Wowza Streaming Cloud Part II: Stream Management

April 24, 2018 by

 

Welcome to part two of our three part series on getting to know Wowza Streaming Cloud. In this video, learn everything from basic stream management to editing your stream settings, searching for streams in your account and deleting the ones you’re done with. For more detailed information visit our technical documentation: Create and manage live streams in Wowza Streaming Cloud.

 

Manage Your Live Stream

Now that you’ve gone through our getting started guide; added a live stream to your account on Wowza Streaming Cloud; started a live stream; and ended it, let’s look a little deeper at the management of a live stream. Go to cloud.wowza.com and sign in. Once you’re in, use the Live Stream dropdown in the top menu to select a specific live stream. This takes you to the Overview page. Here you’ll see general details that inform you about your stream. The video thumbnail and statistics are great when a live stream is running. The video thumbnail displays a new sample frame every five seconds. It also shows no video detected if no information is being received from a source. Statistics that appear are in real time and are great for monitoring an active stream.

The Help tab will provide a more graphical visualization. Back under Overview, the hosted page URL gives you easy access your Wowza Streaming Cloud hosted page, but it won’t appear if you didn’t set it up initially. The connection code listed is an easy way to connect to Wowza Streaming Engine, Wowza GoCoder, and a few of our works with Wowza partners. This code can be used once, and expires 24 hours after it’s been created. But under Video Source and Transcoder, you can generate a new connection code.

Back to Overview, source connection information is great to manually configure and connect an encoder to your live stream, just like we did with the Teradek Cube encoder. Source URL may appear if you’re using an IP camera, or a pull connector RTMP, or TRSP device. Player embed code is useful to play your live stream on your own page, but playback URLs let you use your own player as long as it accepts Apple HLS protocols. Adobe HDS is also an option if it was initially selected as a delivery protocol.

Changes you can make to a live stream don’t include every configuration. If you want to edit settings for your live stream, the edit options are available under these four tabs. Live Stream Setup will only give you the option to edit the name of your live stream. Always save under each tab for changes to take effect. Under Video Source and Transcoder editing settings will allow you to choose a new encoder. This may also give you new choices, such as source delivery method, and source security. But the main settings you’ll be able to change are aspect ratio, recording, and closed captions.

Under Playback Settings, you can make edits to all your settings. An important one you may want to update is your countdown clock. Select no if you want to turn it off, or if yes is selected, use the calendar to add a new date, and then the clock for the correct time. Be sure your time zone is properly listed. For hosted pages, editing will not be an option if you didn’t choose to create a hosted page initially. If you did, you can make edits to all of your settings, but you won’t be able to delete the hosted page.

To delete the live stream you’re viewing, in the top right corner, click Delete Live Stream. If you’re looking to find a specific live stream, or sort through a list, click Live Streams in the menu, rather than use the dropdown. The Live Stream page shows the last five used or edited, under recent, but you can always search using a partial name or stream ID. The results can be sorted by name, current state, and the last time they were updated. That’s it for general management. Thanks for watching.