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  • Streaming with OBS (Small meetings)

    With KUDO, you can stream directly to your Youtube, Facebook, or IBM, as long as you use the Large Meeting format. 

    If you don't want to use the large meeting, but still want to stream your session, using  OBS you can stream to all of the above platforms and more. 

     

    This tutorial is made for Youtube Streaming, however, it can be applied to other platforms as well. 

    Get your YouTube stream key

    Link OBS to YouTube

    Start Streaming

    Limitations

     

    Get your YouTube stream key

     You can’t livestream on YouTube until you verify the account with a linked mobile number. Head to the verification page, log in to your account, and follow the on-screen instructions. Also, note that it takes 24 hours until your Youtube account is approved for streaming.

     

    1. Once verified, head to the YouTube Studio dashboard. Next, click the red camera Create icon located in the top right corner. After that, click Go Live in the small drop-down menu, as shown below.YouTube Create New Stream
    2. On the following screen, select the Stream tab from the left side of the screen. A form appears to enter the stream’s name and set its privacy mode, description, and category. Be sure to select an age limit (if any), and then click Create Stream to continue.YouTube Stream key screenshot
    3. With your stream created, a control panel will provide a preview window and tabs for stream settings, analytics, and stream health.

      The Stream Settings tab is open by default. Look directly under the label to find the stream key you need for OBS. Click Copy to send the 16-character string to the clipboard. You can also click the Reveal eyeball button to expose the string for 10 seconds and enter them manually in OBS.

      Whatever you do, keep this number secret. You don’t want anyone else to have it since they could stream on your account without your permission.YouTube Get your Stream Key

     

     

    Link OBS to YouTube

    1. Download OBS from the official website and install it as you would any other program. Run it as an administrator, and head into the Settings panel using the relevant button located in the bottom right corner.OBS Settings button
    2. OPTIONAL: On the following pop-up screen, use the Video and Output tabs to select your chosen frame rates, resolution, and bit rate — they control your audio quality. To see the ideal settings for YouTube, check out Google’s relevant support page.
    3.  Go to the Stream tab using the left-hand menu and select YouTube/YouTube Gaming from the Service drop-down menu.OBS Enter YouTube Key
    4. In the Stream Key field, type or paste your YouTube stream key. That links OBS with YouTube so the software streams straight to your channel.
    5. Click Audio on the left-hand menu. Each device on that page represents one potential audio source in your livestream. If you want viewers to hear the session or desktop audio, set one of the Desktop Audio settings to your system’s audio output. If you want your viewers to hear you, select your microphone from the drop-down next to Mix/Auxiliary Audio.OBS Change Audio Settings
    6. Exit the settings panel by clicking Apply > OK.
    7. In the main window, click the Plus icon under the Sources heading toward the bottom.Then select the source of your video the pop-up menu (Game Capture will capture full screen).You have a few different options for capturing your footage. You can capture any full-screen application, a specific window, or a foreground window. You can also force scaling, capture third-party overlays, and more. Click OK to complete.OBS Create Game Capture
    8. OBS Game Capture Properties
    9. Want to add your headshot using an external camera? Click the Plus icon under Sources again, but this time, select Video Capture Device. Select your camera from the list of options under the Device drop-down and decide on its quality and FPS. When finished, click OK.

     

    Start Streaming

    With all of the above settings in place and your YouTube channel configured to accept your stream, there’s only one thing to do: Start streaming! If you want to start right away, click the Start Streaming button located in the bottom right corner.OBS Start Streaming Button

    On your YouTube stream’s dashboard, click the Go Live button in the top left corner. Once YouTube receives the OBS broadcast, video and audio appear in the dashboard’s preview pane. The feed then moves over to its public page 10 to 20 seconds thereafter due to a slight delay.

    When you’re finished streaming, say goodbye to anyone watching and click the Stop Streaming button in OBS.

     

    Limitations

    • Since OBS will stream what is opened on your desktop (a browser window), it will not stream the language channels, just what is opened on your browser (for example the floor);
    • Make sure to adjust OBS to stream just the video content, and not messages, polls, or documents. 
    • Stopping a session on KUDO, will not stop the stream using OBS, this will need to be manually stopped from OBS as well;

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Audio Echo In A Meeting

    The echo is a repetition of the sound that arrives at the listener. If you hear audio echo or audio feedback during your session, then this might be caused by:

    1. Multiple devices with active audio in the same room;

    2. Not using a headset;

     

    Multiple devices with active audio in the same room

    If you are in a room where multiple devices connected to the same session have their microphone enabled, then some microphones might channel your audio back, hearing it as an echo in the session. 

    To avoid this, if you encounter yourself in such a situation, make sure that you are not close to the other participants, or one of you has the microphone on mute, while the other one is speaking. 

     

    Not using a headset

    When not using a headset, and relying on your PC speakers and microphone, changing the sound settings on your computer can help minimize echo issues. Try the following before that:

    • Lower your speaker volume to reduce the echo;
    • If your microphone or audio device is near a wall or other reflective surface that does not absorb sound, consider moving the microphone or changing its direction away from the reflective surface to reduce potential echoes;
    • If you’re using your webcam’s microphone or your computer speakers, try using a different audio device such as a headset, handset, or standard microphone;
    • If possible, try placing the microphone as far away as possible from the computer speakers because the audio output from the speakers may feed into the microphone and produce echoes.
    • If you are using a laptop with an integrated sound card that supports Microphone Boost (Noise Suppression/Ambient Noise reduction), disabling Microphone Boost can help you isolate the issue: 

     

    On Windows 

    • Click Start, and then click Control Panel.

    • In Control Panel, click Hardware and Sound, and then click Sound.

    • In the Sound dialog box, on the Recording tab, select your microphone, and then click Properties.

    • In the Microphone Properties dialog box, on the Levels tab, uncheck the Microphone Boost (Noise Suppression/Ambient Noise reduction)checkbox (if available);

    On Mac

    • In System Preferences in your Launchpad, click on the Sound icon;
    • In the Input tab select the microphone that you are using;
    • Uncheck the Ambient Noise reduction checkbox;

     

    Other Tips:

    Generally, if you are hearing echo, it means that there is a device out there that is channeling your audio back.

    To isolate the attendee:  

    • The host can mute the attendees one at a time;
    • The attendee can mute him/herself;

    The source of echo can also be from: 

    • Speakers that are too loud;
    • Echo cancellation has failed (device or performance issue);
    • A bad microphone;
  • Recording your session

    Currently, while we offer the possibility to record your meetings,however, you can also do it with VLC Media player or a different tool like OBS Studio.

     

    This article will cover:

    Using VLC Media Player

    Using OBS Studio

    Recording with VLC Media Player

    1. Download and install VLC from the VideoLAN website.
    2. Launch VLC. Go to the "View" tab on the application menu and select "Advanced Controls." The "Record" button displays on the control bar.
    3. Click the "Media" tab and select "Open Network Stream." Enter the direct URL to the network stream in the "Address" field. Click "Play" and the network stream loads in VLC.
    4. Click the "Record" button. When you are ready to stop recording the network stream, click the "Record" button again.
    5. VLC stores recorded videos in the Windows "Videos" folder, unless you have specified a different location. 

    NOTE:

    Using VLC to record your session, will record only the audio of your session. 

    Recording with OBS Studio

    OBS Studio allows you to record video and audio your Facebook or Youtube stream. This software is free to use and it can be downloaded from here.

    Using OBS Studio, you can either record your desktop, browser, or directly the stream URL. In this tutorial, we will record the browser window.

    1. Download OBS from the official website and install it as you would any other program. Run it as administrator and head into the Sources panel from the bottom of the pagemceclip0.png
    2. Click on the '+' icon to select the source that will be recorded and select the Window Capture optionmceclip1.png
    3. In the following screen, name your new source, and click OK
    4. A new pop-up screen will appear, where you have to choose the window name that you would like to record. You have a few different options for capturing your footage. You can capture any full-screen application, a specific window, or a foreground window. You can also force scaling, capture third-party overlays, and more. Click OK to complete.
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    6. Once you are ready click the Start Recording button.mceclip4.png
    7. In the Stream Key field, type or paste your YouTube Stream key. That links OBS with YouTube so the software records straight to your channel.

    Additional Adjustments - Audio

    1. Click on Settings then Audio from the left-hand menu. Each device on that page represents one potential audio source in your live stream. If you want viewers to hear the session or desktop audio, set one of the Desktop audio device settings to your system’s audio output. If you want your viewers to hear you, select your microphone from the drop-down next to Mix/Auxiliary Audio Device.OBS Change Audio Settings
    2. Exit the settings panel by clicking Apply, followed by OK.

    Additional Adjustments -Video

      1. Click on Settings - then Video to select the size of your Video output, and also the frame rates. Framerates should be set to 20 or 30, however, you can use a higher framerate.mceclip5.png