The first item is to mention that we are here to help if you have any questions at all. You can reach us by phone and by email through our website contact page or through our Sunday Streams Manager support page. Please remember that these instructions below are for PC setups. If you are using a Mac as your streaming computer, please see the Mac setup section.
NOTE: This quick setup guide focuses on the Sunday Streams Live Encoder (SSLE), however Sunday Streams works with many other software encoders such as VidBlaster, FMLE, Wirecast, vMix, etc. as well as many hardware encoders such as Paladin, StreamMachine, Tricaster, LiveShell PRO, Viewcast Niagara 2200, Teradek Cube, etc. More details about these other encoder settings can be found in the Sunday Streams Manager, however the basic setup concepts are the same as below.
Step 1: Setting up your Sunday Streams Live Encoder (SSLE)
The short video below shows you how to download/install/configure your SSLE and be up and running with your first live stream in just a few short minutes.
Step 2: Bringing video into SSLE
Much about bringing video into SSLE is covered in the help video above, but to summarize, typically the live streaming setup requires some sort of video capture device on your computer. It may be a simple web cam, or a firewire camera connected to your firewire input, or more likely, a USB video capture device. We find that most of our clients have everything they need for streaming (computer, video camera, Internet connection, etc.); however, in many cases this video capture device to bring your video camera or video system signal into the streaming computer is the one piece you may need to purchase. A simple and inexpensive video capture device we recommend is from KWorld and can usually be purchased for less than $50. Or, if you do not already have a webcam to try, a simple web cam such as the Logitech C920 may be a good option as well (about $100). See links below for current pricing and purchasing information on Amazon.com.
KWorld USB 2.0 DVD (Windows 7)
Kworld USB 2.0 Video Editing DVD Maker 2 (Windows 7 or 8)
Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920 (Windows 7, also Windows 8 but check system requirements)
Step 3: Bringing audio into SSLE
The most common way to bring audio into SSLE is through the computer's microphone line-in port. If you do not have a microphone line-in port, you can use a USB audio capture device such as the one at the link below.
Logitech USB to 3.5mm Jack Stereo + Mic. Audio Adapter (Windows 7 or 8)
Step 4: View your stream
One of the most popular ways of viewing your steam is using our Go Player. This is probably the easiest method to get up and running and just takes couple clicks of the mouse to setup your Go Player in the Sunday Streams Manager. Below is a help video that explains things in more detail. Alternatively, you can use the iFrame embed if you prefer the more standard player to embed directly on your website.
Sample Setup Concepts
Below are a couple sample concepts to show some of the configuring options using the KWorld video capture device. You are not limited to these exact setups as these various concepts are intended showcase the flexibility available with your setup options.
That is about it! If you have the equipment you need already, the setup usually takes less than 15 minutes to get up and running. Plus, if you find that after you start your free trial that you do not have all the needed equipment we will be happy to extend your trial to be sure you get the full 30 days to test things. Remember, if you have any questions at all please feel free to contact us by phone or by email through our website contact page or through our Sunday Streams Manager support page.