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

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”:

A pop-up will appear. Here you will be able to select which channel you want to stream on depending on your project or use case: 

Standard 1080p channel:  If you want to stream with any RTMP encoder, this is the right template for you. This Adaptive Bitrate channel will offer high-quality video, compatibility with various devices, and a professional appearance. 

HLS: To be able to stream with that type of channel, you need an HLS encoder. If you do, you’ll be able to benefit from all the advantages of the HLS protocol.

Browser-based streaming: Want to stream with your webcam? Stream with just a mobile or a laptop through our browser-based streaming feature. All you need to do is login to your account, click the “Go Live” button in the Live Streams section, click start, and you’re streaming within seconds! 

VOD to Live: It allows you to choose any of your videos and set it to a specific time and date, and it will go live automatically without the use of an encoder. All you need to do is schedule your event and copy and paste the URL to your audience’s designated platform or embed it like the typical live stream. 

Please contact us, if you need to stream via an unsecured m3u8 link for Roku or if you would like to have your VOD available in China. 

 

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:

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 INTERVAL3 secs
SCANNINGProgressive
ENCODING BITRATEConstant (CBR)
AUDIO CODECAAC
AUDIO BITRATE128 kbps
AUDIO CHANNELS2 (Stereo)
AUDIO SAMPLE RATE48 kHz (48,000 Hz)

 

Note: The next step is important if you have selected Standard 1080p Channel Only.

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:

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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:

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.