For general information about what Custom RTMP is and why it's used, check out the article "General Information and Options for Setting up Custom RTMP."

There are two ways to set up a Custom RTMP channel with Switcher Studio:

  1. Directly in the Switcher Studio App (available on all plans)
  2. Using the Switcher Studio online Dashboard (available on Legacy, Standard, and Plus plans)

This article walks through the first option, with step-by-step instructions to:

  1. Set up a new Custom RTMP channel in the app, and
  2. Select from previously created Custom RTMP channels. 

Setting up a Custom RTMP Channel Directly in the Switcher Studio App

When creating a Custom RTMP channel in the app, Switcher will automatically adjust your quality settings based on a speed test. You can stream immediately after creating a channel, or you can save the channel to use later. 

Step-by-step instructions with screenshots

  1. Go to your desired streaming platform and find the Stream Key and your Server URL. 
  2. Then, open the Switcher Studio app on your main switching device. Tap the blue arrow beside Custom RTMP in the Outputs tab.
  3. Tap the blue "+" icon in the top-right corner of the RTMP Channels quadrant. This will populate the RTMP Parameters modal window.
  4. If desired, enter a nickname for the custom channel you're creating.
  5. Under Server URL and Stream Key, enter the values you obtained from the streaming destination platform. Double-check these for accuracy. If there is a typo, your stream will not work.
  6. Next, run a speed test so that Switcher can identify the best settings for your broadcast and Wi-Fi. To do this, tap SPEED TEST in the top-right corner of the RTMP Parameters window.
  7. Give the test time to run. Once it's complete, tap the orange Save button.
  8. You'll see that Switcher has updated your Broadcast Options bases on the speed test results. Tap OK in the top-left corner of the RTMP Parameters window to save your newly created Custom RTMP channel.
  9. You should see the new channel listed below RTMP Channels
  10. If you were setting up Custom RTMP to use at a later time, you are finished for now. Scroll beyond the screenshots below for instructions on selecting a Custom RTMP channel when you're ready to begin your broadcast.  
  11. If you are ready to begin your broadcast, tap Outputs in the top-left corner of the quadrant.
  12. In the Outputs tab, ensure there is a blue checkmark beside Custom RTMP. If there is not a checkmark, tap on the text to make the checkmark visible.
  13. When you are ready to go live, tap on the big red button in the top-right corner of the app.

Selecting from Previously Created Custom RTMP Channels

Step-by-step instructions with screenshots

You can create and save many Custom RTMP channels. Once you are ready to stream to a platform using one of the custom channels, you'll select it as follows:

  1. Open the Switcher Studio app on your main switching device. 
  2. Go to the Outputs tab. 
  3. Tap the blue arrow beside Custom RTMP.
  4. Tap the name of the desired channel. You'll know a channel is selected when there's a blue checkmark next to the name.
  5. To continue with your stream, tap Outputs in the top-left corner of the quadrant.
  6. The channel you selected should have a blue checkmark next to it.
  7. When you are ready to go live, tap on the big red button in the top-right corner of the app.
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