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.
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  • You can also create your own preset by using the given readymade preset values.
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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”.
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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.
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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.
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  • Open the app and go by clicking the ‘Create’ button to create your first video conferencing entry.
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  • Enter a name for your conference.
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  • 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.
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authentication for video conferencing members
  • Then under ‘Settings’, select the features that you want to include in the video conferencing chatroom.
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  • You can create your own video conferencing presets with the features given under ‘Settings’ based on your requirements.
  • Also, select video conference video quality. 
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  • Then click the ‘Create’ button. And the video conference will be created.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • You are almost ready now! Go by inviting your peers by sharing the conference URL link.
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  • 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.

Multi-bitrate Streaming Using Encoder Software (New Version)

How to Start the Multi-bitrate Streaming Using the Encoder Software?

  • 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”.
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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.  

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  • 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.
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  • A dialog box opens, where you can get the details of the resolution preset you have selected.
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  • 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.
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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.

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.
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  • 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.

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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.

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.
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  • In Multi-bitrate page, select your channel and turn On multi-bitrate.
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  • 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)
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  • Your video source is added. So, now click “Play” to play your video in Playout Preview
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  • 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)
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  • 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.
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  • To view your live MBR streaming status with the definite video quality, go the Livebox Dashboard and check on the player.
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  • Then go to Viewers Report to check the RTMP stats of your streaming channel. It shows audio and video bitrate of your channel.
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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.

How to Get Started with the Livebox TV Mobile App?

  The Livebox TV is available to the user in both websites and in the mobile app. In today’s scenario, most of the world’s population uses mobile phones, so the presence of a mobile app of your channel can make you connected with your viewers 24/7. Thus by not constraining yourself only to the website, you can also switch between a mobile app for your Livebox TV. The Livebox TV mobile app is user-friendly and the following steps will help you to understand the Livebox TV better.

  • Install the Livebox mobile app.
Livebox IPTV mobile app
  • Now you are looking at the first step of your mobile app. Wait for few seconds and you will be connected to the login portal.
mobile app Livebox
  • Through this login portal, the user can register to subscribe your TV channels.

Note:  If your user registers from their mobile to subscribe to your channel, it is enough of you to activate your user’s device in your Livebox TV Manage Device option.

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  • In the Livebox TV app, the user can get their mobile “device ID” by clicking the option provided at the top corner.
  • The registered user can log in to your Livebox TV by entering their Email and password stay in touch with your service 24/7.

Note:  The device ID is very important for the activation of your Livebox TV service to the user device.

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  • This is how your mobile app interface looks like once the user gets logged in.
  • The user can access your different channels from the navigation menu.
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  • In this given image, you can see a channel “Cricket” under the “Sports” category.
  • By clicking on the thumbnail image of your channel, the user can get to see your programs.
private IPTV set up from Livebox
IPTV setup from Livebox

This is how your Livebox TV user views your distribution of programs. It doesn’t stop just with this, you can also,
– Produce broadcasting programs.
– Buy some broadcast syndication programming.
– Be part of the high-scale broadcasting network.
With Livebox TV You can set up your professional TV station that too in a low-budget expense.

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

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.

encoder-mixer-playout-software
  • 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”.
encoder-settings
  • 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.
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  • 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 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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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.

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