Step by step How To on setting up your media encoder to broadcast in HD on Streamate.
Encoding Options (Tab 1)
(See Encoder Image 1)
This is your main tab. It's how you set up your camera.
- 1- Device. This is where you choose which camera you will be using. Make sure it is on the proper one before continuing.
- 2- Format. This should always he H.264. This is the format that Streamate uses. Click the wrench to see Advanced Encoder Settings (See Encoder image 1.1)
- 3- Frame Rate. A video is just, really, a bunch of pictures that are taken per second and shown back to back. The higher the frame rate, the more "pictures" it takes. Never go above 29.97, as streamate doesn't support frame rates above that, but you should always try for the highest you can with your connection and computer.
- 4- Input size. This is generally where people go wrong. Your input size is the size of the video feed you are putting INTO the encoder from your camera.
- 5- Bit Rate and Output size. These affect how the OUTCOME of your camera's quality will be AFTER going through the encoder. Try for the highest bit rate you can without your feed skipping or messing up. Most people will use 800kbps. The output size is the size of the video that people will see. Try to, if at all possible, match it to your input size so the encoder isn't doing more work than it has to.
- 6- Audio. Same as the video, you have to choose your correct device. From there, you must use the audio settings that Streamate supports. You can copy these settings.
- 7- Stream area. Here is where you will copy paste the FMS url and the Stream from Streamate's popup. Make sure that "Stream to Flash Media Server is checked.
- 8- Auto adjust. Streamate usually says to click this, but I don't, and here is why. Auto adjust is made to change the quality of your feed depending on how fast your speed is going. Which means if it misreads your speeds, it can make your feed skip or lower in quality. I ONLY recommend using this if you don't care too much about your placement dropping or if you have a VERY unsteady speed.
- 9- Save to file area. In this area, you can RECORD AND SAVE your feed WHILE you are live. This is great for making videos, but must be clicked BEFORE you start your stream.
Encoding Log (Tab 2)
(See Encoder Image 2, Tab 2a)
- 10- This is your encoding log. It will tell you when you logged in, out, etc. You can often watch changes in it to see if you're having a feed issue, as It will try to reconnect repeatedly in these cases, and show in the log.
- 11- Current streaming information. It shows your audio and video info.
- 12-Duration is the amount of time you have been online streaming, pretty self explanatory. Great for helping keep up with when you take breaks, knowing how long a show has been, etc.
- 13-Bit rate. Remember how on tab 1 we chose a bitrate? This is what your current one is at. It should be at or above what you chose it to be in tab 1. This means if you chose 800kbps, it should always be that number or higher.
- 14-FPS (input). This is much like bit rate in that it is just a current showing of what your encoder is going. Remember how we chose how many "pictures" we wanted per second in tab 1? This is a current showing of how smooth your camera is going and how many "pictures" per second are happening. This number specifically shows the input of frames per second.
- 15-Drops. This will show how many frames, or "pictures" are dropped by the auto adjust from tab 1. Do not worry about it if you are not using auto adjust.
- 16-FPS (output)This is the same as the input of frames per second, but instead, its what is coming OUT of the encoder.
- 17-Average. This is the same as your current table, except it is an average of the entire time you've been online. Read it exactly the same way.
(See Encoder Image 3, Tab 2b)
Tab 2B is very important, it can tell how how your quality is doing. Ever had to ask your room if you're freezing/lagging? This can help you figure it out before you even ask!
- 18-Bandwidth. This is the speed that your feed is using.
- 19-Buffer. Ever had a video on youtube stop to buffer? If you have anything other than zero, then your viewers are experiencing a version of this. If you have ANY buffer at all, it is a problem. It means your feed is skipping/lagging. The only way to fix this is to lower your settings or find the issue with your computer/isp. It means if you are skipping/lagging, that the problem is very likely not from streamate's end. Pay attention to this number often. It is one of the most important parts of troubleshooting an issue.
- 20-Frame drops. This is the amount of "pictures" or frames that are being done away with. If this number is over zero, you're having skips. The larger the number, the more you're skipping. Lower your quality settings or unclick AUTO adjust.
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