How to Monitor the Converter (UDP) Device from the Livebox Server?

Now it’s been made possible from the Livebox server to control and monitor your Instacast Converter device activities remotely.

The Instacast Converter device converts the video streaming sources in HTTP and RTMP protocols to UDP streams for broadcast.

So, to monitor or to control your converter device from the Livebox streaming server,

  • Go to Device Monitor under System from the navigation menu.
Device Monitor
  • Click the drop-down menu near “Select Device” to select the Converter option.
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  • And immediately you’ll be provided with your Converter device details.
  • You can use the controls provided under the “Action” menu.
  • You can also use the gear icon to perform the other specific actions in depth.
  • On clicking the gear icon, you can remotely access the main functions of your converter device.  
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  • By choosing presets, you can even kick-start your streaming video conversion process right from the Livebox server.
conversion of streaming sources

How to Create the Client Portal Access Role on the Livebox Streaming Server?

The Client Portal Access option can be used to permit the users permission to use Restream the Livebox server contents and to access the Livebox Video Conferencing app through the Client Portal login.

So, to create the Client Portal role and user for both restreaming & video Conferencing app, follow the below steps.

  • Go to Users& Roles from the navigation menu. 
users & roles
  • Go to ‘Add Role’ in User& Roles.
  • Then click the ‘Create Role Now’ button.
Livebox admin
  • A dialog box Add Role opens, where you can enter a role name.
  • Select Restream or Video Conferencing option under ClientPortal.
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  • If you select Video Conferencing role, a few more options appear where you can select any of them based on your preference.

The Client Portal Access option can be used to permit the users permission to use Restream the Livebox server contents and to access the Livebox Video Conferencing app through the Client Portal login.

So, to create the Client Portal role and user for both restreaming & video Conferencing app, follow the below steps.

  • Go to Users& Roles from the navigation menu. 
users & roles
  • Go to ‘Add Role’ in User& Roles.
  • Then click the ‘Create Role Now’ button.
Livebox admin
  • A dialog box Add Role opens, where you can enter a role name.
  • Select Restream or Video Conferencing option under ClientPortal.
clientportal role
  • If you select Video Conferencing role, a few more options appear where you can select any of them based on your preference.

Then click the ‘Save’ button and the Client Portal Access role for Restream & Video Conferencing will be created successfully.

Now you have to continue this process by adding users to the role you have created.

  • So, go to Add User and click the “Create User Now” button.
Livebox user
  • A dialog box Add User opens, where you can enter the Username and Password and then select the role you have created.
clientportal user role
  • After selecting the Client Portal role you have created, you’ll be provided a few more options. they are: 
  1. Channels- You can select you streaming channels for the Restream Access.
  2. Push Destination Count- Push Destination count is the number of destination that the user gets the access to Live stream.
  3. Hide Embed Code- If you want to hide the embed code of the allowed streaming channel to your user, you can check the Hide Embed Code box.
  4. Video Conference Limit-  The number of conferences that the user is allowed to create while using the app.
  5. Total Limit- The total number of video conferences limit allotted to your server.
clientportal user

Then finally click the ‘Create’ button.

client portal

And now you can send the link to the Client Portal (e.g, yourserverdomain.com/clientportal) along with the login credentials to your user.

Pushing Live Streams on Facebook

Multi-channel usability is one of the features that Livebox integrates as it helps in distributing content around the globe over multiple mediums efficiently. Through Livebox the users can send their live streaming videos to all media that supports RTMP sources. Facebook is one such media which is supported by Livebox to stream live videos. The following steps will provide you clear-cut representations to stream your videos in Facebook live using the Livebox streaming server.

  • Create your channel on Livebox and stream a source to the channel.
  • Then preview the live source on the Livebox Dashboard.
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  • Now go to Push Destinations under Manage Channels.
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  • Push Destinations window opens, select your streaming channel and then click the “Add Destination” button located on the right side or the thunder button on the left side to select your destination.
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  • A dialog box “Share on” with several destinations shows up. As you wanted to stream live on Facebook, select the Facebook option and then click Push live stream to Facebook to get connected to Facebook.
facebook live stream

Note:  If you select the option Automatically TURN ON when adding push value, the live stream will automatically begin to happen on your Facebook destination once the live streaming set-up is done. Otherwise, you have to manually turn on the push value followed by giving Go Live on Facebook live streaming settings page.

automatic turn on of live streams
  • Once you select Push live stream to Facebook, a pop-up notification on the top left of your browser appears, on which you can give “Always allow” and click “Done”.
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  • Now you’ll be able to access your Facebook login page.
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  • After logging in, select your sharing option and click the “Next” button.
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  • Once you click the “Next” button, a Connect your Live stream to the Live API Facebook page opens, you can minimize the window to see your Facebook destination being added on the push destination.
facebook live streaming

Note:  If you didn’t select the Automatically TURN ON when adding push value option, then you have to Turn On the push value to start your live streaming.

  • Then go to Facebook, where it starts to fetch your Livebox contents for streaming.
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  • Your contents are now fetched, so you can give nice description and title to your stream and also decide the audience to share your live stream with.
  • Then click on the Go Live button on the right bottom corner.

Note: Unless you click on the Go Live button, the live streaming won’t happen on your Facebook timeline.

facebook streaming
  • You are now on live streaming on Facebook. Check your live streaming on your Facebook timeline.
go live on facebook

You have successfully live streamed on Facebook through push destination.

Multi-bitrate Streaming Using Encoder Software (New Version)

  • Go to Multi-Bitrate from the navigation menu.
  • In the Multi-Bitrate settings, select your streaming channel first.
  • Now turn on the Multi-Bitrate button.
  • And select any preset of resolutions of your choice by clicking the drop-down menu.
  • Then click the “Save” button.
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  • Now give “Service Restart”.
service restart

Now the Multi-bitrate settings have been applied to the Livebox streaming server. You can start proceeding with the Encoder settings.

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Open the Mixer and Playout software. You can either set up your streaming source from your camera device or by using the playout software.  

  • So, after setting up your camera or adding the streaming source using the playout, open the Encoder window.
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  • On the Encoder settings window, click the gear icon to create presets for the resolutions you have selected.

Note:  It is advisable to create presets for the Multi-bitrate streaming beforehand for the resolutions you prefer.  

Encoder software new version
  • Now on the settings, you can create Presets by entering the Audio Bitrate and Video Bitrate for each resolution.
  • So, to get the Video Bitrate and Audio Bitrate values of your resolutions, go to the Livebox Multi-bitrate settings.
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  • On the Multi-bitrate settings, click the edit icon.
Edit-Presets
  • A dialog box opens, where you can get the details of the resolution preset you have selected.
Preset-Values
  • And here you can click the drop-down menu to select the specific resolution and to get its values.
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  • Back on the Encoder settings, you can enter the Video Bitrate and Audio Bitrate of the resolution you have selected.
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  • Also, select the pixel of the resolution for which you are creating a preset.

Note: 

  • 144p- 2560×1440 px
  • 240p- 352×240 px
  • 360p- 480×360 px
  • 720p- 1280×720 px
  • 1080p- 1920×1080 px
encoder software from Livebox
  • Then click the “Save Preset” button.
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  • Now you can give a name for your preset. Likewise, you can do the same for all the other resolutions.
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  • Back on the Multi-bitrate settings, first, copy-paste the channel RTMP URL on the Encoder settings.
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  • Followed by the channel RTMP URL, also enter the URLs of resolution.  
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  • Then select Presets for each resolution. (Presets you have created for each resolution)
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  • Now click the “Start button” to initiate the live on your server channel with streaming qualities (resolutions).
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  • Have a look at the server dashboard. And it will display your live streaming source along with the streaming resolutions.
Multi-bitrate-Preview

You can go on by pushing the live stream to all your social media accounts, where your viewers can adjust the video quality according to their bandwidth.

Playout & Mixer Software Download

How to Download the Livebox Playout and Video Mixer Software?

   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.
Livebox software download
  • Download option for both Android and Studio shows up.
app download
  • If you are an Android user you can download by clicking Android App, otherwise, click Studio to download PlayoutEncoder, 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.

playout and mixer
  • 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.
generate pin
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  • Your pin is generated.
  • You can even edit your generated pin as you wish by clicking the edit icon.
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  • After editing your pin, click the tick icon to save your changes.
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  • The red dot on the pin name suggests that the pin is not in action.
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  • 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.
Livebox mixer and playout software
  • 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,
mixer and playout software
  • Click the Mixer and Playout file in your desktop, a new dialog box Encoder-Mixer-Playout opens.
mixer and playout software installation
  • In Encoder-Mixer-Playout, you can enter your server name and give the pin generated by Livebox, and then give “Submit”.
mixer and playout software getting started
  • You have successfully installed the Encoder-Mixer-Playout software.
mixer and playout from Livebox

You have successfully installed the Encoder-Mixer-Playout software.

Livebox Internet Bonding Device Startup

Double, triple, quadruple your Internet speed by using the Livebox Internet Bonding device. If you are facing network failover or if you want to maintain the bandwidth robustness while on live, you can gallop your current Internet connections to new speeds by using this bonding device.

To initially set up your Livebox Bonding device,

  • Turn On the Livebox Internet Bonding device.
  • And access the device interface on your PC using the IP 192.168.95.1.
  • On the device interface, pick up the Device ID and Hardware Key and send it to the IVB7 support team through Email.
internet bonding device
  • The IVB7 support team, in turn, will send you the License Key.
  • So, after entering the License Key, you can click Save.
Internet bonding device from Livebox
  • Now you will be taken to the Livebox Bonding device login interface and you can login. (The IVB7 team will provide you the login credentials)
Livebox Internet bonding device
  • Back on your system interface, you have to reboot the server first.
bonding device
  • Then go to “Settings” to configure your Bonding device.
  • To configure the device, enter the Server IP and Server Key provided by the IVB7 team and click “Submit” button.
Internet bonding device for fastest internet
  • Now “Insert SIM cards” with data in the slots given on the device.
  • Then you have to reboot each SIM card.
Bonding SIM reboot
  • Then you can set your SIM cards status.

Note: 

  1. Master- When you set a SIM as Master, it plays the role of the main SIM card.
  2. Backup- When the Master SIM card fails, the Backup SIM becomes
    the Main card.
  3. ON- All the turned ON SIM card data combines to the Master
    SIM card.
  4. OFF- You can Turn OFF the SIM you are no longer using.
  • You can also select the Network for each SIM card. 
Bonding Network

Once you set up the above settings, the bonded Internet of your SIM card data will take into new speeds. 

And you can use your blazingly-fast bonded Internet either through LAN or Hotspot option.

Multi-Bitrate Streaming Using the Livebox Playout and Encoder

How to conduct 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.
Select channel
  • 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.

set preset in 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.

  • After clicking save, give “Service Restart” to get your changes applied.
service restart

Now access your Mixer and Playout software

mixer and playout software

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

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  • 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)
live streaming playout software
  • Your video source is added. So, now click “Play” to play your video in Playout Preview
add video files on the playout software
  • You can preview your source and also enable and adjust the audio of your video source.
playout software from Livebox
  • Now on the Livbox Encoder, go to the “Advanced Settings”.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • After setting up all these options, click on the “Start” button.
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  • 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.
streaming in different resolutions
  • Then go to Viewers Report to check the RTMP stats of your streaming channel. It shows audio and video bitrate of your channel.
mbr streaming

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.

Live Streaming Using OBS Studio

How to Live Stream on Livebox Using OBS Studio as an Encoder?

Livebox streaming server offers a smooth and uncomplicated streaming workflow. Its flexibility can be witnessed while working alongside distinct encoders. Here with which few steps are listed for crystal clear understanding of streaming workflow by using OBS studio.

  • Go to OBS studio and click the add icon from the tab “Source”.
stream obs settings
  • A pop-up menu with the listed options will show up. From the listed options select “Media source”.
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  • A dialog box “Create/Select Source” gets opened where you can name and set as per your requirements and then click “OK”.
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  • A dialog box “Properties for Media Source” gets opened. In “Properties for Media Source”, select the required options for your streaming and then click “Browse”.
streaming
  • Once you click to browse you get accessed to your local files where you can browse and select your source. Then Click “OK” and your source is added.
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  • Now go to Livebox and select Manage channels from the navigation menu and click Streaming URL button to copy the Stream URL and Stream Key.
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  • Then go back to OBS studio again and select “Settings” under the menu “Controls”.
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  • On the “Settings” tab, go to “Stream” settings from the menu.
  • In Stream settings, select the “Custom” option and then a paste the copied Stream URL and Stream Key
  • Then click “OK”.
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  • Now click the option Start streaming under the menu “Controls”.
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  • Now go to Livebox Dashboard and preview your streaming source.
  • Then from your streaming channel you can push live the streaming source to your social media destinations, websites, blogs or any streaming platforms.
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Thus, these simple steps can help you out to accomplish your first streaming process

Broadcasting on Website/Blog

How to Broadcast on Website/Blog Using the Livebox Streaming Server?

  • Under Manage Channels, you can record, transcode and also MBR (Multi-Bitrate) streaming.
  • Create your channel in Livebox.
  • Stream a source to your channel using the RTMP URL of the same channel with the help of an encoder.
  • Preview your live streaming on your Channel Dashboard.
  • Now go to Manage channels and select your live streaming channel. Then click Embed code to copy the displayed embed code. 
embed code

Note:  If your site is secured i.e. HTTPs encrypted (SSL encrypted), then you have to copy the Secure Embed Code.

secure embed code
  • If your site isn’t secure or the SSL certificate validity is over,  it will be indicated “Not secure” on the URL tab of your server.
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  • So, if your site is not secure, then you can go on with the normal Embed code.
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  • Now login to your broadcasting website/blog, and copy-paste the embed code of your channel on the web page of your site/blog.
  • If your website is of WordPress, then you have a few more settings to undergo. So, click here to know how to publish your live streaming contents on the WordPress websites.
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  • Then click “Update”.
Website

You have successfully broadcasted the streaming content/source on your blog/website.

Live Radio

How to Install the Live Radio App from the Livebox Streaming server?

Live Radio is a self-hosted, all-in-one web radio management suite. You can now start up a web-based radio station effortlessly using this Live Radio set up.

  • First, install the Live Radio app from the Livebox App Store.
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  • Go into the app, and you’ll be provided with the login portal to get started with your live radio setup.
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  • You can get the autogenerated Username and Password by clicking the “Password” on the right corner side.
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  • Once after logging in, you can also click on the “Open new tab” button to open LiveRadio in the new tab.
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  • Now on the Live Radio dashboard, you can start adding your Radio stations.
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live-radio-dashboard

Features

  • Rich Media Management: Upload songs, edit metadata, preview songs and organize music into folders from your browser.
  • Playlists: Add music to standard-rotation playlists (in sequential or shuffled playback order) or schedule a playlist to play at a scheduled time, or once per x songs/minutes/etc.
  • Live DJs: Set up individual DJ/streamer accounts and see who’s currently streaming from your station’s profile page.
  • Web DJ: Broadcast live directly from your browser, with no extra software needed, with Live Radio’s built-in Web DJ tool.
  • Public Pages: Live Radio includes embeddable public pages that you can integrate into your existing web page or use as the basis for your own customized player.
  • Listener Requests: Let your listeners request specific songs from your playlists.
  • Remote Relays: Broadcast your radio signal (including live DJs) to any remote server running Icecast or SHOUTcast.
  • WebHooks: Integrate your station with Slack, Discord, TuneIn, Twitter and more by setting up webhooks that connect to third-party services.
  • Detailed Analytics and Reports: Keep track of every aspect of your station’s listeners over time. View reports of each song’s impact on your listener count. You can also generate a report that’s compatible with SoundExchange for US web radio royalties.

For Server Administrators

  • Role-based User Management: Assign global and per-station permissions to a role, then add users to those roles to control access.
  • Custom Branding: Modify every aspect of both the internal and public-facing Live pages by supplying your own custom CSS and JavaScript.
  • Web Log Viewing: Quickly diagnose problems affecting any part of the Live Radio system through the system-wide web log viewer.
  • Automatic Radio Proxies: Many users can’t connect directly to radio station ports (i.e. 8000) by default, so Live Radio includes an automatic proxy that lets listeners connect via the http (80) and https (443) ports. These proxies are also compatible with services like CloudFlare.