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What are all the steps to schedule custom streams?

My requirement is that I will receive via an HTTP API a schedule of multiple streams and playlists to be played. The list will have the metadata, video URL and time to be played. I will use the Engine to play this as per the schedule.

From reading the docs, I have found these steps to do right from the beginning:

  1. Create an application using the REST API (docs/application-management-query-examples)
  2. Create an SMIL file using the REST API (docs/smil-files-query-examples)
  3. Schedule the SMIL to be played by adding the Scheduler plugin (docs/how-to-schedule-streaming-with-wowza-streaming-engine-streampublisher) and configuring it to use the SMIL file created in step 2.
  4. Add the SCTE-35 markers by following these steps (docs/how-to-enable-player-side-ad-insertion-using-wowza-streaming-engine).

Can’t include links so these are all Wowza docs links

My questions are:

  1. Is there any other step to do to finish the scheduler?
  2. Does the scheduler plugin have to be modified in any way or the default implementation is enough?
  3. Is there an easier way to create the SMIL file? Does Wowza have a library to create it or do I just use JAXB?
  4. Is Step 4 the right way to insert the SCTE-35 marker?
  5. Is there a way to add SCTE-35 markers in the SMIL file?

@Wowza Could you please help?