Create and manage VOD streams in Wowza Streaming Cloud

Learn how to use the Wowza Streaming Cloud™ service to create and manage video on demand (VOD) streams.

About VOD streams


A VOD stream is a recording of a live stream that viewers can replay at a later date. VOD streams can be configured through the live stream or transcoder workflow and only work with Fastly stream targets. After the broadcast is over and the live stream or transcoder is stopped, Wowza Streaming Cloud creates the VOD stream and generates a URL that you can use to configure playback in an HLS compatible player or device.

Notes:
  • Wowza Streaming Cloud automatically assigns a name when it creates the VOD stream. The VOD Name includes the name of the live stream or transcoder and the date and time the live stream was started.
  • VOD streams can't be created from 24x7 streams.

Security

You can disable playback of a VOD stream to prevent viewers from playing a stream. Additional security settings can also be configured to protect the delivery and access to the stream. These settings are configured on the stream target associated with the VOD stream.

With Fastly stream targets, you can require HTTPS for playback, apply geo-block restrictions to allow or block access in certain locations, and encrypt streams using token authentication. For more information, see the following articles:

Note: If you update the security settings for a Fastly stream target, those changes are automatically applied to the VOD streams associated with the target.

Storage

VOD streams stored in Wowza Streaming Cloud generate additional costs. Billing is based on your peak storage, which is the greatest amount of recorded content (VOD streams and recordings) stored in a given month. To help you stay apprised of costs, you can check your peak storage at any time in Wowza Streaming Cloud. For more information, see Track usage and activity in Wowza Streaming Cloud.

Note: Wowza Streaming Cloud deletes VOD streams 90 days after an account is suspended or terminated.

Video tutorial: Live to VOD with Wowza Streaming Cloud


Create a VOD stream


Live stream workflow

  1. Click the Live Streams menu, and then click Add Live Stream.
  2. On the Live Stream Setup page, enter a Live Stream Name, choose a Broadcast Location, and then click Next.
  3. On the Video Source and Transcoder Settings page, select the camera or encoder you want to use to connect to Wowza Streaming Cloud.
  4. Select Yes, create a VOD stream for this live stream.
  5. Specify the other video source settings, and then click Next.
  6. Complete the steps to finish adding the live stream. For more information, see Create and manage live streams in Wowza Streaming Cloud.

Transcoder workflow

  1. Click Advanced on the menu bar, click Transcoders, and then click Add Transcoder.
  2. On the Transcoder Setup page, select Yes, create a VOD stream for this transcoder.
  3. Specify the other transcoder settings, and then click Add. For more information, see Create and manage transcoders in Wowza Streaming Cloud.
  4. Complete the transcoder by adding output renditions, and then assign a Fastly stream target to each rendition. For more information, see the following articles:
     

View VOD stream details


To view VOD stream details, click Advanced on the menu bar, click VOD Streams, and then select a VOD stream. The VOD stream detail page displays the following information:

  • VOD Name – The name of the VOD stream. For more information, see Edit a VOD stream.
  • Status – Indicates whether the VOD stream is Processing, Completed, or Failed.
  • Type – The type of VOD stream.
  • Playback Enabled – Indicates whether viewers are allowed to play the VOD stream. Disable this setting to prevent playback. For more information, see Edit a VOD stream.
  • Started At – The date and time the live stream was started.
  • Size – The size of the VOD stream.
  • Length – The duration of the VOD stream.
  • Start/End Segment – The media sequence number of the first and last media segment in the chunklist.
  • Playback URL – Use the Playback URL to play the VOD stream in an HLS compatible player or device.
  • Source – The source from which the VOD stream was created. The default is live.
  • Percent Complete – The processing progress of the VOD stream.
  • Transcoder – The transcoder associated with the VOD stream. Click the transcoder to view its details.
  • Stream Target – The Fastly stream target associated with the VOD stream. Click the stream target to view its details.

Edit a VOD stream


You can edit a VOD stream’s name and enable or disable playback.

  1. Click Advanced on the menu bar, click VOD Streams, and then select a VOD stream.
  2. Click Edit.
  3. You have the following options:
     
    • VOD Name – A short, descriptive name for the VOD stream. The VOD Name is required, doesn't have to be unique, and can't exceed 255 characters.
    • Playback Enabled – Enable this setting to allow viewers to play the VOD stream. Disable it to prevent playback.
  4. Click Save.

Delete a VOD stream


  1. Click Advanced on the menu bar, click VOD Streams, and then select a VOD stream.
  2. Click Delete VOD Stream in the upper-right corner of the VOD stream detail page.

Find and sort VOD streams


  1. Click Advanced on the menu bar, and then click VOD Streams.

    The five most recently used or edited VOD streams appear in the Recent panel of the VOD Streams page. Use the Search box to find an older VOD stream to view or edit.

  2. You have the following options:
     
    • To search for a VOD stream, enter a complete or partial VOD Stream name or VOD stream ID in the Search field, and then press Enter or click the magnifying glass icon.

      Searches return 15 results per page. By default, results are sorted from newest to oldest.

      Note: Wowza Streaming Cloud assigns a unique eight-character ID to every VOD stream. The ID appears under the VOD stream name in the search results table. If you don't know the ID, search by VOD stream name to find the ID. You can also get the ID by using the Wowza Streaming Cloud REST API.
    • To change the sort option or direction of the table, click the VOD Stream, Time, Size, or Status column header.