Flash Media Encoder Set-Up

Configuring Adobe Flash Media Live Encoder for a Live Event

In this StreamEasy doc, we will configure and use the Adobe Flash Media Live Encoder to support a live streaming event. Flash Media Live Encoder software is a desktop application that connects to a Flash Media Server (FMS) or a Flash Video Streaming Service (FVSS) via the Real Time Messaging Protocol (RTMP) to stream live video to connected clients. Note that there are hardware and software based encoding solutions available that may be better suited for delivering your live streaming event. This Quick Start uses the Adobe software as it can be downloaded for free from the Adobe website.

Hands-on Task: Installing and Configuring Adobe Flash Media Live Encoder for a Live Event

In this task you will install and configure Adobe Flash Media Live Encoder to stream a live event. You will then cut and paster the publishing code for the live event and test the URL in a browser.

Download and install the software

  1. In a browser window, navigate to http://www.adobe.com/products/flash-media-encoder.html and download the software.
  2. Install the software by following the installation instructions.
  3. Confirm that your webcam is attached to your computer.

Configure the software for the live stream

  1. Launch Flash Media Encoder.
  2. Configure the Video encoding options. Use the following guidelines when setting the rendition properties. Keep all other values at their default.
    • Device: Select the webcam you are using for the live stream. If no cameras appear, make sure your webcam is attached to your computer.
    • Format:  H.264
    • Input Size: 640 x 360. Note that this matches the frame width and height that was used when sizing the video in the prior task.
    • Bit Rate: 1100
    • Output Size:  640 x 360
    • Audio: Decide whether you want to enable audio. Best to leave it disabled if you will be viewing the live stream on the same computer that is capturing the live stream.

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    • Stream to Flash Media Server: checked
    • FMS URL: Use the value for Primary Entrypoint provided on your email from Brightcove Support
    • Backup URL: leave blank (due to the fact that we are only using one encoder)Configure the encoding Output options. Use the following guidelines when setting the output properties. Keep all other values at their default.
    • Save to File: Unchecked, unless you want to save the contents of the live stream to a file.
  3. Click the Connect button. You will be prompted to log into FMS

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  1. Click the Start button to start the live stream.
  2. Check the bottom left of the media encoder dialog to verify that you have connected.

Generate the publishing code for the live stream

  1. Return to Stream  Cloud Studio and open the Media module.
  2. Locate and select your live stream video asset.
  3. In the Quick Vide Publish section, select one of your single video players from the drop down list and then select URL.
  4. Click the copy button to get the generated URL for the player.
  5. Open a browser window and paste the link into the address bar.
  6. Confirm that you can see the live stream.
  7. When you are done with the live stream, return to the media encoder dialog and click Stop to stop the encoder from streaming.

    Note: It is important to make sure you close/stop your encoder when the live stream is complete. Leaving a connection open between any encoder and WebcastUSA, even when no data is being sent, may result use bandwidth and cost you money.

For further help

If you need help getting your live event to work, WebcastsUSA’s  Support is available to help. Simply submit a support ticket within your managment panel. To make sure you get the fastest response possible, below is a list of what support will need to solve the problem.

  • The specific symptoms the stream is having. For example, does it not play at all or does it stutter or freeze?
  • Whether this stream worked correctly in the past
  • The entry point URL you are using in your encoder
  • The stream name
  • The encoding software and hardware are you using
  • The URL to the player to which you have published the live event
  • The video ID of your live event
  • The results of a trace-route from your encoder to the publishing point host

Conclusion and Next Steps

Hopefully this StreamEasy doc showed you how to get started broadcasting a live streaming event using WebcastsUSA. By now, you should be able to:

  • Configure Adobe Flash Media Live Encoder for a Live Event
  • Generate the Publishing Code for a Live Event

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