recording app already selected in the window. If you selected the wrong sermon touch the back button to select a different sermon to load the audio to.

iphone uploads-file imported

Touching the “select another file” link will allow you to select a file using the document picker (more on that in the section below) but will not allow you to select another file from your recording app so if you have the wrong audio file you will need to go back to the recording app and start again.

When you have both the correct audio file and sermon displayed on the screen touch “Start Upload” in the upper right hand corner of your screen to begin the upload.

iphone uploads-start

You can then navigate away from the app if need be, and the sermon will load in the background. Do not close the app until the “Upload Complete” screen appears.

iphone uploads-complete

Congratulations you just uploaded a sermon via the SermonAudio App!

Uploading a Sermon using the Document Picker (iOS 8 or above)

There are two ways to upload a sermon to the site. The first is from the app that recorded it via the “Open in…” functionality that is built into many apps (for more on this see the section above). The second is to do so using the iOS 8 document picker (only some apps support this iCloud and Dropbox being the most prominent.)

This section will look at the second option, using the document picker.

To begin the process of sermon submission using the Document Picker open the SermonAudio app and touch the PLUS “+” sign in the upper left corner of the screen.

iphone uploads-plus

This will take you to the Member login page.  Enter your Member ID and Password and touch GO to get started.

iphone uploads-login

If your device supports it you will then be asked if you would like to use Touch ID to log in the future with a fingerprint. Choose YES or NO. TouchID is a nice timesaver as it allows you to log in with the touch of a finger.

iphone uploads-touchID
If you wish to change this option or log in with a different account you can select the “Clear Stored Credentials” link at the bottom of the page to reset the log in credentials.

The next screen will allow you to UPLOAD to an existing sermon or SUBMIT a new Sermon (creates a new sermon record in the database). If you have already created the sermon record you can skip to the section on UPLOAD below.

Create New Sermon

To create a new sermon scroll to the bottom of the screen and touch “Create New Sermon” link.

iphone uploads-create new sermon

This will open a form where you can fill in the sermon details.  Title, Short title and Speaker are required fields but it is strongly encouraged that the form be filled out in its entirety.

When selecting a speaker if the speaker is not in the drop down you will need to submit the sermon using the webform on the site. Only speakers that have sermons in your account can be selected at this time. Once the sermon details have been submitted there (using the webform on the site) you can return to the app for upload. See steps for uploading the sermon in the sections below.

iphone uploads-speaker

When you are finished entering the sermon details, touch the word SAVE in the upper right corner of the screen to submit the sermon. You will be taken back to the sermon listing screen where you can then select the newly created sermon and upload the audio.

UPLOAD

You can choose either a sermon that has no audio associated with it or a recently uploaded sermon that you wish to reload the audio for.

iphone uploads-select sermon
Note: Sermons that are a lighter gray already have audio but you can select them if you wish to re-load it but be aware that this will copy over any audio already associated the sermon and this cannot be undone.  Sermons in regular dark type do not yet have audio associated with them.

Touching the sermon in the listing will select it. The next screen will allow you to select a file using the document picker.

Touch “Select File” or the “?” icon in the center of the screen to get started.

iphone uploads-select sermon in picker

If you have it enabled on your decvice, the picker will default to iCloud. If not, it will present you with the option to enable it.

iphone uploads-enable iCloud

If you do not wish to use iCloud you can select from a list apps that support the document picker functionality by touching “locations” in the upper left corner.

iphone uploads-select app for picker

The apps that are currently installed and enabled on your device that support document picker access will be listed.

iphone uploads-document picker select

To see if there are other apps installed that have not been enabled touch MORE and turn on any that you wish to use with the SermonAudio app.

iphone uploads-document picker enable

You will then be returned to the previous screen, but selecting LOCATIONS again will allow you to then choose any app that you have just enabled.

iphone uploads-document picker choices

Selecting the app that you wish to use will allow you to navigate to the file that you wish to upload. Select the file by touching it.

Once selected, you will be taken back to the upload screen where you will see your file listed as the file to upload as well as the sermon record it will be loaded to.

iphone uploads-document picker choose file

If you selected the wrong sermon record, touch BACK in the upper left corner to select a different sermon to load the audio to. If you have the wrong audio file you can touch “Select Another File” to return to the Document Picker to select another audio file.

iphone uploads-file imported

When you have the correct file and sermon displayed on the screen touch “Start Upload” in the upper right hand corner of your screen to begin the upload.

You can then navigate away from the app if need be, and the sermon will load in the background. Do not close the app until the “Upload Complete” screen appears.

Congratulations you just uploaded a sermon via the SermonAudio App.

You can also edit the sermon details or delete the sermon entirely using the SermonAudio app.

To begin, start the app and navigate to the sermon page that you wish to edit or delete.

iphone edit-sermon page

Look for the EDIT button and touch it to begin the editing process.

iphone edit-btn

You will then be prompted to choose whether you wish to EDIT or DELETE the Sermon.

Next you will be prompted to enter your Member ID and Password or use Touch ID if you have selected it as an option. Touch ID is a real time saver for those that have supporting devices.  A touch of the finger is all you need to securely log in!

iphone edit-touchID

 

Editing A Sermons Details

If you chose EDIT you will be presented with the sermon details form, where you can make any changes that you like. When you have completed making your changes touch SAVE to apply them.

iphone edit-save

You will be presented with a message letting you know the changes have been made.

iphone edit-done

Deleting A Sermon

If you chose to delete you will also be prompted to enter your Member ID and Password or use Touch ID if you have selected it as an option.

iphone edit-touchID

You will then be asked to confirm that you wish to delete the sermon. This is permanent.  Be sure that you wish to delete the sermon in its entirety from the database before touching YES.  You cannot undo this!

iphone edit-confirm delete

The sermon will be removed and you will be taken back to the previous screen.

iphone edit-delete done

Uploading sermons has never been easier!

Wowza GoCoder Setup

This page is a step-by-step on how to set up Wowza’s GoCoder encoder app for LIVE broadcast on SermonAudio. For more on what other options are available and what is needed to set up your account for webcasting visit our webcasting help page

If you do not yet have the app installed on your internet connected phone or tablet you will need to do so before beginning this tutorial.
There are several quick and easy ways to see if your account is webcast-enabled.
  • Go to the Live Webcasts section to see if your church is listed as a webcaster.
  • Visit your homepage on SermonAudio and look for the webcast badge under the HOME tab. broadcaster home TOP - webcast badge
  • You can also visit your Members Only page, the webcast server will appear under the STATS tab in the “Basic Account Settings” section if activated.
You will need to have your account webcast enabled before you will be assigned a webcast server (needed below.)
Next, you will need to start the GoCoder App on your internet connected device. Be sure that you have a connection to the internet from the device you will be streaming from.

Note: depending upon the bitrate you choose the data consumption can be quite high so be sure to have a data plan that can handle it or if available use WIFI.

When the app is first opened it should look like this.  Tap anywhere on the screen to begin.

Gocoder-Start
 Once set up you will be able to initiate a live webcast to SermonAudio from your mobile device whenever you want and as often as you want. The site will automatically detect your webcast and activate the notification buttons on-site and (if you have them installed) on your church website as well! A truly inexpensive and mobile solution!

To get started touch the settings icon in the upper right corner of the display. The icon looks like a small gear.

In the examples shown below, use your SermonAudio Member ID wherever the text “MEMBER_ID” appears. You will need to find your assigned webcast server at this point to ensure that you are connecting to the right server.

You can find this information in the Members Only section of the site under the STATS tab.  It should be listed near the top of the page under “Basic Account Settings”  If it is not listed there, you have not yet been enabled for LIVE Webcasting.

Members Only - webcast server

Your Host address will “look like” the one below but with the server assigned to you and where the prefix rtmp:// and trailing /MEMBER_ID is not included.  All  you need is the actual server.

stream2.sa-media.com

Tap on the “host entry” and then type the server address into the “Host” field like the example below. Leave off the rtmp:// prefix  and Member ID like the example above.

GoCoder Server host1

GoCoder Server host2

When finished entering the server address touch the word “Back” in the upper right corner.

Next, select the “Application” option from the menu and enter your MEMBER ID in the application field.

GoCoder Server Application1

GoCoder Server Application2

Enter your Member ID as the “Application.”  There is no need to change the stream name but if you do, spaces are not allowed.  The stream name must be one word.  When you are finished here touch the word “Back” in the upper right corner.

Next, select the “Publisher Login” option from the menu and enter your MEMBER ID in the “Publisher name” field and your site password in the “Password” field.

GoCoder login

When finished entering your log in credentials touch DONE in the upper right hand corner of the window.

Next, you need to set the bandwidth bitrate of the webcasting stream. What you select here will depend on your connection and data plan.

Please review the details of this entire step carefully.

  • Video + Audio. Be sure both audio + video are selected. For those wishing to do Audio-Only webcasts please note that some devices will not accept an audio only flash stream (i.e. ROKU and Chromecast).  If you are trying to reach an audience that uses these devices and wish to do an audio-only broadcast please consider using WIRECAST where a still shot can be inserted in place of a video or at the very least just cover the camera and send the video at a lower bitrate to save bandwidth.
  • Max. Bitrate: 1Mbps (1000kbps)
  • Max Video Size (resolution): 720p
  • IMPORTANT!! It is imperative that your upload bandwidth speed is fast enough to ensure a smooth and successful webcast. Find out what your upload bandwidth speed is at your location. Your upload bandwidth speed should be at least 350kbps for standard live video webcasts and at least 1Mbps for HIFI video webcasts. Also, keep in mind your data plan limitations.  One hour of video at 1Mbps will use approximately 500mb of data.

Recommended encoding settings for webcast. If you are unsure of what to enter feel free to use these exact settings for your initial webcast setup. You can lower the bitrate, or change the video size if needed for your particular setup. Please abide by the limits as outlined in the above points. If you go over these limits, visitors may not be able to experience your webcast properly, your webcast may interfere with other webcasts in progress, and we may therefore be forced to terminate the stream until it is corrected.

First, select the video settings icon in the upper right of the screen.

GoCoder Video Setting

Next, be sure that both Video and Audio are selected to stream.

GoCoder video options

Video size should be set to 720p.  If you are planning to use a lower bit rate than 1Mbps (1000kbps) you will need to also lower the Video Size as well but 720p is recommended. When finished with your selection touch the DONE button in the upper right corner to return to the main screen.

Next, set the bit rate by touching the Bitrate Selector in the lower left corner of the screen.

GoCoder Bitrate Setting

If the bitrate you desire is not in the drop down return to the video size setting in the previous step and adjust until you find the desired bitrate displayed.

To begin a Webcast, touch the BIG START button in the lower right of the screen and your webcast will be LIVE and visible on SermonAudio.com!

GoCoder Start Button

Once the webcast begins the button will change to a small square.To stop press the button again.

GoCoder Stop Button

Please note that usage charges are accumulated at this point, even for test runs. Keep an eye on your current usage charges in the BILLING section of the Members Only Area.

That’s it! Congratulations!

The site is designed to automatically detect when you are “ON-THE-AIR” and will make it clear to all who are on the site that a LIVE webcast is in progress. When you are live webcasting, the button will automatically change from the OFF AIR button.

to the ON AIR button.

Please note it may take up to one minute for SermonAudio to actually detect that you are on-the-air. This simply means that the OFF AIR button may not change into the ON AIR for up to one minute.

You can keep the live webcast on-the-air for as long or as short as you wish. SermonAudio will automatically keep track of the number of hours that are used in your live webcasts throughout the month and then add the total hourly usage charges for the month to your next billing cycle.

In order to STOP the live webcast, simply press the “STOP” button or close the program. Please be aware that it may be up to 5 minutes before SermonAudio is able to detect that you are completely off-the-air. Do not be alarmed at this. We have taken these delays into account when calculating the usage charge for billing.

 

Welcome to Live Webcasting on SermonAudio.. and enjoy!

Feel free to email us at support@sermonaudio.com if you have any questions about this service.

Adobe Encoder Setup

Please note that the Adobe Encoder is no longer being supported or updated by Adobe. If you are looking for a free software to broadcast with we recommend looking into Open Broadcaster Software. The Adobe software will still install and run on Windows PCs but we no longer recommend it due to the fact that it is no longer being supported by Adobe.

 

This page is a step-by-step on how to set up Adobe’s Flash Media Live Encoder for LIVE broadcast on SermonAudio. For more on what other options are available and what is needed to set up your account for webcasting visit our webcasting help page

If you do not yet have the Flash Media Live Encoder installed on your system you will need to do so before beginning this tutorial.
There are several quick and easy ways to see if your account is webcast-enabled.
  • Go to the Live Webcasts section to see if your church is listed as a webcaster.
  • Visit your homepage on SermonAudio and look for the webcast badge under the HOME tab. broadcaster home TOP - webcast badge
  • You can also visit your Members Only page, the webcast server will appear under the STATS tab in the “Basic Account Settings” section if activated.
You will need to have your account webcast enabled before you will be assigned a webcast server (needed below.)
Next, you will need to start the Adobe Flash Media Live Encoder program on your computer. This is a free tool from Adobe that you can download here!

You must purchase an additional AAC Plugin (approx $180) to make your webcast available on devices such as iPhone, iPad, Android, BlackBerry, ROKU TV and Chromecast. (Mac users can webcast without the plugin as AAC is built into the OSX and above operating system.) Adobe encoder settings

Select the Stream to Flash Media Server option. This will allow you to initiate the live webcast to SermonAudio whenever you want and as often as you want. Adobe encoder settings-Stream to checkbox The site will automatically detect your webcast and activate the notification buttons on-site and (if you have them installed) on your church website as well! A truly complete and flexible solution!

In the examples shown below, use your SermonAudio Member ID  wherever the text “MEMBER_ID” appears. You will need to find your assigned webcast server at this point to ensure that you are connecting to the right server.

You can find this information in the Members Only section of the site under the STATS tab.  It should be listed near the top of the page under “Basic Account Settings”  If it is not listed there, you have not yet been enabled for LIVE Webcasting. Members Only - webcast server You can simply cut and paste the FMS URL to the settings page, to eliminate the possibility of a typo.

Your server address (FMS URL) will “look like” the one below where the text MEMBER_ID is replaced with your actual SermonAudio Member ID:

rtmp://stream2.sa-media.com/MEMBER_ID

Type or cut and paste the server address into the FMS URL field in the encoder like the example below.

Adobe encoder settings - FMS URL Also observe that the STREAM field can be any value as long as there is a “%i” at the end of the name. This will give you the option of sending multiple streams (multiple bitrates) to our server.

In the example below you can substitute any name for the text “mystream”. In our example we have chosen to just use the name “mystream” like this:

mystream%i

Adobe encoder settings - Stream Also note that in our example the Save To File option is selected. You can choose to save the live VIDEO webcast as a F4V (Flash MP4) file which you can upload later as an archived video.

Also note the “%i” at the end of the filename to save the multiple streams. Again the filename can be anything you like, in the example below it is “archive%i.flv”. Adobe encoder settings - archive

Clicking on the Connect button on that same OUTPUT tab will initiate a connection to our server but will not start the webcast. Adobe encoder settings - connect btn After clicking on connect, you will be prompted with a login window where you will fill in your SermonAudio Member ID and Password. This ensures that no one can use your connection unless they have your Member ID and Password. Adobe encoder sign in
Next, you need to set the bandwidth bitrate of the webcasting stream. What you select here will depend on your connection and whether or not you have HIFI enabled for your account on SermonAudio.

Please review the details of this entire step carefully.

  • Video + Audio. Be sure both audio + video are selected. For those wishing to do Audio-Only webcasts please note that some devices will not accept an audio only flash stream (i.e. ROKU and Chromecast).  If you are trying to reach an audience that uses these devices and wish to do an audio-only broadcast please consider using WIRECAST where a still shot can be inserted in place of a video.
  • H.264 Baseline + AAC. Be sure both H.264 baseline + AAC are selected. (If AAC is not an option you can obtain the plugin here.)
  • DO NOT exceed 48kbps for audio on any given stream. Max. bitrate for video per stream is 1Mbps.
  • IMPORTANT!! It is imperative that your upload bandwidth speed is fast enough to ensure a smooth and successful webcast. Find out what your upload bandwidth speed is at your location. Your upload bandwidth speed should be at least 350kbps for standard live video webcasts and at least 1Mbps for HIFI video webcasts.
  • Multiple Bitrates. When you stream with multiple bitrates, the user will automatically be presented with your bitrate streams so they can choose the one that is appropriate for their connection.
If you opt to do Audio-Only without the AAC plugin the webcast will be viewable on Windows PCs but few if any other devices will be able to access the content.  Be sure if you are webcasting in Audio-Only with MP3 audio to set the sample rate to at least 44100 Hz and the bitrate to 56Kbps in order for the stream to work correctly with the Adobe Encoder.
Recommended encoding settings for standard webcast. If you are unsure of what to enter feel free to use these exact settings for your initial webcast setup. You can lower the bitrate, or change the video size if needed for your particular setup. Adobe encoder video settings low Standard video settings for webcast.
  • Format: H.264
  • Frame Rate: 30 (frame rates lower than 30fps may cause difficulty with some mobile devices.)
  • Input Size: 480×270 (this may be different depending on the input device)
  • Output Size: 480×270
  • Bitrate: 150kps (Anything between 110kbps-150kbps is recommended)
  • Video Profile: Baseline 3.1
Recommended encoding settings for HIFI webcast. If you are unsure of what to enter feel free to use these exact settings for your initial webcast setup. You can lower the bitrate, or change the video size if needed for your particular setup.Adobe encoder video settings hiHIFI video settings for webcast.
  • Format: H.264
  • Frame Rate: 30 (frame rates lower than 30fps may cause difficulty with some mobile devices.)
  • Input Size: 1280×720 (this may be different depending on the input device)
  • Stream 1:
    • Bitrate: up to 1Mbps
    • Output Size: 1280×720, or 1024×576
  • Stream 2:
    • Bitrate: 150kbps
    • Output Size: 480×270
Important! Set the H.264 PROFILE to BASELINE. One more step in this section, click on the Advanced Encoder Settings button located next to the FORMAT option as shown here. Adobe encoder video settings profileWe recommend that the BASELINE 3.1 profile is selected. MAIN can now be used as well and it does provide better quality but there may be issues with older devices streaming it properly.Baseline

Set the KeyFrame Frequency to between 1 and 4 seconds.

Please abide by the limits and rules as outlined in the above points. If you go over these limits, visitors may not be able to experience your webcast properly, your webcast may interfere with other webcasts in progress, and we may therefore be forced to terminate the stream until it is corrected.

Please note: You are welcome to adjust these settings to suit your particular needs but please keep the following issues in mind if you wish to change the settings:

Viewers on PCs. Many of your webcast viewers will probably be on a PC of some kind. Fortunately, the flash-based streaming method allows for a no-hassle playback. However, because connection speeds vary, we highly recommend using multiple bitrate streams.

Mobile Devices. Most cell phones and tablets today can play videos and we take that into consideration with our iPhone, BlackBerry and Android solutions. Providing a satisfactory streaming experience for viewers over a slower cellular network is part of our bitrate policy.

ROKU, Apple TV, Chromecast. The same webcast viewed on PCs, Macs, and mobile devices, can also be viewed on the ROKU Chromecast and Apple TV devices which connect to your television. The recommended webcast encoding settings have been successfully tested on these platforms.

Dialup or Limited Bandwidth Users. There are still some listeners who access the site via dialup or over limited bandwidth cell connections and for them, it’s important to deliver a lower-bitrate stream. For this reason we recommend using our suggested encoding settings for the most reliable streaming experience.

These guidelines provide the optimum encoder settings for the best possible video and audio experience while at the same time ensuring that our many users on slower or limited bandwidth connections can also enjoy your webcasts reliably.
Recommended audio encoding settings.  If you are unsure of what to enter feel free to use these exact settings for your initial webcast setup. You can lower the bitrate, but for most setups 48 kbps is optimal.

Adobe encoder settings - audio

  • Output Format: MP3 or AAC (AAC is necessary for mobile support, see above for more information)
  • Channels: MONO
  • Sample Rate: 22 khz
  • Bitrate: 48 kbps (or less)
Auto Audio-Only! For all video webcasts, we automatically produce an additional audio-only stream available on the website Flash player and on the iPhone+iPad app! This is ideal for clients with low-bandwidth situations or on cell networks.
To begin a Webcast, Press the BIG GREEN START button and your webcast will be LIVE and visible on SermonAudio.com! Please note that usage charges are accumulated at this point, even for test runs. Keep an eye on your current usage charges in the BILLING section of the Members Only Area. Adobe encoder settings - live That’s it! Congratulations!

The site is designed to automatically detect when you are “ON-THE-AIR” and will make it clear to all who are on the site that a LIVE webcast is in progress. When you are live webcasting, the button will automatically change from the OFF AIR button

to the ON AIR button.

Please note it may take up to one minute for SermonAudio to actually detect that you are on-the-air. This simply means that the OFF AIR button may not change into the ON AIR for up to one minute.

You can keep the live webcast on-the-air for as long or as short as you wish. SermonAudio will automatically keep track of the number of hours that are used in your live webcasts throughout the month and then add the total hourly usage charges for the month to your next billing cycle.

In order to STOP the live webcast, simply press the “STOP” button or close the program. Please be aware that it may be up to 5 minutes before SermonAudio is able to detect that you are completely off-the-air. Do not be alarmed at this. We have taken these delays into account when calculating the usage charge for billing.

VIDEO TIP: Improving the Quality of “Noisy Video” This entire step is an optional tip to help improve the quality of “noisy video” for those experiencing this problem. The “noise” is a result of the interlacing artifacts that sometimes appear in video. The solution is simply to turn ON the DE-INTERLACING option on your encoder settings if available. Please note, this option is significantly CPU-intensive and is only advisable if your computer is fairly new with a higher-end graphics card (that supports hardware de-interlacing).

Here are some last-minute important tips to keep in mind!

  • It is very important that you follow Step #5 (above) precisely in regards to the bitrate setting. This needs to be correct or we will need to terminate the webcast while in progress.
  • Be sure that you do not “tie-up” the bandwidth at your location by trying to watch the webcast over the same connection that the live webcast is currently broadcasting on.
  • For video-webcasting, do not “disturb” the PC that is doing the video webcast.. not even so much as clicking on the web browser. In fact, it is best simply to completely leave it alone while the webcast is in progress. Video encoding is a CPU-intensive process which can result in the webcast failing if it doesn’t have the computer’s 100% attention.
Welcome to Live Webcasting on SermonAudio.. and enjoy!

Feel free to email us at support@sermonaudio.com if you have any questions about this service.

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