- A Streamingfilz Account.
- Computer or hardware encoder.
- Internet Connection.
*Additional equipment may be needed based on your streaming requirements.
- Windows (Windows 7, 8 & 10)
- Mac OS (10.5 – 10.11)
First, you will need either a computer or hardware encoder from which to broadcast. StreamingFilz’s video streaming platform is compatible with most computer operating systems, which include Windows (Windows7, 8 &10), and Mac based computers. See requirements below.
Windows 7, 8 &10
- 2.0 MHz Intel® Pentium D Dual-Core (or compatible) or faster processor.
- For H.264 and AAC support: 1.67GHz Intel Core™2 Duo processor required (3GHz Intel Core 2 Duo recommended).
- For multiple output streams: 3GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor and 2GB of RAM required (quad- or 8-core machine with 3GB of RAM recommended).
- Microsoft® Windows® XP with Service Pack 2 or 3; Windows Vista® Business, Ultimate, or Enterprise; Windows Server® 2003 (32-bit) Web Edition; or
- 256MB of RAM (1GB recommended).
- 40MB of available hard-disk space (excludes archived FLV and F4V files).
- 1024×768 screen resolution with 32-bit video card.
- Microsoft DirectShow compatible video capture device.
- Microsoft DirectX End-User Runtime version 9.0c.
- For H.264 and AAC support: Adobe® Flash® Media Live Encoder software 2.5 required.
- 2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo or faster processor.
- Mac OS X v10.5.6.
- 1GB of RAM.
- 50MB of available hard-disk space (excludes archived FLV and F4V files).
- 1024×768 screen resolution.
- QuickTime compatible audio/video capture devices.
- QuickTime 7 software or later.
When broadcasting video/audio, you will need an internet connection. For live streaming, your connection speed should be at least twice what you intend to stream at. For example, a 450kbps stream would need at least a 900kbps connection. If you are doing a multi-bit rate stream, add up the totals (example, 450kbps + 800kbps would need around a 2.5mbps connection). The higher the connection speed, the better.
When live streaming, you will need either a webcam or a digital camera with, iLink, USB or Firewire connection to your computer or hardware encoder. For a quick and easy approach, most modern laptops come equipped with a webcam already. There are hundreds of camera solutions out there to use with StreamingFilz, but if you are new to streaming and need some basic suggestions, please drop us an email.
Capture Card or Ability to Accept Video/Audio Feeds
Many newer computers, such as laptops, are already setup to process and accept video feeds. If your laptop has a webcam built in, for example, it’s already setup to accept video content. However, many older computers may need a video capture card. If you need help in finding the right solution, please contact us.
As the final step for live streaming, you will need a RTMP (Real Time Messaging Protocol) ready live encoder. The most basic encoder for this, which is a free download, is Adobe Flash Media Live Encoder, or (OBS) Open Broadcaster for Apple, Windows, and Linux. There are several other free encoders out there use Google to search.
Many encoders can broadcast using H.264 codec over StreamingFilz. MP3, M4A and AAC can all be used for the audio format when streaming as well.
Streaming video on demand content is much easier than live, requiring just a StreamingFilz account and media files. Below is a checklist to get started:
- A Streamingfilz Account
- Compatible audio or video file
- Optional transcoding
- iOS streaming