Old encoder software banned?

Starting December 1st: warning messages will appear on streams that have bad/incorrect encoder settings. Notifications will be going out to broadcasters via the website outlining what encoder software is supported as well as what encoder settings are considered correct.

If you are using old and outdated encoder software to broadcast, you will be affected by this. To ensure best possible results, use the latest version of OBS Studio. If you do not use the recommended encoder software and settings, then that is done so at your own risk.

If you use the Go LIVE Now broadcaster in the Android app or on the desktop browser, you will not be affected by these changes.

Vaughnmas 2021 is here!

Watch it LIVE on Sunday December 19th, 6pm CST / 7pm EST / 4pm PST / 12am GMT

URL: https://vaughn.live/vaughnmas

Where do you send your submission?

Due to abuse of the Dropbox upload link, please send us an email to contact@vaughnsoft.com with subject “Vaughnmas 2021 Upload” and we will reply with a link for you to upload your video and/or greeting card. Thank you for your understanding!

State Of The Vaughn

September 17th, 2021 at 8pm central (6pm pacific, 9pm eastern) there will be a live stream discussing the current state of Vaughn Live, Breakers.TV, and other projects. We’ll be talking about where we’re at, where we’ve been, and where we want to take things.

Be there!

Live stream will happen at https://vaughn.live/community

– Mark

Chat embed being removed?

On July 31st, 2021, we will be disabling the chat embed on both Vaughn Live and Breakers.TV. There are several reasons for this but the two main reasons are due to functionality and our focus shift toward apps. In recent years browser security has increased quite a bit which has left our chat embed somewhat broken. Specifically the sign in function is broken, you cannot sign in using the chat embed even if you use the correct username/password. This is due to a security change in browsers. As this would require significant development time to address, we decided it’s not something we wish to put resources toward seeing as we’re shifting focus toward mobile and desktop apps for our two live streaming platforms.

If you have any questions, send them to contact@vaughnsoft.com

-Mark

The Android Apps Are Here

After several years of delays, jokes, and ridicule… the Android apps are finally here for Vaughn Live and for Breakers.TV

Download them now from the Google Play store, or from the following links:

Vaughn Live: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.vaughnsoft.vaughnlive

Breakers.TV https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.vaughnsoft.breakers

There are still many features yet to be added, the apps are Early Access Beta’s. Don’t forget to join the #android channel on my personal Discord server: https://discord.gg/S2kVPzj

Also, you can broadcast directly from the apps: Right menu -> Go LIVE Now

– Mark

Android App Beta Testing

Beta testing of the upcoming Android app for Vaughn Live is underway. Beta testing for the Breakers.TV Android app will be starting soon, too. If you’d like to beta test the Android app, join my personal Discord server and send me a DM to gain access to the private #android channel.

Join my personal Discord server here: https://vaug.hn/discord

-Mark

May 1st and Confirmed Email Addresses

Starting May 1st Confirmed Chatters will be on by default in every channel. This can be turned off by the channel owner if they wish, but definitely not recommended.

Also if you broadcast you will need to ensure your email address on your account is confirmed, otherwise your stream will no longer work. If your email address is old or fake, you can change your email address under Settings. Please do not contact us to manually confirm your email address as we will not do it under these circumstances.

– Mark

Chugging right along

I know I’ve been rather quiet lately, so I’m checking in with a quick blog post. The last few months have seen many backend updates and upgrades to our live streaming platforms. I’ll outline a few things that have happened below:

  • Complete rewrite/update of the TCP socket engine for backend services. Far more stable and responsive.
  • Complete rewrite of the client side API (sApi) server software (provides realtime data such as viewer count, stream goes off air/goes live, etc to the client)
  • Complete rewrite of the archive management system.
  • Built a much better remote server management system (allows restarting specific services remotely, monitor bandwidth, uptime, etc of each server)
  • Accidentally fixed a memory leak in our video ingest software, one that has plagued us for many years and has been the cause of many video crashes.
  • As a result of fixing the above memory leak, it has uncovered several “new” issues that were masked by the memory leak for many years. Those are being addressed. All are stability related issues.
  • Rewrote the email confirmation system (formerly known as activation.)
  • Expanded the metadata logged for each incoming stream. This helps us troubleshoot stream issues more easily.
  • Expanded video ingest system to multiple bandwidth providers. We’ve been with Cogent for many years, now we’ve expanded to a more flexible blend of providers that has enabled a better experience over all.
  • Expanded our video edge system into Europe for better latency/distribution to those outside North America.
  • Over the last six months we’ve also ramped up the number of ingest points available for streamers, now totaling eleven points of presence. Streaming to the PoP (Point of Presence) that is physically closest to you allows for better stream stability for you and your viewers.

There are several other things to list, but it’s mostly tedious little things and day-to-day operation stuff. In a future blog post I’ll touch on what is currently being worked on, cover past issues as well as cover current known issues, and maybe a list of bug fixes.

– Mark

Difficult Decisions

As of today iNSTAGIB and Vapers.tv have been migrated to Vaughn Live. We are focusing our energy and resources on Vaughn Live and feel we can no longer justify the upkeep needed for the fragmented platforms.

We have added two new categories to Vaughn Live: Gaming and Vaping. Stream keys for iNSTAGIB and Vapers.tv now redirect to Vaughn Live but will stop working March 1, 2021. At that point you will need to use your Vaughn Live stream key in order to continue streaming.

iNSTAGIB: 2011 – 2021

Vapers.tv: 2013 – 2021

-Mark

P.S. – Don’t worry, Vaughn Live and Breakers.TV aren’t going anywhere. We’re very excited about the things we’re working on for those two platforms.

Removing Video Embeds

On January 1st, 2021 we will be removing and disabling all video embeds for all of our platforms. This is in part of an effort to focus attention and financial resources on traffic to our websites and upcoming apps. In the future we will likely re-introduce video embeds, but in a far more limited way where the streamer has control over them. No further details at this time.

Mark