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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As our video system has evolved over the last three years, we’ve noticed some are still using old or outdated encoder settings for their broadcast.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

Encoder restrictions

At the time of this post, we’ve implemented lower and upper bitrate limits for streams. Why? To help improve stability and watchability. Not everyone can watch a 15,000Kbps live stream with 2-5 second latency.

Here are the video and audio bitrate limits:

  • Minimum video bitrate: 100 Kbps
  • Maximum video bitrate: 3500 Kbps
  • Minimum audio bitrate: 32 Kbps
  • Maximum audio bitrate: 320 Kbps

VIP Gold and VPN’s

We’ve got a reputation for blocking VPN’s, it’s no secret. The original reason behind doing that was to slow down malicious users from coming back as easily after being banned from our sites. While we have no intention of allowing VPN’s, it is no secret that many legitimate folks use VPN services in non-malicious ways.

Starting today you can leave your VPN on if you have a VIP Gold account. Normally during the sign in process you’re presented with a message asking to turn off your VPN if you’ve left it on, but if you sign in with your VIP Gold account you will no longer get that message.

-Mark

Watch me daily at https://vaughn.live/mark