Streaming HOWTO for Artists

First you need Open Broadcast Studio. It’s free software and works well.
– download for your system (PC, MAC or Linux)
– double-click the .DMG file you downloaded. The install wizard will help you install the program.
– open OBS, let the auto-config wizard do its thing:
• optimize for streaming
– find and open the QuickStart Guide if needed

Double check your SETTINGS:
(main page: grey button on bottom right)
– set Bitrate to 1500 Kbps (or if your connection is particularly slow, try lower values – we’ve had success with rates as low as 750 Kbps on more rural connections)

At LEFT: Stream tab:
Service = Custom
Server: rtmp://
Stream Key = kittens1

At LEFT: Audio tab:
Sample Rate = 48khz
Channels = Stereo
Desktop Audio = Default (or Disabled)
Mic/Auxiliary Audio = Built-in Microphone

Define your Sources
(main page lower left) = Video Capture Device = FaceTime HD Camera (Built-in), Preset 1280×720

Once all that is done, you go to the bottom right hand corner and press “Start Streaming”.

Some things to look out for:

– Most important: If you’re signed in to the concert (say, to have someone hang out in the chat on your behalf) don’t forget to MUTE THE AUDIO ON THAT COMPUTER. Otherwise there’s a really slow, really weird form of feedback like people singing into infinite delay machines, which is really not that great for anybody 🙂

– Sound is always more important than visual in online concerts, so make sure to check that your microphone is not clipping (going into the red on the indicators below the video panel). Try using “Start Recording” to record a bit of you playing live, and then listen to the recording (File -> Show Recordings) to check it out. The system is very forgiving but if you wanted to sound like Alison Krauss and instead sound like a Dalek singing for Motorhead, that might not be to your fans’ taste. (Or you might discover a whole new artistic identity, who am I to judge!)

– if you have all the settings entered correctly but can’t seem to connect to OnlineConcertThing’s servers, check that your firewall isn’t blocking port 1935 (the default TCP port for RTMP streaming).

– check to see if your DHCP setup is configured to “Default” – this can take care of some unusual errors with refused connections: Settings->Advanced->Networking (the bottom section) bind address to Default

– sometimes having IPV6 enabled seems to cause issues on Windows machines: Control Panel->Networking and sharing center->change adaptor settings (find the adaptor)->Properties & uncheck IPV6 protocol

– if you are experiencing dropouts because of a slow internet connection, try the suggestion above about lowering the Bitrate in the Output tab.

If it all goes horribly wrong, consult Ben 🙂