25 May 2022

How to secure the broadcast of your live video?

Guidebook
4 minutes
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Very common on social platforms such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram or YouTube, live videos are very popular among individuals and professionals. If the exercise may seem simple at first, some prerequisites must be respected to ensure the proper distribution of your live stream to your audience. No one is safe from a live event such as a system failure or a power cut… To avoid any incident of this type, it’s better to anticipate! Discover our essential advice to succeed in your live broadcast!

1. The waiting loop

The first recommendation if your main livestream fails : a waiting loop.

If your livestream fails, you must avoid a black screen at all costs if you don’t want to lose your entire audience. Anticipate this possible problem by creating a waiting loop beforehand with text, a background image or video and music. Your audience will then know that it is a temporary technical bug and will be more likely to wait for you.

To create and customize your waiting loop on Vodalys.Studio, follow these steps :

1.    Log in to your Vodalys.Studio account

2.     Create a “Production projects” or “All-in-one-projects” depending on your live event use case (broadcast on social networks or on an internal streaming service like Teams live event or with Vodalys players for a private broadcast)

3.     Add in the “Sources” section of your project the video file you want as a waiting loop

4.     Go to the “Studio” screen of your project. Click on the cogwheel at the top right of the screen, then click on “Waiting loop” and select your video file added in sources as a new waiting loop

The recommendation of the waiting loop, although essential, is not the best solution to adopt in case your live show breaks.

2. The backup stream

The second solution that we recommend the most : the backup stream.

It’s highly recommended, if not essential, to produce two streams simultaneously for the same event, one of them serving as a backup stream in case of failure of your main stream.

We suggest that you set up your backup stream via another telecom link than your main stream (contribution link), for example via a cellular connection if your main telecom line is a fixed internet line (optical fiber).

In case of a problem, this device will allow you to broadcast your live stream without interruption and especially without your audience noticing anything!

To ensure that your live stream will continue to be broadcast on Vodalys.Studio, create a backup stream by following these steps:

1.    Login to your Vodalys.Studio account

2.    Create a “Production projects” or “All-in-one-projects” depending on your live event use case (broadcast on social networks or on an internal streaming service like Teams live event or with Vodalys players for a private broadcast)

3.    Select the “Encoders/RTPMP” source, then click on “Custom RTPMP”.

4.    Create your backup stream by clicking on “Add a source” at the top of the screen, then click on “Custom RTMP” to have the same stream as your main one

5.    Go to the “Studio” tab. At the bottom of the screen, click on “Go live when ready” in your main stream, then click on “Play next” in your backup stream.

Nothing could be easier! Now you can be sure that if your first stream goes down, you’ll be able to broadcast live without a hitch.

Ready to start your live streaming adventure? Discover also our 5 tips to make your livestream stand out!

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