The TelVue HyperCaster can integrate with several third party products. LiveU, Teradek, TriCaster, and virtual meeting platforms, such as Zoom and WebEx, can all become live feed sources. Some services, such as Skype and GoToMeeting, cannot easily integrate for a variety of reasons. For these solutions, OBS Studio by Open Broadcaster Software is a great option for capturing and streaming these live event applications. OBS generally allows capturing the application window from any running application, so these steps can be used to integrate the final output of almost any application with your HyperCaster.
You will need to have a Mac or PC that you can leave unattended running the application of your choosing in full screen, or alternatively have a web browser showing the session in full screen. For example, for Skype or GoToMeeting, you would run the client application and tune into the meeting as a participant, and stream that application window.
For capturing audio on a Mac, you’ll need to install an additional OBS plugin.
Once all of your elements are in place and you have the meeting event open and running, click Start Streaming.
On your HyperCaster, you should now see bitrate start to appear on the Config -> Feeds -> Live Streams page next to the OBS feed you created earlier. The stream source is now able to be scheduled for capture and/or live playout out to your channel.
After you have stopped the live stream event to your channel, you can safely exit your meeting application’s full-screen mode on the device running OBS. In OBS, click Stop Streaming.
As a best practice, it is also highly recommended that you record the live event to a file locally on the device running OBS Studio. This provides a backup recording in case there are any issues with recording the live stream, such as networking problems, or congestion over the Internet that may cause some dropouts. The locally recorded file can be uploaded to your HyperCaster after the event is finished, and will provide the highest quality copy.
When you’re ready to record, in OBS Studio, click Start Recording.
If needed, you can locate the local recording in the directory you specified in step 3 above and import to the HyperCaster as you would any other file.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If the computer running OBS is on the same local network as your HyperCaster, you should be able to stream to it directly without any firewall concerns.
If the computer running OBS is outside the network, or has to stream across the Internet, your network firewall must be configured to forward RTMP streaming traffic, typically on port 1935, to port 1935 (UDP/TCP) on your HyperCaster’s management IP address. Please consult with your network administrator to make the configuration change.
Should you not wish to allow RTMP streams through your firewall, but still would like to integrate live OBS events on your HyperCaster, an alternative is to stream from OBS to Facebook Live or YouTube Live, and then configure your HyperCaster to play and/or record from Facebook Live or play and/or record from YouTube Live.
If you are a TelVue CloudCast streaming service subscriber, you can also stream your OBS meeting to an available CloudCast live streaming ingest point, and configure your HyperCaster with the CloudCast HLS stream for playout and recording.