A new service from BitTorrent was released a few days back: BitTorrent Live. This service will allow anyone to create their own Internet TV Shows and stream their videos live online. The service has much to offer and we think that many will be thrilled to use it.

Although the service is now in closed beta, it won’t be long until anyone will be able to create their own video broadcasts. Although, impatient users can sign up for beta testing right now and hope for the best.

What is BitTorrent Live?

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In short, BitTorrent Live is a P2P (peer-to-peer) live video streaming system that allows users to broadcast a video feed from a webcam or from a third party app. This is great opportunity for those who want to create their own network with the topics that they find interesting. Also, it is a great tool for promoting services or for making yourself heard. Here’s how BitTorrent Live is explained on the official blog:

For anyone with mobile video or webcams, for anyone in the moment, on the ground, or on the front lines; for everyone with the need to break news or break it down in real time: BitTorrent Live is now open. Get involved

How to set it up?

The process isn’t all that complicated for those who have some understanding of how Internet streaming works. Also, for anyone who doesn’t have experience in this area, there are fairly detailed instructions on how to set it up on the BitTorrent Live website and users who sign up for the beta testing also receive an email explaining how to create your own live stream. We shall walk you through the set up process so you can get an idea on how it works.

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First of all, you will need to create an account at the BitTorrent Live website. From here, you will want to look at what you need in order to make your live stream work. For the purpose of this tutorial, we will use a simple (very low quality unfortunately) WEB Camera an try to stream it to our account. In order to do this, you will need:

  1. Web Camera
  2. Internet connection
  3. Adobe Flash Media Live Encoder
  4. BitTorrent Live client

You will have to install your WEB Camera and make sure it works, afterwords, download and install Adobe Flash Media Live Encoder. Once this is done, you will have to log in to your BitTorrent Live account, download the Client and open it (download link is at the bottom of the page and on your computer, it will run in background).

Once this is done, follow the links provided in the email you have received from BitTorrent (at step 3) and seek the custom links that will have to be added to Adobe Flash Media Live Encoder.

Open Adobe Flash Media Live Encoder and select the video device on the left side and on the right side, you will have to paste the links from the page opened before. From here, all you have to do is connect to the server and click on “Start” and on your channel page, you should see the video from your camera.

In addition, you can also stream from a capture card or any other camera, and if you don’t like to use Adobe Flash Media Live Encoder to stream your WEB Camera, you can use other third party apps to stream other video content. The instructions for how to set this up are also available on the website.

You are now all set to create your own live video stream. All that’s left now is to make your channel known by your friends and get your message to the world.


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