Broadcasting on Ustream

Learn how to broadcast on Ustream.

Ustream Web Broadcast Console

The Ustream Web Broadcast Console (also called, "Broadcaster" or "Web Broadcaster") is the fastest and easiest way to broadcast on Ustream using a flash enabled web browser on a notebook or desktop computer.

For more advanced features and higher quality broadcasting we recommend using Ustream Producer.

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How to configure sound with Ustream Web Broadcast Console

New (Q1 2012) Ustream Web Broadcast Console

  1. Plug in your audio device prior to opening the Ustream broadcaster window.
  2. Sign into your Ustream Account
  3. Open the Ustream broadcaster window by selecting "Your Shows" at the top and clicking "Broadcast Now" or you can also use the "broadcast now" on the Homepage.
  4. Click "Allow" Ustream access to your Microphone and Video (if displayed).
  5. Click the Gear icon.
  6. Select the audio device from the Audio Sources in the drop down menu on the right.
    • If you have a mic plugged into the input on your computer or laptop then select "Built-in Input".
    • If you want to use an embedded web cam mic then select "Built-in Microphone".
    • If you want to use the audio from a DV camera then you need to connect it to your laptop via a cable connection and then would want to select "Built-in Input".

Old Ustream Web Broadcast Console

How to Configure Sound

  1. Plug in your audio device prior to opening the Ustream broadcaster window.
  2. Sign into your Ustream Account
  3. Open the Ustream broadcaster window by selecting "Your Shows" at the top and clicking "Broadcast Now" or you can also use the "broadcast now" on the Homepage.
  4. Click "Allow" Ustream access to your Microphone and Video (if displayed).
  5. Select the audio device from the Audio Sources drop down menu.
    • If you have a mic plugged into the input on your computer or laptop then select "Built-in Input".
    • If you want to use an embedded web cam mic then select "Built-in Microphone".
    • If you want to use the audio from a DV camera then you need to connect it to your laptop via a cable connection and then would want to select "Built-in Input".
  6. Click "Apply" in the broadcaster window.
  7. Confirm "Audio Broadcast" is checked under the Local Stream Monitor over on the left hand side of the broadcasting console is set to "On".

Ustream Producer

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Ustream Producer Pro

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Ustream Producer Studio

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Broadcasting Hardware for Ustream

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Ustream Broadcasting Audio Gear

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Ustream Broadcasting Video Gear

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Broadcasting on Ustream with Adobe Flash Media Encoder (FMLE)

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Recording your Ustream Broadcast

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How to download all your Ustream recorded videos at once

It's always a good idea to backup all your recorded videos and maintain local copies of them. To this end, Ustream has provided a way to easily download all your recorded videos from Ustream at once so you don't have to manually load and download each, one by one.

Here's how to download all of your videos at once:

  1. Download Miro
  2. Install Miro and restart your system. (Do not skip the system restart.)
  3. After restarting your system, open Miro.
  4. You'll need to write your RSS Feed URL for your channel. To do this:
    1. Go to your Ustream channel page and copy (CTRL-C in Windows/⌘-C in Mac) it's URL (the web address.)
    2. Paste (CTRL-V in Windows/⌘-V in Mac) your Ustream channel page URL into a text editor such as Notepad or Textedit. Your live Ustream channel page should look something like: "https://www.ustream.tv/channel/testchannel" (no quotes.)
    3. In your text editor simply append, "0/video/download.rss" to your Ustream channel page URL so it looks like, "https://www.ustream.tv/channel/testchannel/0/video/download.rss" (no quotes or spaces.)

      e.g. "https://www.ustream.tv/channel/usrbingeek" would become: "https://www.ustream.tv/channel/0/video/download.rss" (without the quotes shown here.)

    4. Copy the RSS Feed URL you created in your text editor to your clipboard.
  5. Click on "Slidebar" in the program menu and then select "Add Podcast" in the drop down menu that appears.

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  6. Paste the RSS Feed URL for your channel that you copied in step 4d.

    Enter the RSS URL for your channel

    Illustration (1) will be your show's name.
    Illustration (2) shows the toggle to download all videos.

    Tip:
    Replace "0" with "1" to download only over quota videos.
    Leave it as "0" to download all videos.
  7. Click, "Create Podcast."
  8. When prompted for your user name and password provide the Ustream user name and password you use to broadcast to this show.
  9. Click on Ustream channel name
  10. At the bottom of the Miro window click on "Auto-Download All" or manually choose the individual videos you wish to download.

    At the bottom of the Miro window click on

If you followed the steps above you should now be able to Download all your Ustream recorded videos or videos of your choosing.

If you are having problems please join our live help chat (or just type !help in any channel on Ustream) and one of our Helpers will be glad to assist you.

New Recorded Video Storage Limits Announced

On February 9, 2012, Ustream announced new recorded video storage limits on free and Pro Broadcasting Ustream accounts.

Ustream stated they had to enact these limits to control increasing storage costs so they can continue to provide the free services and continue to provide Pro Broadcasting services at affordable price points to Professional Broadcasters.

While the majority of users have well under 1GB of stored videos, we've noticed that a good number of free users were abusing the storage with hundreds of hours of videos that had very few or no views at all. Some members seem to have never exercised any discretion by keeping videos on their account with obsolete or outdated information from years ago.

So Ustream is hoping these limits will encourage Ustream broadcasters to identify which videos are important to them and which really should be saved and which shouldn't.

In any case, Ustream is being very generous by allowing users to still store a very large amount of videos for free.

Storage Limits for Free Ustream Accounts:

Considering what online storage typically costs, Ustream is offering an awesome 10 GBs of recorded video storage free of charge for all Ustream user accounts. Compared to the extremely popular Dropbox service, it's a steal. Dropbox only offers 2GB for free or 50GB of storage for $9.99/month or $99/year.

Ustream will automatically notify Broadcasters should they go over the storage limit. They're also giving free Broadcasters a two week grace period to download (backup) and remove excess videos before they're deleted.

If a free Broadcaster is still over quota after the two weeks, the oldest videos that have the lowest number of views in the past six months will be the first ones to be deleted. So manual management of the storage usage will probably not be necessary for the majority of broadcasters. We feel that the new policy is really only of concern to someone that needs a full archive of all their broadcasts, including their least popular and least viewed recordings.

Broadcasters who are more concerned about it can check the storage meter in their dashboard to see how much storage they're using and which videos have been marked for deletion so they can backup those videos and/or manually delete them to manually bring themselves under the quota. To do this, simply log into your Ustream account and in your Dashboard select the Channel menu and Videos. From there you may filter for, and order by, videos marked for deletion.

Ustream informs us that videos marked for deletion are recalculated daily, so if you backup and remove videos from your account, less videos will be automatically marked for deletion.

Storage Limits for Pro Brodcasting Ustream Accounts:

Higher storage limits are automatically included with each Pro Broadcasting plan and if they go over they're billed extremely small amounts. For example, the lowest cost Ustream Pro Broadcating plan includes 50GBs of storage and charges only $0.25 per additional GB.

If the included storage isn't enough for the Pro Brodcaster, they can either upgrade to a higher plan with more storage included, pay the insignificant monthly overage charges for additional storage, or backup the videos and delete them from their Ustream account.

We suggest users should exercise some common sense and prune their worst and most boring recordings. Obviously, there really isn't much sense in keeping that just average performance in Guitar Hero or that three hour recording of you at work and not engaging any viewers or those old videos of the puppies simply sleeping overnight. What's the point in saving boring and useless videos like that and making Ustream pay for their storage anyway?

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