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How to Setup an Internet Video Streaming Server

This article is intended for Windows users wishing to broadcast live video streams over the Internet, or record video for publication over the Internet (video podcasting, or vodcasting). It is targeted primarily at home users, or those wishing to deploy smaller-scale setups.

  • If you do not know what your Internet upload bandwidth is, you can either contact your Internet Service Provider, or alternatively test your Internet connection using SpeedTest.net.

  1. Using the supplied instructions, setup the Podcast Studio Bundle, connect all the equipment together, and connect the USB Audio Capture Device to the computer.

  2. Download and install the Broadcam Streaming Video Server Software. The software will automatically open after installation.

  3. Talking Live: After the software has run through the initial network setup process, click on the 'Streams' button in the main screen, and in the window that appears, select your video capture device. Check the 'Capture Audio' box, and ensure the Audio Device is set to the USB Audio Capture Device - note that the device adds itself as a separate sound device in Windows.

  4. Once this is completed, go back to the main screen and click on 'Connect'. This will take you to a webpage where you can find the http links to your live stream. Once you publish these on the Internet (either publish this page directly or copy the information somewhere else), then users will be able to watch you live through the web camera, and they can hear you talking through the microphone connected to the mixer board, which feeds through the USB Audio Capture Device into the computer.

  5. Recording a Vodcast: After you have connected the equipment, and connected the USB Audio Capture Device to the computer, download and install the Debut Video Capture Software. Use Debut to record your videos, and you can also use the VideoPad Video Editor Software to edit the videos later on (see our article on How to Create Video Blogs.

  6. Once you have completed your recording, click on the 'Files' button in the main screen of Broadcam. Once you locate your file it will be added into Broadcam. Clicking on the 'Connect' button will take you to a webpage where you can find the http links to your vodcast.

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