Adding Breaks Using the Livebox Playout Software

   Breaks control in Livebox playout software is one of the important and useful features which adds a further professional touch to your live streams. You can add commercials or even short contents in the midst of your streaming playlists by using this feature. To add breaks to your streaming contents, you can follow the given steps below.
The following steps will instruct you on how to add a break between two streaming contents.

  • Go to your playout window and click Add File under Schedule Playlist to add your content from your local files.

adding file in playout

  • After your content is being added, under Start Time change your initiation time.

scheduling streaming in Playout software

  • Then again, click Add File to add another content to your playlist.
    Note: You can even use Add List to add two or more contents to your playlist.

contents added in playout software

  • Now click the content after which you want the break to happen. Then click Add breaks and breaks control opens where again click Add File to add your break between your streaming content.

adding breaks using playout software

  • After adding the content, you can set the beginning time for your break under Start Time. The start time sets the interruption point on your playlist content and to play your break. And under End Time you can set the lasting time of your break.

setting break time in playout software

  • At the given time your playlist content sets to play and you can view it in your preview.

preview in the playout software

  • In this given illustration you can see the break consecutively played in the midst of the streaming playlist content.

streaming preview in the playout software

  • After the given time of the break, again it starts to play the streaming playlist content.

live streaming preview in playout software

  • Once the first playlist content is over, then it moves to your second playlist content as of how it is set in your playlist reference (time and date setting).

sources played in the preview

  • To do likewise in your Livebox channel, you can follow these steps.
  • And then go to your Livebox encoder, enable preview and set Video device as Streaming Playout Device.
  • Then enter RTMP URL of your channel in the URL bar to add breaks to your live streams.

Livebox encoder

By following these steps, you can add a break to your contents and stream it to several destinations through your Livebox RTMP channel.

CG Editor in the Livebox Playout Software

  • After adding your file in schedule playlist enable CG editor which is located to the right of schedule playlist.

enabling CG editor

  • A new CG editor window opens where you can see several editing options for your source. By using these settings, you can add text, images, clips, varieties of tickers, date, time and so on.

CG editor in playout software

  • To add any text or marker, click the Text option.
  • Then click inside the preview box to place your text. You can even drag to position it.
  • Click the option text-000 under Items from the right corner.
  • Now inside the text box type your text.

adding text using GG editor

  • To add a crawling ticker, click the Crawling Ticker option.
  • Then click inside the preview box to place your ticker. You can even drag to position it.
  • Click the option ticker-000 under Items from the right corner.
  • Now inside the content box type the required content.
    Note: You can use crawling ticker for any important announcements in the midst of your live streaming.

adding crawling ticker using CG editor

  • To add a rolling ticker, click the Rolling Ticker option.
  • Then click inside the preview box to place your ticker. You can even drag to position it.
  • Click the option ticker-001 under Items from the right corner.
  • Now inside the content box type the required content.
    Note: You can use rolling tickers for your end credits or end title.

adding a rolling ticker using CG editor

  • To add a ticker, click the Ticker option.
  • Then click inside the preview box to place your ticker. You can even drag to position it.
  • Click the option ticker-002 under Items from the right corner.
  • Now inside the content box type the required content.
    Note: You can use ticker to announce any breaking information or news.

adding a ticker using CG editor

  • To add date and time, click the Date and Time option.
  • And then click inside the preview box to place the date and time. You can even drag to position it.
  • Click the option dt_time under Items from the right corner.
  • You also even set your date and time in the given text box.

adding date and time using  CG editor

  • Now click File option, which is located on the top left corner.

saving a file in CG editor

  • Click Save CG Config to save your edits.

save GG Edits

  • A new dialog box opens, where you can enter a name for your edits and click OK.

CG edits

  • Now get back to the playout software main window and enter your saved file name in Enable CG option and then given Load.

Load CG edits in playout software

  • You can view your made edits in preview and also in an extended preview. It is also given below an example image to have a clear understanding of using CG editor.

example of CG edits

Just like that, you can also make edits to your sources using CG editor within Livebox Playout software and stream it live on your social media/websites/streaming platforms.

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 OBS,
  • 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 new 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 URL for your resolution gets listed below. Make note of the required RTMP link and give Save.
    Note: With each copied URL of definite qualities, the player will adjust video quality to that of viewers bandwidth.

preset of resolution for multi-bitrate streaming

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

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

  • Go to Livbox Encoder. Select your playout device in Video Device and Audio Device, and then enter the copied RTMP URL of the required resolution in the URL tab.
  • Click Preview if you want to preview your live stream and then give Start.

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

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.

Picture-in-picture Mode (PIP)

    The picture-in-picture is similar to multi-window mode, where you can pin several small source window on the same screen and broadcast it on your channel. To enable this feature,
  • Go to the Livebox Mixer window.

Mixer software

  • Click the option Add Group.

adding group in mixer software

  • A notification Mixer group added appears, and you can click OK.

mixer group is added

  • Click inside the Add Source area to add your video source. Likewise, you can add two or more sources to proceed with your PIP feature.

Add source in mixer

  • A new dialog box Menu_Dialog_Form opens, where click the option Add File to add your local files.
    Note:
  • To add your professional camera or webcam sources, click the Add Live option.
  • To add URL from any other media platforms, click the Add URL option.
  • To add your Livebox playout sources, click the Add Playlist option.

add file in mixer software

  • Your sources are added. Scroll down under each source control panel to turn on the PIP option.

picture-in-picture mode enabled

picture-in-picture mode enabled in mixer software

  • Now click on the term Foreground and once you click on the foreground, the Mixer button is enabled. Then click the Mixer option.

    Note: If the click is done properly then the option Foreground is highlighted in blue.

Picture-in-picture mode

  • After clicking the mixer option, you can see your added source in the Preview area.

Picture-in-picture mode preview

  • You can drag to position your sources or even re-size.

previewing picture-picture sources

  • Under the foreground option, you can see the number of listed sources. You can tick or untick to have your source in the preview area.

picture-in-picture mode sources

  • Likewise, you can add several groups and switch between those groups. To switch your groups, click the drop-down menu under Active PIP group.

Picture-in-picture feature in Livebox

  • Now you can go to Livebox encoder or any encoder of your preference to stream it to your channel.
  • Set your Audio Device and Video Device as Streaming Mixer.
  • Copy-paste your channel streaming URL in the URL bar.
  • And click the option Start to start your broadcast.

Livebox encoder set-up

You have successfully enabled the Picture-in-picture feature.  Now you can stream the sources with enabled PIP effects on your streaming platforms/social media destinations.

Livebox Playout Software Settings

Livebox in-built software
  1. Set your audio and video quality by clicking the drop-down menu provided in Audio Quality and Video Quality option from the top left corner.
  2. Set the background in your preview area by clicking the BG option.
  3. To add your video source in the Schedule playlist,
    • Click the Add File option to add your local files for live streaming.
    • Click the Add Live option to add your professional camera source.
    • Click the Add URL option to add URL from any other media platforms.
    • Click the Add List option to add a list of files.
    • Click the Remove option to remove your files from the playlist.
    • Click the Play option to play your added source in the preview area.
    • Click the Pause option to pause your source.
    • Click the Stop option to stop your source.
  4. You can save your Schedule Playlist settings by clicking the Export option and the same way bring back those settings by clicking the Import option.
  5. Click Add breaks to add intervals between your live streams.
  6. You can also add audio source the same way you do for adding your video source. If you add any audio source, then enable Audio option given below the preview area. Use the scale to adjust the volume.
  7. Always enable Deinterlace to avoid interlacing of your sources.
  8. Enable CG Editor and then click the CG Editor option to add edits like the ticker, scrolling ticker, crawling ticker, rolling ticker, date and time to your source.
  9. Once you do all your edits in CG editor, then click Load to save your edits.
  10. Click Extend preview to view your preview in a separate window and in full screen.

Transcoding Using the Inbuilt Playout and Encoder Software

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

Livebox encoder

  • 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 the channel where streaming is on.

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

  • 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.

How to Troubleshoot when the Mixing/Playout Device does not Appear within the Software Encoder?

While using the Livebox Encoder-cum-Mixer and Playout software, when there happens failure to detect the streaming playout device in the encoder video/audio device settings, it is because of the software windows are opened the inappropriate way.

You can easily solve the issue by following the below steps,

  • Close all the opened windows from the Livebox Encoder-cum-mixer and playout software.
  • Open the fresh Mixer/Player window.
  • After adding your source using the Playout device or mixing the sources through the Mixer device, you can go to the Livebox encoder to continue your encoder settings and start the successful live streaming.

Note: While live streaming using the Livebox software, you have to first go to the Playout/Mixer window. And after adding the streaming source, click Play on the Playout (in the case of Mixer it is just enough to add the sources and mix them), only then the device will be detected in the Livebox encoder Video/Audio device settings.                                                         

livebox playout and mixer software window

With these steps, you can easily troubleshoot the Encoder-cum-mixer and playout software issue.

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.