Add and manage stream sources in Wowza Streaming Cloud

Contents


About stream sources
Add a stream source
Find and sort stream sources
View source details
Edit a stream source
Delete a stream source

About stream sources


With the Wowza Streaming Cloud™ service you can add an RTMP-based stream source to a transcoder, creating a layer of redundancy that's important for mission-critical streaming workflows. A stream source is a Wowza Streaming Cloud edge resource. If one source stream fails, Wowza Streaming Cloud continues to receive and process the source video on the additional, backup stream source, ensuring that playback continues uninterrupted for your viewers. In addition, when you use multiple stream sources you can restart one of your transcoders while your stream continues to run on the other, again without disruption to viewers.

Add a stream source


Note: You can add up to 10 stream sources in a three-hour period.
  1. Click Advanced on the menu bar, and then click Stream Sources.
  2. Click Add Source.
  3. Specify the following:

  • Stream Source Name – A short, descriptive identifier for the stream source that differentiates it from other stream sources. The Stream Source Name is required but doesn't have to be unique, and it can't be longer than 255 characters.
  • Stream Source Location – The location where you want Wowza Streaming Cloud to transcode your stream. The Stream Source Location should be the geographic region where you're capturing the video.
Note: You can't change the Source Stream Location after the stream source is created.

Wowza Streaming Cloud can create the stream source at one of its own regional transcoding centers or at a location based on your encoder's IP address.

Using a stream source at a regional Wowza Streaming Cloud location sends the stream directly to the transcoder. Select Choose a region in Wowza Streaming Cloud and then use the Stream Source Location menu to select the region where you're capturing your stream.

Creating a stream source based on your encoder's IP address routes the stream through a CDN endpoint that offers reduced latency between your video source and the Wowza Streaming Cloud transcoder. If you experience problems with the direct connection to Wowza Streaming Cloud or if you want to create a backup source stream or transcoder, choose Create a location based on my source encoder's IP address. Then, enter the encoder's Primary IP Address and, if you have one, its Backup IP Address. IP addresses must be pingable. If you don't specify a Backup IP Address, Wowza Streaming Cloud uses the Primary IP Address as the backup IP address.

  1. Click Add.

Find and sort stream sources


The five most recently used or edited stream sources appear in the Recent panel of the Stream Sources page. Use the Search box to find an older stream source to view or edit.

  1. Enter a complete or partial Stream Source Name or ID in the Search field.

Note: Wowza Streaming Cloud assigns a unique eight-character ID to every stream source. The ID appears under the stream source name in the search results table. If you don't know the ID, search by stream source name to find the ID. You can also get the ID by using the Wowza Streaming Cloud REST API

  1. Press Enter or Return, or click the magnifying glass icon.

Searches return 15 results per page, sorted from the newest to the oldest items.

  1. (Optional) Click the Stream Source, Located By, or Last Updated table header to change the sort option or direction of the search results.

View source details


  1. Click Advanced on the menu bar, and then click Stream Sources.
  2. Select a source in the Stream Sources panel.
Note: Stream sources that were created through the live stream workflow appear as [Live stream name] / Stream Source.

The stream source detail page displays the Stream Source Name and Provider. The Provider field shows that Wowza Streaming Cloud uses an Akamai RTMP source.

The location details that are displayed depend on whether your stream source is located in a Wowza Streaming Cloud region or in a location based on your source encoder's IP address. Use the IP Address, Stream Name, Source Username, Source Password, Primary URL, and other values to configure your video source to communicate with Wowza Streaming Cloud.

Transcoders Using This Stream Source indicates which transcoders are configured to use this source. If the transcoder was created through the live stream workflow, (Live Stream) appears after the transcoder name. Click a transcoder name to view or edit it. To add a transcoder or change which transcoders use this source, add or edit a transcoder. See the user guide topic Add a transcoder or Edit a transcoder's settings, outputs, or targets.

Edit a stream source


Because stream sources are managed by Wowza Streaming Cloud, you can't change the location or any other settings after the source is created except, however, the source name.

  1. Click Advanced on the menu bar, and then click Stream Sources.
  2. Select a source in the Stream Sources panel and then click Edit.
  3. Enter a new name for the source, and then click Save.

Delete a stream source


You can only delete a source if it's not associated with a transcoder or a live stream.

  1. Click Advanced on the menu bar, and then click Stream Sources.
  2. Select a source in the Stream Sources panel and then click Delete Stream Source in the upper-right corner of the stream source detail page.