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How Many Viewers Can Watch My Dacast Live Stream with a Free Account?

By Jose Guevara

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Jose Guevara

Jose is a part of the Dacast Customer Onboarding team and started working with the company in 2016. He has vast experience in customer service/engagement and live streaming support.

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      Free trial accounts are not limited in any way by the number of viewers.

      But with a free trial, naturally there are limitations when it comes to bandwidth and storage. These are the only factors of course which would hamper your free trial, in terms of course of limited capacity. Free trials are given a maximum of 30 days upon sign-up and come with 10gb of bandwidth (for streaming) and 2gb of storage (for uploading VODs).

      We feel that this would be a more than an adequate setup for one, to try out the platform and assess for themselves if Dacast would fit their streaming needs. 

      Now with viewership keep in mind that what affects bandwidth consumption are these factors:

      • How often will your content be streamed?
      • How many people will watch it?
      • How long will they watch?
      • The average video bitrate/quality you set it to 

      To know more about bitrates and encoder settings, you can refer to our Dacast live encoder configuration guide below.

      Recommended Dacast Encoder Settings

      To ensure your Dacast live stream is stable and fully functional, you MUST configure your encoder to use the settings defined on this page.

      First, ensure you are following everything in the Common Settings section. Then select the most appropriate Resolution & Bitrate (depending on your needs) and configure all settings for that size exactly. Finally, be sure not to use any of the Unsupported Settings because they will very likely break your stream.

      Required Settings

      The following 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)
      SCANNING Progressive
      ENCODING BITRATE Constant (CBR)
      AUDIO CODEC AAC
      AUDIO BITRATE 128 kbps
      AUDIO CHANNELS 2 (Stereo)
      AUDIO SAMPLE RATE 48 kHz (48,000 Hz)

      Resolution & Bitrate Settings

      Please select one of the following configurations and ensure your encoder is set up with these exact settings to help prevent streaming issues:

      ULD LD SD HD FHD
      Name Ultra-Low Definition Low Definition Standard Definition High Definition Full High Definition
      Video Bitrate (kbps) 350 350 – 800 800 – 1200 1200 – 1900 1900 – 4500
      Resolution Width (px) 426 640 854 1280 1920
      Resolution Height (px) 240 360 480 720 1080
      H.264 Profile Main Main High High High

      Unsupported Settings

      Note that the following settings are unsupported and will break your stream:

      • Baseline H.264 Profile
      • Interlaced Scanning

      Additionally, we have a complete guide to VOD Video Renditions & Bitrates for the Dacast Online Video Platform.

      Any questions or need help/access to this feature? Please contact us.

      You can check out what type of plan would best suit your needs on our live streaming pricing page.

      Not yet a Dacast user, and interested in trying Dacast risk-free for 30 days? Sign up today to get started.

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      Jose Guevara

      Jose is a part of the Dacast Customer Onboarding team and started working with the company in 2016. He has vast experience in customer service/engagement and live streaming support.

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