Whether you're streaming from a remote island in the middle of nowhere, or you're working from home with the whole family online at the same time, you may still be able to use Evercast successfully with low internet speed. Just follow these tips.
When multiple people are working from home, 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.
If your internet upload 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 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.
EBS can stream with a video bitrate as low as 1000Mbps. We recommend reducing your bitrate in increments of 500 until you find the level 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.
To reduce the processing load on your computer, you can hide the participants' thumbnail videos by clicking the Hide Thumbnails button. This will improve CPU usage and network performance.
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.