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How to Configure Wirecast Encoder Settings

Option 1: Lightcast.com Destination Setup Method

Step 1: Download Telestream’s “Wirecast Encoder”, and install it on your computer

Step 2: Open Output Settings

Step 3: Authenticate your Lightcast.com account

Step 4: Select the capture device

Step 5: Click the right arrow button at the bottom right to add your video to the live window

Step 6: Save Wirecast Settings

Step 7: Sound Output

Step 8: Record your stream

Step 9: Click the stream icon at the top to begin streaming.

 

Multi bitrate Setup Using Option 1: Lightcast.com Destination Setup Method

Step 1:  Go to your “Media Cloud” Account, and click on either “Live Events” or “Linear Stream” depending on which LIVE Channel you would like to send the stream to.

Step 2: Click on the name of the channel you want to send your stream to

Step 3: Open your Wirecast encoder software and select the secondary channel

Step 4: Enter your Output sizes and Bitrates into the Lightcast “Advanced Settings” tab

 

Option 2: Manual RTMP Setup Method

Step 1: Download Telestream’s “Wirecast Encoder” and install it on your computer.

Step 2: Open Output Settings

Step 3:  Go to the “Media Cloud” of your Lightcast.com Account and click on either  “Live Events” or “Linear Stream” depending on which LIVE Channel you would like to send the stream to.

Step 4: Click on the name of the channel you want to send your stream to

Step 5: Click the “Broadcast” tab at the top, locate the copy icon to the right of the Stream Key and to the right of the closest CDN Access Point you

Step 6: Open your Wirecast software window

Step 7: Click the Encoding drop down box, and select “Unnamed preset” from the drop down box

Step 8: Click the Gear Icon to the right of the screen and click Edit from the drop-down box

Step 9: Enter the Encoder Video and Audio settings and save them

Step 10: Select the capture device

Step 11: Click the arrow button at the bottom left to add your video to the live window

Step 12: Save Wirecast Settings

Step 13: Sound Output

Step 14: Record your stream

Step 15:  Click the icon at the top to begin streaming.

 

Multi bitrate Setup Using Option 2: Manual RTMP Setup

Step 1: Use one of your other LIVE Channels in your Media Cloud and click on it

Step 2: Click on the link called “Stream”. Click it in order to get the needed streaming ID and URL to connect to Lightcast’s server network:

Step 3: Open your Wirecast encoder software

Step 4: Copy and Paste the second streaming ID and CDN Access Point URL of your second LIVE Channel from Step 2 into the Address and Stream boxes of your Wirecast Encoder.

Step 5: Choose the video and audio settings for your additional LIVE stream

Step 6: Enter your Output sizes and Bitrates into the Lightcast “Advanced Settings” tab

 

How to Set Up a Backup Stream Setup Using Manual RTMP

 

Option 1: Lightcast.com Destination Setup Method

Step 1: Download Telestream’s “Wirecast Encoder”, and install it on your computer
Make sure to read the technical specs here before installing. You can also read the Wirecast Manual here.

  • Download the software here.
  • Install the software.

  • Launch Wirecast Encoder.

  • Make sure the audio/video capture device is working and is properly connected to the system/capture card.


Step 2: Open Output Settings

  • Click Output > Output Settings on the top menu.

  • Select “Lightcast.com” and click “OK”.


Step 3: Authenticate your Lightcast.com account

  • The default name for this output setting is “Not Configured”. We recommend that you rename it with your Live Channel name you just selected.

  • Select the Encoding preference from the Encoding drop-down box

  • Click the Gear Icon to the right of the Encoding box.

  • Authenticate your Lightcast account by entering your Username, clicking “Authenticate”, and then enter your password.

  • Select the Live Channel you would like to ingest your stream to from the channel drop-down box.

  • Click "OK" when you are done to save your settings.

 

  • Click the Gear Icon to the right of the Encoding box, and select “View Details” to view the video and audio settings.  If you need to make any changes to these audio and video settings you will need to set up your encoder using the Option 2: Manual RTMP Setup Method below instead of this method.

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Step 4: Select the capture device

Click the  icon at the bottom left of your Wirecast, select “Capture Devices”, and choose your video/audio device you want to use.

  • If you need to select another separate capture device such as an audio device, repeat the previous step to add another device.


Step 5: Click the right arrow button at the bottom right to add your video to the live window


Step 6: Save Wirecast Settings

  • Click File > Save As to save your Wirecast settings.  To use these settings in the future, just click on File > Open.


Step 7: Sound Output

  • You can quickly mute your audio output to viewers by selecting the microphon_icon.PNG icon at the top right.  

  • You can stop listening to the audio through your computer headphones or speakers by deselecting the headphones_icon.PNG icon at the top right.  This does not affect what your viewers can hear.


Step 8: Record your stream

  • Click the “Record”  icon at the top if you want to record your LIVE Stream File onto your local hard drive.

  • When the dialog box displays, click Record to Disk and click "OK".

  • When the Output Settings window displays, Select Record To Disk and click "OK".

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  • Select an encoder.

  • Click Browse or enter the path to where you want your recording located.

  • Select the recording mode: Use Filename Only, Auto Increment Filenames, or Timestamp Filenames. If you select Auto Increment File Names, the file name will have an incremental number appended to the end of it. This causes a new file to be created every time you start recording to disk, otherwise, your previous file is overwritten (if you have selected Use Filename Only).

  • Enter the folder location you want to save your LIVE Stream File to. After the broadcast, you can import the recorded file into your video editing software, or upload this file straight to your VOD Channel in order to make it available to your viewers “on-demand”. You can limit the size or duration of output files to chunk large encoding sessions into multiple files.

  • Click “OK”.

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Step 9: Click the stream icon at the top to begin streaming.



Optional: Configuring two different qualities/bandwidths using Option 1: Lightcast.com Destination Setup

Again, we use "Wirecast Encoder" as software encoder here to demonstrate how to set up a case where you broadcast two streams of different qualities and bandwidths to enable your audience to have an improved viewing experience. Please read the section "Streaming with different qualities/bandwidths" for more general information on this topic.

Offering different bandwidths to your viewers to choose from is very simple. You can do this by using a second LIVE Channel to setup an additional bandwidth quality for your live stream. Please keep in mind that streaming with two streams requires a higher "maximum broadcast bandwidth”.  The maximum broadcasting bandwidth = Upload speed from speedtest.net / 2.

Step 1:  Go to your “Media Cloud” Account, and click on either “Live Events” or “Linear Stream” depending on which LIVE Channel you would like to send the stream to.


Step 2: Click on the name of the channel you want to send your stream to


Step 3: Open your Wirecast encoder software and select the secondary channel

  • Click “Output” at the top, then “Output Settings” at the top of your Wirecast software,

  • Click on the “Add” button at the bottom left, select “Lightcast.com”, and click “OK”.

  • Select the LIVE Channel from the Channel drop-down box which you’ve chosen to use as second LIVE Channel for the setup of an additional bandwidth quality. 

  • The default name for this output setting is “Not Configured”. We recommend to rename it with your Live Channel name you just selected.

  • Select the Encoding preference from the Encoding drop down box

  • Click Ok when you are done to save your settings.

  • Enter your “Username” and “Password” to authenticate your account.


Step 4: Enter your Output sizes and Bitrates into the Lightcast “Advanced Settings” tab

After you have configured your encoder to send out multiple streams at different video qualities it is necessary to tell Lightcast the size and quality of each stream.  

Go back to your Media Cloud account and click the “SETTINGS” tab for the LIVE Channel you’ve chosen to use for the setup of an additional bandwidth quality. Enter the corresponding high, medium, and low-quality and widths for the streams from your encoder. 

 

 

Option 2: Manual Setup Method

Step 1: Download Telestream’s “Wirecast Encoder” and install it on your computer.
Make sure you read the technical specs first.

Download Wirecast Software Encoder here

  • Install the software.

  • Launch Wirecast Encoder.

  • Make sure the audio/video capture device is working and is properly connected to the system/capture card.


Step 2: Open Output Settings

  • Click Output > Output Settings on the top menu.

  • Select “RTMP Server” for the destination, and click “OK”.


Step 3:  Go to the “Media Cloud” of your Lightcast.com Account and click on either  “Live Events” or “Linear Stream” depending on which LIVE Channel you would like to send the stream to.


Step 4: Click on the name of the channel you want to send your stream to


Step 5: Click the “Broadcast” tab at the top, locate the copy icon to the right of the Stream Key and to the right of the closest CDN Access Point you


Step 6: Open your Wirecast software window

  • Copy and Paste the URL and Stream Key the Media Cloud into the “Address” and “Stream” boxes of your Wirecast software.

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Step 7: Click the Encoding drop down box, and select “Unnamed preset” from the drop down box

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Step 8: Click the Gear Icon to the right of the screen and click Edit from the drop-down box

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Step 9: Enter the Encoder Video and Audio settings and save them

  • You can crop your video if the captured input format of your camera (e.g. 720x576 = 5:4) differs from the output format (e.g. 640x360 = 16:9). We recommend the use of a 16:9 output size since nowadays most output devices such as tablets, computer monitors and TV-screens have close to a 16:9 aspect ratio.

  • Make sure your LIVE Channel’s screen format is configured to the same captured input format of your camera BEFORE you embed your players, so the embed code will contain the right vertical size. You can make changes to the LIVE Channel’s screen format in the "LIVE Channel Info Editor" of your LIVE Channel.

  • We recommend the selection of “MainConcept H.264” for Encoder and “Baseline” for Profile.  For further details on codecs please see section “Choosing your video- and audio codecs”.

  • Select “MainConcept H.264” from the Encoder dropdown box.  

  • Enter your Width and Height.

  • Enter your Frames Per Second.  30 is the most common)

  • Enter your Average Bit Rate.

  • Select “Baseline” for the Profile from the drop down menu.

  • Enter how frequently to key your frame in the Key frame every  __ box. Should be double whatever your Frames per second is, e.g. If your Frames Per Second is 30 you should have every 60 frames.

  • Leave the Timecode every __ box, Strict Constant Bitrate box, and Keyframe Aligned boxes unchecked unless you need to use these.

  • Leave the Box for AAC Audio Encoding checked.

  • Adjust your Audio settings as needed.  We recommend using at least 44.100 kHz for the “Sample Rate”. This is a standard across most audio equipment and recordings.  We recommend reading the section "Finding the right video and audio " and section "Choosing your video- and audio codecs".

  • Click Save As, enter your name, and click “OK” to save your preset name and settings. Click “Close”.

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Step 10: Select the capture device

Click the + icon at the bottom left of your Wirecast, select “Capture Devices”, and choose your video/audio device you want to use.

If you need to select another separate capture device, such as an audio device, repeat the previous step.


Step 11: Click the arrow button at the bottom left to add your video to the live window


Step 12: Save Wirecast Settings

  • Click on File > Save As to save your Wirecast settings.  To use these settings in the future, just click on File > Open.


Step 13: Sound Output

  • You can quickly mute your audio output to viewers by selecting the microphon_icon.PNG icon at the top right.  

  • You can stop listening to the audio through your computer headphones or speakers by deselecting the headphones_icon.PNG icon at the top right.  This does not affect what your viewers can hear.


Step 14: Record your stream

  • Click the “Record” button at the top if you want to record your LIVE Stream File onto your local hard drive.

  • When the dialog box displays, select Record to Disk and click “OK”.

  • When the Output Settings window displays, Select Record To Disk and click “OK”.

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  • Select an encoder.

  • Click Browse or enter the path to where you want your recording located.

  • Select the recording mode: Use Filename Only, Auto Increment Filenames, or Timestamp Filenames. If you select Auto Increment File Names, the file name will have an incremental number appended to the end of it. This causes a new file to be created every time you start recording to disk, otherwise your previous file is overwritten (if you have selected Use Filename Only).

  • Click OK.

  • Choose the folder you want to save your LIVE Stream File to. After the broadcast you can import the recorded file into your video editing software, or upload this file straight to your VOD Channel in order to make it available to your viewers “on demand”. You can limit the size or duration of output files to chunk large encoding sessions into multiple files.

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Step 15:  Click the streaming icon start_stream_icon_off.PNG at the top to begin streaming.


Optional: Configuring two different qualities/bandwidths using Option 2: Manual RTMP setup

Again, we use "Wirecast Encoder" as software encoder here to demonstrate how to set up a case where you broadcast two streams of different qualities and bandwidths to enable your audience an improved viewing experience. Please read section "Streaming with different qualities/bandwidths" for more general information on this topic.

Offering different bandwidths to your viewers to choose from is very simple. You can do this by creating a second LIVE Channel to get an additional streaming ID and the chance to adjust the bitrate of the second channel. Please keep in mind that streaming with two streams requires a higher "maximum broadcast bandwidth".


Step 1: Click on one of your Multibitrate LIVE Channels in your Media Cloud

Step 2: Click on the link called “Stream” to get the needed streaming ID and URL to connect to Lightcast’s server network:


Step 3: Open your Wirecast encoder software

  • If you do not already have your Wirecast software opened with your first stream that you wish to add another stream to, click on File > Open and select your Wirecast file that has your first stream.

  • Click “Output” at the top, then “Output Settings”.

  • Click on the “Add” button at the bottom left and then select “RTMP Server” to add your second output stream.


Step 4: Copy and Paste the second streaming ID and CDN Access Point URL of your second LIVE Channel from Step 2 into the Address and Stream boxes of your Wirecast Encoder.

  • Click  “OK”.

 

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Step 5: Choose the video and audio settings for your additional LIVE stream

  • Enter your video and audio settings for your additional LIVE stream.

  • You can embed the second LIVE stream player below your current LIVE player, but make sure, that only ONE player streams with "". In order for the viewers to know which stream they should choose, let them know, which bandwidth belongs to which player (e.g. “Low Bandwidth” or “High Bandwidth”).

Alternatively, you can embed the two players on separate pages and place a link below the player (stating “Watch in lower quality” e.g.) to allow users to switch to the other page with the higher or lower quality stream. The viewers will be directed to a page with the player in low bandwidth. We recommend this option because it looks more professional and your player can start with “”.
 

Step 6: Enter your Output sizes and Bitrates into the Lightcast “Advanced Settings” tab

After you have configured your encoder to send out multiple streams at different video it is necessary to tell Lightcast the size and quality of each stream.  

Find the “Settings” tab in your LIVE Channel page. Enter the corresponding and widths for the streams from your encoder. Your “High Quality” stream will be the width and your High Quality stream in your encoder. Enter Medium Quality and Low Quality width and for the corresponding “Secondary” channels in the group.

 

Backup Stream Option: If you would like to add a Backup Stream to another Access Point please follow the exact instructions as above for Configuring two different qualities/bandwidths using Option 2: Manual RTMP setup except for Step 4.  When you get to Step 4, instead of using the same CDN Access Point URL from Step 2, choose a different CDN Access Point URL. E.g. If you used the North America / East URL in Step 2, then use the next geographically closest URL such as North America / West as the URL in your Address box.  It is common to use a low bitrate stream for the backup stream.