vMix Tutorials- Live Streaming


Hi everyone today we’re going to look at
how you can live stream with vMix and we’ll be going over all of the settings
you need to know to get started. In this video we’re going to start out with the
basics of live streaming and how to stream to one location. If you’d like to
know a little bit more about streaming to multiple location there’s a link in
the description below. So if you’re here looking at live streaming videos chances
are you already know what live streaming is but for those that don’t, live
streaming allows you to broadcast your video productions onto the Internet. You
can connect your computer to the Internet,
create a video production in vMix and then send your content to a streaming
provider that’s going to display it for you. There are many streaming providers
available some are free and some are paid and they all have different
features different requirement,s quality settings and they all cater to different
audiences. If you’re looking to do some live streaming it’s best to do some
research first to find the best platform for you and your content a free provider
such as a social network may give you a huge audience but might offer less
control over your content a paid provider may not give you the same reach
but may be more reliable and give you more control and flexibility now we’re
going to jump over to the vMix interface and take a look at the streaming
settings so here we are in the vMix interface I’ve currently got vMix 21
running so if using a different version that might look slightly different I’ve
got a really basic production setup here with some videos and some titles that
it’s ready to go now I want to stream it out to all of my adoring fans
well that’s mainly my mum but if you’re new to the mix and you want to learn
about creating a production check out some of the getting started with vMix
videos linked in the description they’ve got some step-by-step guides on how to
get started so if we want to actually stream out this awesome production I
need to go into the streaming settings and set up my stream in vMix your
streaming settings are located in the bottom of the interface just click the
little gear icon that’s next to the stream button so this window allows you
to set up your stream or make any changes to
in streams that you’ve got set up now you’ll notice up the top is a profile
section so once you’ve actually set up all of your streaming information you
can save it as a profile now for those people that are doing multiple
productions it’s really handy to be able to save all of your different settings
and just switch between them if you need to so once we’ve set up today we can add
a new profile that we’ve got so underneath that you’ll see the one two
and three and this refers to streaming to multiple locations because we’re
doing a basic tutorial today we’re just going to show you how to stream to one
location but you can check out the video in the description on how to stream to
multiple locations now as we mentioned before there are a ton of different
streaming providers out there and the list seems to be growing every day now
we’ve added some direct login access to a bunch of different streaming providers
so we’ve connected up to their API and it allows you to log into your streaming
account directly through the vmix interface so as you can see from the
list we have a lot of different free providers including Facebook YouTube
twitch periscope and we also have some paid providers as well such as Vimeo
wowza cloud Ustream IBM to cast stream spot and that list gets added to all the
time if you don’t see your providers name on the list you can always get them
to contact us and we can look at adding them to this list now if you don’t
currently have you providers name on this list that’s no problem at all all
you need to do is select custom rtmp server now every streaming provider will
give you the ability to stream by using a stream URL and a stream name or key so
it’s just a matter of copying this bit of information intervening in the URL
and the stream name or key section and then you’ll be able to start connecting
to their server and start streaming this kind of information should be in your
providers account settings but if you can’t find them you can send them an
email now if you want to use one of the providers in the list you just need to
select it and then log into your account with them so for example if I wanted to
use Facebook to stream to I just click on the Facebook settings and it will
load up a screen to log in now I’ve already logged into my account
you can see at the top here if I hadn’t you’d be able to log into Facebook and
once that’s done I can create the stream so I can give it a title description
where I want to stream to the privacy and that type of thing
to create your stream on Facebook you just need to finalize that by clicking
create stream at the bottom and then once you’re ready to go you’ll be able
to use vmix to stream to Facebook I’ll show you how to start streaming a bit
later on most paid providers will give you a
channel that you can scream to or multiple channels so if you want to go
to one of those providers let’s just choose to cast I can use my username and
password to log in and then from the drop-down menu after I’ve logged in I’ll
see all the different channels that I can stream to and I just need to select
one and then I can start streaming to that channel so today for this example
I’m going to select the IBM cloud video as you can see I’ve already logged into
my account and I can already select a channel from the drop-down list so now
that I’ve got my stream ready to go it’s set up I’ve logged in I’ve selected the
channel that I want to stream to I need to now consider the quality of the
stream that I’m going to send so underneath the channel I can select
quality here now we have a lot of different preset qualities that you can
use so anything from 360p we’ve got 1080p 724 k we’ve got a lot of different
presets that you can select to stream with now a lot of the time streaming
providers will give you some guidelines as to the best streaming settings for
their platform if that’s the case then use those settings for example places
like Facebook and periscope twitch will give you kind of some guidelines as to
stream on how to stream so we’ve added some of those presets here in vmix now
you can choose one of these presets to stream to like we have today we’ve
chosen 1080p 3 megabit but if we want to actually make any changes to the
settings of this all I need to do is click this gear icon then I’ll be able
to go through and make changes to that streaming setting so the main settings
that people want to change are up the top and that will be the video bitrate
and the resolution the video bitrate refers to the quality of the video that
you’re streaming the higher the bit rate the higher the quality however the
higher the quality and bitrate it also means that the you’re going to need more
bandwidth so that’s something to keep in mind so let’s say I want to use
four megabits so I’m gonna change this from 3,000 to 4,000 now because I want
to stream at a higher bitrate than what the preset was I could also go way
higher if I wanted to I could go crazy and do 10 megabit or 20 megabit or I
could go low or if I wanted to as well okay next to the bitrate you’ll see the
encode size which is the resolution of the stream now typically if you’re going
to do a 1080p production like we are today you’re probably going to want to
stream at that resolution as well now sometimes when you do a stream your
provider might not accept a particular resolution so you may want to lower this
down to 720 or something like that so you can choose to change the resolution
there as well now I could also go back here and select 720 as well I don’t have
to necessarily do that from the settings if I don’t want to now the rest of the
settings here can probably be left the same unless you’ve got strict
instructions from your streaming provider to make specific changes here
all you’ve got experience with streaming settings I would leave these the same
some streaming providers will have very specific requirements that you may need
to tweak here but unless they do I would leave it all the same now one thing you
might want to change is the aspect ratio so let’s say you wanted to stream square
or vertical you can select that here wedge is going to leave it original for
now which is widescreen alright so now we’ve at the top we’ve got everything
set we’ve got a 4 megabit production and we’re going to be streaming at Full HD
and so now we’re going to click Save ok one really big thing to consider when
you do a live stream is the speed of your internet connection
now the speed of your internet connection will determine the maximum
quality that you can select for a reliable stream so we have a rule around
here not to go over 50% of our upload speed just in case there are any sort of
network issues that we can’t predict so for example for our stream here we’ve
selected a 4 megabit for our bitrate so if we were going to stream that from our
location here we would need to make sure that we had an a megabit upload speed
which is double what our bitrate is so we’re really cautious when it comes to
our upload speed a lot of people will go 60 70 or even 80 percent of their upload
speeds with their stream but that’s entirely up to you if you’ve got a
really high upload speed like if you’ve got a hundred megabit connection then
you’ve obviously got a lot of headroom however if you’ve only got three or five
megabit you really need to be careful because you know any sort of network
congestion can cause issues with your live stream so it’s really important to
test out your stream so doing it do a speed test for your connection and also
try and do some testing in some real-world conditions to make sure that
you’re going to have a great connection alright so underneath the quality
setting is an important tick box here and that says use hardware encoder now
one of the good things about vmix is it gives you the ability to use your
computer’s graphics card to do the encoding so that means that you’re
taking a lot of the pressure away from your CPU doing the encoding for a stream
or a record and you can actually use the graphics card for that so if you’ve got
a newer Nvidia graphics card such as a nine series or a ten series or later you
can tick this box here to do the streaming encoding on the graphics card
so those particular cards allow you to do up to two encodes so you can choose
to use the streaming for one and a recording for another one freeing up
your CPU for other tasks alright so once we’ve logged in we’ve got our streaming
settings ready to go we’re using the hardware encoder I’m gonna go up the top
click Add and I’m going to create a stream so now I’ve got this profile set
up and I can click Save and close down the bottom okay so when we’re ready to
start streaming all we need to do is click the stream button down here or we
can go into the settings again and click start one so when we start streaming
it’s going to stream whatever’s in the program output window here to our
streaming provider so I’m going to go ahead and click the stream button
so when it’s connecting it will be orange and when it starts dreaming it
will go red so as you can see now we’ve got a reddit notification here and up
here we go into the settings you also know that it’s red here as well so lets
you know that it’s streaming so if you want to stop streaming we just click the
button and now we’ve stopped streaming as I showed you you can use these
streaming buttons or you could set up a shortcut on your keyboard or MIDI
controller through the vmix shortcuts so at any point during your stream you
notice that the stream button goes orange or amber that’s an indication
that there’s an issue with your stream and this is typically due to an
underpowered computer or some sort of network issue now in the description
we’ve got a guide to troubleshooting this if you want to check that out on
our website at vMix.com you’ll find some minimum requirements for running
vMix and the computer that you’ll need we also have a page for reference systems
which will give you an idea of what sort of computer you’ll need to build to do
different things with vmx like the replay or for camera streaming and that
type of thing so I’d recommend checking those out at vMix.com thanks for
joining us today on this video if you have any questions about streaming or
veneks you can send her an email via the
support page on vMix.com we also have a free 60 day unwatered mock trial on our
website – if you want to give vmix a whirl thanks and we’ll see you later
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