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Trying Streamyard for various things

Up until now, I've been doing the following

  • Streaming: zoom -> OBS -> Youtube
  • Podcast: zoom -> FCP -> audio/video -> podcast host/Youtube

Having 2 PyLadies collab events hosted by PyLadies Paris and PyLadies Munich on separate occasions via their Streamyard accounts, Mick and I decided to sign up on this platform.

After briefly playing around the features (limited but very useful and already miles ahead of doing everything on OBS), we saw we can broadcast a video, so I uploaded a small video and it bounced back saying that it allows max 15 Mbps and only allows mp4 files.

Found a solution, but first had to check something so I don't make a mistake:

get right bit rate

Next, I used Handbrake (it's free) and convert my .mov file (output from Final Cut Pro, which I use to cut all my videos) to an .mp4 file.

Before you do anything on Handbrake, click on Video tab, and click on **Average Bitrate (kbps), and replace default 6000 with 14000.

Video Tab

Go back to Summary tab.

Summary Tab

I opted for the preset Fast 1080p30 and the format output to MP4.

Choose your destination to save the rendered file to at the bottom of the dialog.

That's is, hit that green play button up top to get the video converted.

🚨 Now you noticed why I didn't use 15000 instead of 14000 for my bit rate in Handbrake.

I did try that and when I uploaded to Streamyard, it still complained I was over.

The following screenshots is my converted video with 14 Mbps bit rate.

Opened Quick Time on my Mac.

Quick Time - opening Movie inspector

Clicked on Show Movie Inspector from the menu.

Quick Time - Movie inspector

Click on Video Details and it will drop down more information.

Quick Time - Movie inspector - Video Details

As you can see it's a bit over 14000, so that's why my video with 15000 bit rate failed to upload on Streamyard.

So with Streamyard, I hope to use this for

  • Streaming on PyLadies Dublin
  • Suggest to use it for the new podcast recordings with my co-producer
  • Record tutorials for Coding Grace
  • Small workshops for Coding Grace

We will see what other tricks we can come up with using Streamyard. πŸ₯°

Top comments (3)

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whykay πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ’»πŸˆπŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ (she/her)

Forgot to end the article properly, you can broadcast a livestream or a video. The video is similar to premiering your video on Youtube. And you can rebroadcast the same video to other destinations other than you Youtube channel if you decide to share the video on Facebook, another youtube channel, LinkedIn, Vimeo, etc.

In this test mentioned in the post, I didn't broadcast the video, got as far as uploading it. For my pro plan, it allows 50 hours recorded video, and if you remove the video, you get your time back. So it's a great buffer if you record something and you download the mp4 locally and then delete it to free up space.

I tend to download the mp4 from Youtube anyway after a stream as I keep forgetting to record it locally on OBS. πŸ˜…

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Andy Piper

This is useful, thanks for the tips here. I’ve used StreamYard in combination with Twitch for a few things now, and I quite like their interface. Always useful to know the hidden tricks and tips!

whykay profile image
whykay πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ’»πŸˆπŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ (she/her)

Thanks, fun as it is using OBS (with a lot of tutorials watched on Youtube as it's quite a high level to entry using it), I'm happy to try other tools.
Now I (mostly) know what I want, it's nice take that pressure of doing everything by myself on OBS and leave much of it to Streamyard. Can't wait to use it more and see what other things I can do with it. I hope to document it as I learn more as I thought it might be useful for some folks here. πŸ₯°
Plus I want to hook it up to my Streamdeck now. πŸ€©πŸ€–