Announcing: Live-to-VOD Feature in Wowza Streaming Cloud

May 27, 2020 by
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For anyone looking to expand their audience after a live broadcast has ended, Wowza Streaming Cloud now supports Live-to-VOD capabilities. This allows you to create video-on-demand (VOD) assets from live linear streams for instantaneous playback.


Benefits of Live-to-VOD Services:

  • Expand your audience. Get more out of your content and reach additional viewers by offering recordings of your live events for playback later.
  • Put viewers in control. Give viewers the power to play, pause, and rewind content at their convenience by accessing on-demand content or using the nDVR feature for immediate time-shifted playback.
  • Monetize on-demand content. Create additional monetization opportunities and boost ROI by gating the VOD assets on your platform.

With Wowza’s Live-to-VOD feature, we combine automated transcoding and seamless recording to deliver the best viewer experience possible. You’re able to stream VOD files to any player or device, using the same stream configuration and security settings as were used in your live broadcast. That way, your viewer will have access a high-quality stream, no matter when or where they’re watching it.

So, what are you waiting for? Justin walks through the configuration process in the video below.

Full Video Transcript: Justin:

With Wowza Streaming Cloud, you can easily add VOD playback to your live stream in just a few steps. For this to work, we first need to Add a Live Stream, name it, and select the location closest to you. Next, we’ll choose an encoder. For simplicity, we’ll choose WebRTC and then check create a VOD stream for this live stream. Unlike record this live stream, which becomes a stored MP4 video file, the VOD asset is a hosted ABR stream using HLS. Now once we’ve chosen all the other settings and finished creating the live stream, we can test this feature by starting the live stream. Since I’m using WebRTC as the encoder, I can use the WebRTC Publish Page to publish my live stream to Wowza Streaming Cloud.

For this process, we’ll also use the HLS playback URL at the bottom of the overview tab to play the live stream. Using testing tools like the one found at THEOplayer demo zone for HLS playback, we can paste in the URL, load the stream, and then hit the play button to see it live. The recording of the VOD asset occurs when the live stream is detected. Once we’re finished with this test, we can Stop the publishing from the encoder, and back in Wowza Streaming Cloud we’ll Stop the Live Stream. Now, under Advanced, we can go to VOD Streams and locate our new VOD stream. Using the playback URL, we’ll copy it, return to our test player, and once again, we can then paste that URL in, load the stream, and hit play to see the VOD stream.

Like any video on demand, we can jump back and forth to any point in the recording. Back in Wowza Streaming Cloud, we can select Usage for the VOD asset in order to see the bandwidth as well as the viewer data. Once you’re done testing the VOD asset and don’t need it anymore, you can just go back to that VOD asset and select Delete VOD Stream. All right, that’s it for going live to VOD. For more information on requirements, security settings, and billing, please see our detailed Documentation at Wowza.


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About Traci Ruether

As a Colorado-based B2B tech writer, Traci Ruether serves as Wowza's content marketing manager. Her background is in streaming and network infrastructure. Aside from writing, Traci enjoys cooking, gardening, and spending quality time with her kith and kin. Follow her… View more