Live Encoders For Mac

Adobe Media Encoder for Mac provides different video export formats depending on the Adobe applications it is installed with. When installed with only Adobe Flash CS4, This product provides export formats for Adobe FLV, F4V and H.264 video. When installed with Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 and Adobe After Effects, additional export formats are available. Your go-to macOS application for all media proces. It supports SHOUTcast and Icecast and runs on Linux, Mac OS X and Windows (64 Bit only since version 0.1.20). The main purpose of butt is to stream live audio data from your computers Mic or Line input to a Shoutcast or Icecast server. If you want you can also record your session. Butt is NOT able to stream audio files of any kind.

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The Streambox OSX UHD Software Encoder encodes, transports, and plays out live UHD streaming media. Stunning video quality while operating on reduced bandwidth Encoding and streaming to Streambox Cloud Services, Streambox Enterprise Server, or direct point to point connectivity to Streambox media players. Adoble Flash Media Live Encoder 3.2 Issues fixed Flash Media Live Encoder crashes on more than 10 core machines while using Vp6 or resize option (#2430582, #2448409). Flash Media Live Encoder crashes on Win7 Starter Edition and exhibits rendering related crashes on other Win 7 flavours (#2741073, #2728197, #2718112).

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To start live streaming a large event on Microsoft Stream, you need an encoder. An encoder (sometimes called a live streaming or media encoder) can be either software or hardware that is used together with recording equipment when live streaming content to a large group of viewers.

How does it work?

An encoder takes audio and video content from various sources you use during a live event such as, camera, microphone, desktop screen capture, etc., compresses and converts that media into a suitable digital format, then sends it to Microsoft Stream for live streaming to your audience.

Which encoder should I use?

If you're not sure if your software or hardware encoder will work seamlessly with Microsoft Stream, read on to see which ones we've already tested that work best.

Tip

We recommend you select and set up an encoder well before you begin your live event.

List of encoders tested by Microsoft

The encoders in the following two lists have been tested by Microsoft for live streaming with Microsoft Stream. The first list is a subset of these encoders, which have been tested with the product for ease of use and quick setup.

Stream-ready encoders

ENCODERWEBSITEDETAILS
Haivision Makito XDelivers high-quality HD video with Haivision Hub, a powerful alternative to RTMP
Haivision KBH.264 and HEV video encoders deliver high-quality ABR video cascades for resolutions up to 4K
Switcher StudioSyncs multiple Apple devices with one or more cameras for real-time video capture and edit
WirecastWebcasting software that covers all the basics + multi-camera production
Wirecast SMultimedia production software with chroma key filters, advanced audio channel mixing, and local Wi-Fi camera apps for your phone

Additional encoders

To set up a tested encoder not in the preset list, learn how you can manually set up your encoder.

EncoderWebsiteDetails
AWS Elemental LiveReal-time video and audio recording for live streaming to internet-connected devices
vMixSoftware vision mixer that controls recording, mixing, and live streaming of cameras, videos, audio, and more
XSplit BroadcasterProduces, mixes, and delivers rich video content, including gameplay for live streaming
FFmpegOpen-source suite of software for handling video, audio, and other multimedia files and live streams
Open Broadcaster SoftwareHigh-performance real-time video/audio capturing and mixing—supporting all streaming platforms, and more
Production TruckFilms and streams events on location from a mobile van or truck

Do you have an encoder that is not in the above list?

Not a problem! Sometimes your team or organization has a designated encoder they want you to use and you want to ensure it is ready to stream live with Microsoft Stream. If so, you can learn how to manually configure your own encoder to stream live events to Microsoft Stream.

To set up a Microsoft Stream-ready encoder:

After you schedule your live event (read Creating live events), you can see the list of available encoders in the Select encoder drop-down list on the Encoder setup tab.

Each encoder mentioned in the respective tables above has a slightly different setup described below.

Haivision Makito X Encoder and Makito KB Encoder

If you have an existing Haivision X or Makito KB encoder, you can choose the appropriate option from the drop-down list and follow the list of instructions.

  1. Select Start setup to create a channel for Live Streaming. Wait for the setup to be complete. You will see a Ready to connect message on the screen.
  2. After that's complete, download the preset that contains all of the encoding parameters including the ingest URL and event name. Import the preset into the encoder and start the encoder.
  3. Go back to Microsoft Stream. After you are able to see the preview from the encoder, select Start event to go live so your audience can see the live event.

Note

Haivision KB Encoder support for RTMPS has not been tested yet. Haivision Makito X Encoder does not support RTMPS. The downloaded presets for both encoders contain the RTMP ingest URL.

Switcher Studio

You can use Switcher Studio to start streaming to Microsoft Stream using iPhone or iPad.

  1. Select Start setup to create a channel for Live Streaming. Wait for the setup to be complete. You will see a Ready to connect message on the screen.

    • Configure Switcher Studio will open the Switcher Studio dashboard to add the live event to your account.

    Note

    If you don't already have a Switcher Studio account, you will need to create one).

    When this is complete, you can go to your Switcher Studio app on your iPhone or iPad, select Microsoft Stream in the Output tab and start streaming to Microsoft Stream.

  2. Go back to Microsoft Stream. After you are able to see the preview from the encoder, select Start event to go live so your audience can see the live event.

Wirecast

If you are an existing user of Wirecast, you can choose this option from the drop-down list to send a live stream to Microsoft Stream. Note that you will need Wirecast version 10 or later.

  1. Select Start setup to create a channel for Live Streaming. Wait for the setup to be complete. You will see a Ready to connect message on the screen.
    • Launch encoder will launch the Wirecast app on your machine pre-configured with the correct encoding parameters and ingest URL for that live event. When ready click the Stream icon in the Wirecast app to start streaming to Microsoft Stream.
  2. Go back to Microsoft Stream. After you are able to see the preview from the encoder, select Start event to go live so your audience can see the live event.

Note

The Wirecast app is launched with the RTMPS ingest URL pre-configured.

Wirecast S

If you are new to streaming, you can try Wirecast S by choosing that from the drop-down list. Wirecast S is built specifically for Microsoft Stream.

  1. Select Start setup to create a channel for Live Streaming. Wait for the setup to be complete. You will see a Ready to connect message on the screen.
    • Launch encoder will launch the Wirecast S app on your machine pre-configured with the correct encoding parameters and ingest URL for that live event. You can choose to automatically start streaming to Microsoft Stream by selecting that option in the Wirecast S setup screen.
  2. Go back to Microsoft Stream. After you are able to see the preview from the encoder, select Start event to go live so your audience can see the live event.

Note

The Wirecast app is launched with the RTMPS ingest URL pre-configured.

See also

Radio Broadcasting Software

A list of a few Radio Broadcasting Software that can be used to create your Internet Radio Station and are compatible with SHOUTcast and Icecast systems.

If you know about any other software compatible with shoutcast and icecast please let us know Contact Us.

Winamp with the Nullsoft SHOUTcast Source plugin

  • Runs on Windows: Yes
  • Runs on Mac OS X: No
  • Runs on Linux: No, can be run with Wine
  • Price: Free
  • Developer: Nullsoft
  • Website: http://www.winamp.com/

Winamp is developed by Nullsoft, the same people who develop SHOUTcast itself. We recommend Winamp if you are new to internet net radio streaming.

Winamp with the Edcast Source plugin for Icecast

  • Runs on Windows: Yes
  • Runs on Mac OS X: No
  • Runs on Linux: No
  • Price: Free
  • Developer: Oddsock

SAM Broadcaster (Shoutcast & Icecast)

  • Runs on Windows: Yes
  • Runs on Mac OS X: No
  • Runs on Linux: No
  • Price: $299.00
  • Demo: Yes, 14 days.
  • Developer: SpacialAudio
  • Website: http://spacial.com/sam-broadcaster

Advanced radio automation software aimed towards professional internet radio station broadcasters.

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SAM Cast (Shoutcast & Icecast)

  • Runs on Windows: Yes
  • Runs on Mac OS X: No
  • Runs on Linux: No
  • Price: $199.00
  • Demo: Yes, 14 days.
  • Developer: SpacialAudio
  • Website: http://spacial.com/sam-cast

SAM Cast allows you to connect to your SHOUTcast server and stream from your microphone, soundcard or line in.

StationPlaylist Studio (Shoutcast & Icecast)

  • Runs on Windows: Yes
  • Runs on Mac OS X: No
  • Runs on Linux: No
  • Price: Standard $109/ €84 – Pro $239/ €185
  • Demo: Yes, lasts for 6 hours, terminates then allows for a further 6 hours.
  • Developer: StationPlaylist
  • Website: http://www.stationplaylist.com/studio.html

StationPlaylist Studio features general automation playback and live assistance tools for DJs.

StationPlaylist Creator (Shoutcast & Icecast)

Live
  • Runs on Windows: Yes
  • Runs on Mac OS X: No
  • Runs on Linux: No
  • Price: Lite $49/ €38 – Standard $109/ €84 – Pro $239/ €185
  • Demo: Yes, lasts for 6 hours, terminates then allows for a further 6 hours.
  • Developer: StationPlaylist
  • Website: http://www.stationplaylist.com/creator.html

StationPlaylist Creator is music and spot scheduling software. It is used to design your station format using rotations of music categories and spot groups (jingles, ads, etc).

Audio hijack (Shoutcast & Icecast)

  • Runs on Windows: No
  • Runs on Mac OS X: Yes (MacOS 10.10 or higher)
  • Runs on Linux: No
  • Price: $59
  • Demo: Yes, noise is overlaid on all broadcasts longer than 10 minutes.
  • Developer: Rogue Amoeba
  • Website: https://rogueamoeba.com/audiohijack/

Streams a mix audio from your microphone and optionally another media player like iTunes.

Butt – broadcast using this tool (Shoutcast & Icecast)

  • Runs on Windows: Yes
  • Runs on Mac OS X: Yes
  • Runs on Linux: Yes
  • Price: Free
  • Developer: Daniel Noethen
  • Website: http://butt.sourceforge.net/
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Zarastudio (Automation Software)

  • Runs on Windows: yes
  • Runs on Mac OS X: No
  • Runs on Linux: No
  • Price: Free Version & Full Version: One license: $200.58/€165
  • Developer: Kero Systems S.L.
  • Website: http://www.zarastudio.es/en/

Is ZaraStudio designed to broadcast an Internet station?
ZaraStudio is not a program designed for that purpose, but it is a program that automates audio playback. Anyway, it can be used along with other programs to broadcast an Internet station. Some of those programs are Oddcast or WinAmp with the Shoutcast plugin.

Virtual DJ Software (Shoutcast & “Icecast”)

  • Runs on Windows: yes
  • Runs on Mac OS X: Yes
  • Runs on Linux: No
  • Price: You can now download VirtualDJ Home for FREE.
    VirtualDJ Home is free for non-commercial use. For commercial use, you will need to buy a commercial license.
  • Developer: Atomix Productions
  • Website: http://www.virtualdj.com/

Nextkast (Shoutcast & “Icecast”)

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  • Runs on Windows: yes
  • Runs on Mac OS X: No
  • Runs on Linux: No
  • Price: $99 Standard / $199 Pro
  • Developer: Winston Potgieter
  • Website: http://www.nextkast.com/

LadioCast (Shoutcast & “Icecast”)

  • Runs on Windows: No
  • Runs on Mac OS X: Yes
  • Runs on Linux: No
  • Price: Free
  • Developer: Yosirou Sawayanagi
  • Website: LadioCast

RadioDJ (Shoutcast & “Icecast”)

  • Runs on Windows: Yes
  • Runs on Mac OS X: No
  • Runs on Linux: No
  • Price: Free
    Q: Shoutcast/Icecast streaming is available in RadioDJ?
    A: Not directly. However, you can use third-party encoder plugins to stream to your Shoutcast/Icecast server, such as ALTACAST.
  • Developer: RadioDJ
  • Website: http://www.radiodj.ro/

Megaseg (Shoutcast & “Icecast”)

  • Runs on Windows: No
  • Runs on Mac OS X: Yes
  • Runs on Linux: No
  • Price: $99 Standard / $199 Pro
  • Developer: Fidelity Media, Inc.
  • Website: Megaseg

Internet DJ Console (Shoutcast & “Icecast”)

  • Runs on Windows: No
  • Runs on Mac OS X: No
  • Runs on Linux: Yes
  • Price: Free
  • Developer: Open Source
  • Website: Internet DJ Console

PlayIt Live (Shoutcast & “Icecast”)

  • Runs on Windows: Yes
  • Runs on Mac OS X: No
  • Runs on Linux: No
  • Price: Free
    Q: Shoutcast/Icecast streaming is available in PlayIt Live?
    A: Not directly. Stream to SHOUTcast and Icecast servers via Internet Broadcast plugin.
  • Developer: PlayIt Software
  • Website: PlayIt Live

RadioBOSS (Shoutcast & “Icecast”)

  • Runs on Windows: Yes
  • Runs on Mac OS X: No
  • Runs on Linux: No
  • Price: $119.95
  • Developer: DJSoft.Net
  • Website: RadioBOSS

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RadioCaster (Shoutcast & “Icecast”)

  • Runs on Windows: Yes
  • Runs on Mac OS X: No
  • Runs on Linux: No
  • Price: $49.95
  • Developer: DJSoft.Net
  • Website: RadioCaster

DirEttore (Shoutcast & “Icecast”)

  • Runs on Windows: Yes
  • Runs on Mac OS X: No
  • Runs on Linux: No
  • Price: Free
    Q: Shoutcast/Icecast streaming are available in DirEttore?
    A: Not directly. However, you can use third-party encoder plugins to stream to your SHOUTcast/Icecast server, such as AltaCast Standalone.
  • Developer: Mixtime
  • Website: DirEttore

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Mixxx (Shoutcast & “Icecast”)

  • Runs on Windows: Yes
  • Runs on Mac OS X: Yes
  • Runs on Linux: Yes
  • Price: Free
  • Developer:Mixxx Development Team
  • Website: Mixxx

Rocket Broadcaster (Shoutcast & “Icecast”)

  • Runs on Windows: Yes
  • Runs on Mac OS X: No
  • Runs on Linux: No
  • Price: Free / $49 Pro
  • Developer: Oscillicious Audio Labs
  • Website: Rocket Broadcaster

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