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Live Webcasting

SermonAudio supports Flash-based H.264+AAC LIVE streaming. Our Flash based webcast solution supports a variety of both software and hardware encoders. Below you will find the encoding solutions we have tested and can recommend to our broadcasters. Each one is linked to a separate step-by-step setup page.

Preliminary Considerations:

In order to webcast on SermonAudio you will need the following:

  • You must be a “FULL” Broadcasting Member (more info).
  • You must have the “Live Webcasting” option enabled for your account* (some fees apply):
    • Only $10 is added to your base monthly fee.
    • Only $2 per webcast hour (additional usage fee).This is a flat hourly fee and does not scale up or down depending on the number of viewers.
  • You must have a direct, high-speed connection to the Internet with a sufficiently fast upload speed.**
    • At least 350kbps upload minimum recommended bandwidth for standard definition video webcasts.
    • At least 1Mbps upload minimum recommended bandwidth for HIFI video webcasts.***
  • If broadcasting from a PC using a software encoder you will need A fast, separate, dedicated computer used for only the webcast encoding with a “decent” graphics card is highly recommended. This PC should be only used for the webcast while the webcast is in progress.Hardware Recommendations:
    • Newer Mac, or Windows machine
    • at least 6GB of Ram
    • Core i7 processor
    • Mid-range graphics card or video capture card if you are not using a video converter like the Blackmagic Intensity to convert the signal from your camera to a format that can be imported to your PC. (Most Cameras will have an HDMI OUT port on them, most PCs will either have Thunderbolt or USB 3.0 for input.)
  • Video Capture
    • External Video Capture device to capture and convert the video signal into either USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt, this should be coupled with a decent Video card (if your current video card is built into the motherboard on your PC you will probably want to upgrade)
    • Upgraded Video Card. We recommend a card with 256 MB of on-board memory and 3D acceleration. GeForce or Radeon cards would be a good choice.
    • PCI Express Card direct Capture. You can also capture the video directly without an external capture device using the Intensity PRO PCI Express Card. This would negate the need for both the external capture device and the upgraded video card.  There are options for cards with multiple inputs as well if you will be using a multiple camera set up.
  • Video Mixer (Multiple Camera Setup Only)  A video mixer (like the ATEM Television Studio or the ATEM Production Studio 4K from Blackmagic can be used to switch between your cameras during the broadcast and send a single digital signal to your broadcast PC for encoding. You will still need a decent graphics card in your PC to handle the single feed coming into your PC from the mixer.
  •  Camera or recording device. Any HD consumer grade camcorder will do but we have had good success with Sony and Samsung. Be sure to check that the camera you choose has the options that you need.  (i.e. sound input if you plan to bring sound into the camera from an outside source, HDMI out for capturing the live video feed, etc.)
All webcasts that originate from the SermonAudio servers are PUBLIC in nature. There is no way to restrict the webcasts or make them private. All webcasts will appear prominently on the main SermonAudio site, in all the Mobile Apps, on the SemonAudio Roku Channel and in any webpages that have our embed code.
*Webcast Music Policy. We request that the musical portion of any service that is broadcast LIVE over SermonAudio not be considered “Contemporary Music” in nature. We have gathered a large listening audience over the years and many are very conservative in background. We wish to be sensitive with this issue. Additionally, it allows us to avoid many of the copyright issues that are oftentimes associated with contemporary music of contemporary artists.
**Multiple bitrate support. The higher bandwidth recommendation assumes that multiple bitrates will be streamed for any given webcast. This allows for maximum viewership.
***HIFI Option: Broadcasters that have the HIFI option enabled can webcast at higher bitrates. You must have this option enabled for your account in order to use the HIFI bitrates.

Encoding Options:


Adobe Flash Media Live Encoder
  • Easy-to-use flash-based H.264 encoder | download now
  • FREE for basic flash encoding viewed only on PCs.
  • Windows users need an additional AAC Plugin (approx $180) to make your webcast available on mobile devices such as iPhone, iPad, Android, BlackBerry, ROKU TV. (If your webcast PC is a Mac, AAC capability is built in to the OSX operating system)
  • Only one input (camera) supported, no transitions or overlays.
  • Need a dedicated PC to handle the encoding and usually a converter to import the digital audio. For minimum hardware requirements for this encoder click here.
    • Single camera setup– use the Blackmagic Intensity line of products to convert your analog audio/video or HDMI signal from your camera to a digital USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt signal — allowing direct input into your PC for encoding.
    • Multi-camera setup — use a video mixer (like the ATEM Television Studio or the ATEM Production Studio 4K from Blackmagic to switch between your cameras during the broadcast and send a single digital signal to your broadcast PC for encoding.
  • Click here to view our separate, step-by-step HELP page to setup this encoder for SermonAudio.

Wirecast Encoder by Telestream

  • Powerful flash-based H.264 encoder | download now.
  • Free trial download available for testing.
  • $495 program makes this more expensive than the Adobe Encoder but it’s powerful.
  • AAC is already built-in so your webcasts would be available on mobile devices such as iPhone, iPad, Android, BlackBerry, ROKU TV.
  • Allows for graphical overlay on the webcast.
  • Supports multiple inputs (cameras) and smooth transitions.
  • A bit more complicated to setup.
  • Need a dedicated PC to handle the encoding and usually a converter to import the digital audio. For minimum hardware requirements for this encoder click here.
    • Single camera setup– use the Blackmagic Intensity line of products to convert your analog audio/video or HDMI signal from your camera to a digital USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt signal — allowing direct input into your PC for encoding.
    • Multi-camera setup — use a video mixer (like the ATEM Television Studio or the ATEM Production Studio 4K from Blackmagic to switch between your cameras during the broadcast and send a single digital signal to your broadcast PC for encoding.
  • Click here to view our separate, step-by-step HELP page to setup this encoder for SermonAudio.

 Cube by Teradek

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  • Portable Hardware solution
  • Somewhat expensive at $1700-$2000 but very compact and mobile.
  • Limited to a single camera setup.
  • Product page on the Teradek site is located here.
  • Stand alone device, no PC needed.
  • Wireless capable for offsite broadcast (Wired Ethernet is recommended when available).
  • No ability to archive Audio or Video.
  • Click here to view our separate, step-by-step HELP page to setup this encoder for SermonAudio.

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