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Live Stream Broadcast Requirements

Broadcast Software

The software used to capture your broadcast must support the ability to post an RTMP (Real Time Messaging Protocol) stream to a URL on the Internet. The RTMP stream will be supplied to an ingestion endpoint on the Vidyard infrastructure.

The following software products are known to support this and can be used for testing:

  • Open Broadcaster Software
  • XSplit
  • Wirecast

For live streaming broadcasts, Vidyard suggests using a professional grade solution such as Wirecast.

Internet Connection

The broadcast machine should have a dedicated, hard-wired connection directly to the external Internet. Ideally, there should not be a firewall between the broadcasting machine and the Internet. Latency to the Vidyard RTMP ingestion endpoint should be kept to a minimum. Wi-Fi connections are not recommended. 

The following table is a guideline for the minimum upstream bandwidth requirements. Please note these are guidelines and must be adjusted to incorporate any additional overhead for your network (typically +20% Mbps).

ResolutionUpload SpeedRecommended Bitrate
360p0.8 – 2 Mbps750 kbit/s
720p5 – 8 Mbps2500 kbit/s
1080p5 – 12 Mbps4500 kbit/s

Note: The recommended bitrates are for videos uploading at 30fps. Changes to your bitrate can be made to accommodate for lower upload speeds.

If you are unsure of your machine’s upload speed, use to test you current speed.

Vidyard Account

Your Account Manager must enable the Live Streaming feature in your Vidyard account.

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