This article pertains to the new Evercast (Feb 2021 or later). For help on this issue with Evercast Legacy, click here.
Whether you're streaming from a remote island in the middle of nowhere, or you're working from home with the whole family eating up bandwidth at the same time, you may still be able to use Evercast successfully with low internet speed. Just follow these tips.
1. Coordinate with other members of your household
Since many of us are working out of our homes, it's important to sync with family/roommates on internet usage. Make sure other household members are not video conferencing, gaming, streaming, uploading/downloading files, or doing other internet-intensive activities while you are in a live Evercast session. For the best experience, save as much bandwidth as possible.
2. Consider using another form of conferencing
If your internet up speed is less than 2.5Mbps and you are the one sending the stream, we highly recommend talking on the phone with your team instead of video conferencing on Evercast in order to save bandwidth.
You do not need Evercast video conferencing open to run EBS. As long as at least one other person is live in your Evercast room (even without you), EBS will connect and stream. This will also help save precious bandwidth.
NOTE: If you choose to use another conferencing service (e.g. Facetime, Zoom, Skype, etc.) on your phone concurrently with Evercast on your computer, turn the WiFi off on your phone and only use the cellular connection instead.
3. Adjust your EBS streaming settings
EBS can still stream with a video bitrate as low as 0.5Mbps (500 in EBS). We recommend reducing bitrate in increments of 500 until you find the bitrate that works best for your internet connection. We also recommend experimenting between the VP8 and VP9 codecs.
NOTE: In order to change these settings, you must stop streaming.
How to Adjust Video Bitrate: In EBS, go to 'Settings,' then click the 'Output' tab. By default, EBS is set to 2500 (2.5Mbps). Adjust down accordingly.
How to Change Codecs: In EBS, go to 'Settings,' then click the 'Stream' tab. Select between VP8 and VP9.
4. Change your participant thumbnail settings while video conferencing
To reduce the weight of processing for your computer, you can hide the participants' webcam feed thumbnails by clicking the 'Hide Thumbnails' button (second icon from the right on the main toolbar). This will improve CPU usage and network performance because your computer only has to process the video from the stream.
You can also lower the quality of your thumbnails to improve CPU and network performance by clicking the 'More' menu at the bottom right and selecting 'Device Selection.' From there, change the video quality to 'Low' or 'Lowest.'
NOTE: This only changes the quality of the webcam feeds, NOT the stream feed.