Change camera direction
Tap the "rotate camera" icon to switch the camera to face you. The live stream will not be interrupted with this action.
Capture photo during live streaming
Tap the "camera" icon in the bottom right hand corner to take a photo during the live stream. The picture will be saved in the camera roll for later uploading.
Turn on flashlight
For streaming in darker environments, tap the "flash" icon and the flashlight will be lit in continuous mode. Tap again and the light will be turned off.
Lock the device's auto focus at current position.
To zoom the video, either tap the "+" icon and drag up or down or simply by zooming with two fingers directly on the screen.
Adjust image exposure
Tap the "Sun" icon and adjust up and down.
The "Stream health" indicates how the live stream is performing. A stream health around 100%-70% indicates that the flow (frame-rate) of the video is good.
If the stream health falls below this range for a consistent period, it indicates congestion or data loss in the network and suggests that the network may not be capable of providing a healthy live stream.
The local HD recording of the stream will not be affected by low stream health.
However please note, if the storage of the device runs out, an ongoing live broadcasting may stop with the risk of the recording not being saved to the camera roll.
Recommended Live video settings
All settings are pre-set and changes are generally not needed, certain circumstances may however require you to switch or enable a setting.
Location access - When enabled, your position will be shared together with the video.
Advanced camera controls - Enables/disables focus lock, zoom and exposure
High quality - The Bambuser broadcaster app applies adaptive streaming meaning that resolution and framerate (the video quality) automatically adjusts to the network capacity, aiming for live broadcasting in 720p.
If High quality is disabled you will only be able to broadcast in 360p which could be motivated if you wish to save data consumption. Please note that the locally stored HD version of the video will not be effected.
Audio video quality - When broadcasting over a poor network, switching to Normal quality may improve the sound. You can also mute the audio if needed.
Video frame rate - Video in 30 fps is iOS standard, while video for TV transmission often requires 25 fps.
Video stabilization - Stabilization is recommended when the broadcasting will be somewhat shaky, for example when walking. However with stabilization enabled, the image will be slightly cropped around the edges and there is a risk of latency, although minor. Turn the Stabiliziation off when using a tripod.
Local copy - When broadcasting over poor networks, parallel local HD recordings of your live streams can be saved to the camera roll for later uploading. Tap "Live video settings" and activate "Local copy".
Save on server - The broadcast will be saved on Bambuser's servers for on demand viewing.
Audio accept talk back - With this enabled, incoming audio talk back requests will automatically be accepted.
Automatic gain control - Enable or disable the automatic gain control (AGC) which is used when live streaming. If you are using external hardware which has its own AGC, this can be disabled.
Talkback Mix-In - When enabled, the incoming talkback audio is recorded into the live broadcast. If local copy is enabled, the incoming talkback audio will be included in this video file as well.