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.
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 Broadcast on Live Radio App using the BUTT Streaming Software?

  • Install BUTT streaming software on your PC.

(BUTT is a multi-operating system client broadcaster. The software is compatible with Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows.)

  • Now back on the Live Radio app, create your Station.
  • Create a Streamer DJ account on the Live Radio app.
  • Make sure that you have enabled your SHOUTcast/Icecast Port on the “Settings”.
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  • Select the “Station” to which you are broadcasting and set the SHOUTcast/Icecast port.
  • Then enable your port and “Save” the settings.

Note:  To get your Port details, go to your Streamer DJ account.

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  • Then go to Streamer/DJ Accounts from the navigation menu. 
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  • And here you’ll be getting your Icecast/SHOUTcast V1 client details.   
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  • Now go to the BUTT streaming software.
  • Click the “Settings” button.
  • A dialog box opens, where under the “Main” menu, you’ll get the “Server Settings”.
  • To add your Server, click the “ADD” button.
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  • A dialog box “Add Server” opens, where you can fill your server details.
  • To get your server details, go to Streamer/DJ Accounts from the Live Radio’s navigation menu.
BUTT broadcasting server
  • On the Streamer/DJ Accounts, you can get your server details under “Connection Information”.
  • So back on your BUTT settings, enter your name, select your type, and then give your server address and port.

(The below illustration is applicable only when you are using SHOUTcast client details)

BUTT broadcasting server settings

(The below illustration is applicable only when you are using Icecast client details)

BUTT broadcasting server stream setting
  • Now to get your password i.e, if you are the admin of this app, then you can go back to your station profile.
  • On your profile under Broadcasting Service, you can get your source password.
  • Back again on the BUTT settings, enter the password.
  • After entering your details, click the “ADD” button.
live streaming using BUTT broadcasting server
  • Your server settings will be added.
  • Finally, you click the “Save” button.

Once the information has been saved, a Connection established message will appear along with a configuration summary. You can now go on with your radio broadcasting by clicking on “Play”. 

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radio broadcast BUTT broadcasting server

Once you are connected, a timer will be displayed. That’s it, you’re now broadcasting!

How to Create a Stream Group ID?

To create a stream group ID,

  • Go to MultiCDN under Settings from the navigation menu.
Multi CDN
  • In Multi CDN settings, click on the plus icon to add your Streaming CDN groups.

Note:  You can create a streaming CDN group with the streaming URLs of your Livebox server channel or any other RTMP server.

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  • Once after clicking the plus icon, a dialog box to add CDN opens, you can enter a streaming CDN Group ID/Name.
  • Also, give a “User Name”.
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  • Now to fill in the CDN Server List, go to the server or the streaming channel from where you can get the streaming URLs to create a Stream ID.
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  • On the server channel dashboard, click on the streaming URL to copy the required URLs. (This step is applicable only in the case if you are creating the Stream group ID with the Livebox server streaming channel)
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Livebox streaming URLs
  • Copy-paste URLs according to the requirement based upon the URLs and secure URLs.  (Streaming URL, RTMP URL, HLS Play URL, Secure HLS URL, Dash Play URL, Secure Dash Play URL)
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  • After filling the streaming CDN server list, enter a current CDN Streaming Server Name.
  • Then give the Receiver Device Name and ID just for identification between the multi CDN providers. 
content delivery network
  • After filling the streaming CDN server list, enter a current CDN Streaming Server Name.
  • Then give the Receiver Device Name and ID just for identification between the multi CDN providers.
  • Then click on the Submit to create your stream group ID.
multi cdn option on Livebox

How to conduct Transcoding Using the Livebox Playout and Encoder Software?

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.
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  • Transcoding page opens up and you can select your “Input” channel by clicking the drop-down menu given in the “Select Channel” option.
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  • 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.
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  • 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”.
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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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  • 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”.
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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 will be added.
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  • 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.
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streaming URLs
  • 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!

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.

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.
  • Near you conference name, click the iFrame icon.
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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.
conference embed code
  • 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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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.

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.

Livebox IPTV
  • 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.

IPTV Livebox
  • 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.