Before setting up the live stream, be sure you have a stable and fast internet connection. You may check it on your device using any speed test websites. Here is the one you may use.
Important! Test the internet speed at the location where you plan to have a live stream. The speed should be at least 5Mbps for upload. Check examples of good internet speed with different connections below.
Example of WIFI connection
Example of wired connection
Do your best to find the most stable connection to stream your show in HD (720p) or Full HD (1080p) quality.
Go to your online event campaign page and click on Live stream icon and choose Setup stream. This is your livestream studio. Here you can set up and edit your online event.
Important! We strongly advise to have a soundcheck before you go live for the very first time to eliminate any tech issues. Read more how to soundcheck and clear up a test video here. Once it is done, go next.
Now, let's set up the stream. Add a cover image of the stream by choosing the camera icon.
To schedule the event and add a countdown timer tick the checkbox next to Schedule.
Set date and time when the event starts.
To stream your online event on Show4me, you may use any livestreaming app that supports RTMP protocol. We advise to use OBS as it is free and stable app. Download OBS from the official website at https://obsproject.com/ and install it.
Once it's done, you can start setting it up. The first thing you need to do is to add a cover image (thumbnail) to your online event. When you open the app, you may see an already created Scene but you need to add a Source for that.
Go to the Source section and click on the “+” sign and choose Image.
Click Browse to find a cover image (thumbnail) on your computer.
Click Ok to save it.
If your thumbnail is small, you can fit the image size to the stream frame.
Nice, the stream cover image is ready.
After, you need to add your camera. Go to the Scene section and click on the “+” sign.
Rename it to Camera and click Ok.
Go to the Source section again, click on the “+” sign.
Choose Video Capture Device.
Click on the Device and choose your camera. After, click Ok to save it.
If you have an audio interface or if you want to connect your DAW application to transmit your tracks, voice, music instruments, DJ controller to OBS, add an Audio Input Capture.
Go to the Source section again, click the “+” sign.
Choose Audio Capture Device.
Click on the Device button and choose your audio interface or audio transmission app. Click Ok.
Now, your OBS settings are in place.
Note: You can use additional features of OBS to make your online event even cooler. E.g. you can share your screen, add Skype/Zoom calls (from your fans), etc. to the stream.
Now you need to connect your Show4me account with OBS. Go back to your stream setup page on Show4me and copy the Stream server link.
Get back to OBS. Go to Settings -> Stream.
Choose Custom for Service and paste your Server link into the Server section.
Now, you need to add your Stream Key. Go to the Show4me website again and click on the Copy Key button.
Go back to OBS and paste the Key to the Stream Key section, click Apply and then Ok.
Go to Show4me and click on the Finish Setup button.
Once the stream is added to the concert campaign page, the Play button appears.
Now you are ready for the stream. To go live, click on Start streaming.
When OBS connects to your Show4me account, you get a small neon square at the bottom of the app. If your internet connection is unstable the square can be yellow or red. In this case, you won’t be able to stream your show. If it's green, you can go live.
Wait 10-20 seconds (or click Play on the video) to see the picture from OBS. You are in a Preview mode, so nobody can see your preparations and soundcheck.
Tick the checkbox and click the Go button, respectively. If the picture doesn’t appear, you will need to refresh the page.
To be sure you are live and fans can see you, check the status of the stream above the video frame.
When the event is over, click on the Stop button on Show4me and Stop streaming in OBS. Be sure to confirm that you want to stop the stream on Show4me.
Once it is stopped, you may download the recorded video. Click on a checkbox next to Show recorded stream files and download the file.
If you have additional questions on how to set up a live stream with your PC/MAC, reach us via a live chat or firstname.lastname@example.org.