This post will guide you through streaming from an iPhone or Ipad with the live streaming app Nanostream.
To follow along with this guide, you’ll need three things:
1. an iPhone or Ipad
2. The NanoStream app (Free demo available for a limited period of time)
3. A Dacast account
Note: There is an Android version of the NanoStream app as well. However, currently it does not work with Dacast.
Live Streaming App Setup: Nanostream
First, you need to download the NanoStream app on the device you want to use.
After installing it, launch the app.
You will arrive at a login page that will give you the option to create a new account.
The creation of a new account requires your name, an email, and a password. After the registration, you just need to use these credentials to log in and use the app.
The image below is a preview of what NanoStream looks like (screenshot from an Ipad mini):
On the right hand side you have five icons:
- The first is the ability to mute.
- The second controls flash.
- The third one is to start streaming.
- The fourth is to change the camera (i.e. use the front or back camera).
- The final icon is a two gears icon as seen on the right .
Now, you need to click on this gears icon.
This will launch a setup screen as shown below.
Please note the different sections:
- Camera to choose your source.
- Video to plan a local recording of your stream.
- Advanced settings to set up the quality of your stream.
- Server connection to connect your stream with your Dacast channel.
- Information on the Nanostream app.
First, let’s connect your stream to your Dacast channel (SERVER CONNECTION section).
It’s now time to sign in to your Dacast account in order to fill out these fields.
Your Channel: Dacast Account
Now you need to get the necessary information from your Dacast live channel. If you haven’t already, create a live channel in your account.
Now navigate to ENCODER SETUP. This is a three-step process, and note that the bitrate and resolution you enter in the first step are ignored in this instance.
In terms of an encoder, select “Other RTMP Encoder”. Once you have fully filled it out, it will look like this:
Needed Dacast Channel Information
The NanoStream app requires the following:
- The Stream URL
- The Stream Name
- Username & Password
This information is located on this page, in step 3 as shown below:
Please copy-paste this information into NanoStream.
Now that you have connected your stream to your Dacast channel, let’s focus on the settings of your stream.
This is the ADVANCED SETTINGS section.
Streaming with NanoStream
You’ve reached the final step to get set up and start live streaming! Before the fun begins, you will want to configure the bitrate at which you’ll stream.
By default, it’s set to broadcast at 500Kbit/s, which should be fine. Most users set the quality between 350Kbit/s to 750Kbit/s.
To best evaluate at what bitrate you can stream, we recommend you go to Testmy.net on the device you plan to stream with. Once there, do an upload speed test. Aim for a bitrate that is half or lower of your upload speed. For example, if your upload speed is 800kbps, stream at 400kbps. You will need to factor in other elements, like distance from your router and whether its a shared network. Plan to do a variety of tests to compare all the results. If you see freezing in the feed, it means the bitrate is too high.
The resolution is set up to 480p by default. This is perfect as well, although another typically ideal resolution is 720p.
You also have the option to set up the crop mode, the keyframe distance, the stream type, and the H264 profile. Unless you want to customize the settings, the default settings are ideal.
Once you are happy with all of your settings, please click the DONE button in the top right of your screen.
You can now start streaming by clicking on the red button.
That’s it! You should now be streaming live video from your smartphone or tablet with this live streaming app!
Please note that the maximum length of a stream using the NanoStream free demo is 5 minutes. For a longer stream, feel free to contact their sales team to get a quote according to your needs.