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Live Streaming with LiveU Solo and Restream.io

by Luke Eclipse-Ujano Updated on

This checklist is a step-by-step guide on setting up the LiveU Solo to stream to Restream.io. Restream.io in turn broadcasts it to YouTube and Facebook

Plug in the LiveU Solo to power and to Ethernet and a USB Mobile Hotspot. On HIDOE campuses, VLAN 130 is preferred, but VLAN 140 is usable as well. Other areas can be connected to Ethernet via Mobile Hotspot or an internet drop that has open access to the internet (no MAC Filtering)

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Press and hold the power button to turn on the LiveU Solo. Once the screen lights up, let go.

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Click on the Events icon in the sidebar and click on Create Event

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Events - Restream - Google Chrome

Click on Encoder | RTMP

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5.1. Titles

Naming Convention for Live Streams: Date, Event
Naming Convention for the Same Event, Different Streams: Stream Title | Event

Example Naming Conventions:

Welcome Back to School LOT: 8/05/2019 Welcome Back to School LOT
Hot Dog Jam: Hilo High School | 2020 Hot Dog Jam (As you can see here, the date isn't necessary if this event is annual or only happens once)

Naming Convention for Athletics Live Streams: Include the Date, Level, Sport and visiting school.

Example Naming Conventions:

Boys Basketball JV - JV Hilo vs Kohala | 12/30/2022 Boys Basketball
Boys Basketball Varsity - Hilo vs Kohala | 12/30/2022 Boys Basketball (As you can see here, Varsity is considered the primary game, therefore, specifying the level is not required.)

Wrestling Tournament - 2/1/2020 BIIF Wrestling Hilo Tournament

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When typing dates, please keep it m/d/yyyy format. For example: 1/2/2023. 01/02/2023 is also acceptable. Doing something like 1/02/23 or 1/2/23 breaks the naming convention that we have set in place.

WARNING: ALWAYS CHECK THIS BEFORE YOU GO SAVE! ONCE YOU GO CREATE THE EVENT, YOU CAN TECHNICALLY CHANGE THE NAME OF THE STREAM, BUT IT WON'T CHANGE ON FACEBOOK.

5.2. Description

The description is visible on the event on Facebook and Youtube, so it is possible to either build up hype for the event, provide other details and proudly exclaim that the broadcast is brought to them by students of Hilo High School, KVIKS Media.

Example of a Past Description: Happy Holidays from Hilo High School! Before they can go, HO-HO-HOME, the girls from Hilo has to score GOALS-GOALS-GOALS! Tune in from Hilo Bayfront Soccer Fields to watch the matchup between the Hilo High Vikings and the Kealakehe Waveriders brought to you by KVIKS Media.

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5.3. Date and Time

Click on the date and a calendar view opens up to select the date. For the time, type in the time like this: 5:00 PM, then either click on the appropriate time in the drop down menu or press TAB or SHIFT+TAB to set the time.

CONFIRM that the time and date are CORRECT! Sometimes, if you do things too quickly, and without checking, the time and date may not have correctly been set. This is IRREVERSIBLE once the event is created. The event would need to be DELETED and redone to change the time and date.

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5.4. Checkmark: Create an event page on social platforms.

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5.5. Thumbnail

Upload Image and press Crop. Make sure you upload the correct thumbnail as it is impossible to change the thumbnail after the event is created.

Events - Restream - Google Chrome
Events - Restream - Google Chrome

5.6. Select Channels

Confirm all details, then press NEXT

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Toggle on YouTube and/or Facebook, then press CREATE EVENT

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If the LiveU Solo was powered on and connected to the internet, it would have a green ONLINE indicator instead of the gray offline one.

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LiveU Solo - Google Chrome

Scroll down to the bottom of the page and select a custom saved streaming destination. Edit the one that best FITS the broadcast. Many broadcasts have either a JV or Varsity game, so select the correct option.

Click on the EDIT icon to edit the details.

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LiveU Solo - Google Chrome

On the Restream Events Page, click on RTMP settings on the event you are preparing. Press COPY

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Events - Restream - Google Chrome

Go back to the LiveU Solo Edit Destination page. Select and DELETE the previous key so that you don't accidentally paste the key incorrectly. Once the stream name/key is removed, PASTE the new key, then press Submit.

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If the LiveU Solo is turned on, pressing Submit will automatically SELECT the event you are working on. To save time, if you are doing this process when the unit is turned on, prepare the VARSITY destination FIRST, then do the JV destination last so that when you press submit, the LiveU Solo imports the settings for your first broadcast, which is JV.

10.1. Check Signal Status

Before going live, physically go to the LiveU Solo device, and wake up the screen. You can do that by using an ARROW key. DO NOT PRESS THE PLAY/POWER BUTTON to wake up the screen as it will GO LIVE.

Look at the preview screen, make sure a video or something is bright on screen from the headend. VERIFY that the signal is not glitching. A very obvious sign is usually when it glitches GREEN on the screen. If it does, reseat the SDI cable a couple of times.

If you want to be cautious, you can just reseat the SDI cable yourself. Check to make sure that it is properly screwed in on both ends.

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10.2. Check Status

On the LiveU Solo dashboard, verify that the status is ONLINE and that the Eth, and either Device 1 or 2 is connected. WiFi is a bonus connection. Then ENABLE LRT to the US_West_SanJose zone. It is very important to enable LRT when we have multiple connections so that we can stream a higher quality stream AND prevent loss of signal if one connection goes out during the broadcast.

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10.3. Check Destination

If the destination is not correct, select New Destination to select the right one.

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10.4. GO LIVE

Make sure Low Delay Mode is DISABLED. Make sure the headend is ready, then press GO LIVE.

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10.5. Manually Go Live from LiveU Device

If the Go Live button is solid orange but it doesn't work, you can manually go live by pressing the Play/Power button once.

Make sure the LiveU Solo device says: READY. If it says Offline, it has NO INTERNET. Also check if the configuration was changed by looking at the profile name that scrolls by. It should be the name of the destination.

After you press on the button and the lower gray bar turns blue and says: Connecting, wait until you see kBps start showing up.

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Once you see kBps on the screen, check that we are live on Facebook and YouTube before playing the intro and starting the program.

YouTube Quick Link: https://www.youtube.com/hilohighschool

Facebook Quick Link: https://www.facebook.com/HiloHighSchool/

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When the live stream is over, and the OUTRO was played, about 10-20 seconds after the Produced by Hilo High School end card is visible in the headend, you can press the Go Offline button from the LiveU Dashboard, or manually double click and hold on the play/power button on the LiveU Solo unit.

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You are done. Great job!

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