Live Stream Encoder Configuration and Required Dacast Settings (Legacy App)

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To ensure your Dacast live stream is stable and fully functional, you MUST configure your encoder to use the settings defined on this page. These settings have been chosen to ensure the maximum compatibility with the Dacast platform as well as with newer and older devices (Desktop, Mobile, SmartTVs, etc.) In this article you will find:

  1. Common Settings that must be used for all streaming on the Dacast platform
  2. Resolution & Bitrate Settings that differ based on the desired size and quality of your stream
  3. Unsupported Settings that must not be used or you will see problems with your stream
  4. Encoder Download Links to get your hands on a software encoder

1. 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-LC
Audio Bitrate 128 kbps
Audio Channels 2 (Stereo)
Audio Sample Rate 48 kHz (48,000 Hz)

2. 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:

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

IMPORTANT: Due to COVID19, internet companies throttle download speeds at various times, and therefore a lower bitrate on the lower side of the range is recommended.

3. Unsupported Settings

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

  • Baseline H.264 Profile
  • Interlaced Scanning

4. Encoder Download Links

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