User Guide

Choosing a live encoder

  Last Updated on November 4, 2015 at 9:28 am

If you have not already done so, you will need to download an encoder. There are many live encoders available today but we suggest you start with the free version of Flash Media Live Encoder (FLME).

Go to for a link to download it.

FLME however works differently on a PC or Mac :

FLME on a PC

Unfortunately due to licensing restrictions, FLME for a PC does not come with AAC Audio. It is necessary to purchase a plug in from Main Concept at the following link. Instruction for downloading it can be found on their website. Once installed, the settings are very similar to those for RTMP Streaming.

FLME on a Mac

Apple have AAC included on all Mac software. On Opening FLME, you are already given the option to select AAC or FLME. Select Video H264 & Audio AAC.

There are many other live encoders available today. Below are some of the most popular:

Please Note:  Although RTMP streams will start being played within the first 30 seconds, due to the technologies required to stream to mobile devices, it may take up to 90 seconds for the stream to start. A certain number of segments of video have to be loaded and transmuxed before the stream is available for distribution to the Edge Servers . Error messages may appear during this time. Once the steam is available to the Edge Servers, then your viewers should receive the stream within a few seconds. We therefore suggest that you start streaming prior to the event to ensure your viewers receive the stream without any such messages.