Follow these steps to get started using Production Truck Standard on your Windows computer. Most of our other Help Articles detail these processes. This document goes over some basic processes, and identifies any differences in areas that are specific to the Windows version.
Downloading, Logging In, and Selecting a Streaming Service
First download Production Truck. You can do so by navigating to the Production Truck page of our website which can be found here. Navigate to the bottom of the page and select, Download for Windows.
An email will be sent to your email account containing the link to download. You will then be taken through a standard installation process.
Note: If you use vCloud, you can login here and then select Downloads from the top of the screen, then select Windows Production Truck.
With Production Truck now on your computer, you will want to select its shortcut and login.
Once you are logged in, you will want to select a streaming service. Select the gear icon in the center of Production Truck to get to the Preferences menu and navigate to the Service tab on the far right. Then select a service from the Streaming Service dropdown. If you are streaming to vCloud select BlueFrame.
Creating Broadcasts and Selecting Sources
Once you open Production Truck, you should see the your site labeled at the top of the screen next to the BlueFrame Logo, if you have a broadcast selected you should see it to the right of that. Select the three horizontal bars next to Test to select from your list of broadcast.
If you need to create or schedule a broadcast, that process is outlined here. Navigate up to the Broadcast button at the top of Production Truck and select Create Broadcast.
With your broadcast created, you are ready to stream. To bring in your cameras and audio equipment, click the gear icon in the center of the screen
This window is where you will be able to select your camera source(s) and audio source. For “Camera A,” click source and select the camera you wish to use. Cameras B, C and D can be used for multi-camera broadcasts
Under “Audio Source,” click source to select your audio source. If you would like to listen to audio as you produce your event, you can check the “Monitor Audio Input” box under “Audio Source”. This works best if you have a pair of headphones plugged into your computer to listen with
For information regarding overlays, please visit the Overlays section of our Help Center which can be found here.
Now you are ready to live stream your event! If you are not streaming to vCloud you can select Live and Confirm in order to begin streaming. If you are streaming to vCloud you must first go into Test Mode.
Note: the testing portion of your broadcast will not be included when you archive your stream and will not be shown to your viewers
Once you’ve tested your stream, you can click the “LIVE” button in the top right, next to “TEST”. Click “Confirm” to go live. Whether in Test mode or Live mode, it will be indicated with the blue light below the text.
After your event is over, click “LIVE” again to stop the stream. Click “Confirm” to stop the broadcast. A secondary window will pop up with options now that your broadcast is stopped.
- Click “Not Done” if you want to continue streaming to the same broadcast momentarily
- Click “Archive” if you are finished streaming and would like the broadcast to archive and appear in the On Demand section of your site
- Click “Delete” if you would like to trash the broadcast; It will delete permanently one week after you selected delete
Note: You can find the status of your stream at any point in the bottom right of your screen
Video Clips can be brought into Production Truck and played during a broadcast. Select the Video Clips button below the camera preview windows. A new window will open where you can bring in your Video Clips.
Selecting Add Clip, will open up a file finder and allow you to bring in .mp4 files into Production Truck to play. You can bring in multiple clips in this window.
The Play, Pause, and Stop buttons will control the video clip. The Cut button will bring that video clip into the broadcast. The Override Main Audio option, when enabled, will play the audio from the video clip in the broadcast and mute your regular audio source. The headphones icon determines if you wish to also hear your video clip audio, when enabled.
Firing Local Ads
Local Ads should be loaded and fired from the Video Clips windows. These can be .mp4 files from your computer that are played through the broadcast. See the above Video Clips section for more information.