Flash Media Encoder
- Log-in to your Justin.tv account that you wish to broadcast on.
- Download and install Flash Media Live Encoder (FMLE): Click here to download.
- Download your XML Profile (Config File) for FMLE from here (scroll to the bottom under "Flash Media Encoder"). Remember where you saved it, also it is helpful to rename the file to the account name you're downloading the XML file for
- Open FMLE then open your XML file from the saved location. (To open your XML file, click "File" -> "Open Profile".)
To start streaming your video and/or audio source, follow these steps:
- Select the 'Video ' option to enable video streaming (see screenshot below).
- Select the 'Audio ' option if you want to stream live audio.
- It's recommended you select 'Medium Bandwidth (300 Kbps) for 'Preset'.
- Select the video source you would like to stream under the 'Device ' parameter.
- Enabling "Deinterlace" will help improve your picture quality if you experience small horizontal lines (known as 'combing') during movement. Enabling this will yield no quality improvement from progressive inputs such as webcams.
- Click on the big green 'Start ' button near the bottom of the page to start streaming your video and/or audio source to your account.
- IMPORTANT: Beware that the text box labeled "Stream" contains a key that is like a password for streaming to your channel. Be careful when you are broadcasting your desktop not to show that area!
Determining Your Bitrate
Finding the right bitrate may seem difficult at first, but it is essential to provide your viewers with the maximum quality with minimum stress to your Internet connection. To find the maximum bitrate that your Internet connection can handle, run a speedtest to determine your upload speed. A rough conversion is to take the Mbps number and multiply it by 1,000.
- Example: 1 mbps = 1,000 kbps. 0.73 mbps = 730 kbps.
- Note: An exact conversion can be found using a unit converter.
It is recommended that you aim for a target bitrate of 100-200 kbps below your upload speed. If your upload speed is .73 mbps, set your target bitrate between 530-630 kbps.