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Accsoon LiveStream Guide (May. 2024)

Received your CineView or SeeMo unit but have no idea how to stream using our software? Worry not, Livestream can be really easy. In this article we’ll offer guide and provide help in every step relating to Livestream.

What is Livestream

To better understand how we should integrate SeeMo and CineView into a livestream setup, we must have a clear understanding of how livestreaming actually works. Here’s an oversimplified version to help you grasp the concept more clearly. Simply put, The Livestreaming Process involves effort on multiple ends from multiple devices.

Source: First there should be a constantly generating live video, let it be a virtual video stream generated from existing video/picture assets or directly from real cameras, gaming consoles, or computers.

Prepare: Then a streaming software will take in the signal, put it onto an internal canvas, modify the content to better fit the users’ needs (crop, rotate, add animation or subtitles etc.). After the preparation it will re-encode according to the users’ settings, ready to send it out.

Stream(Pushing/Sending): After preparing the live video signal, you need to send it to the servers from your livestream service provider of choice to properly start streaming. In this process you must acquire the streaming address or location, tell your software where to send it, and alongside the URL, a streaming key that tells the server who you are, the ID of your ideal streaming account with security identification codes to prevent other people streaming on your behalf.

Processing and Distribution: Your streaming platform, once properly setup and received your stream, will do necessary processing (like preparing different resolution options for your audience) then distribute the stream using their powerful network framework so that your audience can watch your livestream from their end devices.

Presentation: Your audience will receive the video stream from the platform, then decode the stream and view it on their smart phones, tablets, computers and even televisions.

Using SeeMo and CineView for LiveStream

A targeted scenario where SeeMo and CineView can be of great help, is where you have a dedicated camera for livestream (or perhaps PC/console) and you wish to have this livestream setup as lightweight as possible.

This Way, SeeMo and CineView will serve as an external converter (or in other people’s words, a co-processor), that convert live HDMI/SDI video source to inputtable form of video signal that can be directly transmitted to iPhones/iPads through SeeMo’s USB video out, or through WiFi to the Apple or Android devices.

Once your receiving devices are getting the live video signal from SeeMo or CineView, setup the app to correctly, apply needed LUT, rotate the stream if you’re streaming vertical, then tell the app where to send your video stream and start livestreaming.

(Of course if you have a proper set of CineView with dedicated Rx (Receiver) unit, you can connect the HDMI/SDI output to a livestream switcher or capture card for a more professional livestream setup.)

Next we’re going to guide your though every step of live streaming through our software:

1. Make Sure – Can you Live Stream?

It’s very common to see customers with newly registered accounts having trouble getting the livestream through. The first thing you may need to take care of is making sure that your account is capable of live streaming.

It’s very often, especially with social media platforms, to require certain processes if users wish to livestream. For example, requiring identity authentication and checking if your age etc. meets the platform requirement.

Failure to meet the requirements may result in inability to live stream, sudden termination of livestream or simply view limiting. Some platforms may even refuse to grant you external livestream permission if the platform requirements are not met.

And this kind of limitation may get more complex according to your local law and streaming service providers’ policy. Please first login to your account on their smart phone app or official webpage, see if any process is needed, complete them then come back and continue preparing the livestream setup.

2. Acquire your Stream Location and key

It’s relatively easy to get your personal account’s livestream address and key on international streaming platforms.

Please Note that: All following demonstration video clips, for faster preview speed and better viewing experience, are optimized-encoded to 500KB to 3MB in H.265. Please view this Blog in browsers like Google Chrome, Apple Safari, and Microsoft Edge that support native H.265 decoding if your current browser shows video unplayable errors.

Twitch

Twitch is the largest livestream-focused platform there is on earth, and of course it has the most complex ingestion and distribution network structure available.

To acquire the RTMP (Real Time Media protocol) streaming URL you first need to enter the link below, the twitch ingest recommendation link will offer you links of multiple servers near your location for best network stability.

Please Enter this Page with your Intended Network for Livestreaming:
https://help.twitch.tv/s/twitch-ingest-recommendation
(Just Google “Twitch Ingest” and you’ll find this page in the future once you remembered the live process in this blog.)

Please enter this web page with your intended network for livestream.

Choose a server, copy the RTMP URL of the server, keep this

Now you can follow the instructions on this page:
https://help.twitch.tv/s/article/twitch-stream-key-faq
(Twitch’s Network Benchmark Stream Guide also available on this page)

First Simply Signup or Login to Twitch.tv

Click your Profile Picture on the up-right corner

Enter the Creator Dashboard

Click to Expand the Settings menu on the left

Then click “Stream

On the Right you’ll see your account’s Primary Stream Key

Now delete the “{stream_key}” part of your URL, and paste your actual stream key directly after the “app/”. Now the streaming URL is ready.

Attention: For Twitch, you only need to use a single URL for streaming, as the streaming key is meant to be written inside the URL, but for now our App has not yet been optimized for Twitch, you just need to use the correct URL with your stream key in it, then copy and paste the stream key to the input section of “Stream key” on our app, it works just the same. Our app will be updated to optimize for popular streaming platforms.

TikTok

TikTok now allows users to use external streaming software to stream on their platform.

Here’s a detailed instruction on how to use OBS to stream on TikTok Shop Academy.

https://seller-uk.tiktok.com/university/essay?knowledge_id=7738055662569218

According to TikTok, in Order to Go Live on TikTok, You MUST:

  • Be 18 years of age or older to go LIVE
  • Be 18 years of age or older (or 19 in South Korea) to send or receive Gifts during a LIVE.
  • Have 1,000 followers to go LIVE (may vary across regions).

You need to be at least close to 18 and accumulate close to 1000 followers to ask their customer support team to open up Official Access to Go Live on your account. If you have about 800 followers, you may also consider a free-to-join/subscribe-to-join TikTok Live Agency that will grant you access to external Streaming capability and TikTok Live Studio, but Please be careful and Evaluate Potential Risk if you wish to do this.

Login to TikTok.com and see if the “Go LIVE” button is showing up, if it is available, then it means you already have access to external livestream capability.

In this case, just Click on “Go LIVE” button, then in “LIVE Room“, Click “Go Live” to Reveal the stream server URL and key.

Unfortunately, we don’t have a TikTok account with streaming permission ready for demonstration. But according to TikTok’s own OBS guide, you may hand over stream from your mobile TikTok App to PC, refer to This Part in the previously mentioned TikTok Shop Blog.

Instagram

Instagram on the other hand, offers easier access to external streaming capabilities but Only to Professional Accounts.

Luckily “Professional Account” isn’t an option only available for big influencers. Any individual or company can turn their account into a professional one.

First login to Instagram.com, Choose More, Settings, scroll down and select account type and tools, switch to professional account. Then select the account type of your choice, after the conversion, you’ll be able to have go live option directly on Instagram.com.

Sadly our technical testing account has already been converted, but you can follow the instructions in this very intuitive video from Restream.io: (From 0:10 to 0:44)

After Account Conversion, click create, and select Live video.

Add Title, select if you’d like this stream to go public or is it just for test.

Then you’ll see the stream URL and key.

Please Remember: Once you start the preview, the Stream Key will reset after 5 hours. You’ll have to repeat the steps above if you wish to do a very long live session.

YouTube

After the tedious process necessary to stream on social media platforms, YouTube streaming is so much simpler.

Log in your Google Account on youtube.com, click the camera & plus icon, Select Go live

Then in YouTube’s Live Welcome Panel, select right now or schedule a stream.

And in the stream page, you’ll find the Stream Server URL and your Stream Key.

Facebook

Facebook, in fact, is even simpler. First Login to FaceBook.com

Then go to: https://www.facebook.com/live/producer

Just like YouTube select Go Live Now or Schedule a Stream for later.

Select streaming software, and open advanced settings

Here you’ll find the server URL and stream key.

Okay, Now we’ve learned how to acquire stream location and key from 5 popular platforms. If you’re streaming to a platform not included here, you may search “Platform Name” + “OBS”/”Stream Key” (and preferably “Guide”) on Google/YouTube.

For example: LinkedIn OBS Guide, Vimeo Stream Key Guide etc.

If you paid attention, you’ll find that the server URL is just a website location telling the software where to send the stream, the stream key is actually the most important one, telling the server your account ID and includes authentication codes to pass security check.

Stream Key is equivalent to the combination of a Private Account’s username and password. Do not give it out to anyone you do not trust. And if it’s compromised, refresh/reset your stream key immediately.

(But beware, DO NOT REFRESH or reset your stream key DURING your stream session, if you do so, the livestream will suddenly stop and show that no signal is coming or you’re offline. In this case, you will have to reconfigure your stream setting in our app or any other stream software.)

Now we’re finally ready to stream through Accsoon SEE App or through OBS if you’re using CineView with switchers and computers.

3. LiveRoom or LiveRig Setup

Before starting to Livestream, let’s first properly setup your room for live stream if you’re streaming indoors, or your camera rig for outdoor livestream.

Configure and test your switchers, capture cards, driver software, OBS or other software for PC based streams. If you’re using a Tx&Rx set of CineView HE or any later models of CineView with UVC output, you can directly connect it to your laptop or desktop PC’s USB port for low-latency capture-card-free convenience.

If you’re using mobile devices for a lightweight carry-anywhere style livestream camera rig, we’d recommend SeeMo for this. Make sure the places you’re going to or through have good enough cellular network coverage & speed. Definitely make sure that the phone plan you’ve subscribed to has enough data and speed for your livestream (Very Important, streaming will use a lot of upload data, no one wants an Overpriced bill next month).

Configure and Test your setup before livestream, especially focus on network and streaming stability. Make sure all the cable are well connected and will not cause problems during a live session, then we’re ready to stream.

4. Setup on your Smart Phone/iPad to start live stream

When you’re solely relying on smart devices to livestream, and you need to interact with your audience as you livestream in real-time, we Sincerely Recommend Preparing Two Smart Devicesone for monitoring and stream sending and one for accessing your live signal and live chat.

Preferably one device with stronger cellular or WiFi signal stability directly connected to SeeMo or CineView for monitoring and stream pushing, and another just for accessing liveview and chatroom.

Since most social media platforms’ logic when it comes to livestream on mobile devices is to build their own set of filters plus stream features, maintaining their user base and keeping it a closed loop as much as possible, you’ll like the convenience of simply getting stream keys from their desktop version of their official website.

Get URL and key from your Smart Phone/iPad

To access the desktop version of a webpage:

On iOS devices: (Safari)

In Safari Browser, you may first normally login to the mobile version of the webpage, then click “aA” icon on the left of your URL bar. (or the button on the same location if you’re using other languages) Click Request Desktop Website.

On Android Chrome: (Android and iOS)

In Chrome Browser, instead of finding “aA”, the page settings menu needs to be opened by clicking on the Request Desktop Site.

This way you can enter desktop version of those platform webpages, and repeat the process mentioned earlier, login, go through the process and find your stream URL and key, ready to copy paste them.

Setting-up Accsoon SEE App

Connect to your SeeMo or CineView, then open up Accsoon SEE App, select the your corresponding model, then click on monitor. This way you’ll enter SeeMo or CineView’s monitoring page.

Before you start streaming, first configure the live encoder settings. Click the slider icon on the bottom right, this way you’ll enter video encoding and recording settings. The Transmission bitrate in the Video Settings is the bitrate from your SeeMo to your iPhone or iPad, we recommend keeping it as high as possible. Go to the Record and Stream setting, you’ll find the option to stream with LUT burnt-in, rotation settings for vertical streaming and streaming bitrate your iPhone or iPad will encode in.

(For now, re-encoding for livestream or recording is a feature not offered on CineView)

After setting this up, click the Live Button on the right.

We have YouTube Facebook and Bilibili optimized and you just need to input the stream key, for other platforms, please select custom.

Paste the URL and Stream Keys, make sure the liveview of SeeMo or CineView is operating normally (switching between apps might cause the liveview to pause, reconnect SeeMo or going back to device selection screen and re-enter the monitoring page will solve this), then click “Start Streaming”.

The app will prompt you a window telling you if it failed to connect. If nothing shows up and the Live Button just keeps emitting red circles, it means it successfully started sending the stream.

If failed, please make sure your Internet connection, Stream URL, Keys and other settings are correct, then retry.

Use another laptop, desktop PC or phone/table to access your live room on the platform, make sure the stream is arriving well to your platform’s server and interact with your audience.

Additional Notes

1. CineView Bitrate for livesteam

When you’re using CineView for streaming, we recommend setting the image quality bitrate control on the transmitter to NOM(or NOR) and SPD.

All of our Wireless Video products use adaptive bitrate encoding, in extreme test benchmarks the bitrate can peak up to 45 Mbps (28-35 and even 45mbps peak bitrate in HQ mode). When this happens your audience will definitely experience buffering and potentially bring down the quality and experience of your livestream if the network stability between you and the server isn’t fast enough.

If you’re primarily focusing on livestream, we recommend switching to Speed or Normal for lower peak bitrate.

(Speed mode will have normally 3-5 mbps, may go up to 6-8 mbps for moving scenes, normally peak around 14mbps.)

Here is a short clip demonstrating switching image quality setting on a CineView SE, from HQ to Normal then from Normal to Speed optimizing for livestream, and then from Speed back to HQ for better local monitoring image quality instead.

2. Do not refresh Stream Key during Livestream

As mentioned earlier, refreshing your stream key during a live session will cause the livestream to end. This is particularly important for CineView users, when your device is connected to CineView’s WiFi network, most of the app requiring internet access won’t work, and you’ll have to switch back to cellular or normal WiFi with internet connection, find and copy again the stream key, paste it back, then reconnect to CineView WiFi.

To avoid such tedious processes, please do not refresh stream key during livestream. Not to mention the stream key tends to be fixed for a relatively long period of time before mandatory refresh (or none at all), so it’s best to keep your frequently used URL and Key in the live settings for convenience.

3. CineView or SeeMo? The difference?

If you’d like a lightweight live setup with a dedicated camera, SeeMo is your go-to option, it offers more in-app features like rotation and re-encode for livestream, and it does not take up your devices’ WiFi connection capability.

Plus SeeMo is designed for iOS and iPad OS from the ground up, the MFI-passed USB video transmission connection and the ability to pair it with older Lightning-Port Apple devices offer greater compatibility in the Apple ecosystem.

CineView is mostly a Wireless Video Solution, people using it for livestream tend to already have a complete livestream/broadcast setup, they’re just using a set of CineView or CineEye (Good Old CineEye 2 Pros still rock) as additional wireless video transmission in their existing setup.

But if you just own a Tx (Transmitter Unit) or just using it for a lighter camera setup, we still offer you the ability to push the stream from CineView directly to live servers from WiFi to Cellular using our Accsoon SEE App.

Final Thoughts

Okay, that’s it! From the basic concepts of streaming to how to acquire stream location and keys on your intended platform then to setting it up in the app, now you know the basics of how to use SeeMo and CineView for Livestreaming.

Hope this guide can be of help to you. If you’re encountering issues with connecting cameras, confused about camera output formats, or maybe considering rigging solution for SeeMo, feel free to explore our guides blog section. We’ll keep updating this part of the site from now on.

If you’re encountering rare issues, need help with certain models, you can always drop emails to our support@accsoon.com email address, or chat using the chat module on our site, it’s located in the lower right corner of the page.

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Bonus Includes:

If you happen to be living in China, intending to Go Live on Chinese Social Media Platforms.
Our Chinese Version of this Live Guide might be of Great Help, with detailed steps on How to Acquire stream URLs and Keys on platforms like BilibiliDouyinXiaohongshu and WeChat Video Channels.

Here’s an English Reiteration of the Finding Platforms’ URL and Key part of the blog:

Bilibili

First Login to Bilibili.com

Then on the Home Page, Click on the LiveStream Section (“直播“), Find the Sticky Panel on the Right, Click on the Start Streaming Settings (“开播设置“).

Of course the steps mentioned Above is how you normally enter your own Stream Room Settings. If you want the Shortcuts, just keep this URL: https://link.bilibili.com/p/center/index#/my-room/start-live

Scroll Down to Find your Stream Initiation Section, First Select the Proper Stream Category (under”直播分类“, Mandatory by Policy), Name your Stream under LiveRoom Name(“房间标题“), and then Click on Start Stream(“开始直播“).

Here You’ll find the Stream URL and Key. (We have Bilibili Optimization in our Accsoon SEE App, so just copy the Keys, and Paste it after selecting Bilibili in the Platforms Selection in Stream/Record Menu.)

If you are preparing to stream indoors, within an already established WiFi network environment, you can try out Bilibili’s LiveHime, an optimized OBS GUI for and from Bilibili. With LiveHime and SeeMo you can easily setup a wireless camera connection with internal network stream pushing, LiveHime will provide a virtual local Receive Server and you just need to dial in the local server URL and Key in the App.

Here’s a Walk Through Video Demonstrating this function:

Here’s another Walkthrough Video demonstrating the normal Stream Steps Mentioned Prior:

That’s it for Bilibili.

WeChat Channels

First Enter WeChat Channels’ Desktop Page: channels.weixin.qq.com
Scan to login, then on the Left Panels, Click on LiveStream(“直播“) to expand the options, then Selection Livestream Management(“直播管理“).

Do be careful that similar to TikTok, WeChat Channels too, require the account to meet certain requirements before granting access to Live Functions. 1000 follows are needed for applying external streaming permission.

There are other ways too, but you’ll need official business & non-commercial entity verification, or provide proof that you’re someone of influence and skill like videos of past shows aired on national television channels etc. Professional Skill Certificates pass certain levels can be used to prove you’re someone with excellent skill as well, please find more details about this in the WeChat App.

Here’s a Walk Through Video demonstrating the steps with Accsoon’s official Account already granted Live access:

that’s it for WeChat Channels

XiaoHongShu

First Enter Xiaohongshu Official Site: Xiaohongshu.com

Find the Creative Center(“创作中心“) on the Upper Right Corner, Click and then Select Desktop Livestream Helper(“电脑直播助手“), Login is required for accessing backstage of your account.

Once logged-in, Click on the start OBS Streaming(“去OBS开播“) on the Lower Left Corner. (An Access Granting Panel will showup the first time you clicked on this, Currently No follower Amount etc. kind of requirements needed for this.)

Then you’ll enter the External Livestream Access Page, on the Right is Xiaohongshu’s Live Server URL, but a secondary authentication is need for accessing your Stream Key.

The Code needed here can only be found on your mobile Xiaohongshu App, Open Xiaohongshu App on your Phone, Click on the Plus Icon to Enter Camera Feed Page, Switch to LiveStream, then Click on the Settings Icon(“设置“), switch to Computer(“电脑“).

Now the Authentication Code will Appear, copy and keep this.

Paste the Code to the Input Box on the Website, and you’ll get your Stream Key.

Do not Forget the Server URL on the right, paste them in your live settings and you’ll be able to watch your live feed on your phone. Select a Stream Thunbnai, get a name etc. and then click to Initiate Streaming(“进入直播“).

Xiaohongshu’s Stream Key Aquirement is a bit complicated as it involves additional authentication. Here’s a Complete Walk Through Video that can help you understand this more clearly.

That’s it for Xiaohongshu.

Douyin (TikTok in China)

Just like TikTok, Douyin is very strict when it comes to opening up access to external streaming solution. But on top of this, as most Asian Streamers heavily rely on Platforms, Douyin as the largest “Everything” “EveryKind” Live Social Media Platform, simply Does Not Offer Direct External Streaming Acess.

To have easy External Stream Access, you’ll have to join and apply through an MCN or Live Agency, which is more often than not, risky to legal issues and frauds.

Luckily SeeMo’s Live Function is one of the first programs to adopt Douyin’s ByteDance Official API. This means external camera feed as live signal through SeeMo and Accsoon SEE App is just the same as streaming in Douyin’s mobile App.

No need to Accumulate 1000 followers, no need to apply for access to Douyin’s Live Studio Software. As long as you’re not banned from Going Live, you’re one click away (Actually a few) from going live with a dedicated camera.

Let me demonstrate this for you, take my account for example. It has not even reach the bear minimum 500 followers to even apply for any advanced live functions. And when logged-in to Douyin’s Propriortary Live Studio, I can’t even apply for accessing the features within.

But with SeeMo and Accsoon SEE App, it becomes so much easier. All I need to do is to login in Douyin’s App on my device.

Then go to Accsoon SEE, click on the Douyin Icon, Connect to my Douyin Account (Quit”退出直播” then Rebounded in this Video), and you’ll be redirected to Douyin as a permission granting panel shows up. You’ll see that the data we’re asking is simply accessing stream data from Douyin and pushing stream to Douyin.

Accept and grant access to our App, then click on the Douyin icon again, Choose to Start Streaming(“开始直播”).

And that’s it!

I think it’s quite necessary to emphasize again that we’re adopting Douyin’s official API, it’s the same as livestreaming within your Douyin App using your Phone camera. No follower Amount or additional weird Requirements needed using our live solution.

This feature is only achieved as Accsoon subscribed to ByteDance’s Paid Commercial Interface, IT IS NOT FREE. Douyin Live Optimization comes with the release of SeeMo 4K, which was first introduced in March 25. And we’ve been giving 6 HOURS of FREE LIVE TIME every day since it comes available in early April.

After June 23, we’ll No Longer Offer Long Free Live Time and this feature will become paid-subscription-based.

Here’s one last Walk Through Video for Douyin Live:

And that’s it for Douyin as well!

Wrap Up

I hope this Blog walking you through complicated steps for setting up livestream really helped. More Blogs and Guides are coming, See you soon. -Adam/Duan_Songyun

Duan Songyun

A filmmaking tech & equipment enthusiast, been there did that, now currently affiliated with Accsoon. Most used to Kinefinity cameras, interested in ACES & T-log but can’t afford Baselight lol.

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