10 Top Problems Solved For Live Streaming With Windows
1. Turn off Windows Firewall, keep other anti-virus programs working. Windows firewall can sometimes interfere with uploading video to some servers. It can be found in your computer’s control panel.
2. Before initiating a stream check your available bandwidth using http://speakeasy.net/speedtest this will determine what settings you should set your streaming software to, unless you are using the basic service provided by most streaming servers. Always set your bit rate below what speedtest is telling you.
3. The best method for connecting is by network cable. It is more constant and reliable than wi-fi. If you are using a mobile hotspot with only you as a user, that should be fine as well, provided you are getting about 1MB upload speed or better.
4. Some network connection may show high upload speeds but not delivering it when you start streaming. This is an issue with unlocking an IP Address or bandwidth cap from the network administrator. Find out well in advance who that person is and contact them regarding what and where you want to stream. Perform a test. If requested to supply your computer’s physical address, that can be found by activating Windows CMD (search) and typing ipconfig/all -The address will be found under Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection.
5. Some laptops tend to overheat, unexpectedly shutting down (HP ProBook series i.e.) A laptop cooling fan may help or switching to a more robust laptop.
6. If the job is important, consider bringing two laptops or back up computer. There’s not much you can do to save a stream if the only computer you are using goes down. Consider using a tablet or smart-phone if another laptop backup isn’t possible. Record the event in any case in your camera.
7. If your gear allowance permits, consider purchasing two of everything. Extra long Cat-6 network cables, up to 250′ can be purchased at reasonable rates through sellers such as Amazon. Mobile hotspots like Verizon’s Jetpack work great when used in a 4G service area and can deliver as much as 5MB upload speeds. The device can be purchased separately and used month to month or with a long term service plan. HD webcams work great as camera backups and can be purchased for as little at $50.00
8. Batteries, batteries, batteries, or AC adapters. Enough said.
9. Familiarize yourself with the various options on your computer for audio capture. Most streaming uploader programs give you the option to select more than 3 ways to grab audio. Check them all out and favor the one that sounds the best.
10. Calm, Creative thinking can assist you very well when things go wrong. Plan on setting up at least an hour before your event. Sometimes two hours before is needed to adequately test and de-bug the system.
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