With Wowza ClearCaster™ Pro, you can broadcast in universal mode using an integrated workflow between a Wowza ClearCaster and the Wowza Video™ service. This integration simplifies broadcast configuration and management, enabling you to start and stop a stream from one user interface. Learn how to use Wowza ClearCaster as a video source for a live stream or transcoder in Wowza Video.
1. Set up the integration
To set up an integrated connection between Wowza ClearCaster and Wowza Video, you'll add a Wowza Video REST API access key and API key to the Wowza ClearCaster Manager.
Get an API key and access key for the Wowza Video REST API
Both the API key and the access key can be found in the Wowza Video user interface.
- In the menu bar, click your user name and choose Account Settings.
The keys are located in the API Key and Access Keys sections, respectively, of the Wowza Video REST API page.
- To generate a new access key, click Add Access Key.
- Leave Enabled selected so that the key is immediately available, and provide an optional Description. Then, click Add.
Wowza Video generates the key.
You can disable and re-enable the access key at any time, and edit the description.
Add your API key and access key in Wowza ClearCaster Manager
- Sign in to Wowza ClearCaster Manager at clearcaster.wowza.com with your Wowza account.
- Click Manage in the menu bar, and then click the Integrations tab.
- Click Add a Wowza Video API Key.
- Enter a descriptive Name for the key, and copy and paste the Access Key and API Key from your Wowza Video account.
- Click Add a Wowza Video API Key to save the keys in Wowza ClearCaster Manager.
2. Create a live stream or transcoder in Wowza Video
If you don't already have a live stream or transcoder set up in Wowza Video, you'll need to add one with the appropriate configuration.
- Go to the Wowza Video user interface.
- Add a live stream or a transcoder with output renditions and stream targets, making sure to do the following:
- For a live stream, select Wowza ClearCaster as the video source.
- For a transcoder, set the source protocol to RTMP and set the source delivery method to Push to Wowza Video.
- For specific instructions on adding a live stream or transcoder in Wowza Video, see More Resources.
3. Create a broadcast in Wowza ClearCaster Manager
- In Wowza ClearCaster Manager, click on Broadcasts in the menu bar, and then click Create Broadcast.
- Set up a broadcast for your ClearCaster appliance.
- Broadcast Name – Enter a name for the broadcast.
- ClearCaster – Select the appliance that you want to use for the broadcast. Only appliances that are registered to your Wowza account appear in the drop-down menu.
- Destination – Select Wowza Video.
- Encoding Templates – Select one of the that are pre-made specifically for your destination or special broadcast configuration. See About built-in Wowza ClearCaster destination and encoding options for more information.
- Record Broadcast – Select to record the broadcast each time it goes live.
- Graphics – Select a built-in graphics package or select Custom and enter a graphics URL to include graphics. The built-in graphics packages can be edited in the Manage tab under Graphics. Additional graphics can be added using a browser-based graphics application that generates an output URL.
- Engineering View – Select to view additional monitoring information on the external monitor connected to your ClearCaster appliance.
- Server URL - Enter the protocol followed by the URL for your destination. For example, rtmp://mycompany.com/live/stream.
- Click Create Broadcast.
- For detailed instructions on setting up a broadcast, see Create Wowza ClearCaster broadcasts.
4. Go live with your ClearCaster broadcast to Wowza Video
To publish a broadcast, find it in the list of broadcasts on the Broadcast page and click Go Live.
When the broadcast goes live from the ClearCaster appliance, the stream in Wowza Video starts automatically.
5. Stop your ClearCaster broadcast to Wowza Video
To end a live broadcast, find it in the list of broadcasts on the Broadcast page and click Stop Broadcast.
The broadcast stops publishing to Wowza Video and the stream in Wowza Video stops automatically. The broadcast remains visible on the Broadcast page for future use.