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Broadcasting with Switcher Studio through RTMP Stream
Broadcasting with Switcher Studio through RTMP Stream
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Written by Ariane Ramirez
Updated over a week ago

What is RTMP?

RTMP, or Real Time Messaging Protocol, is a type of video encoding that makes video streaming possible.

RTMP transmits video files from an encoder to an online hosting platform with minimal buffering to process your data for you.

The encoder is like your backstage, an example of that is OBS or Wirecast, and the online hosting platform is your stage where the broadcast will be seen by your audience, In this case, your online hosting platform is Accelevents.

How Does RTMP Work?

RTMP works with a simple protocol request from the client to the encoder. Once a connection is established, then the stream will start!

In simple terms, a code or a link coming from an online hosting platform like Accelevents has to be inserted into the encoder's settings to make the two applications work together!

Note: Using RTMP as a stream provider is not available for Free Plans

Live Streaming Through RTMP using Switcher Studio

To use Switcher Studio to stream to Accelevents, simply select Accelevents as the Stream Provider and then select the RTMP option.

Setup your Session:

  • Go to Sessions & Speakers

  • Create a Session

  • Click the Broadcasting tab

  • Select Accelevents RTMP as a Stream Provider

  • Copy the information available on Streaming Key

Note: If you plan to add captions, turn on one of the captioning toggles during your session setup. You won't be able to turn this on when the session starts.

On your Switcher Studio Account:

  • Log in to your Switcher Studio account.

  • Click Custom RTMP

  • Click Add Channel

  • Enter a name for the custom channel

  • Paste the Stream Key that you copied from your Accelevents session

  • For Server, paste in the RTMP URL provided in your admin console:

  • or alternatively, you can use the RTMP URL below (if the first one is not working)

  • Click Speed Test to run a speed test.

  • Once you're done, exit the RTMP Channel

  • Click the big red button to go live

If everything was done correctly, you should be able to view the broadest through the Preview button in your admin console, and if the session is live it will be displayed on your session in the virtual event hub.


  • When testing your session, make sure that the event time and date are for right now so that you can view the live stream right now.

  • The broadcast duration limit for an RTMP stream is up to 12 hours.

  • If you're using an encoder other than OBS or Wirecast, the server should start with rtmp:// click here for reference

  • Our RTMP streaming can process up to 1080pm and 5000 kbps bitrate

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