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Backpack-streaming

Backpack streaming repo

Example Builds

Streamers' backpack builds

LiveU Solo

Encoder: LiveU Solo (Supports 4 Modems. 2 via USB C to USB, 1 via Ethernet, 1 via Wireless)
Camera: Sony AS300 (Recommended) Any camera with HDMI connections will work.
Battery: Maxoak 50'000 maH Battery (Will give approx 12 Hrs stream time)
Modems: Netgear MR1100 Nighthawk M1 (Unlocked)
Cables: - 4 x USB to USB C (Modem - Data / Fast Charge)
- 1 x Ethernet (Modem)
- 1 x HDMI to Mini HDMI (Sony AS300 - Video)
- 1 x USB to micro USB (Sony AS300 - Power)

Bag: Manfrotto Lifestyle NX CSC Backpack Grey (Most commonly used)
Mount: STUNTMAN Pack Mount - Shoulder Strap Mount for Action Cameras

Notes:

LiveU LRT Bonding Service

You can use 1 single modem and push out directly to the preferred streaming platform. This would mean no overlays and really defeats the purpose of using this setup. If you use more than 1 sim then you are required to pay for the LRT Bonding Service!

HDMI Encoders

There are many HDMI encoders that can be used for the backpack setup. The preferred connection from the HDMI encoder to the bonder is wired RJ45 connection but WiFi works as well. There are HDMI encoders that have both WiFi and LAN connections.

Cameras

A variety of cameras can be used as long as they support HDMI connections i.e DSLR's, Camcorders or Action Cams etc. The preference is all down to the user and to what content they want to provide.

Modems

LiveU will support up to 4 modems but does not necessarily mean you have to use 4. If the Country you are in has excellent network coverage you might only need 2 or 3 modems.

The LiveU supports a variety of modems so the nighthawks are not the only ones. There is a list of tested modems on their support page at https://www.liveu.tv/support/usb-modems Please note as there are such a vast amount of modems available in the world they will not all have been tested.

Battery

The listed Maxoak 50k maH battery gives the optimal streaming time for the rig of approximately 12hrs. Depending on conditions i.e Hot Weather can affect this. Depending on the required stream time you may wish to have a smaller battery which can also further reduce the size of your setup. It must however have a 12v DC Output to charge the Live Solo Encoder which will also power two modems. Also you will need to power the camera and the remaining 2 modems.

Bag

Many people are striving to have more compact options or alternatives to suit their streaming activities. It will ultimately be down to yourself to decide what best suits you.

PogU v2 Backpack Setup

1080P 60FPS HEVC + SRT (Oozebrood's current backpack setup)

Encoder: HAIWEI vision H.264 / HEVC + SRT Support + Internal Battery ($230) (To purchase message hansen2570 on Skype. Make sure to ask for the 60FPS version and for updated SRT 1.4 firmware with error correction and streamid support)

Camera: Sony AS300 ($230 Open Box) Camera Lense Cover ($35)

Quick Release: Kondor Blue ($50 set of 2, also utilizing modified 1/4-20 x 1/2in machine screws from local hardware store, as they aren't included with the set for ~$2)

Wind Prevention: Rycote Micro Windjammers ($15)

Cable Management for Camera:
Cable Router ($10) HDMI Extension ($7) MicroUSB Extension ($7)

Battery: ROMOSS 30000mAh Power Bank ($35) ~8 hours encoding on single charge

Modems: OnePlus 6T ($250 used) GL.inet Travel Router ($20)

Network Bonder: Not utilized with v2

Bag: Mesh Backpack ($30)

Mount: Both the STUNTMAN Pack Mount ($30) + Sony Shoulder Mount ($40)

Total Cost without cables: $991

Webcaster X2

Encoder

Epiphan Webcaster X2 - $249 on Amazon

  • 1x ethernet port
  • wifi
  • 1x HDMI in
  • 1x HDMI out
  • 3x USB (1x for webcam)
  • dynamic bitrate (not enabled by default)

Benefits

  • Because of the cheaper battery and relatively low hardware cost (not to mention you only need 1 modem), the X2 is one of the least expensive options available for creating a professional looking stream
  • Supports two cameras with a variety of layouts and transitions
  • Dynamic bitrate makes a big difference when network conditions are unstable

Limitations

  • The Webcaster X2 is just an encoder, not a bonder
  • The Webcaster X2 does not support streaming to a custom rtmp natively. To stream to a custom RTMP you need to use Switchboard Cloud
  • The secondary camera runs on a USB 2.0 port and therefor supports a much lower FPS and only 720p streaming (source?)
  • When the bitrate changes there are frame drops (anecdotally maybe 0.5-1 second)

Camera

Battery

  • Maxoak 50,000 maH Battery (Will give approximately 12-14 hours stream time)

Modems

Displays

Bonding

There is no bonding capability. Additionally, because of the X2's inability to stream to a custom RTMP endpoint, implementing a solution would be very difficult. A possible workaround could be to use Open MPTCP Router with a VPN, ensuring the connection from the X2 to Twitch (or any other service) first passed through a server that supported multi-path tcp.

Cameras

The X2 is a bit picky about what HDMI cameras it supports. Refer to Epiphan's compatiblity list for information on your camera of choice. Of note, the GoPro Hero 5 and newer and the Sony AS300 are fully compatible.

Most webcams will work with the Webcaster X2, including the Logitech C920. If you want to use a camera with HDMI output you need an MJPG encoder that can connect to a USB2 port. For example, the INOGENI 4K HDMI to USB 3.0 Video Capture Card

The USB camera is not hot swappable. Last this was tested, unplugging and plugging back in the USB Webcam did not work (but I don't remember how it broke).

Battery

Battery consumption is roughly the same as the LiveU with 12-14 hours of runtime on a 50kmah battery. However, the Webcaster X2 can be powered by a normal 3 amp USB port which means a cheaper battery can be used to power the system.

Display

The Webcaster X2 includes 1 HDMI out which can be hooked up to an external monitor. The monitor can display the following:

  • Live view of what viewers can see
  • Current bitrate (appears as a black bar with red text along the bottom of screen only if the current bitrate is less than the target bitrate)

The basic 7 inch monitor linked above supports touch input which allows you to control your Webcaster X2 on a touch screen interface. In practice it's a bit buggy.

Errors and Troubleshooting

more to come