A channel needs a video source. Video sources can be RTMP encoders, a webcam, a MP4 file, or a RTMP/RTSP live stream. In this article we will learn how to create a RTMP video source from an encoder:
Click on the left side navigation "Source". You can also access this from inside a channel "Sources" upper right panel.
Give the RTMP source a name. Click on the RTMP option and create the record.
Enable the RTMP source by clicking on the green play icon.
Copy from the "Encoder" tab under the preview player the RTMP path and stream key assigned to the channel.
Open an RTMP encoder program. We will use OBS as an example. Read how to configure OBS in more details. Click on the "Settings" button (lower right side). Find the "Stream" tab (upper left side) and drop down to "Custom" mode. Paste here the RTMP path and stream key you copied from Videolinq.
Click on the "Output" and change the bitrate to at least 3 MBps and audio to 128 KBps. Save settings.
Click on "New destination" and create destinations as explained here.
Start your encoder. When the video shows in the preview player click on "Go Live".
Now start the destinations one by one or "Start All" at once.
To stop the stream do this:
Click in the destination tab on "Stop All", or stop each destination manually.
Click on the "Live" red icon to stop video in the channel. If you are using the Scheduler RTMP mode do not stop the channel and skip to next step.
Stop your RTMP encoder.
Stop the video source.
Tips & Tricks:
When a RTMP encoder disconnects and reconnects to the channel, the operator must push "Go Live" again to activate the channel and send video to the player or to destinations. The channel can support stream continuation, when a RTMP encoder reconnects. Follow Step #3 as explained in this article: configure the Scheduler and enable RTMP autostart automation.