Businesses have long recognized the power of VBrick technologies to stream inside the corporate network. Indeed, the combination of Rev video management in the cloud and on-premise distribution using Rev’s integrated eCDN (comprising Distributed Media Engines, or DMEs) make it simple to stream to employees and external viewers regardless of their device or location. However, it can be valuable to stream using both internal systems such as Rev, and external, consumer-facing systems such as YouTube or Facebook.
Fortunately, VBrick makes it easy to push video streams out to external consumer-facing services as well as to internal users. In this two-part blog series, we will first examine how to push content to YouTube, and then how to push content to Facebook.
Recently, YouTube has made live streaming available (in beta form) to all account holders, regardless of subscribers. To configure live streaming, you may need to go through a verification process. Start this process by accessing the Creator Studio and going to the Live Streaming section or by accessing https://www.youtube.com/live_dashboard when authenticated to your account.
After the YouTube verification process, you’ll be asked to complete some basic information about the stream including its categorization and privacy settings. You can additionally choose to schedule a live stream in advance at a particular time, or go live as soon as a stream is detected.
VBrick DME Configuration:
To set up your VBrick DME, you’ll need two key things from YouTube: the Server URL and the Stream name/key as listed in the screenshot above. For video sources, you will need an appropriate streaming source, a software or hardware encoder, or a video conferencing system with appropriate integrations. In this case, I’ve used a Cisco Telepresence DX70 as my video source, streamed through a Cisco TelePresence Content Server to the DME. (Note: This is intended to provide one example of a possible configuration, and is not intended to imply engineering certification.)
Once the stream source is sending video to your DME, navigate to the DME admin page, and go to Output Configuration -> Flash Push.
Populate fields on this page as follows:
Within a few seconds of applying your changes, you should see ‘Status=Connected’ listed on the DME Flash Push page, and an indication of the successful stream on the YouTube page – along with a preview of the stream.
In Part 2 of this series, we will explore a similar streaming setup for Facebook Live.