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Introduction
In May 2013 we have released an update to our encoding (broadcasting) software, the Camstreams Encoder. This supersedes any previous version. In order to use the Camstreams Encoder, you must already be a broadcaster. Please sign up to be a broadcaster here.

Download the Camstreams Media Encoder 3.5 here.

Installation
You can install the new version 'over the top' of any existing version by simply running the 'CamstreamsMediaEncoderSetup.exe' inside the zip file. It may be best however, if you can, to uninstall the previous version from your Control Panel ('Add/Remove Programs' or 'Programs and Features'). Please make sure you have quit any existing versions. You may have to reboot once installation is complete. Please note the software will only install and run on Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 (Desktop Mode).


Version 3.5 is an incremental update to version 3.0 but it is highly recommended all broadcasters upgrade their versions immediately to ensure continued compatibility with all computers and devices.

New Features from v3.0 to v3.5
  • Streams are now double the quality in the default compression mode (128kbps)
  • Fixes issues with streams playing in our forthcoming Silverlight Player and Mobile Apps
  • Fixes audio 'choppyness' issues
  • Allows users to set up a stream if no audio device present
  • Fixes issues with higher resolution IP Cam streams - they now stream properly at the native size
  • Improved list of MJPEG/JPEG Push IP Cam settings
  • More comprehensive compression presets
  • General bug fixes and stability improvements

New Features from v2 to v3
Click one of the headings below for more information:

If you wish to see some of the features we introduced to the previous version (2), please see this page.


Camstreams login and update from encoder
This long awaited feature gives people the ability to login from within the encoder. From version 3, access to the encoder itself will only work once you have successfully authenticated. There are several benefits for building in this functionality. Firstly, by default we now update your IP address details at our end automatically once you successfully log in. This means we will always know the public IP address your encoder is running from and therefore where to find your stream!

This feature basically replaces the need for you to administrate the 'Path to Encoder' within the User Area. Once you have logged in once, By default, the software remembers your login details and updates the 'Path to Encoder' at our end every time you start the Encoder or change your port number.

This feature also means your account will never deactivate as long as you start the encoder at least once every 30 days. If the account does deactivate, you can run the encoder or log into the user area and your account will reactivate.

The other benefit is that by adding this feature, we can protect the software from being used by non Camstreams users

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Bug fixes to uPnP automatic configuration
After extensive testing, we realised there was a problem in the way the Setup Wizard in the previous version attempted to automatically configure routers. This has been fixed and now the firewall configuration should work properly as long as your router has uPnP switched on and any local firewalls allow the uPnP configuration to take place. This should allow new broadcasters to get live much easier without too many connection problems in most typical broadband setups.

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Complete rewrite of IP cam feature
The previous version of the encoder introduced IP cam support, but unfortunately in some instances, caused a problem with certain websites. The component we used to bring the feature seemed to conflict with Flash and as a result, some websites would crash. We have now completely rewritten the component and made it compatible with even more IP cam makes and models. Installing this version will also remove the defective old component if you have been running version 2. Still only supporting JPG and MJPEG but in a much more stable and easy to use fashion, with templates available to make setting up your IP cam stream a lot easier.

As with the previous version, if you can get your camera (or a different application accessible with a web address) to spit out just a JPG (or MJPG) by typing an URL into a browser - and the picture is all you see on the screen, you should be able to configure the Encoder to use it.

You can access this option in the Options > Devices dialog.

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Updates to audio encoding processes
Quite early after releasing the previous version, we were aware that there are problems with the audio encoding in some situations. We have been able to replicate these issues and as a result, audio should sound a lot better. We have also improved the bit rate of the default profile so the quality of the audio should be better over all.

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