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Tutorial: Streaming and Archiving Live Events with StreamVu and the Matrox Monarch HD

StreamVu is a simple, inexpensive and well-featured service, and Matrox Monarch HD is the only hardware encoder that can produce one stream for live distribution and the other for archiving. In combination, they make an ideal solution for your live and on-demand video production requirements.

 

StreamVu’s live streaming solutions cost as little as $15 per month and are exceptionally easy to use. When paired with the Matrox Monarch, which can produce both a live stream to send to StreamVu, and a separate master-quality stream, you have a great solution for live and on demand video production.

The Monarch HD costs less than $1,000, and when you purchase one from this video's sponsor, Videoguys.com, you will receive a free 30-day trial to StreamVu that you can continue at with StreamVu directly while still having the expert help and technical support from Videoguys.com.

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to produce a live event with StreamVu, while producing both the live stream, and the master-quality copy, with the Matrox Monarch.

StreamVu’s Panel of Options

Let’s start with StreamVu. Once you log into StreamVu, you see lots of options (Figure 1, below).

Figure 1. StreamVu’s panel of options in its browser-based interface. Click the image to see it at full size.

The first two icons, New Channel and List Channels, let you create and manage channels of live content. The next two, New Video and List Video, let you add and manage on-demand videos. The next two, New Private and List Private, are for creating private, monetized broadcasts. We’ll look at Broadcast add-ons in a moment.

To produce your live public event, click Producer Stations.

Producing a Live Event in Producer Station

Figure 2 (below) shows the Producer Station Control screen. Working from the top down:

Figure 2. Fields in the Producer Station – Control screen. Click the image to see it at full size.

If you have more than one encoder, you can select that in the pull-down from the Producer Station field at the top of the page.

If you’d like StreamVu to save an archive copy of the live event, click the Archive checkbox. That isn’t necessary here because we’ll produce a master-quality copy of the event with the Monarch HD that we can use to create the on-demand video file.

Select the region closest to your broadcast from the Region pull-down. This helps StreamVu distribute the stream most efficiently.

The code displayed in the FMLE FMS url and FMLE Stream fields are the credentials to paste into the Monarch HD to direct the encoded video to the StreamVu servers.

In the Limited Direct Connect Link field, you’ll see link to a preview of the stream. Alternatively, you can click Open LDC Link near the top right of the page.

In the Limited Direct Connect iframe code field you’ll find the embed code to paste into the viewing page on your website.

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