Updated on 2021-11-17 due to some minor errors and omissions and adding a walk-through video.
The intended effect is to get a “Now playing” function in Open broadcaster (OBS) that shows what PlayIt Live is playing, like in the picture above.
What you need
- PlayIt Live.
- The “Now playing” plugin.
- OpenBroadcaster (OBS) or Streamlabs OBS
- A local IIS (Internet Information Services) webserver.
- My code
- All components need to run on the same operating system. (Windows 10 or Windows Server 201x recommended)
Visual learner? – Try the YouTube video, with my walk-through
Open the control panel and click “Programs and features”.
Then select “Turn Windows features on or off”.
Check the following boxes:
The open the manager.
Now setup the bindings for the site like this:
This ensures that noone outside the server will ever reach the web site. The web site is located on %SystemDrive%\inetpub\wwwroot, which generally means c:\inetpub\wwwroot unless you installed your Windows-installation on some other drive.
Good! All set.
Now download my script here. (If you haven’t already)
Then create a folder called nowplaying under wwwroot.
Unpack the zip-archive to your Desktop and move the extracted file (trackloader.htm) to c:\inetpub\www\nowplaying\. The file “trackloader.htm” should now be directly under the folder itself. Don’t store the zip-archive itself under the wwwroot.
Create an empty file on your desktop and call it tracks.htm.
Move that file into c:\inetpub\wwwroot\nowplaying\
This will ask for administrative permissions, which you must accept.
Permissions to write…
All files in the nowplaying folder are readonly, and that’s totally fine. In fact, they must be. We don’t want to be insecure. But tracks.htm must be writable by the same account that PlayIt Live runs as.
Select tracks.htm, right-click it and select properties.
Click the Security
Add that account in question with write permissions. Don’t add Everyone or authenticated users.
If you are having an existential crisis, press Windows + R, type in cmd.exe and click OK. Then type whoami into the black command prompt. You must be logged in with the same account that PlayIt Live normally is logged in while running. The command will tell you your identity. That must go inte the dialog above. Don’t forget checking “Write”.
So, onto the “Now playing” plugin
I assume PlayIt Live is installed and properly running.
Open the “Now Playing”-plugin.
Set it up like in the picture and save it.
Open a web browser and try:
Almost ready. Now open OBS or SLOBS and setup a new browser source.
Setup the source the way you want. The settings in picture above may have to be adjusted depending on your ideas as how to display it on the page. But this should now, work. Time for a beer…