Stream to other third party apps
Webcaster X2 supports streaming to many different third party apps, like Switchboard Cloud, StreamingChurch.tv and more. All sorts of different platforms are coming on board all the time. As they do, you will see their icons appear on Webcaster X2's Welcome page.
Webcaster X2 streams 1280×720p at 30 fps with a bit rate of 2 Mbps by default. Some third party apps allow you to stream at a higher resolution, like 1920×1080p at 30 fps. If the particular third party app supports a higher resolution and bit rate, you can change Webcaster X2's encoding settings from the Preferences. Some third party apps, like Switchboard Cloud and StreamingChurch.tv, enable you to set Webcaster X2's encoding settings directly within their app. However, live streaming at a higher resolution and bit rate requires more upload bandwidth. Check the documentation for the third party app for the optimum resolution and bit rate to use when streaming to that platform. To change the default encoding settings on Webcaster X2, use a connected HDMI monitor and mouse.
To stream to a third party app, you need:
- An account already setup for the third party app. See the documentation for the third party app for more information.
- Your HDMI camera to stream
- Your Webcaster X2
An Internet connection with a minimum of 6 Mb/s uplink for 1080p, or 3 Mb/s for 720p . Each Webcaster X2 you connect to your network needs a constant uplink bandwidth of 3 Mb/s to 6 Mb/s by default. Any popular internet speed test can help you determine the peak bandwidth you have available. We recommend allowing for at least 1.5 times the amount of bandwidth you expect to need for your live stream because other devices, including personal computers and voice over IP phone systems, can use a significant portion of your available uplink.
- An HDMI display that supports 1080p video
- A USB mouse
- (Optional) A USB keyboard
- Connect everything and turn on Webcaster X2.
- Connect your HDMI camera to the HDMI IN port.
- Connect your display to the HDMI OUT port.
- Connect your Ethernet cable to the Ethernet port. (Or configure Wi-Fi after boot up.)
- Connect your mouse to one of the USB ports.
- (Optional) Connect your keyboard to another USB port.
- Turn on Webcaster X2 by plugging in the power cord. Webcaster X2 boots up.
- If the logo of the third party app and the pairing code aren't showing on the front display of Webcaster X2, you can double-press the multi-function power button and toggle through the different platforms. However, you may find it easier to use a connected mouse and monitor when selecting a third-party app, see Choose the platform app you want.
- Follow the instructions provided by the third party app to pair your Webcaster X2 encoder to the app.
To see the pairing code using a connected mouse and monitor, click the Pair/Unpair iconthat appears along the bottom of the menu overlay.
- (Optional) Click the Preferences icon at the lower right corner of the main screen on Webcaster X2 to change the default live stream settings. When you're done, click the Right mouse button to return to the main screen. You can:Change the Stream Details.
Other optional features that you can set from the Preferences screen, such as enabling the USB webcam (Beta) feature or hiding the UI automatically for better performance (enabled by default), are documented in the Your encoder section of the Webcaster X2 online user guide.
- Encoding resolution: Select the resolution for your live stream. The default resolution is 1280×720p.
- Video bit rate: Select the bit rate for your live stream. The default bit rate is 2000 kbps.
When you're ready to start streaming, do one of the following. The green LED on Webcaster X2 flashes while you're broadcasting live.
During your broadcast, click the left mouse button to show or hide the Webcaster X2 menu overlay.
- Click the Start icon .
- Press the multi-function power button once.
- Press Space on a connected keyboard.
- To stop your live broadcast, you can click the Stop icon , press the multi-function power button one more time, or press Space on a connected keyboard. The green LED on Webcaster X2 stops flashing when live broadcasting stops.