The basic Act as Webcam connection option can arguably be thought of as the lowest common denominator, and also the least demanding approach in terms of learning curve.  No local settings are required for this connection type (beyond the URL) of the streaming site you intend to use.

Many of the organizations providing streaming services offer free accounts with limited capabilities and options (often ad-sponsored).  These arrangements can be just what you need to get started experimenting with live streaming, or may even satisfy all of your needs in this regard.  Generally, companies also offer paid-for accounts as upgrades.  The benefits may include such things as removing ads, more streaming options (such as higher bitrate and resolutions, or multi-bitrate streaming), two-way live chat, and so-on.

Note: The steps involved in creating an account with a streaming service provider and configuring the stream vary widely, and unfortunately cannot really be dealt with in depth here.  Generally, though, they are pretty simple, and providers offer step by step information and support through their sites.  And, of course, NewTek’s own TriCaster forum membership can often offer helpful hands-on experience and advice.

Once configured on the remote site, you can audition your streaming broadcast using the Stream button in the Dashboard at the top of the Live Desktop panel.  If you do not wish to archive your stream, disable the Archive File switch beforehand.

Hint: Some services may show you what they are receiving from TriCaster when you press Stream, but do not actually broadcast that stream until you indicate that you are ready to go ‘on air’, using controls on the website.

For Act as Webcam streaming, the encoding of your program into a stream for transmission to the service provider (and ultimately beyond, to your Internet audience) is performed by an applet served by the remote website. 

As mentioned before, however, this arrangement often doesn’t give you as much control or as many options as you might want.  Other Connection Type options are more hands-on in this respect, but may require you to manually select related settings, as discussed next for each type.

Hint: Password-protected streams are an option with certain CDN accounts.  In some cases (where Flash is used to provide the client side password support), using this option will mean that iOS devices cannot view the stream.  This is not a TriCaster issue, per se, but something you can discuss with your streaming service if it arises.

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