FlowCaster SRT Quick Start

FlowCaster SwirlFlowCaster Quick Start for SRT.  This article explains how to set up and test the FlowCaster output with freely available player tools.

FlowCaster Quick Start - SRT

Here is a quick start on demoing FlowCaster’s SRT output:

Download and install FlowCaster

Download and install VLC (on the same machine to start with)

Optional: Install the Haivision Play Pro app on your phone

Determine your computer’s IP address (ipconfig or ifconfig or control panel)

Run your creative software (Premiere in this example)

 

Open the FlowCaster configuration dialog. For Premiere, the menu Preferences | Playback. For MediaComposer, the menu Tools | Hardware Output, when enabled.

 Adobe Premiere Menu

Click on the Preferences | Playback menu.

 Adobe Premiere Prefernces

In the Adobe Preferences dialog, enable the check box next to FlowCaster Transmitter, and select FlowCaster Transmitter as your Audio Device. Click the Setup link next to FlowCaster Transmitter to bring up the FlowCaster configuration dialog.

 FlowCaster Config

Set up the dialog as shown above

  • Transmit Type: SRT Listener
  • URL: srt://<your ip>:5000
  • Latency: 90
  • Encryption: None
  • Password: Empty
  • User: Empty
  • Stream: 0
  • Compression: h.264/AVC1
  • Structure: IPPP
  • Bit Rate: 2500
  • Audio Mode: Stereo

Click Ok on the FlowCaster Config and Adobe Preferences and you will be transmitting Premiere’s output.

To receive the signal you will need VLC version 3.0.12 or greater to support SRT.  Run VLC and select the menu Media | Open Network Stream.

 VLC Menu

This will bring up the Network Open Media dialog

 VLC Network Open

Enter

srt://<your ip>:5000

in the network URL text box and click Play and VLC will start receiving the SRT stream from Premiere.

 VLC playing FC

If you have the Haivision Play Pro app installed on your phone you can receive the SRT there as well. Close VLC and open Play Pro on your phone. After logging in, select Play an SRT Stream.

 HaiPlayPro initialScreen

This will bring up the configuration screen.

 HaiPlayPro Config

Select Caller and set the Address to <your ip> and the Caller’s Port to 5000. Click Play to start receiving the SRT stream

 HaiPlayPro Playing

Once you have FlowCaster setup, configuring it for various scenarios will be a combination of transmission type, address and port, to match the sender and receiver. Here are some of the basic rules to follow:

  • If FlowCaster is a Listener, then the receiver must be a Caller’s
  • If FlowCaster is a Caller, then the receiver must be a Listener
  • If FlowCaster is in Rendezvous mode, the receiver must also be in Rendezvous mode
  • VLS only supports Caller mode (so FlowCaster must be a receiver)
  • Whoever is the Listener must use a local address on the machine to listen on
  • The Caller’s address and port should match the Listener’s address and port
  • Rendezvous address will be the ones outside your firewall, on the actual network/internet

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