This article will walk you through the process of downloading, installing and configuring all the software required to start broadcasting to a Flash Push Live Stream with Mydeo using the Flash Media Live Encoder (FMLE). In a previous article, we looked at the same process but using the Wirecast encoder instead. Please click here to be directed to that article instead.
It’s good practice to have a read through the whole article before attempting to configure your encoder.
FMLE is Adobe’s free to use Flash encoder. Currently, it’s the easiest and by far the cheapest way to get started in Flash live streaming. The encoder is a fantastic solution considering it’s a free to use application – however, it does lack some of the more professional features that comes pre-installed with encoders like Wirecast so if you’re looking to produce industry leading live streams, it might be a good idea to look into a more professional option. Nevertheless, FMLE is an amazing tool and is more than adequate for lower budget productions.
If you don’t have a trial account already, open a 15-day free trial account now by heading to http://www.mydeo.com. Once you’ve opened your account, you can trial our “on-demand” CDN services immediately, but for a live trial you’ll need to request one by giving us a call or dropping us an email from your registered account email address.
If you have your credentials email, containing all your Flash streaming details, then you’re all set to proceed to Step #1:
1. Download and install the software
Once you’ve received your Flash Live service login details from Mydeo, you’ll want to make sure you’ve downloaded the following:
- Adobe Flash Media Live Encoder (PC and Mac versions are available) – it’s completely free to use!
- Limelight Access Adapter – As you may already know, Mydeo runs on the backbone of the Limelight Networks CDN. To connected to their network using the details in your credentials email, you will need to install the Access Adaptor – this allows you to authenticate with the network and stream. If you’re using a PC, there’s a good chance you’ll be using FMLE version 3.2, however, you could be using an older version so please click on one of the following links that corresponds to your version of FMLE: (FMLE 3.0) (FMLE 3.1) (FMLE 3.2).
- If you’re using a MAC, you can download the Access Adapter here – All Access Adaptors are free.
Please make sure to install FMLE before attempting to install the Access Adaptor – do not launch FMLE before you’ve installed the adaptor.
2. Configuring FMLE
Once everything has been installed, go ahead and fire up your copy of FMLE.
Referring to the screen shot below, you can configure your copy of FMLE with the correct settings for your account (the coloured boxes on our diagram represents the sections you need to change in order to set up your encoder properly).
Your Flash credentials email will contain two very important URLs that you now need: the Primary FMS URL and the Backup FMS URL – the third URL in your credentials email is the published URL but this can be set aside for now.
- The green box is where you need to enter your Primary FMS URL – this is essential for the stream to publish.
- The red box is for the Backup URL – the Backup isn’t actually essential for the stream to work but does add a level of fall back. The Primary and Backup URLs point to different servers on the CDN so if you were to lose connection to the Primary server, the stream would continue streaming to the Backup. Playback would be seamless and the audience would never know anything went wrong. You can also use the Primary and Backup URLs to utilise two separate internet connections – for more information on that, please click here.
- The blue box is where you give your stream a name – the stream name is a crucial part to the configuration so be sure to take note of whatever it is you set this to. You’re free to chose any stream name but it’s best to keep it as simple as possible and you can’t use spaces. If your stream name consists of more than one word, I suggest using a ‘_’ to separate the words like so: my_stream or use camel case: myStream.
- Now select the bit-rates and camera setting you wish to use for your stream. A standard configuration is 500kbps for video, 128kbps for audio and a resolution of 640×480.
3. Start publishing
You should now be ready to start publishing your stream. To begin, click the green START bottom of the FMLE window:
If you installed the Access Adaptor correctly, the Connect to Limelight FMS box should pop up where you’ll need to enter your username and password found in your credentials email:
Click OK and the encoder should kick into action!
To view the stream, you will need to utilise the Published URL found in your credentials email. Each stream will have a different URL and this is determined by the stream name you entered into the encoder earlier. Assume for now that you used: ‘myStream’ as your stream name. Take the Published URL from your credentials email and add the stream name to the end – preceding a forward slash ‘/’. Here is an example: rtmp://mydeoxyz.fc.llnwd.net/mydeoxyz/myStream.
Assuming everything has been configured correctly, you should be able to playback from your Published URL. If you need to create player embed code, please click here.
And that’s it!
If you would like to hear more about our Flash live services or require any assistance in getting your Mydeo stream up and running, call us on: +44 208 540 2300 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.