Post-pandemic survival kit inside Livebox

Post pandemic survival kit inside Livebox

Prioritize your goals

Business without goals is like a car without steering. Goals need to be met and this is the perfect moment to push yourself to strive towards your goals. Categorize your short as well as long-term goals. Calculate the feasibility of achieving your short-term goals and never lose sight of your long-term goal. Discuss your priorities with your team and allocate their resources. Sometimes breaking up the work will save a lot of time!

Stay safe and expand your limits

The world is not going to change again to the former normalcy. We are requested to adapt to the new standards that are put forth. We suggest you take precautionary steps in combatting the invisible enemy. When your business needs to be operated physically, you have the responsibility to provide the required space to your workers. Social distancing will help a lot. Furthermore, it is advised to operate on a shift basis, which will keep the danger at bay. 

We do not want your business to go flat. This is the right time to invest in Resource Management software which helps you to operate remotely. Technology Handling modules will make things much easier for you. 

Be Connected! 

Staying connected will not only enhance your business operations but also stabilize the output. Video Conferencing has become the perfect tool for Video Collaboration besides Video calling. From 2010-2020, there has been a 400% increase in the number of employees who work from home at least once a week. Video conferencing statistics and studies on remote work till 2019 show that the global remote workforce has increased by 140% since 2005(Source: Forbes) 

Livebox Video Conferencing Solution has a proven track record of empowering 100+ businesses and institutions to engage in purpose-oriented development. Get APIs and SDKs from us and get the best out of your efforts. If you are planning to invest in a Streaming platform, the Livebox server provides you with innumerable options in which you can run your own TV station!

Life has endless opportunities! Choose yours!

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What does Livebox offer for you in 2021? – Revealed

Livebox gets upgraded! 

Unveil the latest features that are incorporated in your Livebox toolkit, for the year 2021. And explore a million ways through which you can expand and enlarge your business collaborations. 

Here is a glimpse of the latest updates from the labs of Livebox.

  • Livebox now supports SRT (Secure Reliable Transport) protocols. Stream your videos safely through SRT. Experience fast file transmission which is also secure and reliable. 
  • DVR option which enables you to rewind live videos is made more simple and convenient with Livebox. 
  • Another amazing shout-out has to be for the new Ultra-Low Latency Streaming feature. Ultra low latency streaming makes sure that your content is delivered very fast as it is being captured on the camera. 
  • Sharing files has never been so easy! You can share any number of files using Livebox! 
  • White-label your Reseller Panel with your logo and name and engage in as many business collaborations more conveniently than ever! 
  • Expand your business by sharing your Livebox with your clients. You can allot shares for each user. You can also divide and allocate storage for every client/user
  • One box will be totally enough for you to combine the benefits of streaming as well as video conferencing, i.e., Livebox. Joining the video conferencing without an Internet connection is an added advantage.
  • The combination of Pay-per-view and secure streaming with Granular security controls will enable you to charge your viewers as they click into your video.
  • Restrict viewers geographically and prevent your content from being downloaded from anywhere. 
  • Automatic Server scaling, Automatic Channel scheduling, adding CG and advanced overlays on your content are some of the advanced features.
  • The in-built app store in Livebox enables you to include multiple business apps including a full-fledged Video Conferencing suite and Learning Management System.

Moreover, Livebox can be deployed on-premise or as a cloud solution. 

One box for all your streaming needs! 

Stay tuned for more updates!

How to Live Stream using the Livebox Instacast Encoder Device?

The Livebox Instacast is a portable hardware encoder device that can live stream even with the low-internet connectivity. It is just enough to have this encoder device fixed to the camera to start the live streaming from anywhere. Even in the absence of a camera, live streaming can still be carried out with the help of a USB device.

So, to live streaming using this Livebox Instacast encoder device,

Note:  To access the Encoder settings page from your browser, you can use the IP visible on your Encoderdevice along with the port URL (:3978) provided by the IVB7 team. E.g., 127.0.0.1:3978

  • Turn on your Livebox Instacast device.
  • Make sure that you have connected your camera/USB device to the Livebox Instacast encoder.
  • For the network connectivity, you can use it through the LAN or Wi-Fi connection.
  • Now login to the Encoder settings page from your browser.
instacast encoder portable hardware device
Instacast device from Livebox
  • In the Encoder settings, select a Preset by clicking the drop-down menu.
preset-encoder
preset-options
  • You can also create your own preset by using the given readymade preset values.
preset-settings
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  • After selecting the preset, you can enter the RTMP URL of your Livebox server channel, social media accounts or any RTMP servers and click the “Start” button.
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  • It shows the Live streaming status on the bottom of the “Encoder settings page” as well as on the “Encoder device”.
live-on-SD-Encoder

Now to control your live streaming from your device touchscreen,

  • Go to Social Media menu from your device touchscreen.
portable hardware encoder device
  • And here you can control the live streaming activity on your destination.
socialmedia-destination

Well, the live streaming through this Livebox Instacast Encoder device is successful on your server channel. Now, from your server channel, you can launch your live streams on your preferred destinations.

How to Create Multiple Video Conferencing Chatroom?

New apps are always getting added into Livebox and one of the newest is the all-new corporate video conferencing system. You can now conduct training, conferences, webinars, and business meetings within the Livebox. The following steps will provide you clear-cut representations to conduct a video conference within the Livebox live streaming server.

  • Login to your Livebox Server.
  • Go to Apps from the Navigation menu.
  • Install the Video Conferencing app.
video conferencing app from Livebox
  • Open the app and go by clicking the ‘Create’ button to create your first video conferencing entry.
create video conference
  • Enter a name for your conference.
Live video conference
  • There is a ‘Waiting Room link’ option, which is optional, where you can enter YouTube URL or embed code to keep the video conferencing members engaged before the admin (Moderator) starts the conference.
waiting rooms in conference
authentication for video conferencing members
  • Then under ‘Settings’, select the features that you want to include in the video conferencing chatroom.
video conference settings
  • You can create your own video conferencing presets with the features given under ‘Settings’ based on your requirements.
  • Also, select video conference video quality. 
preset and video quality for the video conferencing app
  • Then click the ‘Create’ button. And the video conference will be created.
create conference
  • Now by turning On the button under ‘Mode’, you can activate the video conference you have created.
  • You also have the option to schedule the Start and End timings of your video conference.
Enable conference
  • To enter your video conferencing portal, click the ‘Open a New Tab’ button.
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  • On your video conference page, you can click ‘Allow’ to access your microphone and camera.
video conference
  • Within a few seconds, you can get started with your first video call using the Livebox Video Conferencing app.
  • Give your name for the video calling.
get started with the best video conferencing app
  • You are almost ready now! Go by inviting your peers by sharing the conference URL link.
the best video conferencing solution
  • There is also another way to get your video conferencing link. You can go back to your video conferencing app dashboard on Livebox and click on the highlighted icon to copy the link and send it to your fellow peers.
video conferencing URL

And here’s the other facets of this video conferencing app,

  • Administrators can get the complete history of the video conference all logs.
  • Sub-users can get access to this video conferencing app through the client portal sign-up.
  • Integration of the video conferencing app with any mobile app or web app is possible with the provided REST APIs or SDKs.

Transcoding Using the Inbuilt Playout and Encoder Software

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

  • Keep your streaming channels ready i.e., output channel and input channel.
  • Now under Manage Channels, go to Transcoding
transcoding
  • Transcoding page opens up and you can select your “Input” channel by clicking the drop-down menu given in the “Select Channel” option.
Select channel
  • In Output Channels, select the channel where the video has to be transcoded. Then give turn on near transcoding.
transcoding on Livebox
  • Once you give the turn on, new options for transcoding shows up, where you can set the “Preset”. And then click “Save”.

Note:  Livebox will generate both Transcode Output URL and Transcode Embed Code.

transcoding 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.
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 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”.
streaming URL
streaming URLs
  • Then 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”.
encoder software
  • Now go to the Livebox Dashboard where you can check the transcoding quality of your output channel near the bottom right corner.
streaming at multiple bitrates
  • 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.
transcoding at multiple bitrates
  • 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 at multiple bitrates

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

360-degree Video Live Streaming

The Livebox streaming server supports the live streaming of the 360-degree camera and its source. So, to live stream a 360-degree source in Livebox you can’t do in the regular streaming way, as you have to enable a few settings in the player settings.

To Live stream a 360-degree source,

  • Login Livebox.
  • From the Livebox dashboard, go to Channel Settings.
channel settings
  • In Channel Settings, go to the Player Settings.  
player-setting
  • In Player Settings, turn On the Video360 setting.
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video360
  • Then click the “Save” button beneath the player on the right side.
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  • Now make sure that you have connected your 360-degree camera to the encoder.
  • Then stream the video source captured to the channel you have enabled the Video360 setting using the RTMP URL of the same channel.
  • To preview your source go the Dashboard and click on the player and navigate to the other sides captured by your 360-degree camera.
360-degree

Playout & Mixer Software 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.
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.
edited pin
  • After editing your pin, click the tick icon to save your changes.
save pin
  • The red dot on the pin name suggests that the pin is not in action.
software pin generate
  • 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.

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.
Multi-bitrate-settings
  • 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.

MBR-changes-applied

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)
Select-a-Preset
  • 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.

Live Radio Broadcasting

How to Setup a Radio Station on Livebox Live Radio?

On the Livebox Live Radio app, you can host your own radio station and go on air just like any other professional radio broadcaster.

So to create your radio station,

  • Install Live Radio app from the Livebox app store.
  • On the Live Radio dashboard, scroll down to the “Station Overview”.
  • Click the “Add Station” button.
live radio
  • Fill the station profile details.
live radio station
  • Then click on the “Save Changes” button.
set up live radio station
  • Your radio station will be created and you can click the “Manage” button to proceed with your first broadcasting experience.
Radio station set up
  • Walkthrough your radio station profile.
live radio app
live radio app set up
  • You can also enable the Song Requests and Streamers/DJs option.
live streamer DJ

Now to add music files,

  • Go to Music Files from the navigation menu.
live radio app from Livebox
  • Click the Select File button and you’ll be provided the access to select your music files.
  • Select and add your music files.
Livebox live radio app

And your music files will be added. Now you have to create a Playlist out of the music files you have added.

  • So, select the songs that you want to add in your playlist.
Live radio playlist
  • Then under the Set Playlists menu, give a name for your playlist and click “Save”.
add playlist on your radio station
  • And the playlist will be created and you’re all set to begin your first live radio broadcast.
Live radio playlist

Now to grab the attention of listeners to your radio station,

  • You can provide Public Page link on your websites or even send it through Email.
Live radio broadcasting
  • This is how your listeners get in touch with your station broadcasts using the provided public page link.
Live radio app
  • In the case, if you want to publish your radio broadcasts on your website/blogs, you can use the Player Embed Code to embed your radio streams on all your web-based platforms.
embed live radio on websites and blogs
  • When publishing on any of your WordPress websites, you can just go to the “Add New Post” page, select the “Custom HTML” block under the “Formatting” option and paste the copied Player Embed Code.
embed live radio broadcasting on websites and blogs
  • Finally, publish your radio broadcast on your site so that your viewers can now enjoy your radio facet right away from your official blogs/website.
live radio broadcasting

Have a successful Radio Streaming journey with Livebox!

Create Livebox TV Channel

How to create a channel in the Livebox TV?

 Before you create a channel on your Livebox TV, you have to create the categories to keep your channels organized. To create your categories,

  • Login to your Livebox TV.
  • Go to “Categories” from the navigation menu.
adding categories on Livebox TV
  • A page with the category specifications opens, under which go to “Add Category” to create your category.
  • In “Add Category”, give your category name and set a thumbnail.
  • Then give “Submit”. And your category is added.

Note:  In the Parent Category option you can set your category as the Root menu or Sub-category within your main category.

add a category

Now to create your channel,

  • Go to “Channels” from the navigation menu.
add channels on Livebox TV
  • In “Channel”, go to “Add Channel” and give your channel name.
  • If you want to distribute your Livebox streams or recordings to your subscribers, then select Livebox as your video type.
  • Then select the Livebox channel from which you want to distribute the content.
  • Once you select your channel, the embed code of your Livebox channel will auto-appear in the Embed code bar.
  • Then give your Livebox TV channel description.
  • Browse and set the thumbnail.
  • And finally, give “Submit” to distribute to your subscribers.
Livebox TV set up

Note:  You can also distribute videos from YouTube, Vimeo, and your other recordings.

To add Youtube videos to your TV channel,

  • Go to the YouTube video that you want to distribute across your TV channel.
  • Right click on the video and click the copy embed code option from the pop-up menu.
Livebox TV set for online broadcasts
  • Now go to “Channels” from the navigation menu.
  • In “Channel”, go to “Add Channel” and give your channel name and category.
  • Select your Video Type as YouTube and paste the embed code.
  • Give your channel description.
  • Set your thumbnail and click “Submit”.
  • The YouTube source is added for distribution across your channel.
private IPTV set up

To add captured source or recordings to your channel,

  • Go to “Channels” from the navigation menu.
  • In “Channel”, go to “Add Channel” and give your channel name and category.
  • After entering your channel name and category name, select “Video Type” as “Others”.
  • In “Embed Code” bar, enter the URL of your source in m3u8 or MP4 format.
  • Then click “Submit”.
IPTV Station

You have successfully created your channel on your Livebox TV as well as distributed your content across your channel.