FFmpeg Live Streaming on the Dacast Platform for MacOS

By Jose Guevara

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Jose Guevara

Jose is a part of the Dacast Customer Onboarding team and started working with the company in 2016. He has vast experience in customer service/engagement and live streaming support.

     

    Are you interested in FFmpeg live streaming on Dacast under Mac OS with FFmpeg? This guide provides a step-by-step explanation to get you started! To stream on Dacast under Linux with FFmpeg, click here.

    Requirements:

    You will need to compile FFmpeg with the help of brew (https://brew.sh/) and specific librtmp parameters detailed below.

    Development tools:

    Before getting started, please make sure to install the brew package manager and have an updated version of Xcode Command Line Tools included for free with your Mac OS distribution. For more information on how to install Xcode Command Line Tools, please click here. To install brew, just copy-paste in your terminal:

    /usr/bin/ruby -e “$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install)”

    Then, follow the instructions.

    FFmpeg Installation:

    Install FFmpeg using Homebrew by pasting this command in your Terminal:

    brew install ffmpeg

    Usage

    Open your Web Browser, navigate to the Dacast website, and then access your live Stream Tab, click on a channel to access the channel’s settings. Once there, please click the Encoder Setup button on the right, as pictured below:

    ffmpeg for Mac - Encoder Setup Details
    At this point, you should see the following information on your screen:
    ffmpeg for Mac - Encoder Setup Fields
    Once here, you’ll need the following data, it can be found once you click the encoder setup button, please refer to the image above:

    Username4578494364
    Passwordd24345c484
    Serverrtmp://6aafb613-23xa-dcf1-3f83-55795616da6b.dacastmmd.pri.lldns.net/dacastmmd
    Stream Key54b0a1101e8a48dbb1ae33e4dd31ed25_3500

    Next, please run the following command:

    $ ffmpeg -re -f lavfi -i testsrc -c:v libx264 -b:v 1600k -preset ultrafast -b 900k -c:a libfdk_aac -b:a 128k -s 1920X1080 -x264opts keyint=50 -g 25 -pix_fmt yuv420p -f flv “rtmp://6aafb613-23xa-dcf1-3f83-55795616da6b.dacastmmd.pri.lldns.net/dacastmmd flashver=FMLE/3.020(compatible;20FMSc/1.0) live=true pubUser=4578494364 pubPasswd=d24345c484 playpath=54b0a1101e8a48dbb1ae33e4dd31ed25_3500

    Important Notes (Please Read Carefully)

    Note 1: If your credentials are rejected

    You must have followed all the steps above and the librtmp manual compilation or this is not gonna work: your credentials will be rejected by the server.

    Note 2: Common errors

    A recurring typo in fdk aac usage is that, during the installation process, you need to enter “–enable-fdk–aac” but when you use it in the command it is: “-c:a libfdk_aac” 

    Note 3: Insert your source path

    You want to replace:

    -f lavfi -i testsrc

    With:

    -i /your_source_path

    Otherwise, you will just have the test screen (as shown below), not your live stream. If you have not replaced “-f lavfi -i testsrc” with “-i /your source path”, you will see the following test screen: ffmpeg

    Note 4: Increase buffer for smoother playback

    If your playback is not smooth enough, you can increase the size of your buffer by replacing:

    -b 900k

    With:

    -bufsize 3000k

    Your command will look like this:

    $ ffmpeg -re -i /your_source_path -c:v libx264 -b:v 1600k -preset ultrafast -bufsize 3000k -c:a libfdk_aac -b:a 128k -s 1920X1080 -x264opts keyint=50 -g 25 -pix_fmt yuv420p -f flv “rtmp://6aafb613-23xa-dcf1-3f83-55795616da6b.dacastmmd.pri.lldns.net/dacastmmd flashver=FMLE/3.020(compatible;20FMSc/1.0) live=true pubUser=4578494364 pubPasswd=d24345c484 playpath=54b0a1101e8a48dbb1ae33e4dd31ed25_3500

    Note 5: Better quality for a more powerful system

    If you want better quality and your system is powerful enough, you may replace

    -preset ultrafast

    With:

    -preset fast

    Your command will look like this:

    $ ffmpeg -re -i /your_source_path -c:v libx264 -b:v 1600k -preset fast -b 900k -c:a libfdk_aac -b:a 128k -s 1920×1080 -x264opts keyint=50 -g 25 -pix_fmt yuv420p -f flv “rtmp://6aafb613-23xa-dcf1-3f83-55795616da6b.dacastmmd.pri.lldns.net/dacastmmd  flashver=FMLE/3.020(compatible;20FMSc/1.0) live=true pubUser=4578494364 pubPasswd=d24345c484 playpath=54b0a1101e8a48dbb1ae33e4dd31ed25_3500

    Note 6: Lowest latency for a very powerful system 

    If your goal is to get the lowest latency and you have a very powerful system, you may add the following to the initial command:

    -tune zerolatency

    Your command will look like this:

    $ ffmpeg -re -i /your_source_path -c:v libx264 -b:v 1600k -preset ultrafast -tune zerolatency -b 900k -c:a libfdk_aac -b:a 128k -s 1920×1080 -x264opts keyint=50 -g 25 -pix_fmt yuv420p -f flv “rtmp://6aafb613-23xa-dcf1-3f83-55795616da6b.dacastmmd.pri.lldns.net/dacastmmd   flashver=FMLE/3.020(compatible;20FMSc/1.0) live=true pubUser=4578494364 pubPasswd=d24345c484 playpath=54b0a1101e8a48dbb1ae33e4dd31ed25_3500

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    Jose is a part of the Dacast Customer Onboarding team and started working with the company in 2016. He has vast experience in customer service/engagement and live streaming support.

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