In this blog, we will walk you through the process of setting up a Flash live stream on the Mydeo/Limelight platform using Telestream’s software-based encoder, Wirecast. Wirecast is a live encoding solution that offers a professional alternative to Adobe’s Flash Media Live Encoder (FMLE). Although the standard package costs nearly $500, Wirecast offers a whole host of professional features above and beyond that of FMLE. You can find out more information about Wirecast and even obtain a free watermarked trial version from their website: http://www.telestream.net/wirecast/overview.htm.
To follow along with this tutorial, you will be required to have a Mydeo account. If you don’t already have a Mydeo account, you can sign up for one by heading to the Mydeo website: www.mydeo.com. Once you have opened an account, you’ll need to make a request for live streaming services by calling or dropping us an email with your requirements – contact details can be found at the bottom of this article. We will then send you a Flash live credentials email containing all the details you need to get going.
So, first things first, boot up your version of Wirecast and select ‘Broadcast’ > ‘Broadcast Settings’ from the tool bar at the top of the window – you should be presented with this screen:
Wirecast already has a plugin installed for connecting to the Limelight Network so to utilise this, you need to select ‘Limelight’ from the ‘Destination’ drop down list. If Limelight isn’t showing in the list, you’ll need to select the ‘More’ button and make sure Limelight is checked in the ‘Edit Visible Destinations’ window. Once Limelight has been selected in the Destination bar, you will then need to insert your Primary FMS URL into the ‘Address’ box. For now you won’t need to utilise the Backup URL so set that aside. Next you will need to give your stream a name and you can do this by entering a name into the box labelled ‘Stream’. For Flash live, the stream name can be set to anything you like but remember that you can’t use spaces. If your stream name is comprised of more than one word, we suggest using a ‘_’ to separate them, like so: my_flash_stream. Alternatively you can use camelcase like so: myFlashStream.
Next step is to set your Username and Password into Wirecast. You can do this by selecting the ‘Set Credentials’ button found in the bottom right corner of the window. When prompted, set your Username and Password to match the ones found in your credentials email.
Now all that’s left is to select the settings you wish to use for your stream. For now you can just select one of the Flash presets from ‘Encoder Preset’ drop down list but feel free to edit the presets or even create your own profile to suit your requirements. If you have a slow internet connection, you might want to select a low bit-rate such as 400kbps.
Once you have chosen your settings, click ‘Save’ at the bottom of the ‘Broadcast Settings’ window.
You should now be back on the main encoding page. Here you can select the type of media you wish to stream whether it be a pre-recorded video, an image or even your own desktop screen. Wirecast has many different media options and even allows you to set transitions between different clips. You can add media by selecting from the white icons just below the ‘Cut’ button, when you select a piece of media, it will be added to the clip bar below for you to select and switch to whilst streaming.
Now you should be ready to broadcast your live stream. Click the large satellite dish labelled ‘Broadcast’ and broadcast waves on the dish image should turn solid. If they flicker, it means there is probably a connection problem and you’ll need to review your settings. If you’re receiving error messages and can’t work out why, feel free to contact us using the details at the bottom.
Now that your stream is up and running, you will need to take the Public RTMP URL from your credentials email and add the stream name you entered into your Wirecast settings. Here is an example of what your end URL should look like: rtmp://mydeoabc.fc.llnwd.net/mydeoabc/my_flash_stream.
You should be able to play back from that URL – if you require player code, there is a tutorial on how to generate it here: http://blog.mydeo.com/2013/01/25/flash-video-player-generator/
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.