You can utilize this free, widely available tool, and other third-party encoders to webcast with us.
ANY MODERN WEB BROWSER
FLASH MEDIA ENCODER SOFTWARE
You can download the latest version instantly from Adobe Download.
COMPUTER, MICROPHONE, CAMERA, etc.
You can use just about any microphone or camera (if video) as long as you can connect it to a computer.
How To Webcast
Webcasting to Meridix with the Flash Media Encoder (FMLE) is a simple,
two step process. The two main steps are:
Add information such as event title or team names into any web browser
Connect your audio or video to the event using the Flash Media Encoder
1. Start by opening up any browser window, such as Internet Explorer or Firefox. Then, login with your LiveID and Password at http://www.meridix.com/mbp/login.
2. Once inside the LiveID Manager, click on the "Start A Webcast" button.
3. Now you will see the webcast setup screeen. Here, simply follow the directions and select the type of event, team names, and answer other simple questions. Then click on the "START WEBCAST" button on the bottom of this screen.
4. You'll then be taken to the real-time scores/text/data input screen. On this screen, to change something such as a score, simply click on elements and they will be surrounded with a green box. Change the data in the box and then click off of the box in the white space surrounding the page. When you click off of an item, it is automatically submitted to the network. No need to use complicated forms and buttons!
5. Now, be sure to connect and turn on any microphones/cameras or other equipment you'll be using. Then, open up the Flash Media Encoder.
6. The "Encoding Options" tab should already be open. Be sure to select "Custom" as the preset, which will allow you to set your own bitrates and settings.
7. If you are doing a video webcast, ensure that both "Video" and "Audio" are checked. If doing an audio-only webcast, ensure that just "Audio" is checked.
8. The following settings are required:
Device: (select your camera if not already selected)
Click the wrench icon next to Format.
Advanced Encoder Settings
Keframe Frequency: 5 seconds
Frame Rate: 29.97
Input Size: 640x480 (or others, depending on your CPU), maintain aspect ratio should be checked
Bit Rate: Only 1 should be checked, 500 Kbps, and Output Size 640x480 (or others depending on your CPU)
Device: (select your microphone if not already selected)
Sample Rate: 44100 Hz
Bit Rate: 56 kbps
Stream to Flash Media Server should be checked
FMS URL: rtmp://publish.meridix.com/live?username=LiveID&password=Password
(For example, rtmp://publish.meridix.com/live?username=myliveid1234&password=mypassword1234)
Backup URL: (leave blank)
Stream: mp4:[your liveid lowercase] such as "mp4:myliveid1234"
Uncheck "Save to File"
9. Click on "Connect" under the authentication credentials.
10. When you're done, simply hit the "Stop" button. If you want to resume, you can always hit "Start" again. However, if you're completely DONE with your event, simply click on the red X in the upper right corner to completely close out the session. Also, remember to click on the "Archive" button within the browser window to fully signal you're finished.
- In the browser when you first start, we recommend immediately updating the venue, players, the timeouts remaining, perhaps set the period to "Pregame", etc. If you are not updating all information on a play-by-play manner, simply put in 0's or a general statement such as "Thank you for joining us", whatever may be appropriate.
- If you ever need to leave the event without wanting to end it (for example, you lose your internet connection), you can do so by selecting the "Come Back Later" button at the bottom of the LiveID Manager. This will allow you to resume the event later - do so by selecting your broadcast from the first screen you see when you click the "Start A Broadcast" link.
- When you are finished with the game, make sure all of the event information is filled in and the period field is set to "Final". This tells your users that the event has finished. Now to end the event, simply select the "Archive Event XXXX" button from the bottom of the LiveID Manager screen and confirm that this is the case.
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