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.

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.

How do I activate LIVE Webcasting?

To request that your account be LIVE webcast enabled visit the Members Only section of the website. The link for this section can be found at the bottom of the main menu on the left hand side of the website.

Under the PERSONAL tab you will notice a section on live webcasting.

Members Personal Tab

To request that your account be enabled for live broadcast expand this section and click on the “drop us an email” link.

webcast enable email

A pre-formatted email will then open that can then be sent with the information that we need to active the account. For more on what is required for Webcasting visit our webcast help pages.

 

 

Is a Private or Restricted Webcast Available?

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.

For more on Webcasting with SermonAudio visit our Webcasting Help Page.

Wirecast Encoder Setup

This page is a step-by-step on how to set up Telestream’s Wirecast 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 Wirecast Encoder installed on your system you will need to do so before beginning this tutorial. You may download the trial version for testing at the link above.
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 Wirecast Encoder program on your computer. This is a very powerful paid tool from Telestream that you can purchase or download a trial copy of here!

For a more basic and less expensive option see our help page on Adobe’s Flash Encoder.

Wirecast encoder
From the menu at the top select the OUTPUT and then OUTPUT SETTINGS from the drop down menu. (You can also hit CTRL + Y on your keyboard to open the window.)

Wirecast encoder - select output settings

You will be asked to create a new “Output Destination” (more on this later) for now just click OK.

Wirecast encoder - output settings - add stream2

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 Webcast Server URL to the settings page, to eliminate the possibility of a typo.

Your server address 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 ADDRESS field in the encoder like the example below.Wirecast encoder - output settings - server

The next step will be to set up the presets for your stream(s).  To do so click on the gear icon next to the ENCODING drop-down menu and select NEW PRESET from the drop-down list.

Wirecast encoder - output settings - new preset

You will then be asked to name your new preset, you can name it whatever you like but for this example we have chosen to name it “Standard Definition Broadcast.”

Wirecast encoder - output settings - name preset
Next, you need to set the bandwidth bitrate of the webcasting stream. What you select here will depend on your local bandwidth and CPU capability.

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 a video broadcast with a still shot substituted for the video. You can also see the help page for Audio Only Webcasting here if you need help with the configuration.
  • H.264 Baseline + AAC. Be sure both H.264 baseline + AAC are selected.
  • 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.
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.

Wirecast encoder 6 - output settings - Standard preset
Standard video settings for webcast.
  • Encoder: Main Concept H.264
  • Width and Height: 480×270 (this may be different depending on the input device)
  • Frame Rate: 30 (frame rates lower than 30fps may cause difficulty with some mobile devices.)
  • Key Frame: 60 (1-4 seconds. If you set the Frame Rate to 30 you should set the KeyFrame to 60)
  • Video Bitrate: 150kbps (Anything between 110kbps-150kbps is recommended)
  • Video Profile: Baseline
  • Audio Channels: MONO
  • Audio Bitrate: 48kbps
  • Audio Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz
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.

Wirecast encoder 6 - output settings - HIFI preset

HIFI video settings for webcast.

  • Encoder: Main Concept H.264
  • Width and Height: 1280×720, or 1024×576
  • Frame Rate: 30 (frame rates lower than 30fps may cause difficulty with some mobile devices.)
  • Key Frame: 60 (1-4 seconds. If you set the Frame Rate to 30 you should set the KeyFrame to 60)
  • Video Bitrate: up to 1Mbps
  • Video Profile: Baseline
  • Audio Channels: MONO
  • Audio Bitrate: 48kbps
  • Audio Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz

Once you have entered the settings as they appear in the graphic above click on the SAVE button to save your settings for later use.

If you are broadcasting at a higher bitrate it is highly recommended that you create a second PRESET for a standard definition broadcast as well.  To do so repeat steps 4 and 5 and create a separate preset with those settings.

Important!  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.

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 add a second stream to better serve those on slower connections, click on the ADD button in the lower left hand corner of the settings screen.

Wirecast encoder - output settings - add stream

After clicking on ADD you will be presented with a dialog like this:

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Click OK.

This will add a second Output Destination (live stream).  You should now see two RTMP Server streams listed along the left hand column.

Wirecast encoder - output settings - multiple streams

Feel free to rename the Output Destinations by entering the new name in the NAME field to reflect your settings like we have in the example below. But this is not a required step.

Wirecast encoder - output settings - name stream

Be sure to change the new stream address to point to our server like you did for the first one above.

Wirecast encoder - output settings - server

Next, name the stream. This is important!  If you are using multiple streams you MUST have different names for each stream in order for our server to recognize them.  You can name them anything you like, just make sure they are different for each individual stream that you will be sending to the server. In the example below we used “HighDefinition” but “something like “Stream1” and “Stream2” would be fine as well.  Just make sure they are different for each stream and there are NO SPACES in the name.

Wirecast encoder - stream name

Next, select the Preset for each stream that you wish to use. You should already have one of your presets selected on the first Output, all you need to do now is select the second Output on the left and the preset from the drop down menu.

Wirecast encoder - output settings - select preset
Once you have your streams set up and the presets and server name entered all that is left to do is to set credentials for each stream. To do so, click on the SET CREDENTIALS button on the Output settings screen.

Wirecast encoder - output settings - credentials 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.

Wirecast encoder - output settings - credentials
To save a copy of your live event to your local hard drive for archival purposes or to upload to SermonAudio you will need to create one more Output Destination.  To do so, click on the ADD button in the lower left hand corner of the settings screen as we did before.

Wirecast encoder - output settings - add stream

In the popup window select one of the RECORD TO DISK options.

Wirecast encoder - output settings - record to disk

You can them set the encoding options to whatever you would like. Keep in mind that the higher you choose to go, the more CPU power and storage it will take.

Now that you have everything set up let’s save the settings so you do not need to do this again. To save a Wirecast document that will open the program with all the preset streams and settings that you have entered click on the FILE menu and select SAVE from the drop down menu.  Name your file and save it somewhere you can find it.  (i.e. the desktop).  Clicking on the file will open Wirecast with all the settings that you have saved.

You are now ready to webcast!

To begin a Webcast, Press the STREAM 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.

Wirecast encoder - streaming

Before beginning the Live Webcast be sure that all the Output Destinations that you wish to present to your users are checked on the OUTPUT setup page. If you are going to save an archive to disk be sure that is also checked.

Wirecast encoder - output settings - multiple streams checked

When you begin the webcast you will notice that the stats to the right of the STREAM and RECORD buttons will begin to change. To begin RECORDING click on the RECORD button. (you will need to have a “Record to Disk” Output Destination set up and checked on the setup page) A red dot on the stream and record buttons will indicate that you are live and recording.

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 STREAM button again or from the Menu at the top choose OUTPUT and then Start/Stop broadcasting and select STOP ALL.  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.

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.)
 Auto-Shutoff. Did you forget to turn off the webcast? No problem, we have got your back. No need for the frantic phone call or email asking us to stop the webcast long after everyone has left the church. The system is set up to automatically cutoff webcasts that go longer than three hours in length. When a webcast goes over three hours, the webcast system will automatically remove it from the listings and more importantly stop charges to your account.

Please note that any webcast account that is stopped in this way will need to be re-enabled in the Members Only section of your account before a new webcast can begin.

Also, if you are broadcasting a longer service or event like a conference please be aware of this auto-shutoff limit and plan to stop and restart your webcast during a break to avoid any interruption to your services.

*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.
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 the church finder, in all the Mobile Apps, on the SemonAudio Roku Channel and in any webpages that have our embed codes installed. We soon will have native support for the webcasts on Fire TV and Echo as well! Go live today and light up the Internet!  

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.

 GoCoder by Wowza


  • Extremely portable hardware solution.
  • Easy operation and very inexpensive.
  • No PC, or External Camera needed.
  • All you need is an inexpensive app and an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch or Android device.
  • Optional attachments are available to increase stability and improve the optical and audio capabilities.
  • No ability to archive Audio or Video.
  • No ability currently to stream Audio-Only.

Teradek CUBE

This page is a step-by-step on how to set up the Teradek CUBE for LIVE broadcast with 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

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.) 

You can connect the CUBE to the PC in a couple of ways.

  1. You can connect your PC directly to the device using an Ethernet patch cord.
  2. You can connect the device to the network your PC is on either via wireless or wired connection to the network.
If you cannot connect the device to a PC all the changes can be made on the device using the menus on the device’s LCD screen but it is much easier and faster if you have a PC. For more on setting up the CUBE without a PC connection or connecting the device wirelessly to your network see the section below on “Setup without a PC.”

Once you have made a connection you can log on to the device via a web browser using the IP address.

To get the IP address assigned to the device, press the RED button to open the “Quick Actions” menu listing and scroll down to the “Network Info” option.

Press the RED Button again to display the IP addresses.

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Choose one of the IP addresses and enter it into the address bar of the browser on the PC that is connected either to the network or the device itself.

For Help on setting up the CUBE to connect to your network using WIFI without a PC, see the section below on “Setup without a PC.”)

Once you have obtained the proper IP address, enter it in the address bar of your browser window and you will be taken to the Teradek log in screen.

cube-ip

 

Unless you have changed the login, use admin for both user name and password.

teradek login

You should now be connected to the device.  Now, let’s go on to configure the stream settings.

To point the encoder to the proper server needed to stream through our servers follow the steps below.

You will need to locate your assigned Webcast server URL before continuing with this step.

Open the stream settings, by clicking on the VIDEO SETUP tab at the top and then select the STREAM SETTINGS drop down.

teradek select stream settings

 

On the Stream Settings page most of the settings are okay to leave at their defaults but make sure the following parameters are set.

  • Server Primary URL: Enter your assigned server name from step one above here. (It should be something like this: rtmp://stream2.sa-media.com/MEMBER ID where MEMBER ID is your Member ID from SermonAudio. )
  • User Agent: FMLE/3.0
  • RTMP Authentication: Your user name and password are the same as the Member ID and password for SermonAudio.
teradek primary stream settings

Don’t forget to save your changes by clicking on the APPLY button at the bottom.

teradek primary stream apply

 

To properly configure the encoder to stream through our servers follow the steps below.

To open the encoder settings, click on the VIDEO SETUP tab at the top and select the ENCODER SETTINGS drop down.

On the Encoder Settings page most of the settings are okay to leave at their defaults but make sure the following parameters are set.

  • Video Bitrate: 15000 (150Kbps) for standard definition broadcast, you can go as high as 1000000 (1Mbps if your internet connection is fast enough) Be sure to consider your connection bandwidth when making this setting. A setting too high can cause serious quality issues with your broadcast. It is a good idea to do an actual speedtest on the connection that you will be using before making this setting. A good place to do this is speedtest.net.
  • Audio Bitrate: 48 kbps or up to 64kbps for HIFI broadcasts.
  • Output Resolution: 1280x720p
  • Frame rate: 30fps (this is right next to the Output Resolution below.)
  • Compression Profile: Baseline
teradek encoder settings screen [/list] Don’t forget to save your changes by clicking on the APPLY button at the bottom.)

teradek encoder settings apply

Wired connections generally do not need any setup.  Just plug in the cable and go.  If you do experience difficulty using this method you will need to have your Network or IT person take a look for you to ensure that the device is being recognized on the network. When you are connected you should see the text “Ready” in the upper right corner of the LCD screen.

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For Wireless connections (we strongly recommend that you use a wired connection whenever possible) you will need to select the network and enter the password (if required) to connect.  Once connected you will see the wireless icon displayed on the device in the upper Left corner of the LCD screen and “Ready” will be displayed in the upper right.

cube 14You can set up the wireless connection either on the device (see the section on “Setup without a PC” below) or in the browser.  To set up a wireless connection in the browser click on the NETWORK tab and select CONFIGURATION from the drop down.

teradek network configuration

Next, select the WIRELESS tab on the page.

teradek wireless tab

Then click on the button to SCAN FOR WIRELESS NETWORKS. (Be sure you have the WIFI antennas attached to the CUBE.)

teradek wireless scan

Select your desired network from the list that pops up and then lastly, enter the password for the network (if required).

teradek wireless password

When you are finished don’t forget to APPLY your changes.

If you have connected successfully a green light will appear next to the WIRELESS indicator on the HOME screen on your PC and the Wireless indicator will also appear on the LCD screen of the device.

teradek wireless indicator

If your device is setup correctly, you should see two blue lights and see the word “Ready” displayed at the top right of the LCD Screen.

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To begin broadcasting push the RED button and select START BROADCAST from the menu by pushing the button a second time.

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You will be asked if you are sure, select yes (Y) by toggling the RED button to the side and then press the button again to select.cube 5

You will see the LIVE indicator in the upper right corner where the word “Ready” was before and the blue light next to the CLOUD Icon on the left will blink on and off indicating that you are sending data out over the internet.

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It is a good idea to test the stream from a phone or other mobile device as well as a PC that is NOT on the same network/internet connection as your CUBE. It is important 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.

That’s it.  You 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.

To stop the broadcast simply press the RED button again. And select STOP BROADCAST from the menu in the same way you started the broadcast.

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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.

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.)

 

You can setup or change most of the settings needed to make the Teradek CUBE ready for broadcast without a PC using the LCD screen on the device. One important exception is the RTMP Autentication, without this being properly set you will not be able to successfully broadcast via the SermonAudio servers. Be sure to set the Authentication correctly before going on location. It is much easier to setup the Teradek using the web interface in your browser, but if you do not have that available to you it is possible to change or setup most settings using the buttons on your device. Both the RED and BLACK buttons can be toggled up down and from side to side to make selections as well be pressed to select them.

To set up wireless networking  press the BLACK button and then scroll down to NETWORK SETUP.

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Select WIFI from the menu by depressing the BLACK button and then scroll down again to select CONFIGURE.

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Next select SCAN FOR NETWORK and select the network that you wish to use.

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To configure your device (enter a password) select YES

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You can select each letter of the passcode by toggling the BLACK button up and down.  To move forward toggle to the right.  When finished press the BLACK button and the CUBE will attempt to connect to your wireless network.

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Once the connection is made you can exit back to the main screen by pressing the RED button.  You should see the WIRELESS signal icon in the upper left corner of the LCD screen.

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Next to set up the Primary Stream press the BLACK button again and select STREAM SETUP and then the PRIMARY STREAM menu option.

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Select SETTINGS

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Select SERVER URL and enter the server URL using the BLACK button to toggle up and down.  Toggle to the right to go to the next letter. Press the BLACK button to enter when finished.

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Once finished press the RED button to return to the main screen.

To set up the ENCODER press the BLACK button and select A/V Setup and then ENCODER SETTINGS

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Select RESOLUTION from the list and then select your desired output resolution. (we recommend 720 for HIFI and 480W for Standard definition broadcasts) press the BLACK button to save your selection.cube 23

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Next select VIDEO FRAMERATE from the list and select 30 pressing the BLACK button when you are finished.

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Next select VIDEO BITRATE and select the bitrate that best fits your setup.  You can go as high as 1.0 Mbps but be sure that your network speed can handle what you select.  You may have to back off a bit if you experience video that is pausing or dropping. If you experience difficulty and need to drop down to a lower bitrate or resolution be sure to restart the encoder.  You can do this by pressing the RED button on the main screen and selecting that option from the menu.

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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.

Next select the AUDIO BITRATE menu option and select 48000 from the list. (you can go as high as 64000) Again pressing the BLACK button when you have made the selection.

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That’s it. You are setup to broadcast with SermonAudio.  See step 7 above to begin your broadcast.)

Many of the problems you may encounter using this device can be remedied by simply powering off the device and restarting.  Be sure to have the video on and the Ethernet patch cord plugged in before powering up.

If you have changed the settings for broadcast and the changes do not seem to be taking effect, you need to restart the encoder.  You can do this by simply turning off the device and then turning it back on again or by restarting the encoder using the Quick Actions menu on the device.

To restart the encoder Press the RED button on the CUBE and select RESTART ENCODER from the listing by pressing the RED button again.

Select YES (Y) and press the RED button again.

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If this does not work try restarting the device by turning it off for a minute or so and then turning it back on.

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.

How do I locate my assigned Webcast 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 URL to your encoders settings page, to eliminate the possibility of a typo.

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

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

For more on Webcasting through SermonAudio.com click HERE