How to Set Up a Live Feed From a Computer


Setting up a live feed from your computer provides viewers aware of the feed URL with access to your webcam video and audio. Live feeds can be useful for addressing a large audience or monitoring an area in real time. You can have a completely functioning live feed from your computer in a matter of minutes if you download video encoder software.

Things You'll Need

  • Webcam
  • Microphone (optional)
  • Video encoder software
  • Broadband internet connection
  • Connect your webcam. Use a webcam that you have already tested and used successfully. Do the same for your microphone if you intend to feed audio and your webcam does not have one.

  • Download and install video encoder software, such as Windows Media Encoder.

  • Run your video encoder software and choose the “Broadcast A Live Event” option in its session wizard.

  • Select your webcam as the video source in the following panel. Select your soundcard as the audio source if you intend to broadcast sound as well.

  • Set “Pull From the Encoder” as your broadcast method.

  • Choose “Find Free Port” to allow your encoder to choose an available broadcast port if it does not locate on automatically. Make note of the URLs provided for your internet and LAN connections, as you may need them later for sharing the feed or embedding it on an external website.

  • Choose an encoding value. Select an encoding value that is compatible with your internet connection and viewing application and those of your intended audience. Test your feed using default encoding values if you are unsure.

  • Check “Begin broadcasting when I click Finish”. Click Finish to begin and view your live feed.

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