How do you Live stream?

Are you wondering how do you live stream? This guide provides a quick walkthrough detailing what is required to get started on how to stream live video over the My Church Stream™ service. It includes a checklist of things needed, basic requirements and also some baseline suggestions of equipment or setups to start broadcasting for those completely new to the technology.

Two ways to start live streaming:

1. Live stream from a PC or Mac based software encoder
2. Live stream from a hardware based encoder

Internet connection required:

A reliable internet connection is mandated to stream over DaCast. This needs to be a broadband connection, preferably wired as wireless is prone to have dips in performance.

Overall speed of the connection should be at least double what you plan to stream at. So a 500kpbs stream would need a 1,000kpbs connection. If you are streaming at half your connection speed, do not try to watch your own feed at the same time as that will exceed your internet’s capabilities.

If you are doing more than one bitrate, add up the total to see if your connection can support it.

What else do you need? A My Church Stream™ streaming checklist:

1. A My Church Stream™ account
2. A My Church Stream™ Live channel that you create

Video Source:

All video has to be brought through a computer or hardware encoder to stream. If it’s through a computer, it needs to be through a video capture card such as the Osprey line by Viewcast, with the Osprey-100 pictured.Your computer may or may not already be set up to accept video feeds. The simplest way to check, and stream over DaCast, is through an attached webcam found in most modern laptops.

This means the computer is likely ready to stream, although quality will not match that of a dedicated camera. If it is a camera and you want to live stream, it should have a UVC, iLink, USB3 or Firewire connection that you will need to find a way to feed this into the computer and/or encoder.

If you need a camera, here are three that have been used over our system and the general price range for them. Nearly any digital camera can be used, though, if it can be hooked up and the feed fed to an encoder:

Computer requirements for a PC encoder:

1. Minimum of 2 GB of RAM, the more the better
2. Minimum of 500 MB of free hard drive storage space, depending on size of the stream

Computer requirements for a Mac encoder:

1. Minimum of 1 GB of RAM, the more the better
2. Minimum of 500 MB of free hard drive storage space, depending on size of the stream
3. Mac OSX version 10.5 or later
4. QuickTime 7 or later and QuickTime compatible video capture device
5. 2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo or a faster processor

Software encoder:

There are many software solutions for RTMP encoding. As free solutions you can use Flash Media Live Encoders and OBS Studio.

  • Flash Media Live Encoders : You can download it here and follow these steps to connect your My Church Stream™ channel to this encoder.
  • OBS Studio: You can download it for Windows or for Mac and follow these steps(Mac version here) to connect your My Church Stream™ channel to this encoder.

Hardware encoder:

If using a hardware encoder, such as a NewTek TriCaster or a TouchStream from Digital Rapids, select “other RTMP encoder” as your acquisition method in your My Church Stream™ account. You will get a Stream URL and Stream Name or a complete URL, using one or the other depending on your encoder. If it asks for a password and username, leave this blank.

Lately Videon has officially released the firmware that adds the API custom integration with My Church Stream™which makes the connection between My Church Stream™ and Videon’s encoder even more easier!

Making the most of your My Church Stream™ account:

Once you are set up and starting to live stream, now you can make the most of your account. The basics include embedding the live stream on your website. This can be done at all plan levels and at no additional cost. You can also add optional Pay Per View to earn money.