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.
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.)
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.
Adobe Flash Media Live Encoder
- 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.