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Bring Visual UGC Content into Livestream Studio


In this guide we explore the general concept of bringing Visual UGC content into a Livestream Studio Broadcast.
The guide assumes the user is leveraging Livestream Studio Version 3.0 or above and is familiar with creating Broadcast Productions through the tool.

Key Concepts


Rich Site Summary (RSS), often called Really Simple Syndication, uses a family of standard web feed formats to publish frequently updated information such as blogs entries, news headlines, audio or video.
Visual UGC provides a feed of ingested social tiles in compliance with the RSS file format as part of its Content Feed Plugin.

Livestream Studio

Livestream Studio is a Live Video Production Switcher offered by Livestream. The Production Switcher application allows a user to mix several different video streaming sources together to create their Live Stream Production.

The Fun Part

In this guide we will do the following:
  • Enable and configure your Syndication for Broadcast Plugin in Visual UGC
  • Use your RSS Feed in Livestream Studio

Enable and configure your Syndication for Broadcast plugin in Visual UGC

Go to the Plugin directory within your Stack and install the plugin titled Content Feed - if Plugins are not available in your Stack and you wish to access them, please contact Visual UGC Support for more information.
Once setup, you will be provided a feed URL, which will contain a series of parameters, these are:
  • Filter - Filter of Content
  • Type - RSS or ATOM
Select the Filter of the content you wish to send to Livestream, and the output of RSS before hitting save.
Once saved the endpoint provided will be what you can use within your Livestream Studio environment.
The structure of data within the Visual UGC RSS feed is outlined below:
<title>Tile Comment</title>
<link>Source Link</link>
<pubDate>Date Published</pubDate>
<guid isPermaLink="false">GUID</guid>
<enclosure url="Image URL" length="0" type="image/jpeg" />

Leverage your RSS Feed in Livestream Studio

To add an RSS Feed to your production within Livestream Studio, select from the Graphics Menu within the Tool and select the option ‘RSS’.
After clicking on the RSS option, you will notice the RSS Layer has been added to your GFX Tab (Represented by the RSS logo in the bottom left hand corner) as per below.
From here, you can now click on the Setting button to start configuring your RSS feed.
Once the RSS prompt has loaded, paste the feed URL from Visual UGC into the RSS Feed URL field. From here you will notice that on the right hand side, content from your feed will start to populate.
Within this section you can also specify information such as how often you would like Livestream to check for new content on the feed (Auto Advance Data Interval), and how many records you would like Livestream Studio to keep (Record Number Limitations).
Note: If you want to be able to manually edit any data brought into Livestream Studio, simply unclick ‘Read Only’ under ‘Record Number Limitation’. This will allow you to change the ingested Visual UGC content.
Once you have finished tweaking your settings to best work for you use of Visual UGC and Livestream Studio, you can now start building how you would like your Visual UGC content to look within broadcast.
This is something that can either be custom built within the GFX Designer or alternatively you can look to customise one from the Livestream Graphic Store (
If you look to create your own, simply select GFX Designer, and select RSS from the source drop box.
This will enable the List Icon which will allow you to specify what values (ie. Title, Link, Description, Date, Author, Image) you wish to bring into your design.
Using this List Icon, simply drag, drop and customise till you are happy with your layout.
Once you are satisfied with your design, you can now close out of GFX designer and return to the layers module to make the RSS layer visible.
You should now be able to include content from your Visual UGC feed into your Production via the graphics overlay control.
Last Updated on 17 November 2015 15:32:00 GMT