CORE LIVE can stream from a variety of resources that range from straight off the camera to recorded video to live desktop feeds and more. The OBS software is a tried and true streaming resource to LIVE Rooms. Best of all, the software is open source and requires no license or other fees to use.
Complete support documentation for OBS can be found at Obsproject.com.
For this article, the instructions below are limited to setting up a single OBS stream from a video. Once you understand how to stream something this simple, you can stream anything to LIVE from OBS. Check out the OBS Wiki Sources Guide for more information.
In this article:
- Download OBS Software
- OBS Panel Overview
- Set Up a Video Source in OBS
- Stream a Live Camera Feed in OBS
- Connect a Stream to LIVE
Get Started: Download OBS Software
5th Kind makes it easy to download the appropriate OBS software. Once in a LIVE Room, do the following steps:
Click the Info button in the bottom right of your screen to bring up the stream panel
Click the help icon to bring up details about the stream.
Download OBS for RTMP app by selecting the Mac or PC link. You'll need this version, if you plan on using RTMP feeds, i.e. a feed that comes directly of a camera. RTMP is typically used to connect with hardware.
Download OBS with WebRTC app by selecting the Mac or PC link for all other feed types.
OBS Panel Overview
To stream anything via OBS you must add Sources to a Scene. You can have multiple scenes with multiple sources. This is a valuable tool, especially if you're using a single LIVE Room for different meetings or user groups and need to switch between sources on a single stream.
Whether you use OBS with RTMP or OBS with WebRTC the set up of scenes is the same.
You can setup your scenes and sources before or after you connect your stream to LIVE.
The connection to LIVE is different for WebRTC and RTMP streams.
The Scenes panel. There must always be at least one scene.
The Sources panel. This is empty, indicated that the scene “default” has no sources.
Controls panel with the Streaming and Settings buttons, which connect the streamed content to LIVE.
Set up a Video to Stream
To set up a a scene with a mp4 on your local computer follow these steps.
First click the plus button on the lower left of the “Scenes” panel.
This brings up a new window. Name the scene whatever you like. This example is “Media File Stream.”
The new scene will appear in the Scenes panel.
Highlight the scene you just created.
Click the plus sign in the lower right of the Sources panel.
This brings up a new window. Select “Media Source” for now.
4. You’ll need to name the source under “Create new.”
After naming it, you can navigate to wherever your local file exists. In this demonstration, we’ve chose an animation of a neon silhouette. We have some options as well. We’ve set the animation to loop so that it never stops playing.
The video is now in loop continuously in OBS. It can be resized with the view port window by clicking the red anchor points. If we wanted to, we could add additional sources to the same scene.
Stream a Live Camera Feed
Setting up a live video stream follows the same steps as setting up a stream and source for the mp4 video. The only difference is make sure to choose “Video Capture Device”. After that, name the connected camera (in this case, a USB 2.0 camera) and you’ll see live feed just as if it was conference call.
Connect the Stream to LIVE
Before streaming, click on the “Settings” button in the panel on the right. Make sure the settings match the screen shots below. For complete instructions on how, see Live Room Admins: Set up and Stream!