If you are using Simulcast and have seen warning messages in Periscope Producer regarding your bitrate or resolution (such as the ones shown below), this means need to reduce the settings on your encoder (i.e. Livestream Producer, Livestream Broadcaster Pro, etc.) to settings suggested by Periscope.
Periscope's supported streaming specifications are as follows:
- VIDEO BITRATE: 800kb/s
- AUDIO BITRATE & FORMAT: 64kb/s - 96 kb/s AAC or AAC-LC
- FRAMERATE: 30fps
- RESOLUTION: 960x540 recommended
- KEYFRAME INTERVAL: Every 2 seconds (OBS) or Keyframe every 45 frames (Wirecast)
If you are using Livestream Producer, you can set a custom bitrate by selecting 'Custom' from the Quality dropdown menu on the main window.
To configure the bitrate settings, click 'Preferences.'
Navigate to the 'Video' tab, then configure the resolution, bitrate, framerate per the above recommendations.
You should also check the 'Audio' tab and set the audio bitrate
If you are using a different encoder (e.g. Livestream Broadcaster Pro, Mevo), setting a custom bitrate may not be an option for you. The best way to handle this issue would be to choose a lower quality.
Check the encoding specifications for the preset qualities for Broadcaster Pro and Mevo and select one that is below Periscope's recommendations. Typically the Medium preset will fit these requirements.