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

ERROR: Could not validate browser

A security update was done earlier in the week to keep bots, scrapers, and malicious traffic from abusing the video system. Typically a browser extension is to blame for blocking the legitimate server requests for our validation check. Only 4% of users are affected by this.

The most common culprit appeared to be DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials browser extension, but other privacy extensions have been reported as causing the same issue.

Privacy is a serious issue, but a very alarming thing I have witnessed with those experiencing this error is they admit to installing numerous privacy extensions without even looking into whether or not they are legitimate and safe. Not only that but using multiple privacy extensions can cause serious issues within your browser, such as the above error. I call these extensions paranoia extensions because many don’t actually offer any protection at all, they’re just multiple layers of tinfoil taped to your browser.

This security update will not be undone, especially since the only ones experiencing problems are those with paranoia browser extensions installed. Try loading a stream in your browsers private/incognito window. If it loads in there then it’s obvious an extension (or extensions) is causing the browser validation error.

To check your browsers validation rating, rated 0.1 to 1.0, visit https://vaughn.live/debug. If no validation results show, then you may have third party cookies blocked.

Mark

How to stream to 2 Vaughn.live channels simultaneously with OBS studio

1. Go to Settings
2. Go to Output
3. Choose Advanced in Output Mode
4. Choose Recording Tab
5. Choose Custom Output (FFMPEG) under Type
6. Choose Output to URL under FFMPEG Output Type
7. Add the whole rtmp address, including the key as a single path as URL (eg. rtmp://rtmp://live-ord.vaughnsoft.net/live/live_wAPior_KSeiEm
8. Choose h264(video) for Container Format
9. Add video bitrate
10. Choose keyframe interval
11. Rescale Output if needed (for example to downscale to 720. If you do not Rescale, it will use the settings from the Video Tab)
12. Tick the checkbox “Show all codecs”
13. Choose libx264 as Video Codec
14. Set audio bitrate
15. Choose the Audio Track (If necessary. This should be first set in Advanced Audio Properties)
16. Choose aac as Audio Codec

To start streaming to destination 1, click Start Streaming. To start streaming to destination 2, click Start Recording.

 

Content Guidelines and Marijuana

Over the years we’ve been criticized for our essential banning of marijuana and anything marijuana related on our platforms. Today we are happy to announce that the marijuana ban on our platforms is no more! Why are we making this change? Marijuana has become more widely accepted and legal in many parts of the United States, and the overall attitude towards marijuana has become much more accepting.

So what exactly does this mean? It means you will not be asked to remove marijuana related content, you won’t be asked to take your marijuana off camera, and you won’t be asked to keep your pipes and devices out of sight.

That being said, you still have to keep the hard drugs (non marijuana) off our platforms. If you absolutely must do hard drugs, have the courtesy to lean off camera while doing hard drugs. And definitely do not promote them in any way.

 

Vaughn Live Wrong User Info

For a brief moment today users were shown the wrong user info due to a third party service enabling their proxy server solution without warning us first. Possible information that could have been shown to a different signed in user is email address and channel stream key, and chat authentication token (this is not the same as a password.) While it is unlikely that other users saw this wrong information due to the small window of time that it happened, you should update your stream key and email address to be on the safe side. To do that, go to https://vaughn.live/settings or use the following links:

https://vaughn.live/settings/change_email

https://vaughn.live/settings/reset_streamkey

Note: this issue only affected Vaughn Live, none of our other websites.

Experimenting with stream quality

We’ve begun experimenting with offering stream quality options on select streams. If you click the gear icon in the lower right of the video player, you’ll see a Quality option. For most streams this will show as Source, which is the stream the broadcaster is sending to our servers. For select streams, the Quality option will show Source and 360p. By default, select streams will load the 360p quality. If you want the best quality of the stream, you will need to switch it to Source.

February 2019 Suggested Encoder Settings

As our video system has evolved over the last three years, we’ve noticed some are still using old or outdated encoder settings for their broadcast. During these changes to our video system we’ve often suggested encoder settings that worked best for the video system at that time.

360p (recommended)

  • Video Resolution: 640×360
  • Video Bitrate: 750Kbps
  • Video FPS: 30
  • Video Rate Control: VBR (Variable Bitrate)
  • Video CRF: 23
  • Video Keyframe Interval: Auto (or 0)
  • Video CPU Preset: veryfast
  • Video Profile: High
  • Video Tune (if available): None
  • Video Buffer Size: None
  • Audio Codec: AAC
  • Audio Bitrate: 128Kbps

480p

  • Video Resolution: 852×480
  • Video Bitrate: 1000Kbps
  • Video FPS: 30
  • Video Rate Control: VBR (Variable Bitrate)
  • Video CRF: 23
  • Video Keyframe Interval: Auto (or 0)
  • Video CPU Preset: veryfast
  • Video Profile: High
  • Video Tune (if available): None
  • Video Buffer Size: None
  • Audio Codec: AAC
  • Audio Bitrate: 128Kbps

720p*

  • Video Resolution: 1280×720
  • Video Bitrate: 1500Kbps
  • Video FPS: 30
  • Video Rate Control: VBR (Variable Bitrate)
  • Video CRF: 23
  • Video Keyframe Interval: Auto (or 0)
  • Video CPU Preset: veryfast
  • Video Profile: High
  • Video Tune (if available): None
  • Video Buffer Size: None
  • Audio Codec: AAC
  • Audio Bitrate: 128Kbps

1080p*

  • Video Resolution: 1920×1080
  • Video Bitrate: 2500Kbps
  • Video FPS: 30
  • Video Rate Control: VBR (Variable Bitrate)
  • Video CRF: 23
  • Video Keyframe Interval: Auto (or 0)
  • Video CPU Preset: veryfast
  • Video Profile: High
  • Video Tune (if available): None
  • Video Buffer Size: None
  • Audio Codec: AAC
  • Audio Bitrate: 128Kbps

 

* 720p and 1080p can cause playback issues for those with older devices or slow internet