Streaming video to a large number of users can be difficult because there are a number of platforms and options available, and not all are created equal. Ustream is primarily for personal use and is designed to stream webcams and video devices through Flash. In order to get Ustream to broadcast your desktop, you must emulate a webcam through the use of a video capture device, set to capture the desktop. Doing this will allow you to share your desktop and anything you do with hundreds of thousands of viewers for free.
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Things you need
- VH Screen Capture 2.2.8
- Ustream account
Download and install VH Screen Capture with the default options. This will create three subfolders under the "HmelyoffLabs" folder.
Open up VHMultiCam.exe from the VHToolkit subfolder. Click on "Disable auto start" under the "Tools" menu. This will allow you to just use the screen capture driver and not the whole program. Close the VH Multi Camera Studio.
Open up VHScrCapDlg.exe from the VHScrCap supfolder. Select the "Create New One" button.
Navigate to the "Capture" tab. This controls what is captured. The "Left" and "Top" fields set the top-left corner of the video to be captured. Leave them at zero and zero. The "Width" and "Height" should be set to the width and height of your desktop resolution.
Select the "Settings" tab. Most options can be left as they are; however, check the box that says "Specify output size" and set it to 400 x 300. This will size the video down to fit the Ustream window. If broadcasting in another resolution, feel free to modify it. Close this window - the settings save automatically.
Click the "Go Live!" button on Ustream's website, and when it asks for permission to use your camera, click "Allow." Make sure the Video Source is set to VHScrCap, and click Start Broadcast.
Tips and warnings
- Streaming your desktop can be taxing on system resources; make sure your computer isn't slowing down excessively.
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