Setting Up An Encoder (Streaming Media)

A user on the RadioDJ forums was asking for help setting up his encoder.

Most encoding software tends to be similar to setup and run.

Whether that be a stand alone encoder or a built in one. Its not difficult setting up an encoder.

Most of the encoding programs rely on several bits of information in order for you to connect to Shoutcast or Icecast.

Server or IP address: Tends to be the address your streaming provider emailed you it will look something like this.

e.g: or (Without the http:// part)

Server Port: This will be the port number you or your provider set for you when you setup or signed up for the server. e.g: 8015

Server Type: You have different options when it comes to streaming this will usually be Shoutcast, Shoutcast v2 or Icecastv2

If you need to stream to another service such as Live365
You may want to ask their support team to help you with any connection issues

Encoder Password: This will be the password your provider sent or the one you chose when setting the server up.

Stream ID: Is for Shoutcast 2 servers this will be the stream ID your server provider sent you or its usually streamid=1 etc.

Mountpoint: This is usually just for Icecast servers e.g: /stream or /stream.mp3 /stream.ogg

Encoder type: This is usually mp3, AAC, AAC+, OGG depending on what format you wish to stream in

Important: OGG Vorbis only works with an Icecast server

Bitrate: this will be the bitrate your server is able to receive, bitrates can go from as low as 8kbps up to 320kbps

AAC+ can only stream up to a bitrate of 128kbps but usually sounds best around 96kbps

Where an encoder asks you for Station details this is where you put your station name, website and genre etc.

If all has gone to plan you should now be able to stream to your media server,

This is a basic tutorial but it really isn't difficult to set up a streaming encoder.

If in doubt consult Google

Tip: If you are running a Shoutcast/Icecast server on the same PC its localhost or as the address of your server.