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

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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.

Creating a Live Stream Channel:

To set up live streaming through your own channel, you must first need to login to 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 can name your channel and select “Standard”: 

Dacast New Platform - Live Streaming Introduction - Create Live Stream

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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.

Sharing Your Stream:

The “Embed Code” can be used to add content to your website. The “Share Code” is used to add content to social media or emails. Click on the clipboard icon to copy the code:

Dacast New Platform - Live Streaming Introduction - Livestream Embed Code

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

Uploading Images:

Upload the images that you would like to use for your Splash Screen, Thumbnail, 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.

 

Encoder Setup:

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:

Dacast New Platform - Live Streaming Introduction - Livestream Encoder setup

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 stream 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)
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)

If you are using OBS for Dacast, you can simply copy the fields from this page directly into the corresponding fields on the “Stream” section of OBS. In this case, the “Stream key” on OBS is your “Stream Name.”

Dacast New Platform - Live Streaming Introduction - Livestream Encoder Setup Settings

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 8 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.

“30 Minutes Rewind” allows viewers to rewind, pause and fast forward to catch up for a period of up to 30 minutes. 

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.

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, copy the link in your “Share Link” field and paste it into your browser.

Dacast New Platform - Live Streaming Introduction - Livestreaming Setup - Share Link

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

Start 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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2 thoughts on “Introduction to Live Streaming with Dacast: A Step by Step Walkthrough

  1. Miss says:

    In order to stream yourself, would you have to start it or can someone else have the play button? As in, can others watch via Dacast and it be broadcasted to the whole internet without your knowledge?

    • Etienne Noualhat says:

      If your encoder is ON, launched from your computer (and this will have to be running from where you are) – anyone that has the credentials of your DaCast account can launch the streaming flux.
      So it is possible, if you were to give your credentials to someone, that he could start a Streaming without your knowledge, but it would also require that your encoder is running at that moment, and this has to be done willingly.

      Just to understand, is it for a project you have or for security concerns?

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