Tutorial: One-Touch Live Streaming With the LiveU Solo
Paul Schmutzler demonstrates quick and easy one-touch streaming to YouTube Live with the LiveU Solo.
The LiveU Solo is an integrated A/V encoder built with portable live streaming. It distills it into a single button operation.
The Solo (Figure 1, below) is a svelte 4x5” metal-enclosed unit that can be mounted to a camera’s cold shoe or attached to the camera op with the included belt case.
Figure 1. The LiveU Solo. Click the image to see it at full size.
With two USB ports, a built-in WiFi chip, and an ethernet port, the Solo is capable of bonding your encode to ensure your stream stays strong.
Simply put, bonding is the process of taking multiple internet connections and combining their bandwidth into one large data pipe. If any one of your connections drops out or degrades, the other connections retain enough throughput to keep your stream going strong.
Getting started with the Solo is super-easy. To begin, go to LiveU’s dedicated Solo page and create your free account. Connect your Solo to the internet using the method of your choice (Figure 2, below).
Figure 2. Getting connected. Click the image to see it at full size.
Enter the serial number of your Solo to associate it with your account. Once it’s registered, you can configure it to your needs.
Streaming to YouTube Live
Now we can choose what service to stream to. I’ll walk you through a YouTube Live setup.
First, give LiveU permission to access your YouTube account and send the stream. Next, create your live event in YouTube (Figure 3, below).
Figure 3. Creating an event in YouTube. Click the image to see it at full size.
Back in your Solo configuration, choose YouTube and notice that your event is now provided as an option to stream to.
Be sure your Solo is online and connected to your video source. If it is, you should see that the built-in screen shows that it’s ready to stream to the YouTube Live event that you already set up and selected.
If your preview looks correct on YouTube, everything is ready to go. Simply go live in YouTube and hit the “play” button on your Solo.
In seconds, your video is being broadcast. Whenever you want to stop the stream, just press the play button twice. Since you’re already connected to this event, you can now just start and stop sending a stream by using the play button on the unit.
That’s it. The LiveU Solo makes streaming to YouTube, Facebook, or most other CDNs a breeze. For $1,499 you get the reliability of a bonded internet connection a 3-hour battery life and dead-simple one-touch “go live” capability. Go to LiveU.TV to learn more about the Solo.