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 Windows Media Encoder Installation

To stream to your Windows Media server live you must install Windows Media Encoder on your PC. You MUST use Windows Media Encoder to encode successfully with WebcastWarehouse. You can download the software (Version 9 is currently only available for Windows2000/XP) from here:
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Internet Explorer users: When prompted, "What would you like to do with this file" choose "Save this program to disk" and click "OK". You will then be asked where you want to save the file. Change the "Save in" field to read "Desktop" and click "Save" so the download process can begin.

Installation Notes: You should close all applications on your PC before installing Windows Media Encoder. Once you have downloaded the file WMEncoder.exe , Click it and install Windows Media Encoder 9 on your PC.

 Installing & Setup Windows Media Encoder 9

PLEASE NOTE:  Be patient and wait for the software to respond again before continuing.

1. Create a new session by choosing 'File'->'New Session' from the drop down menu. Using the 'Wizard' menu, choose "Broadcast a live event".

2. You next need to select the Devices that you will use to webcast live. In the 'Device Options' window, from the drop-down menus, choose the devices that you will use to webcast. If you are webcasting Video, you will need to select a device for both 'Audio' and 'Video. If you are webcasting Audio only, just choose an Audio device.
Note: Multichannel Wav Source will not work as an audio device when live webcasting with Windows Media Encoder. This gives an 'Invalid Parameter' when you later try to use the software. You will need to choose or install another audio device.  
You can adjust the manufacturer's settings for each device by clicking the 'Configure' button next to each device. These settings are specific to your own equipment. Click 'Next' to move on to the next screen'.


3. You next need to choose the Broadcast Method. This determines how you will send your webcast data to our servers. 
Make sure to choose "Push to a Windows Media server (the connection is initiated by the encoder). This simplifies the webcasting method. 

Click 'Next' to move on to the next screen'


4. The next window configures the Publishing Point. You will now add a server destination for your webcast using the details sent to you by email into the 'Server and Publishing Point' window. You will need all the details sent to you for the software to work with our servers. Where asked, be sure you enter the details into the software carefully and correctly as below: . 


5. You will now set up the webcast bitrate or bandwidth settings for your target audience. These settings are critical. If you want to be able to reach users with only a dial-up modem connection, you will need to send your webcast to our servers at no more than 200Kbps. If you want to reach broadband users, typically a 64Kbps webcast is good enough for audio, and 64Kbps to 150Kbps for video. Just remember.. keep the webcast bitrate as low as you can - you will reach more people that way with less interruption or 'drop-out'. Your audience connection or their ISP may not be as good as yours!

In the "Encoding Options" screen, choose "Multiple bit rates" for your Video settings, and "Multiple bit rates" for your audio settings. In the example below, we have changed the 'Audio' setting to 'Voice quality'. This puts the emphasis on the video element of the webcast for clearer video pictures. There are a considerable number of preset options with the encoder, and experimentation will yield a good final result. By default, Windows Media Encoder has selections already made. You MUST scroll down and de-select any 'ticked' boxes as the default settings are unsuitable for live webcasting.
You should then select settings to suit your webcast. In the example to the right, we have made the appropriate choice for a video webcast to a broadband viewing audience. If we wanted to target normal users, we would select the 80Kbps or 100Kbps setting instead. You can choose more than one target bitrate to reach various audiences at the same time, but you must have an adequate outgoing internet connection  - they all add up! Click 'Next' to continue..

Next, the 'Archive File' option allows you to save the webcast to your local hard drive if you want to. The next screen (video only) asks you if you want to include other files in your webcast. Choose 'No'. The following screen 'Display Information' allows you to add information about the clip. Your audience will see this information along with your webcast clip. Click 'Next' to complete the setup session. 

6. You will be prompted for a User name and Password. This information is sent to you by email.

Note: You may receive a "Publishing Point error". Click 'OK' and ignore this error to continue. You can select the option 'Don't show me this again to avoid seeing this error in future.

7. You are done! Once you have followed the instructions above, and successfully configured the software, you can start webcasting. Click "Start Encoding".  Listeners using Windows Media Player can enjoy your webcast by going to the address URL sent to you by email which you can open in your browser, or you may create a link to on any web page.


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