Create and manage Wowza ClearCaster broadcasts in universal mode

With Wowza ClearCaster version and later, you can broadcast to a wide variety of destinations including the Wowza Streaming Cloud service; a Wowza Streaming Engine instance; video-sharing websites such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitch, and Twitter; and other RTMP-based destinations. Pre-tuned encoding templates are provided for each destination option to provide the best experience possible.

This article describes how to access and use ClearCaster universal mode to stream to RTMP destinations.

Note: Wowza ClearCaster version or later is required.

Access Wowza ClearCaster universal mode

  1. To access the Wowza ClearCaster universal mode interface, sign in to Wowza ClearCaster Manager at with your Wowza account.
  2. Ensure that the toggle at the top points to Universal mode.

Create a broadcast in universal mode

Connect a video source to your Wowza ClearCaster

First, you must connect an SDI/HDMI-capable video source to the ClearCaster appliance.

  1. Press the power button to turn on the ClearCaster appliance, and then verify the Internet connection.
  2. Connect an SDI or HDMI-capable video source to the ClearCaster appliance.

Create the universal broadcast

After connecting the video source, create your broadcast.

  1. Click on Broadcasts in the menu bar, and then click Create Broadcast.
  2. In the Create Broadcast dialog, enter the following settings:
    • Broadcast Name - Enter a name for the broadcast. We recommend a descriptive name, such as including the destination and output, so that it can easily be identified and managed on the Broadcasts page.
    • ClearCaster - Select the ClearCaster appliance registered to your Wowza account and in universal mode that you want to use for the broadcast.
    • Destination - Select the destination to which you want to publish your broadcast. Select General to stream to any RTMP destination, or select one of the named destinations for encoding templates pre-tuned to the specific destination. Select Wowza to stream to the Wowza Streaming Cloud service or a Wowza Streaming Engine instance or select one of the video-sharing websites. You can also select General Low Bitrate, Low Latency, or Vertical if your broadcast requires any of these special configurations. See About Wowza ClearCaster universal mode destination and encoding options for more information.
    • Encoding Template - Select one of the encoding templates that is pre-tuned specifically for your destination or special broadcast configuration. See About Wowza ClearCaster universal mode destination and encoding options for more information.
    • Server URL - Enter the protocol followed by the URL for your destination. For example, rtmp://
    • Enter Server Authentication (Optional) - If your destination requires source authentication, such as Wowza Streaming Engine by default, enter the username and password.
    • Stream Name/Key - Enter the name of the stream or the stream key value if needed by your destination.
    • Enable Titling and Graphics - If you'd like to use browser-based overlay and graphics sources, check the box and enter the graphics URL.
    • Enable Engineering View - Check this box if you want to use the engineering view on your external monitor attached to the ClearCaster appliance to monitor the broadcast.
  3. Click Create Broadcast.

Go live with your universal broadcast

To publish a broadcast, find it in the list of broadcasts on the Broadcasts tab and click Go Live.

Stop your universal broadcast

To end a live broadcast, find it in the list of broadcasts on the Broadcasts page and click Stop Broadcast. The broadcast will stop publishing to the destination, but it will remain visible on the Broadcast page for future use.

After you've stopped a broadcast, you can delete it to prevent it from being used in the future.

Monitor your universal broadcast

While a broadcast is live, some high-level monitoring information is available about the stream and network conditions on the Broadcasts page. If you selected Enable engineering View when creating the broadcast, you'll also be able to see additional monitoring information available on the external monitor connected to your ClearCaster appliance.