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.
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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.

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  • 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.
live stream on facebook using Livebox
  • 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.

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  • 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.

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.  
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  • In Player Settings, turn On the Video360 setting.
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  • 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

Video Conference Live on Websites/Blogs?

How to Embed Video Conferences on Websites/Blogs?

Now you have the option to embed the video conferencing app on your websites/blogs so that your viewers can join you on the video conferencing call with you.

To embed the video conferencing app on your website/blogs,

  • Create your conference by installing the video conferencing app from the Livebox App Store.
  • Click the ‘Copy Embed Code’ button.
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  • A dialog box opens, where you’ll be provided Conference URL and Embed Code.
  • Copy the Embed code and use it on your website to embed the app on your website/blogs.
video conferencing embed codes
  • On publishing the embed code, this is how the app gets embedded on your website player. And your viewers can login or sign up to join you on video conferencing right from you website.
embed video conference on blogs and website

If your website is of WordPress, then you can embed the app by following the below steps.

  • Login to your WordPress website.
  • Go to “New Post” page.
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  • In the new post page, click the “Add block” menu.
wordpress websites
  • A dialog box with options to add block gets listed.
  • Under the formatting menu, select the “Custom HTML” option.
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  • In custom HTML block, you can enter the copied embed code of your video conferencing app.
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live on WordPress websites
  • After entering the embed code, you can also preview the source.
  • Then click the “Publish” button on the top right corner to embed the app on your website.
publish post on WordPress website

You can now go to the main page to view the embedded app on your website.

Create Livebox TV Channel

 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.

Create IPTV Mobile App using the APK Builder

How to Create an IPTV Mobile App for the Livebox TV Station Set-up?

With the APK Builder provided by Livebox, you can create mobile apps for your IPTV set-up and even for the viewers to view all the live streams you can create a single page app to stay updated with your live streams right from their mobile devices.

To create a mobile app for your IPTV set up,

  • Install and open the APK builder app.
  • If you want to create an app for your IPTV broadcasts, then click “Create an App” under Livebox TV.
mobile-app-for-IPTV
  • In the App Creation Form, give app name, display name, app description.

Note:  In App Name, there shouldn’t be any space or special characters given.

  • In the Server URL, the app creation form will automatically read your server URL and display it on the bar.
  • Then browse and set your app icon and logo.
  • Then finally click on the “Generate App”.
mobile-app-creator-in-Livebox
  • Your app creation process begins and when it says at the end like “Click the below button to download APK”, click on the “Download APK”.
easily-create-your-mobile-app
  • The app gets downloaded to your PC downloads in the zip file format.
  • Unzip the file, where you can use the Testing.apk to test the app on your device and Release.apk to upload your app on the play store.
Apk Builder

Creating a mobile app with Livebox is easy and only a few step process where you can develop a mobile by yourself.

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”.
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  • 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”.
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  • 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.

Transcoding using OBS Studio

How to Conduct Transcoding Using OBS Studio as an Encoder?

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

To Transcode using OBS,

  • 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.
  • 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 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”.
add media source
  • A dialog box”Create/Select Source” gets opened where you can name and set as per your requirements and then click “OK”.
obs_streaming
  • After clicking “OK”, 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 will be added.
obs_streaming
obs_main_screen
  • Now go to Livebox and select Manage channels from the navigation menu and click Streaming URL to copy the Streaming URL and Stream Key of your “Input” channel.
streaming URL
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  • Then go to OBS studio and select “Settings” under the menu “Controls”.
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  • A whole “Setting” tab will be opened and click “Stream”.
  • In OBS stream settings, select the “Custom” option and then enter the Stream URL and Stream Key of your streaming channel.
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  • Now click the option Start streaming under the menu “Controls”. And the live streaming will be started immediately on your both output and input channels. 
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  • So, go to the Livebox Dashboard where you can check the transcoding quality of your output channel near the bottom right corner.
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  • To check RTMP stats of your streaming channel go to the Viewers Report. 
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  • In RTMP stats it shows audio and video bitrate of both output and input channels.
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  • 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 your Transcoding streaming by using OBS Studio!
Happy to help!

How to Create an IPTV Mobile App for the Livebox TV Station Set-up?

With the APK Builder provided by Livebox, you can create mobile apps for your IPTV set-up and even for the viewers to view all the live streams you can create a single page app to stay updated with your live streams right from their mobile devices.

To create a mobile app for your IPTV set up,

  • Install and open the APK builder app.
  • If you want to create an app for your IPTV broadcasts, then click “Create an App” under Livebox TV.
mobile-app-for-IPTV
  • In the App Creation Form, give app name, display name, app description.

Note:  In App Name, there shouldn’t be any space or special characters given.

  • In the Server URL, the app creation form will automatically read your server URL and display it on the bar.
  • Then browse and set your app icon and logo.
  • Then finally click on the “Generate App”.
mobile-app-creator-in-Livebox
  • Your app creation process begins and when it says at the end like “Click the below button to download APK”, click on the “Download APK”.
easily-create-your-mobile-app
  • The app gets downloaded to your PC downloads in the zip file format.
  • Unzip the file, where you can use the Testing.apk to test the app on your device and Release.apk to upload your app on the play store.
Apk Builder

Creating a mobile app with Livebox is easy and only a few step process where you can develop a mobile by yourself.

360-degree Video Live Streaming

How to Live Stream a 360-degree Source using Livebox?

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.  
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  • 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

Happy 360-degree Live Streaming!

Instacast Encoder Device Activation

How to activate the Livebox Instacast Encoder Device?

To activate your Livebox Instacast encoder device,

  • Email your Device ID and Hardware Key to the IVB7 support team.
Instacast-License-Key
  • The IVB7 support team, in turn, will send you the License Key.
  • Now access the device interface on your browser.

Note:  To access the Instacast Encoder device on your browser, you can use your Device IP along with the port URL (:3978) provided by the IVB7 team. E.g., 127.0.0.1:3978

  • Enter the provided License Key on the License Key bar and click Save.
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And your device will be activated. So, you can start live streaming using the Instacast Encoder device.