Wowza Streaming Cloud Part I: Getting Started

April 23, 2018 by

 

Ready to start your first live stream using Wowza Streaming Cloud? Let’s get started by going to cloud.wowza.com and signing into your account. Now, if you don’t have an account yet, that’s okay. You can always click below to open up a trial. Once you’ve logged in, you’ll get that first live stream going by using the Live Stream dropdown in the top menu to add a live stream. This begins our five step process.

 

Five Steps To Set Up Wowza Streaming Cloud

Step One

In step one, we’ll name the stream, My First Live Stream, and then choose the closest location to where we’re broadcasting from. If you’re planning to stream 24/7 all year round, or at 4K resolution, be sure you select an area that supports it.

Step Two

In step two, we’ll pick our encoding source and transcoder options. I’ll be using a Teradek Cube Encoder, but if your option is not listed, you may want to go with something generic. For playback, we’ll use Wowza Player, so we only need Apple HLS for deliver protocol. And for our small test audience, we’ll choose to have reduced latency. We’ll also change the aspect ratio to 1080p, which determines the max bit rate for renditions. And for the stream, we won’t record or add closed captions, but we can always change these settings later.

Step Three

In step three, we’ll choose Wowza Player for playback, as it’s the more updated option. We’ll select a responsive size, and choose No on the countdown clock, as I don’t have an exact start time. We’ll add a poster frame that shows before the event starts, sized at 1920 x 1080 pixels, and we’ll also add a player logo, 500 pixels in width, which we’ll place in the lower right corner.

Step Four

Now, in step four, we’ll host the webpage on Wowza Streaming Cloud, and add some page content. You could always add the Wowza Player to your own page or even use your own player.

Step Five

In step five, we’ll review what we’ve selected for our live stream before finishing. When finished, we’ll be sent to the main page for this live stream. It contains all the information we’ll need to complete our configurations to the Teradek Cube Encoder. We’ll use the source connection information listed. That includes the source password. The Teradek Cube Encoder is configured in online. I’m going to connect to the Cube via its wifi, and access its configuration page through the browser. Under Video Stream Output, I’ll use the H264 codec, set the mode RTMP, and the server URL based on our source connector information. Using the rest of the source connection information, I’ll enter the stream name, and under Advanced Settings, the source username and source password.

Now that the video stream output is configured and saved, we can switch to our regular wifi access, return to the Wowza Streaming Cloud account, and start the live stream. When this is complete, I’ll use the red button on the Cube Encoder to go live. Once live, we’ll see a preview of the stream in our overview, along with stats such as inbound/outbound bit rates, and CPU usage. If we open up the hosted page, we’ll see the poster image, and when selected, we’ll see the live stream. When you’re done streaming be sure to stop the live stream. This is definitely important when using a pay as you go plan.

Well, that’s it. Be sure to check out our different pricing plans at wowza.com/pricing. Plans range from a specific amount of processing hours, to 24/7 usage, and even integration into apps with developer and service provider pricing. Thanks for watching.