Hello Daniele and Michael,
Thanks for posting your questions on our forum. I’d like to confirm that this is still in our backlog and, hence, there’s no commitment yet on whether it will be implemented and, if so, when. In the meantime, there are a couple of workarounds:
a) To do the pre-transcoding with another solution (e.g. ffmpeg) and then save the output files in the VOD application’s content folder. To enable ABR (adaptive bitrate) HLS streaming via a VOD application, you’ll need to place several renditions of MP4 source files in the content folder and set up a
SMIL file, as explained here: https://www.wowza.com/docs/how-to-do-adaptive-bitrate-streaming#video-on-demand-adaptive-bitrate-streaming
b) Alternatively, it would be possible to schedule the VOD files to play as live streams, which will allow you to use the Transcoder on them and then record the transcoded streams to your server for ABR use. Optionally, you can also create your SMIL file by calling the pre-configured HTTP Provider as outlined in this article while the stream is active.
To keep up to date with the features added to the latest releases, please feel free to monitor this page: https://www.wowza.com/docs/wowza-streaming-engine-software-updates
Thanks for choosing Wowza and for collaborating in our forum community!
Wowza Support Engineer