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Using Meridix with Wirecast

Webcasting to Meridix with Wirecast 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 Wirecast

1. Start by opening up any browser window. Then, login with your LiveID and password at https://manager.meridix.com.

2. Once inside the LiveID Manager, click on the "Start 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 Wirecast encoder program.

6. You'll only need to do steps 6-11 once, as the settings will be saved after this for all subsequent sessions. From the main menu, select Broadcast, then Broadcast Settings.

7. In the Broadcast Settings window, if there are no destinations in the list, click the "+" sign to add a destination.

8. Now, from the Encoder Preset dropdown, select "Meridix Sports Network: HD Quality". If you don't see it in the list, go to step 9, then return to this step.

9. In the Destination dropdown, select Meridix Sports Network. If you don't see it in the list initially, click on the "More..." button, and then make sure "Meridix Sports Network" is checked. Then click "Save".

10. Now that Meridix is selected, you can type in your username (LiveID), then click on "Authenticate". You'll be prompted for your password.

11. Select your LiveID in the "Channel" field. Then, verify everything is correct in the Broadcast Settings window. When you have verified that everything is correct, click on Save again.

12. You should now be able to stream live by clicking on the Broadcast Icon or by selecting Broadcast > Start/Stop Broadcasting.

13. If you have any trouble connecting or cannot seem to keep a consistent connection, verify that you have a live event running in your account (Steps 1-4), that your credentials are correct in the broadcast settings area, and that you have adequate bandwidth available.

14. When you're done, simply click on the same button again to stop broadcasting. If you want to resume, you can always click "Broadcast" 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.

Recommendations:

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.