Can I Encode Video Files Before I Upload Them to Dacast?
Encoding your video files before upload is definitely an option with Dacast. If your file sizes are larger than 1GB, we actually recommend encoding with a dedicated software before uploading. There are a number of free services out there that will aid you in doing this. We recommend you try either Handbrake and Zamzar. No matter which encoding software you choose, be sure to select an output format that we currently support.
What is Encoding?
Before we get into pre-uploading encoding, let’s take a moment to discuss what encoding is and which encoder settings are required for Dacast. Encoding is a process used to convert the RAW video files captured by a camera into digital files suitable for live streaming over the internet.
Required Encoder Settings
The following encoder settings are required for live streaming with Dacast, regardless of your selected resolution and bitrate:
|VIDEO CODEC||H.264 (x264 may work)|
|FRAME RATE||25 or 30|
|KEYFRAME INTERVAL||2 secs (or 2x frame rate)|
|ENCODING BITRATE||Constant (CBR)|
|AUDIO BITRATE||128 kbps|
|AUDIO CHANNELS||2 (Stereo)|
|AUDIO SAMPLE RATE||48 kHz (48,000 Hz)|
How to Encode Video Files Before Upload
There is something very important to note before we dive in. To ensure that your videos are not encoded a second time after uploading, you will need to select “Do Not Encode” in your encoding settings. Once you’ve made sure this setting is correct, it’s time to get started.
- Go to Settings > Encoding (as highlighted in red on the left side of the screen.
- Select “Create Recipe” on the right.