Welcome to BoxCast! This article will show you all the steps you need to take to get started with our products and platform. If you ever have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out to our friendly streaming coaches at questions@boxcast.com. We offer support from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST every day of the week.

Step 1

Start by logging in to your BoxCast Dashboard.

Step 2

Click on the Sources tab and add a source or encoder. If you purchased a BoxCaster from us, the BoxCaster will automatically be added to your Dashboard. Learn more about adding a source.

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Step 3 (Skip this step if you don't plan to stream to social media)

If you plan on streaming to Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, or another social media destination, you'll want to set that up next. Go to Settings and click on Integrations. Click Add Integration to add those destinations. Learn more about streaming to multiple destinations.

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Step 4

Once that's set up, you'll want to schedule a broadcast. This is one of the most important steps for streaming with BoxCast. Unless you're using the Broadcaster app, you must schedule a broadcast to go live.

Click on Schedule a Broadcast and fill out the information for your broadcast. Some key things you don't want to forget while scheduling are:

Adding the Correct Source: The source is your encoder. If you're using the BoxCaster, select that. If you're using RTMP, select your RTMP source. Using the Broadcaster app? Select that. This determines what device/software you plan on streaming from.

Selecting a Proper End Time: We recommend selecting an end time that's 15–30 minutes after you think the event is going to end.

For example, If you plan on broadcasting from 10–11 a.m., make the end time 11:15 a.m. This will save you if your event runs past its scheduled end time. If you don't do this, the broadcast will automatically end at 11 a.m. and if you're still streaming, we won't record that.

Scheduling Recurring Events: Click here to learn more.

Scheduling for Social Media: Once your social media integrations are linked in the Dashboard, you'll need to schedule each broadcast with the social media destinations added. Click on Destinations to do this.

Learn more about the scheduling process here.

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Step 5

Once your broadcasts are scheduled, you'll want to go to the Embed tab to embed your broadcasts on your website. To learn more about embedding, click here. Most websites use the Javascript embed code, but if that doesn't work for your website, try the Inline Frame code.

If you don't plan on embedding on your website, you can skip this step.

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Step 6

Schedule a broadcast, name it test, select your source, and schedule the stream. Check out our guides below if you have trouble starting the stream with your encoder.

These steps are just some BoxCast basics. Below are some more advanced features, so feel free to dig in and get started with any of these if they're included in your plan. Not sure if you have one of these features? Reach out to your client manager at CM@boxcast.com.

  1. How to Create a Channel
  2. How to Add Donations to your Website
  3. Understanding Enhanced Analytics Video
  4. How to Configure Your TV App Settings For Apple TV, Roku and Fire TV
  5. How to Rebroadcast (Simulated Live) a BoxCast Live Stream
  6. Understanding Stream Diagnostics
  7. How to Use Graphic Overlays
  8. How to Configure Password Protected Broadcasts
  9. How To Add Video Indexing To Archived Live Streams
  10. How to Use Upload Documents to Your Broadcast
  11. How to Use Embedding Restrictions
  12. How to Add a Manual Scoreboard to Your Broadcast
  13. Where Can I Find My M3U8 or HLS Link?
  14. How to Use Automated Captioning for Recorded Broadcasts

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