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.
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 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:
This is the first page you should see after you’ve created your new channel:The most important feature on this page is the following one: 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
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
|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)|
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:
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”:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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