Live Streaming Using the Livebox Encoder and Playout Software

   Livebox is the only streaming server that comes with many inbuilt features that are all needed for the complete live streaming process. Livebox doesn’t stop with streaming, transcoding, and Multi-Bitrate but also performs other role-plays like playout, video mixer, and encoder.
Let’s get started with how to stream using playout and encoder software provided by Livebox.
  • Go to Playout in Mixer and Player software.

playout software

  • A Playout window opens, where click Add File to browse video source from your PC and to add video source in your Schedule Playlist.

adding source in playout software

  • Your video source is added. So, now click Play to play your video in Playout Preview.

playing source in playout software

  • You can preview your source and also enable and adjust the audio of your video source.

preview in the playout software

  • Now go to Livebox streaming server.
  • Create your channel in Livebox.
  • Then go to Channel Dashboard under Manage Channels from the navigation menu.
  • In Channel Dashboard click Streaming URL to copy the streaming RTMP URL.
  • Go to Encoder-Mixer-Playout and minimize your playout window and then get into Encoder.

Livebox Encoder software

  • A new Encoder window opens, where you can select your playout device in Video Device and then Audio Device, and then enter the copied RTMP URL in the URL tab.
  • Click Preview if you want to preview your live stream and then give Start.          
    Note: Video Device is your device from where you’re taking your source to encode. And Audio Device is also mentioned (Streaming Playout Device) in the illustration as same as video device because we did enable audio settings in Playout settings.

streaming using Encoder

  • Now go to Livebox and click Channel Dashboard, select your channel, and click to preview your live stream in Livebox streaming server.

Livebox encoder

You are successful in your live streaming using Livebox Encoder- Mixer-Playout software. From the Livebox RTMP server channel, you can start the live streaming on your destinations.

Multi-Bitrate Streaming Using the Livebox Playout and Encoder

To conduct Multi-bitrate streaming using the Livebox Playout and Encoder software,
    • Create your channel in the Livebox streaming server.
    • Go to Manage Channels from the navigation menu. Under manage channels, select Multi-bitrate.

      Multi-Bitrate streaming

    • In Multi-bitrate page, select your channel and Turn On multi-bitrate.

      channel for multi-bitrate streaming

    • Once you turn on Multi-bitrate, the preset options will appear. You can set the required resolution and click Save.
      Note: You also have an option to edit or set your required preset.

      preset for multi-bitrate streaming

    • Once you click save, RTMP URLs for your resolution gets listed below. Make a note of the required RTMP links and click Save.
    • With each URL of definite qualities (resolutions), the player will adjust video quality to that of viewers bandwidth.
      *The first given URL is the RTMP URL of your channel. The remaining URLs are RTMP URLs with resolutions.
Note: The RTMP URL should be used to initiate the live streaming on your server channel. And the other RTMP URLs of resolutions can be used to deliver the same streaming content in different resolutions.

multi-bitrate resolutions

    • After clicking save, give Service Restart to get your changes applied.

      service restart

Now access your Mixer and Playout software.

Note: Make sure to open the Playout/Mixer window first and then open the Encoder window.
Mixer and playout software

encoder-mixer-playout

  • In the Livebox Playout software, click Add File to browse video source from your PC and to add video source in your Schedule Playlist.  (You also have the option to add your camera source and YouTube URLs through the Playout software)

    adding source in playout software

  • Your video source is added. So, now click Play to play your video in Playout Preview.

    playing source in playout software

  • You can preview your source and also enable and adjust the audio of your video source.

    preview in the playout software

  • Now on the Livbox Encoder, go to the Advanced Settings.

    Livebox Encoder settings

  • On the Encoder Advanced Settings, click the drop-down menu to set the preset as Multibitrate.
  • You can enable (select) the Preview option after selecting your video device.

    stream settings in Livebox Encoder software

  • In Video Settings, enable the video option and then select your Device as Streaming Playout Device.
  • Copy the URLs from the Multi-bitrate settings and enter it in the given URL bars. Then set the bitrate. (Give the bitrate same as the resolution of the RTMP link you have entered in the URL bar)

    streaming video settings

  • In the Audio Settings, enable Audio and select your Audio Device.

    streaming audio settings

  • After setting up all these options, click on the Start button.

    start live streaming in playout device

  • Once the streaming is started, it shows the Streaming Started status below the Start button.

    Multi-bitrate streaming successfully started in Livebox playout and encoder device

  • To view your live MBR streaming status with the definite video quality, go the Livebox Dashboard and check on the player.

    Multi-bitrate video resolution

  • Then go to Viewers Report to check the RTMP stats of your streaming channel. It shows audio and video bitrate of your channel.

    Multi bitrate streaming stats

You have successfully done your Multi-Bitrate streaming using Livebox Playout and Encoder. Now you can start to stream the resolutions achieved source on your streaming platform/ social media destinations.

Livebox Encoder Settings

Livebox in-built encoder
  1. In the Preset option, click the drop-down menu to set your required resolution.
  2. In the Video Device option, click the drop-down and select your video device from where you are going to take through your video source to be encoded.
  3. In the Audio Device option, click the drop-down and select your audio device from where you are going to add your audio to the video source which is to be encoded.
  4. In the URL bar enter your channel RTMP URL, to stream your source to your channel.
  5. Click the Preview option, to preview your video source before it is taken to several destinations.
  6. Once you have added your source, click the Start button to stream successfully.
  7. For other settings, click the Advanced Settings option. You can even carry out Multi-Bitrate streaming by using the options inside the advanced settings, where you can stream for different resolutions all at one time.
  8. To stop your streaming, click the Stop button.
  9. To exit your encoder settings, click the Exit button which is located at the top right corner.

Transcoding Using the Inbuilt Playout and Encoder Software

Adaptive bitrate streaming (Transcoding) is available only in the higher-end versions of Livebox.

  • Create both output and input server channels in Livebox.
  • Then go to Manage Channels from the navigation menu under which click Transcoding.

transcoding process

  • A Transcoding page opens up. Under Select a Channel, select your Input channel.

transcoding

  • In Output Channels, select the channel where the video has to be transcoded. Then give Turn on near transcoding.

transcoding output channel

  • Once you give a turn on, the new options for transcoding show up, where you can set the Preset. And then click Save.
    Note: Both the Transcode Output URL and Transcode Embed Code are generated by Livebox.

preset options for transcoding process

  • After clicking save, give Service Restart to get your changes applied and to start off with your transcoding.

Service Restart

  • Then go to Livebox Playout software and click Add File to browse video source from your PC and to add video source in your Schedule Playlist.

adding source in playout software

  • Your video source is added. So, now click Play to play your video in Playout Preview.

playing source in playout software

  • You can preview your source and also enable and adjust the audio of your video source.

preview in the playout software

  • Now go to Livebox streaming server.
  • Then go to Channel Dashboard under Manage Channels from the navigation menu.
  • In Channel Dashboard click Streaming URL to copy the streaming RTMP URL of your Input Channel.
  • Go to Livbox Encoder. Select your playout device in Video Device and Audio Device, and then enter the copied RTMP URL in the URL tab.
  • Click Preview if you want to preview your live stream and then give Start.

streaming using Encoder

  • Now go to the Livebox Dashboard where you can check the transcoding quality of your output channel near the bottom right corner.

video resolution for transcoding

  • To check RTMP stats of your streaming channel go to the Viewers Report. 

viewers report

  • In RTMP stats it shows audio and video bitrate of both output and input channels.

RTMP stats for transcoding

  • And when you embed the output channel streams on your website, you can copy the Transcode Embed URL to publish the live stream on your website.

Note:  Through the Transcode Embed URL, you can publish the streaming content along with the transcode video quality.

transcoding

You are successful in Transcoding with Livebox Playout and Encoder. Now you can start live streaming across your streaming platforms/social media destinations.

Playout and Video Mixer Download

   Livebox is the only live streaming server that comes with in-built Playout Software and Video Mixer which can be downloaded cost-free.
To download Playout Software, Encoder and Video Mixer,

  • Go to Account Settings and click Download.
Playput-Encoder-Mixer software
  • Download option for both Android and Studio show up.
  • If you are an Android user you can download by clicking Android App, otherwise, click Studio to download Playout, Encoder, and Video Mixer software.
  • A new page in Livebox with options to download playout and video mixer opens. You can click Download Playout and Video Mixer to get started with the other facet of Livebox.
  • Then click Generate Pin to get your unique pin code to license your authorization to playout and mixer software.

Note: The generated pin is restricted to be used by one PC. But you can always generate one to a few pins to download and use the software from different PCs.

download playout-encoder-mixer software
  • Once you click Generate Pin, the options to generate your pin appears, where you can give your pin name and then click the generate icon to get your pin.
pin name
generate pin
  • Your pin is generated.
  • You can even edit your generated pin as you wish by clicking the edit icon.
generate pin
  • After editing your pin, click the tick icon to save your changes.
generate pin
  • The red dot on the pin name suggests that the pin is not in action.
generate pin
  • The green dot on the pin name suggests that the pin is active, and also it shows the name of the hardware that uses the pin.
generate pin
  • Now go to your system downloads and complete the installation process of your playout, Encoder and mixer software. The installed file will appear on your desktop as,
in-built mixer and playout software
  • Click the Mixer and Playout file in your desktop, a new dialog box Encoder-Mixer-Playout opens.
free playout and mixer software
  • In Encoder-Mixer-Playout, you can enter your server name and give the pin generated by Livebox, and then give Submit.
get started with livebox free layout and mixer software
  • You have successfully installed the Encoder-Mixer-Playout software.
livebox playout and mixer software window

You can now get started with your Livebox Encoder-Mixer-Playout software.