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Introduction
Firstly you must have signed up to Camstreams as a broadcaster and activated your account before you do any of this. Please only sign up if you genuinely intend to broadcast through the service. Become a broadcaster here.

The piece of software you download which does all the hard work of compressing your video and audio into an excellently efficient stream is the Encoder.


Encoder Variants
Camstreams has its own Encoder, which is (rather unoriginally) called the Camstreams Media Encoder! This is a scaled-down version of Microsoft's own Encoder which includes all the features you need to get broadcasting without confusing you with options and a cluttered user interface. You can choose to run Camstreams's own, or Microsoft's version - both work with Camstreams. The Camstreams version of the Encoder is only available to people running Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 (in Desktop Mode). See below for other versions of the Microsoft product if you do run an older version of Windows.
Each version of Microsoft's Encoder has a pre-built settings file on this page, aswell as step-by-step instructions in case the settings file doesn't work for you.

Please note, you cannot broadcast on Camstreams using anything other than a Windows based computer. Apple Macs and Unix based systems are not compatible.




Windows XP/Vista/7/8 Users
Download the Camstreams Media Encoder
(See the latest features in version 3/3.5)

Download Camstreams Encoder 3.5
Choose 'Open' if prompted. Once it has downloaded, Run the file 'CamstreamsMediaEncoderSetup.exe' to install the Encoder to your computer. (Choose 'Run' if prompted). You may be asked to reboot your computer once setup has completed. Do so, and come back to this page!

Once installed, double-click the 'Camstreams Media Encoder' icon on your Desktop. Once the Encoder has started, you will be presented with a login prompt. Use your Camstreams username and password to log in. It will then proceed to the Setup Wizard - go through that and you should get to the point of the picture opposite. You can now click 'Live' or 'Archived' to start a broadcast. Once your broadcast has started and you can see your cam picture in the preview box, go to your broadcast page (http://yourusername.camstreams.com) and see if your stream works. If not, follow the link in the Encoder for help.

We think most users will find the Camstreams Media Encoder has everything you need to get broadcasting with our service.


OR, for advanced users:


If you feel confident with issues such as how to use bitrates properly for use on Camstreams, multiple source selection, custom profiles etc etc and have probably used it before, you can use the Microsoft Encoder, version 9.

1. Download Windows Media Encoder 9.
Choose 'Run'. Once is has downloaded, install it to your computer. You may be asked to reboot your computer. Do so, and come back to this page!

2. Download settings file 'broadcast.wme'
Right-click the link and choose 'Save Target As...'. Place the file on your Desktop and double-click it to launch your Encoder. When the Encoder runs, if the settings are ok, click 'Start Encoding' to start your broadcast. If you receive errors, run the Encoder from the Start menu and follow the step-by-step instructions below for version 9.



Windows 2000/98/ME Users
If you have had problems with version 9, or you are running Windows 98 or ME, download the version 7.1 Encoder. It is slightly less feature filled but perfectly adequate and uses less CPU time than the more recent version.

1. Download Windows Media Encoder 7.1.
Choose 'Run'. Once is has downloaded, install it to your computer. You may be asked to reboot your computer.

2. Download settings file 'broadcast_v7.wme'
Right-click the link and choose 'Save Target As...'. Place the file on your Desktop and double-click it to launch your Encoder. When the Encoder runs, click the 'Start' button (bottom-right of the Encoder) to start your broadcast. If you receive errors, run the Encoder from the Start menu and follow the step-by-step instructions below for version 7.1.



Windows 95/NT4 Users
Although compatible with 98/ME/2000/XP, this is the first generation of Windows Media Encoders from Microsoft, dating back to 1999. It can be buggy, but it is incredibly light-weight and uses far less CPU time than the other two. You can also run this alongside one of the other two versions on the same computer if you have the appropriate hardware. There may be an error if you use the settings file, as device names are stored in this file - you are unlikely to have the same device as our development computer. Try it anyway and let us know!

1. Download Windows Media Encoder 4.1.
Choose 'Run'. Once is has downloaded, install it to your computer. You may be asked to reboot your computer.

2. Download settings file 'broadcast.asd'
Right-click the link and choose 'Save Target As...'. Place the file on your Desktop and double-click it to launch your Encoder. If the Encoder runs, click the '>' button (looks like a 'play' button) to start your broadcast. If you receive errors, run the Encoder from the Start menu and follow the step-by-step instructions below for version 4.1.




Step-by-Step Encoder Setup
This is useful if you mess up the settings or the pre-built settings files above do not work properly for you. Hopefully this will ease any pain! In each of these solutions, note you are running the Encoder from the Start menu (in Programs), not from the settings files you may have downloaded.


Windows Media Encoder Version 9
  • Run the encoder, select 'Broadcast a live event', Click OK
  • Select the devices you want to use in the next screen, click Next
  • Select 'Pull from the encoder', click Next
  • Enter port number 5700, click Next
  • Keep the first two settings as 'Multiple bit rates video'
  • Scroll down in the 'Bit rate' box to the one marked '148kbps, 15, 320x240', uncheck any others and check this one, press Next
  • 'Archive a copy...' leave unchecked, click Next
  • Select 'No,...', click Next
  • Give your stream some info if you want - if not just leave blank, click Next
  • Click Finish
  • Give the encoder a few seconds to sort itself out, then click 'Properties'
  • Click the 'Compression' Tab, Click 'Edit...'
  • Under 'Target Bit Rates', select your 148Kbps stream and click 'Edit'
  • In 'Audio Format', pull down "10kbps, 16Khz, Mono CBR"
  • Change 'Frame rate' to 20fps
  • Change 'Video Bit rate' to 48K (including the 'K'), click OK
  • Go to the File menu, and select 'Save As' - call the file a name (e.g. broadcast.wme) and save it to your Desktop. In the future you can launch the encoder with this settings file by double-clicking it, so you do not have to set it up every single time.
  • Click 'Start Encoding' to start your broadcast.

Windows Media Encoder Version 7.1
  • Select 'Broadcast, capture, or convert a file using the New Session Wizard', click 'OK'
  • Select 'Broadcast a live event from the attached devices or computer screen', click Next
  • Choose your audio/video devices if you need to, click Next
  • Enter 5700 into the HTTP port: box, click Next
  • Pull down 'VIdeo for single-channel ISDN (64kbps)' and click Next
  • Leave the 'Archive...' box unchecked, click Next
  • Keep the 'No, I want to broadcast from my selected devices only' option, click Next
  • Give your stream some details if you like - this is not compulsary though, click Next
  • Click Finish.
  • Go to the 'Session' menu, click 'Properties'
  • Click the 'Profile' tab, next to Attributes and Output
  • Click 'Manage...'
  • Click 'New...'
  • Fill in name of profile as 'stream' or whatever you like, click Next
  • Click 'New...' , give the Audience a name like 'camstreams' and fill in the 'Maximum bit rate' field as 64K (including the 'K'), click OK
  • Make sure all other boxes in the window are unchecked and that your new 'camstreams' one is checked, click Next
  • Under 'Format', pull down '10kbps, 11khz, mono (A/V) CBR'
  • Under 'Video Size', pull down '320 x 240', click Next
  • Enter '20' in the 'Frame rate' box, click Next
  • Click 'Finish', then 'Close', then OK. You should now be back to the Encoder interface.
  • Go to the 'Session' menu, and click 'Save As...', give the file a name (e.g. broadcast_v7.wme) and place it on your Desktop. Use this file in the future to run your encoder with (by double-clicking it) so you do not have to set the Encoder up every time.
  • When you are ready, click the Start button (bottom right of the encoder) to start broadcasting.

Windows Media Encoder Version 4.1
  • Select 'Custom Settings', click OK
  • Select 'Live Source', click Next
  • Choose the Audio/Video devices you will be using, click Next
  • Select 'Use single bit rate video', click Next
  • Select 'Custom (bps)' and enter 64000 in the box, click Next
  • Under 'Format', pull down '10kbps, 11kHz, mono', click Next
  • Select 'To Windows Media Server(s) over a network', click Next
  • Make sure the HTTP box is checked. Enter port number 5700 in the box and click Finish.
  • Go to 'File' then 'Save As...' and give the file a name (e.g. broadcast_v4.asd) and place it on your Desktop. Use this file in the future to start your Encoder (by double-clicking it) in the future so you don't have to do the above every time!
  • Click the button that looks like a Play button to start encoding. You can then view your video preview by pressing the button third in from the right which looks like a TV!



Something Not Working?
If the Encoder works but you can't seem to watch your stream from your broadcast page, this is an entirely different issue to resolve - sorry! Check out our lengthy guide to help you understand and correct the problem.

If you can't get the Encoder to work, even after trying the step-by-step instructions, there is something wrong somewhere. If you have received errors, please send us email with what you were trying to do and what actually happened. Please make it as detailed as possible so we understand as much of your problem as possible.


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