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Broadcast Looks Choppy

 

Potential Causes:

  1. Bandwidth: It is possible that the upload speed of your Internet connection is too slow. Check your internet connection at www.speedtest.net. We recommend an upload speed minimum of 1 to 1.5 Mbps upload speed to do a high quality broadcast.  Also, it is important that no one else is using the same internet connection for other purposes.  If you are using a shared wi-fi network, you may find you have insufficient bandwidth to broadcast. The best rule of thumb is that your broadcasting bitrate should be about 50% or less of your total available upload bandwidth.  The Awooze Web broadcaster uses less bandwidth so if you find you are having chopiness or disconnects with Broadcaster, you may want to try dropping it to the lowest quality setting or switching to the Flash media live encoder . 
  2. CPU Usage: Your stream can become choppy if your CPU usage is so high that it causes your computer to slow down. This can affect both the broadcaster stream quality and viewer stream quality. Close all other programs that are running in the background to solve this problem. By closing other programs (like ITunes, Skype, and AIM) you will free up CPU space and help your computer run faster. 
  3. Playing back large video files or encoding HD video:  If your source is a very high resolution, like an HD video clip, you may find that your computer struggles to encode this smoothly.  One trick here is to try to down-convert your clip or source video to a compressed, lower bit-rate format to see if this allows the computer to play it back and encode it more smoothly.

 

How To Broadcast

 

What are the options to broadcast on Awooze?

 

There are several ways you can broadcast on Awooze: The easiest is the browser-based Web Broadcaster that uses Adobe’s Flash Player. For higher quality, use Adobe’s Flash Media Live Encoder (free) . You may also broadcast from your mobile device, but those streams will be slower and lower quality, and not as robust as a wired connection. Regardless of how your Broadcast, it is always best to use a wired ethernet connection for best results.

 

Is my camera compatible with Awooze?

 

Most webcams are compatible.

 

How do I get better quality?

 

To broadcast in higher quality, you may use the Adobe’s Flash Media Live Encoder (free). You may also broadcast from your mobile device, but those streams will be slower and lower quality, and not as robust as a wired connection. Regardless of how your Broadcast, it is always best to use a wired ethernet connection for best results.

 

How do I broadcast an audio only stream?

 

In the Awooze broadcast console, you can un-check ’video broadcast’ if you would like to disable video. Audio-only broadcasts are possible and many Awoozeers do this. The best way is to use an audio line-out to connect your computer’s audio input. You will need to have these connected before you open your broadcast console. You can also use free programs, such as Soundflower for Mac OS to route audio signal internally from one app to another. If you have a PC, you can set your audio to stereo or wave out mix: Open your volume control, go to ‘Options’, then to ‘Properties’, and make sure that ‘Wave Out’ or ‘Stereo Mix’ is checked.

 

How do I broadcast my desktop?

 

To broadcast your desktop, you will need a third party software such as CamTwist (Mac) or WebCamMax (PC

 

My broadcast keeps disconnecting, what do I do?

 

Your connection may be the issue. Loss of connection may be due to an overload of internet traffic, slow connections, or outages. We recommend using a wired ethernet connection and ensure your broadcast rate matches your connection rate. You may want to lower the bitrate to ~200kbps to ensure viewers on mobile devices can keep up.

 

What is the bandwith and speed to broadcast?

 

Speed depends on your internet connection and will vary with different types of connection (DSL, Cable, Fibre, etc) and the traffic at the time of Broadcast. You want to limit your Broadcast to about 75% of your connection speed. For mobile speed, you will need approximately 200kbps.

 

Publishing from Flash media encoder?

 

1. Download Flash Media Encoder

2. Login to your Profile/Info-stats Download XML

3. Stay logged in, and run Flash Media Encoder, load the xml file by File/Load Profile menu

4. Stay logged in, and connect, broadcast via Flash Media Encoder

5. You have to login and download again everytime a new xml, in case you log out, or re login

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