Introduction to Live Streaming with Dacast: A Step by Step Walkthrough

By Harmonie Duhamel

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Harmonie Duhamel

Harmonie is a Senior digital marketer with over 6 years in the Tech Industry. She has a strong marketing and sales background and loves to work in multilingual environments.

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    Once you’ve learned the basics of live streaming, such as which equipment and software you need, it is time to get into the more advanced steps of live streaming. This guide provides a walkthrough on how to set up a live channel and begin streaming using Dacast.

    We will also cover tips for sharing your stream on your website and other platforms.

    Let’s get started!

    Step 1: Create a Live Stream Channel

    To set up live streaming through your own channel, you must first need to login into your Dacast account. Click on the “Add +” button, and select “Live Stream”:

    Dacast New Platform - Live Streaming Introduction - Setup
    A pop-up will appear. Here you will be able to name your channel, review that the source region (the region your stream will broadcast from) selected is correct, and select the number of renditions you will encode and stream to Dacast: 

    Dacast_Backoffice_PopUpLiveStream

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    This is the first page you should see after you’ve created your new channel:

    Dacast New Platform - Live Streaming Introduction - Livestreams General
    The most important feature on this page is the following one:

    Dacast New Platform - Live Streaming Introduction - Livestreams General
    Please note that your live channel is turned OFF by default. You can turn it ON whenever you want to put your channel online. The rest of the settings are optional. Folder and Description relate to how your content will be displayed in your dashboard.

    Step 2: Share Your Stream

    The embed code options (JavaScript and Iframe) can be used to add content to your website. The “Share Link” is used to directly share with your audience, like adding content to social media or emails, for example. Click on the clipboard icon to copy the code:

    Dacast_Backoffice_SharingSectionLive

    Remember to click “Save” at the bottom of the page before navigating to a different page.

    Step 3: Uploading Images

    Upload the images that you would like to use for your Splash Screen, Thumbnails, and Poster here. Remember to click “Save” at the bottom of the page before navigating to a different page so that you don’t lose any of the files you’ve uploaded.

    Step 4: Encoder Setup

    Video 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. To get the settings needed for your encoder, click on the “Encoder Setup” in the top right of the page.

    This will display the settings needed for your encoder to send your content to the Dacast platform. If you do not have an encoder, you can download a free, open-source version of OBS for Dacast. You will need to ensure your encoder is configured properly in the settings. 

    Required Encoder Settings

    The following live encoder settings are required for live streaming with Dacast, regardless of your selected resolution and bitrate:

    VIDEO CODECH.264 (x264 may work)
    FRAME RATE25 or 30
    KEYFRAME INTERVAL2 secs (or 2x frame rate)
    SCANNINGProgressive
    ENCODING BITRATEConstant (CBR)
    AUDIO CODECAAC
    AUDIO BITRATE128 kbps
    AUDIO CHANNELS2 (Stereo)
    AUDIO SAMPLE RATE48 kHz (48,000 Hz)

    Under RTMP Encoders, you will see a dropdown with different options, letting you select the encoder you will be using or select “Generic RTMP Encoder” in case the encoder you will be using is not listed:

    Dacast_Backoffice_EncoderSetupDropdown

    Additional Settings and Features

    There are a few additional features that you can turn on in the Dacast settings:

    • “Live Stream Recording” enables recording of up to 6 continuous hours at a time. Please note, this feature will turn off after 7 days, you will need to enable it again to continue use. 
    • “Live Stream Start Countdown” initiates a countdown timer until the start of your stream.

    We recommend spending some time exploring the platform to familiarize yourself with the platform’s other useful tools such as password protection, monetization, and more.

    Step 5: Start Streaming

    Now that you have set up and configured your encoder properly, you should be ready to stream. If you are using OBS for Dacast, click “Start Streaming”:

    Dacast New Platform - Live Streaming Introduction - Livestreaming Sources

    To test the stream, you can copy the link in your “Share Link” field and paste it into your browser, or click on the “Preview” button as shown below:

    Dacast_Backoffice_ShareLink-Preview
    You should see your live stream within a minute. If you are having issues please check the encoder is configured correctly. 

    Troubleshooting Live Streaming Issues

    It can be quite frustrating when issues arise in the middle of a live stream. We’ve witnessed first-hand the complications that can arise, and we know that the average broadcaster can’t don’t have the financial or technical means to address all of those issues.


    We’ve put together a thorough guide with our top 10 tips to help you 
    troubleshoot live streaming issues and identify the root of the problems.

    Using the troubleshooting framework we’ve laid out, will get your stream back on track in no time. If you are still having issues please contact our support team in chat or via email support@dacast.com.

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    Harmonie Duhamel

    Harmonie is a Senior digital marketer with over 6 years in the Tech Industry. She has a strong marketing and sales background and loves to work in multilingual environments.

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