Streaming Web Audio
You can now stream live radio stations and more in Sansar. We support various formats like Shoutcast, Icecast, and other services using MP3-based URLs.
Note: OGG format also works, but AAC format is not supported.
Streaming web audio in Sansar
For both ways, you can click Options > Audio Preview on the toolbar in the upper-left corner of the screen to test the audio in your scene. If it's a valid stream, you should hear the sound start shortly.
Stream audio using an audio emitter
To stream web audio in Sansar using an audio emitter:
- 2.Select the audio emitter to show its contextual menu, and click the propertiesbutton.
- 3.On the Properties panel, set the Sound Source to Stream. This changes the Sound field to Stream.
An audio emitter set to Stream is treated like any other sound in Sansar, which means that the sound is spatialized and can be an immersive part of in-scene sound. And just like any other emitter, you can change its shape to a cuboid or sphere to fill a larger area with sound, as shown here:
Stream audio as a background sound
To stream web audio in Sansar as a scene sound:
- 2.In the Scene Properties panel, scroll down to the Background Sound section.
- 3.Set the Sound Source to Stream. This changes the Sound field to Stream.
If you stream web audio using the scene settings, the sound is non-spatialized, meaning it's not coming from within the scene, and is the same volume regardless of camera position. Be careful what you set the Loudness level to, because if it's too loud, your in-scene sounds will be drowned out and visitors will have a hard time using voice chat to communicate.
Getting web audio stream URLs from websites
Getting the link to an audio stream is pretty easy, as some websites provide the link directly. Simply copy and paste the link right into Sansar.
If you're used to streaming audio in media players such as iTunes, they usually have an option to copy the Stream URL.
For example, to get URLs from the popular Shoutcast directory:
- 2.Click a genre you like.
- 3.Click the Play button to preview a station.
- 4.Once you've decided on a station you want to stream in Sansar, click the Download button to open a dropdown.
- 5.On the dropdown, choose Any player (.m3u) to start downloading the file. (The other formats work too, if you know how to parse the files.)
- 6.Find the downloaded file on your hard drive.
- 9.Copy and paste that URL into the Sansar Stream URL field.