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Setting up a livestream

1.0 | Create a live clip

Go to the third tab “Live stream” in the Upload & Transcode screen and choose between a Blue Billywig Stream or a Third Party Stream.

1.1 | Blue Billywig Stream

Choose this option if you want Blue Billywig to be responsible for the reception, processing and distribution of the live stream.

  • Enter a “Title” and a “Stream name” for the stream.
  • Select your options:
    • Stream type: Video or Audio
      Always choose the video option if you want to stream video and audio. For example, if you want to broadcast a live podcast, choose audio.
    • Ingested type: RTMP or Webdav
      If you don’t know which option to choose here, choose RTMP.
    • Ingest variant: Simple or Multi
      If you aren’t sure which option to choose here, choose Simple.
  • Click on “Create Live stream”. Now a media clip of type Live is created.

Blue Billywig Live Stream

You can now continue to chapter 2.

1.2 | Third Party Stream

Choose this option if you have a hosted stream that only needs to be rendered in the Blue Billywig Player.

  • Enter a “Title” for the stream
  • Enter the “Source URL” where the OVP can retrieve the stream to display in the player.
  • Indicate what type of stream it is: “Video” or “Audio”.
  • You can provide additional information about Type, Bandwidth and the format (Width & Height). This can be added at a later time, if necessary.
  • Click “Create Live stream”. Now a media clip of type Live is created and the source is retrieved from the Source URL.

Third Party Live Stream

You can now proceed to chapter 3 to publish the clip.


This chapter only applies if you are using the Blue Billywig Stream.

After creating the live stream, it needs to be linked to a video source. You do this as follows:

  1. When creating a Blue Billywig Stream, an “ingest URL” is offered together with a “Stream key”. This provides access to the live stream server. Both the “ingest URL” and the “Stream key” must be entered in the source application. In this way, we link between the source and the Blue Billywig live stream server.
    Live Stream Ingest Details

    It’s important to use an application between the camera and the live stream server in order to offer both image and sound online. If you don’t currently have an application for this, we recommend OBS Studio, which can be used free of charge.

  2. Click Save at the bottom right to save all changes and proceed to chapter 3. 

3.0 | Publishing a live stream

You’re now ready to embed your first live video stream on your website.

  1. Before publishing the live clip on your website, it’s important that you enter all metadata, such as Title, Description and Deeplink. These fields can be found under the tab “Metadata” of the live clip.
  2. Be sure to provide a good Thumbnail for the live clip. This is the image viewers see in the player before the live stream plays.
  3. Change the status of the clip from Draft to Published and click Save to save all changes.
  4. Finally, go to the fifth tab “Embed”. Select the desired “Playout” and copy the provided embed code. Place this on the page where you want to play the live stream.

There are a number of optional features in the Blue Billywig Live platform that you can take advantage of such as recording, chat and restreaming a live stream.

4.0 | Pausing a live stream

Take a break during a live stream. During the break, the thumbnail of the live stream will display.

  1. Navigate to the live media clip again and choose the tab “Streams”.
  2. Check the option “Paused” so that the recording is paused and click “Save”. The live stream is now paused.
  3. As soon as you uncheck it and save it again, the live stream resumes.


Updated on August 26, 2020

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