Customers often ask us what computer to use when live streaming to Videolinq? Here is a good blog post explaining how to select a video encoder. In general, dedicated hardware encoders are more reliable when you create live streams (Teradek, Matrox, Magewell). If you plan to use your computer to stream, this is what we recommend:
Laptop or Desktop
We do not recommend using laptops for streams that will last more then 1-2 hours. The reason is that laptops don't have cooling fans and tend to get hot quickly. Over used computer will begin losing audio lip sync or dropping video frames. Desktop computers are preferred to broadcast a live stream. Remember not to use any other program during the broadcast, except for the program you are using to live stream.
Windows or Mac
We recommend using Windows computers for live streaming. They cost less and have larger support of graphic cards and encoding hardware/software.
Live Streaming Software
OBS Studio is a free good program to create a live stream. For a more sophisticated program try vMix or Wirecast (paid). All these programs can generate up to 1080p, 30 fps, 6 MBps live stream to send to Videolinq. Use the H.264 video codec and AAC audio codec for best performance and remember to send 1 key frame every 2 seconds (a requirement by most social media platforms).
Minimum System Requirements
Intel i7 and up CPU
16 GB RAM
100 GB SSD hard drive
2 GB GPU graphic card
1 GN network card
10 MBps upload speed
Ethernet connection (not Wi-Fi)
If you have questions about this article contact technical support.