BROADCASTING FROM AN ANDROID DEVICE

The free GoCoder for Android is not as universal as the iPhone app - due to the lack of uniformity in older devices - but with newer devices it works quite well. The follow instructions are taken from the Wowza site.

Requires Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean / API 16) or later. Download here from Google Play for $4.99.

Configure Wowza GoCoder App

  1. Launch the Wowza GoCoder app on your Android device. An instructional overlay image is displayed on top of the application after it launches.


    The overlay provides a brief description of each of the app's buttons. To dismiss it, tap anywhere on the screen. To dismiss the overlay image permanently, tap the X character.


  2. Specify the Wowza server information. Tap Server info in the upper-right corner of the app to display the Server page.


    1. Tap Host, enter Server and Port information, and then press the BACK key.


      Please refer to your broadcast address, eg rtmp://mtvnyc.dyndns.tv/allTemples/Panama and your stream name eg PanamaRathaYatra
      Server is the hostname from your rtmp address, in this case mtvnyc.dyndns.tv
      Port is the port used for streaming. This is always 1935.
      Tap Application, enter Application and Stream Name information, and then tap Back.

      Please refer to your broadcast address, eg rtmp://mtvnyc.dyndns.tv/allTemples/Panama and Stream, eg Panama Rathayatra
      • Application is the last two parts of your FMLE rtmp address eg: allTemples/Panama or autorecord/Panama
      • Stream Name is your stream name: Panama Rathayatra.
      ('autorecord' is used instead of 'allTemples' when the broadcaster wants to record everything being broadcast without using the MTV Admin Panel to initiate a recording)

    2. Tap Publisher Login, enter Publisher Name and Password information, and then tap Done.
      • Publisher Name is your channel name Panama
      • Password is your broadcast password ********.
      Specify encoding settings for video and audio. Tap the Options button in the upper-right corner of the app to display the Options page.

Video

For video streams, do the following:

  1. Tap Stream, tap either Video + Audio or Video, and then press the BACK key.


  2. Tap Video Settings, specify the Frame Rate and Key Frame Interval (number of seconds between key frames), and then press the BACK key.


    Notes:
    • Not all Android devices guarantee the target frame-rate or key-frame interval of the output stream.
  3. Tap Video Size, select a video size, and then press the BACK key.


    The available Video Size values will vary depending on device capabilities and network connection type.

Audio

For audio-only streams, do the following:

  • Tap Stream, tap Audio Only, and then press the BACK key.

    This setting removes any video that's present from the encoded stream, meaning that only the audio portion is delivered to the Wowza server. If everything is configured correctly, you'll see the following message displayed in the app:

    Audio-only

Auto Restart

To specify that the GoCoder app should start streaming to the Wowza server after the connection is lost and then re-established, slide the Auto Restart button to ON.

Specify the encoded bitrate for the stream. Tap the bitrate button in the lower-left corner of the app to show the available bitrates.


In the bitrate bar, select the highest bitrate value that you want to stream, depending on audience and bandwidth availability.

Generally use 250kbps, as most viewers will be able to watch at that setting


The available bitrates will vary depending on device capabilities, the selected Video Size, and network connection type.

(If needed) For devices that have an LED flash for the rear-facing camera, tap the LED flash button () in the upper-left corner of the app to enable LED flash mode. Setting LED flash mode to ON provides extra light.

Tap the button again to disable LED flash mode (set to OFF).

For devices that have front-facing and rear-facing cameras, tap the Camera switch button () in the upper-left corner of the app to toggle the selected camera.

To broadcast to the Wowza server, tap the Encode button.

If everything is configured correctly, you'll see the following message displayed in the app:

Connected

After streaming starts, the Egg Timer starts incrementing. To stop the broadcast to the Wowza server, tap the Encode button again.

Troubleshooting