VidBlasterX v5 is a great program for broadcasting in SD or HD, and is capable of multi bit rate broadcasting as well as using single or multiple camera setups. Plus, VidBlasterX v5 has many other features which help produce a very professional broadcast.
The first step to use VidBlasterX v5 is to go to the VidBlasterX v5 download page to download and install VidBlasterX (they offer a free demo version and the Home version is included with all our Sunday Streams packages). Once installed, you can proceed to Step 1 below.
TWO IMPORTANT NOTES: The item below about matching the bit rate(s) and resolution(s) set in your encoder and your Sunday Streams Manager is a very important step. Skipping this step can cause playback issues. Secondly, the section at the end discussing a local backup is also very important and is highly recommended. For example, if your local internet connection goes down during your service due to weather, the broadcast may not be fully recorded on the Sunday Streams server. Having a complete local backup available to upload in situations like this can be very important.
Step 1: Select the Video Input Source
In this example we will use the video input from a Magewell USB video capture device. To select this in VidblasterX, right click on the Camera module (see red arrow in screenshot below), then select "Video Device", then select the video capture device name (in our case the Magewell USB capture device is the "XI100DUSB-HDMI Video" capture device).
Verify your device settings by right clicking on the Camera module again. You can set your video resolution, frame rate, and other settings in here. Once you have your video source setup, you can use the "PGM" module to toggle between different video inputs by clicking them (see small red arrow in screenshot below).
Step 2: Select the Audio Input Source
In this example we will use the audio input from a Magewell USB video capture device. To select this in VidBlasterX, right click the "Audio Mixer 1" module section that is NOT the "Master" or "Monitor" element to confirm that the proper audio input is selected (see red arrow in screenshot below). In our case the Magewell USB capture device is the "Digital Audio Interface" (see second screenshot below) and is already selected as the audio device. TIP: Right clicking the modules in VidBlasterX give you a variety of options to fine tune your settings. If you do not have the right audio device selected, try right clicking in the audio module to find your proper audio input device (this right click options works for other modules as well).
NOTE: We can see in our Windows control panel settings that our Magewell device that we wish to use for our audio input is the "Digital Audio Interface (4 - XI1" device listed above).
Step 3: Setup Stream Settings
Next, we will setup the stream settings to configure VidBlasterX to send the stream data to Sunday Streams. First, right click the "Streamer" module and select "Settings".
Then, in the Streamer module settings popup, in the "Sever" section, select "CDN: Sunday Streams" as the "Type". Leave "Channel" blank. Then, enter your Sunday Stream Manager login information in the "Username" and "Password" fields.
Then, in the "Video" section of the Stream module settings popup, set your "Bit Rate [kbps]" and "Resolution". In our example below we are setting up a multi bit rate broadcast for our HD primary stream at 1280x720 at 1000 Kbps and our secondary stream at 428x240 at 400 Kbps. If you only wish to send a single stream (e.g. your primary stream is a SD stream at less than 1000 Kbps), you can leave the "2" stream section blank.
Once you have your stream settings in place, click the "X" icon in the top right to close our the settings window.
Additionally, the bit rate(s) and resolution(s) you use in your encoder must match the bit rate(s) and resolution(s) listed in your Sunday Streams Manager in the Broadcast Settings -> More... -> Bit Rates & Resolution section. The actual broadcast bit rates use must match those listed in the Sunday Streams Manager so that the adaptive bit rate players will function properly. If you are noticing any playback issues, this is a good first place to look to make sure your broadcast encoder settings match those in the Manager.
Step 4: Start Streaming
You are now ready to start your stream. Click the "Start" button in the "Streamer" module as shown by the red arrow in the screenshot below. Please remember that this is just a quick start guide, VidBlasterX offers many other feature to enhance your broadcasts and please be sure to explore those in the VidBlasterX documentation.
Lastly, be sure to set your desired local backup recording settings as desired. To do this in VidBlasterX, simply right click the "Recorder" module and select the settings options to set your backup recording settings. NOTE: Local backup recordings can use a lot of CPU power, however, they are very important to have in cases where issues occur such as your local internet connection going down during a broadcast and you need to upload your backup copy to your archives directory.
Now that you are up and running, please be sure to view our help documentation on our player options so that your viewers can view your broadcasts.