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Streaming from the VidiU to the Original Livestream platform

Background

There are two Livestream account platforms: a newer Livestream platform -- referred to as "Livestream" by that same company -- and an older platform referred to as "Original Livestream".

Livestream transitioned to their newer service platform in 2012, so most current Livestream accounts are activated on Livestream rather than Original Livestream.

The Livestream platform is based around events, while the Original Livestream platform has fixed channels. Please refer to this knowledge base article on Livestream's site for a complete list of differences, or if you're not certain which type of account you may have.

Due to Livestream's shift towards their newer offering, the VidiU product family does not have native integration with the Original Livestream platform and only has integration with the current (event-based) Livestream platform.

However, you can manually configure the VidiU to stream to an Original Livestream channel using the Manual RTMP option.

 

Configuration

1. Livestream has full documentation for the Original Livestream platform in their User Guide. Specifically, the Use Flash Media Encoder On2 Flix live or Wirecast with Livestream article shows how to construct the RTMP URL needed to stream to a channel from third party applications or devices.

 

2. There are both required and optional items in the RTMP URL. The below instructions include a screenshot of the VidiU web page with a sample configuration.

 

RTMP Server URL: The RTMP URL has this general format:

rtmp://publish.livestream.com/mogulus/[your_channel]/username=[your_username]/password=[your_password]/isAutoLive=true 

 

Required Items:

    • Replace [your_channel] with your channel name, [your_username] with the Livestream account username, and [your_password] with the Livestream account password.
    • Do not include the brackets ( "[" or "]") in the RTMP URL.
    • The isAutoLive setting must be part of the RTMP URL. The isAutoLive setting should be set to true if you want the stream to be visible on your channel immediately. If this is set to false the stream will appear as a camera in your Livestream studio and you can manually control when you cue it and go live from the studio.

Optional Items:

    • refer to Livestream's documentation on the autoVOD, autoAutopilot, aspectWidth, aspectHeight, and bufferTime settings to determine if they are required for your stream.

 

Stream: a simple stream name without a space or special characters can be used (e.g. "live" or "stream") if you're only sending from a single source. Refer to Livestream's documentation on creating unique stream names if you're broadcasting from multiple sources.

Backup URL: leave empty
User Agent: leave at the default Teradek setting
Username and Password : leave empty, and do not enter your Original Livestream username or password in the separate Username/Password fields. These values are already contained in the RTMP Server URL field.

 

3. After you have constructed the RTMP URL for your channel, it is strongly recommended that you enter the manual RTMP settings on the VidiU using a web browser or the VidiU app for iOS devices rather than trying to enter the complete settings from the front panel. 

  • This article shows the manual RTMP configuration process with the iOS app.
  • From a web browser, select Settings, Broadcast, and change the Mode to Manual.

 

 

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