Start broadcasting – simple and for free
Welcome to Klubportal.tv Streaming School. Here we share our best tips and advices on how to get started with your channel and how to succeed with your live broadcasts. Here you can learn all about Klubportal’s most important features, while at the same time you get simple tips on everything from how to improve and develop your broadcasts to how you make money for the team or club.
In the first part, you get an overall overview of the platform, to be able to immediately start broadcasting your sport live. But to get the most out of our services and at the same time offer the best possible experience for viewers, we recommend all users of Klubportal to complete all parts of the Streaming School.
Step 1 – Start a channel
If you haven’t already, startby creating a streaming channel on Klubportal.tv. It’s completely free to start a channel and broadcast on Klubportal.tv. As soon as the channel is started, it’s time to download the Solidsport Broadcast app.
Step 2 – Create games and live broadcasts
When you’re going to live stream on Klubportal.tv, there are two different types to live broadcasts. The most common one is to first create a game and then activate a live stream on it, which will contain graphics and scoreboard in the broadcast. The other one is a regular live broadcast without graphics. If you’re going to broadcast a game, start by going to the channel you have created. When you are inside the admin section on the channel, select “create a match” and then fill in all the necessary information about the match. This makes team logo and team shortenings appear in the broadcast scoreboard and graphics. Once the game is created, it’s time to activate the live broadcast. If your team logo is not visible, your club needs to be verified first. Contact us from the help box and we will help you with this.
Step 3 – Secure a good internet connection
To produce a good broadcast you need a stable internet connection. Wi-Fi, 4G, is fine, but best is if you have access to a wired network. Feel free to test your connection using Speedtest.net or similar services. We recommend a speed of at least 10 mbit, although you can manage on as little as 2-3 mbit if the connection is stable.
Step 4 – Broadcast with a tripod
To get a better picture, we recommend using a tripod. It’s not a requirement, but the broadcast will be much more steady. Something that is appreciated by the viewers while making it easier for the person filming.
When you’re going to broadcast with a smartphone or tablet, there are three important things you should know and check before you start broadcasting. We’ll go through these here.
- Enable ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode on your device before you start your broadcast. Otherwise the broadcast will be interrupted if someone calls you on the device you are broadcasting with.
- The “rotation lock” should not be activated on your device. Rotation lock will make your broadcast appear in portrait mode, even though you are filming with the device in landscape mode. Therefore, turn this off to avoid a bad viewing experience.
- Think about what you say when you’re broadcasting. Don’t talk about irrelevant things, but feel free to comment the game or event. If you can, make sure that the audience keeps their distance from the camera. Everyone who watches the stream will hear everything said near the camera.
Now you’re ready
If you have read through steps 1-4 and completed the checklist, you are ready to start your first live broadcast. However, for best results and to get the most out of our platform and features, we recommend that you go through all the steps in the Streaming School.
If you have any questions or concerns about Solidsport or your broadcasts, please do not hesitate to contact us. Just fill in what you need help with in the help form and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
Below you can read more about the benefits of Klubportal and how the platform is customised those who want to broadcast sports.
Or you can move directly to the next part of the Streaming School where we list the most important features at Klubportal.
Klubportal is a streaming platform specially designed for anyone who wants to broadcast sports. A clear example of this is how to create broadcasts of games in the platform. When you are going to broadcast a game, you always start by “creating a game” and then entering information about the game that you are going to live stream. This makes team logo and team shortenings appear in the broadcast scoreboard and graphics. Once the game is created, it’s time to activate the live broadcast. If your team logo is not visible, your club needs to be verified first. Contact us from the help box and we will help you with this.
Game graphics and analysis
When you broadcast sports on Klubportal.tv, you can also control the graphics in the broadcasts, using the Solidsport Broadcast app. Through simple controls in the app, the filmmaker controls the match clock as well as the goal and period shown in the broadcast. After the final whistle, it is then easy to analyze the game afterwards and cut out specific game sequences. Perfect material to use for the next walkthrough with individual players or the entire team.
One of Klubportal most appreciated features is the ability to create highlights during an ongoing game. This is done with the help of a simple push of a button in the Broadcast app. After the broadcast ends, all the highlights you have selected during the broadcast will be merged into a video clip and then automatically published on the team or club channel. You can see and read more about the highlights feature in the upcoming part of streaming school.
Everything that the team broadcasts on Klubportal.tv is recorded and published automatically as a replay on the team’s own streaming channel. It’s also possible to upload videos, from interviews and player presentations to exercises, training sequences, training materials and much more. Storage space is unlimited and all content is saved for as long as you want. Meaning, the team channel on Klubportal.tv quickly becomes a fantastic video archive that saves wonderful memories for life.
Completely free to use Klubportal.tv
Klubportal is completely free to use for you as a sport broadcaster. It costs money for those who want to watch, but who at the same time get the chance to support the team both emotionally and financially from home or wherever they are at the moment. The revenue you and your team generate quickly becomes a good and important revenue. So far, sport broadcasts on Klubportal.tv have generated revenues of more than €4 million to sports clubs and team in the Nordics. A team can easily earn €1,000 in a season. All you need to do ist to start broadcasting the team’s games and then inform both parents and relatives, as well as opposing teams, about how they find each live stream.
The games can be purchased individually but we recommend all teams to encourage their viewers and supporters to become Monthly Supporters for the team or club. As a Monthly Supporter, a viewer gets access to all content on the team or club channel at a fixed monthly cost and at the same time supports the team financially. Easy for those who watch and good for the team that gets a running revenue every month. Money that goes right back to team or club that are broadcasting.
The most important features
Let’s start our Streaming School by going through the most important features on Klubportal.tv. In the first part, we’ll go over what happens after you start your streaming channel on Klubportal.tv and get into our admin interface. In the second part, we go through our different features more deeply.
The first thing we’re going to go through is what happens after you start your streaming channel on Klubportal.tv and get into our admin interface. In Admin, you control all content displayed on your team or club channel. This is where you set up games, activate live broadcasts, track all transactions and revenue, manage users, and more.
Your unique Klubportal channel
After you start a channel on Klubportal.tv, you enter Admin. If you are at the front of the channel and are not logged in with your user account, you first need to log in. You do this by clicking on the button at the top of the page in the right corner. When you’re signed in as an administrator to the channel, you’ll see a link to Admin above the menu on the left side of the channel page.
Create game and activate a live broadcast
The most basic feature to know is how to create a match and activate a live broadcast. When you are going to broadcast a game, you always start by creating the game itself from the menu selection “Games”.
Once the game is created, activate the live broadcast itself and fill in all the information that is requested. Be careful when choosing which scoreboard you want to use for the broadcast. For example, if you want to display a game clock, it is important that you select a scoreboard that contains a game clock. The same applies if you want to show result and period in the broadcast.
When you know that you will live stream many games during a whole a season, Solidsport can help you import all games at one, intstead of you entering each match manually. Just tell us which games you want to import and we will help you. The easiest way to contact us is from the contact form on this page. Then we will help you as soon as we can.
The only time you shouldn’t start by creating a game and then enable live broadcast is when you want to do a test broadcast or a live broadcast that isn’t a game. It could be a press conference, or any other activity you want to live stream. To make a test broadcast, go to the “Live” menu tab, and then tap the “Create new live stream” button. Then, it is important that you select the option “hide broadcast on the channel” from the “Advanced” selection tab.
Invite viewers to your live broadcasts
In order to get as many viewers as possible to discover your Solidsport channel and your live broadcasts, it’s important that you inform about these as much as possible. An easy way to lead viewers to your broadcasts is to clearly link and promote the channel on your website. Another effective way is frequent information about the team’s broadcasts on social media.
Another easy way is to “invite viewers” to every live broadcast on the channel. You do this via Admin – > Games – Edit match – and the > > “Invite viewers” button.
Here you can send an invitation to the broadcast by email and social media.
For a more detailed description of how to invite viewers, see the video below.
For those of you who are interested in the possibilities to make money for the team or club, we would like to highlight the last part of the Streaming School “How to make money for the team“. Here you will also learn how to embed all the upcoming broadcasts on your website.
Congratulations - First part completed
Now you have learned about the most important functionality that you need to know when you broadcast sports on Klubportal.tv. We have more features that can be useful to know and that you can read more about below, but now you know the most important things. Want to move on to the next part of streaming school and learn how to do a live stream with our streaming app Solidsport Broadcast? Click on the link below or keep scrolling to learn about more great features on Klubportal.tv.
Invite more admins and use roles
Aren’t you the one who’s going to broadcast every game? Then you can invite people to help out with this. To invite more people, go to Settings > Account Settings > Admins.
To invite, simply fill in the email address of the person you want to invite and press the “Add/Invite” button. It’s important that the person who is invited has a Klubportal account. Otherwise, that person first needs to create an account on the channel
You can also use roles on Klubportal.tv to restrict permissions on certain admin users. Below you’ll see what each role includes for rights on the channel. Does your channel lack the ability to use roles? Contact us from the help form on this page and we will help you activate this.
|Administrator||Full Admin permission.|
|Editor||Access to everything except “Settings”.|
|Producer||Access to the admin pages “Games”, “Video” and “live”. Broadcast and the Report app.|
|User/User||Access to the admin pages “Games”, “Video”, Live” and “Promote”. Broadcast and the Report app.|
|Broadcast||Access to broadcast games via Solidsport Broadcast. No other Admin permissions.|
Access to report games via Solidsport Report. No other Admin permissions.
Design the Klubportal channel in 30 seconds
On the front of your channel is a cover photo at the top of the page. It is recommended to replace it with your own image. It’s easy to do this by hovering over the upper-right corner of the image. Then click on the icon that appears to upload a new image. The recommended format of the image you upload is 1292×340 pixels for the best fit.
How to merge a split replay
If you have a poor internet connection or accidentally cancel a live broadcast on Klubportal.tv, your recording will be divided into several parts. This means that you will need to merge the recordings from the live broadcast before a full replay of the match can be published to viewers.
You can do this by clicking Admin > Live > Choose the right live broadcast.
From here, you need to scroll down to the “recordings” button tab and then unpublish the incomplete replay. After that, you will see all the recordings connected with the live broadcast you choosed. If multiple video recordings appear, you can select these and then tap “merge recordings”. The recordings you have selected will then be merged into one recording. After that, you can choose to publish as a full replay.
For a more detailed description of how to merge recordings, see the video below.
Design and change the “thumbnail” on the team’s live broadcasts
A thumbnail is the image displayed in the player before a live broadcast starts. As standard, there is a Klubportal thumbnail. It is recommended that you replace it with your own thumbnail picture. It’s welcome to be a positive action image that shows joy or emotion when sports are practiced. The recommended format for the best fit is 1920×1080 pixels.
To upload a thumbnail, go to Settings > Image Archive. When the thumbnail is uploaded, go to Settings > Channel > Player and select the uploaded thumbnail as the new default thumbnail for both live broadcast and replay.
For a more detailed description on how to do this, see the video below.
Congratulations - You're now completely done
Now you have gone through all the necessary functionality at Klubportal.tv. You are now ready to move on to the next step in Streaming School and one step closer to becoming a sport streaming pro. Do you any questions? You are always welcome to contact us from the help form on this page.
In the next part of Streaming School you will learn how to broadcast using our streaming app Solidsport Broadcast. To move forward, click on the link below.
Solidsport Broadcast is themost downloaded sport streaming app in the Nordics. The app is very easy to use and completely free to download through the App Store or Google Play.
In this part of the Streaming School, you’ll learn everything you need to know about Solidsport Broadcast and how to use its most important features. The goal of this course is for you to learn how to broadcast sports with a smartphone or tablet.
To be able to complete this part of the Streaming School you first need to download Solidsport Broadcast on your smartphone or tablet. If you haven’t already done it, you can do so now from the links below. It’s completely free of charge.
In order to log in to the app, you need a user account on Klubportal.tv. If you don’t have an account already, you can register it the club channel. The account also needs to have admin permissions to the Klubportal channel you’re going to broadcast on. When you create a new channel on Klubportal, you automatically become the administrator of the channel. If you don’t have the appropriate permissions, you need to contact your channel administrator and ask for an invitation to your user account.
As soon as you have the appropriate permissions, you can log in to Solidsport Broadcast with your user account. Once logged in to the app, you will then see a list of upcoming games for the team to be broadcasted. If the list is empty, you first need to create a match and enable live broadcast for the current match. You create the match through from the admin section on your channel. For more information about creating games and activating live broadcasts, see the previous part of the Streaming School. Then select the correct game from the list and then click “Broadcast Now”.
Time to broadcast
Now you have activated the broadcast mode in the app. If you’re in before the game starts, you’ll see a count down clock. The countdown shows much time it’s left until the broadcast goes live. If you don’t see a countdown, it means that the broadcast is already live. Meaning, you don’t have to do anything to get the stream live towards the viewers. This happens completely automatically when the time has counted down.
If you want the broadcast to go live before the countdown is completed, press the “Broadcast now” button in the center of the screen.
Solidsport Broadcast features
Below you can see an image with descriptive text for the different features of the app that we go through further down the page.
Update graphics in the broadcast
On the right and left of the app you will see buttons with pluses and minuses. These buttons are used to update the goals of the home and away team. The score of the game is then shown in the graphic during the broadcast and in the replay.
Similarly, you can update the game clock, period and half and these settings can be found at the bottom of the app.
When the game is over, it’s important that you press the “End Broadcast” button. When you have done that, the broadcast will be automatically converted into a replay, making sure that the game can be watched afterwards.
Perhaps the most appreciated feature with Solidsport Broadcast is the possibility to create highlights. At the bottom of the app you will find a star icon button. With the help this you can create highligts of everything from nice saves, spectacular dribbles to nice goals and other things that you think is a highlight.
Each time you press the button, a video sequence of 10 seconds is saved. When the game is over and the broadcast has ended, all the highlight sequences are merged into a highlight video. It’s then automatically published on your Klubportal channel.
Improve the image by focusing
A sharp image with the right light is important, both for the person filming and the viewer. Generally speaking, what you see on the screen when you broadcast is the image that viewers will se as well. In other words, if the image is blurry when filming, the image will also be blurry for your viewers. The easiest way to get a sharp image with the right focus is to tap once on the screen. Tapping the screen resets the sharpness and focus, making the image better for both the broadcaster and those who are watching.
In the left corner of the app, there is also a square box. Clicking on it will set up several settings options, including focus and exposure. You usually don’t have to touch these settings. However, there is a function for zooming. You’ll find a zoom slider on the right side of the screen after you tap the square box in the lower-left corner.
Local recording on iOs
Under advanced settings, you can also set the quality and enable local recording in the app (applies only to iOS devices). You can find these settings under the slider in the lower-right corner of the app. If you enable local recording, a copy recording is saved to the device you are broadcasting with. You can download this recording as soon as the broadcast is completed for analysis or other processing.
Choice of broadcasting quality
What quality of broadcast should you choose?
In most cases, “Medium” quality is recommended. However, if you feel that the broadcast has poor connectivity, it may be good to change to “Low” quality to avoid a buffering broadcast and instead give viewers a better experience. The choice to broadcast in “High” quality is recommended only if you have a very stable connection.
Important: Remember to update the period, goal and clock during the broadcast and follow the game through the screen. Then you will secure a great experience for the viewers.
Stream without Solidsport Broadcast
There are plenty of apps for both iOS and Android that can be used for live streaming. It’s also possible to use external cameras connected to a streaming program such as OBS or Vmix. Vmix or OBS.
Unlike when the Solidsport Broadcast app is used, in these cases you need to put the correct broadcast URL and broadcast ID yourself.
This is how you find the correct rtmp-link and ID:
Step 1 – Add a game or live stream to your Klubportal.tv channel.
Step 2 – Click Admin – Live – and then choose your stream in the list.
Step 3 – Scroll down to Broadcast > Broadcast information > general settings. This is where you find the rtmp-url and stream ID. The rtmp is the same for any channel on Klubportal.tv, but the ID is unique for your specific stream.
Step 4 – Add the rtmp (rtmp://origin1.solidtango.com/origin) and stream ID into your specific app/program. Stream ID might have different names depending on program, e.g. stream key, stream name, configuration key etc.
Steg 5 – If there is no specific place to add the stream ID, use this format (xxxx is the stream ID): rtmp://origin1.solidtango.com/origin/xxxxxxxx
When you’re going to live stream using your camera, there are a couple of important things you should know and check off before you start broadcasting. We’ll go through these here.
- Dimensions should be 1920×1080.
- Resolution should be 720p. A higher resolution is just a waste of bandwidth since Solidsport streams are transcoded to 720p automatically.
- Use 50 fps (frames per second) and 4 mbit/s as bitrate (obs uses kbit so it should be 4000kbit/s).
- If it asks for a key frame interval, just use double the amount of fps (100) or every other second.
- Make sure your internet connection has a bandwidth that can handle your stream. If there are other things that use the network in the venue/arena, this must be taken into account.
- Is the computer strong enough? It takes a strong computer to be able to broadcast with some streaming programs. Feel free to test before going live, on a training session or similar to make sure that the computer can handle the broadcast.
Now you’re ready to go live
If you have read through steps 1-5 and checked the checklist, you are ready to complete your first live broadcast.
If you have any questions or concerns about Klubportal.tv or your broadcasts, please do not hesitate to contact us. Just fill in what you need help with in the help form and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
In this part of the Streaming School you will get our top tips for making a good live broadcast. These are small things, but which will be of great pleasure to everyone watching the broadcast.
Good preparation – the key to a good sports broadcast
Before you’re going to live stream a game or sporting event, there are a few things that are extra important to consider. Firstly, make sure you have the Solidsport Broadcast app downloaded to the device you’re going to broadcast with. Also, be sure to be logged in to the Broadcast app. It’s also a good idea to check that the game you plan to broadcast is available in the app.
Ensure a good internet connection
For the broadcast to be good, you need to have a good connection. Outdoors, a mobile 4G connection usually works well, but indoors it can sometimes be more unsafe. We recommend a stable connection of at least 5 mbit to live stream, but also 2-3 mbit can work if the connection is stable. Feel free to test your connection using Speedtest.net or similar services.
Prepare the device you’re going broadcast with
Your smartphone, tablet or whatever device you choose to live stream with also needs to be prepared. Therefore, be sure to check:
- That the battery is fully charged and you have enough browsing data left (when broadcasting with 4G). A live stream that is one hour will consume about 1GB of data, if you live stream in medium quality. If you stream in high quality, you will need almost twice as much data.
- Make sure the locked rotation mode on your device is turned off. If this is enabled, the image will be locked in portrait mode even though you are broadcasting in horizontal mode.
- If you’re broadcasting with a smartphone, make sure that “Do Not Disturb” mode is turned on. Otherwise, the record risks being broken if someone calls during the broadcast.
Use tripods for a more stable and better live broadcast
To get a good filming and live broadcast, it is recommended that you have a tripod with a holder for mobile or tablet, depending on the device you are broadcasting with. It can work without too, but with the help of a tripod it will be much easier to broadcast for the person filming while giving viewers a much better experience.
Choose a good place to film
The place you choose to stand when you broadcast sports is very important. A good benchmark is to try to stand at the height of the middle line on the pitch when you broadcast. Also, make sure you’re in a sealed-off place where any audience isn’t at risk of ending up in front of the camera.
It’s also an advantage to get up a bit from the pitch as it gives a better overview of the game. If there’s a grandstand, it might be a good position to stand on. Standing on a stool or table are also creative ways to get up a bit from ground level. Below you will see an example of such a solution.
Use zoom but not too much
If you are broadcasting sports with a great distance to the pitch or if you are filming a very large field, you should use the zoom slider in the Broadcast app. You can find it under the square at the bottom left of the app. If you want to use it, it’s recommended that you set the zoom before the game begins.
To set the zoom, position yourself in the middle of the pitch. Then turn the camera towards one target and zoom in so much that you get close enough to the target. Try not to change the zoom settings during the broadcast, adjusting only if you feel you’re too close or far away for longer game sequences. Too much zooming will result in a bad experience for the viewers.
Keep in mind that viewers hear everything you say
It is important to think twice before talking close to the broadcasting device. Everything you or anyone else says nearby is well heard by viewers. You are welcome to comment the game or event but avoid talking about things that don’t add anything to the broadcast.
Before we finish this part of the Streaming School, we recommend that you take part in this video. It summarizes and shows everything we described above.
Before you start, we also want to give you the most important tip to get a good broadcast; always keep in mind to follow the game from the screen on the device you use when filming. This ensures that viewers see the same thing you see while filming. If you follow the game without looking at the screen, there is a high risk that it will be a bad experience for viewers.
Prepare in good time
Now you have all the information you need to make a good broadcast. However, this is not a guarantee that problems will not arise. To give you some time to adjust or fix any issues, it is recommended that you start testing well in advance before the streams goes live to the viewers.
To see if a broadcast looks good before the countdown in the player has counted down, you can log in to Admin on the channel, select the menu item “Live” and then the correct broadcast.
If you don’t have admin access to the channel, you can always ask someone else with admin rights on your channel to do this.