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Livestream Studio Mid-Roll Advertisements

Last updated on Nov 20, 2014 03:26PM EST

Owners of the Livestream Studio™ software (v1.3 and higher) who also have an Enterprise plan on Livestream can now insert a mid-roll advertisement during a Live Broadcast with the press of a button. In order for this feature to work, make sure you have set-up and configured a Google DFP account. More information on setting it up can be found on THIS PAGE. 
 
  • Once the Google DFP account is properly configured, login to your Livestream Account Settings page.
  • Activate the "Enable DFP Advertisements" option and fill in the "DFP Network Code" and "Ad Unit Path"
  • On your Windows PC, start the Livestream Studio™ software. 
  • Click the "Gear Wheel" on the top right to open the Preferences menu and visit the "Ad Insertion" tab.

Within the "Ad Insertion" tab, you'll find the following options: 

Segment Duration: adjust the length of the mid-roll advertisement segment. This is how long an advertising segment will last before it starts over. When you click 'Advert' again, Livestream Studio will switch to the Preview source at the end of the segment.
Background: Adjust the image displayed behind the advert. Options include: 
  • Fade to Black
  • Any of the available GFX/Color/Media inputs
Transition: Adjust the transition in and out of the advert. Options include 'Cut' & '​Auto'

Automated Insertion: Checking this will bring up additional settings if you want your advertisement to run at a set interval. This can be helpful if you have strict time limitations or have to meet certain sponsorship requirements.



Period between ads: The time, in seconds, between your advertisements being triggered.

Number of segments per period: How many segments roll before advertisements are no longer triggered.

Start with advert: Segment will begin by playing the advertisement, rather than starting with showing what you selected to go in the background.

Start insertion with streaming: When you go live, the first content your viewers will see is your advertising.

After configuring the Ad Insertion Preferences, click Save. To activate a mid-roll manually, click the "Advert" button below the Main Mix section of the UI.​

 

When inserting an advertisement via the Livestream Studio™ Software, the following should occur: 
  • Depending on your choice of background, the Program window will change to reflect the selected option. 
  • The "Insert Advert" button will become red, read "ADVERT SHOWING..." and include a Countdown timer.
  • On the top Left of the Program window, it will read "OUTPUT Advertisement: [Transition] is locked until End". In the below example the option selected is "Fade to Black". 
  • When the advert is done playing, the program feed will transition back to your cued camera.


After clicking 'Advert' again, it will switch to a countdown to when your stream will return to content.

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