Record live streams and transcoders in Wowza Streaming Cloud

Contents


About recordings
Create a recording
View all recordings
View all recordings for a stream
View recording storage
Download or delete a recording

About recordings


The Wowza Streaming Cloud™ service can create MP4 recordings of your live streams and transcoded output. Recordings can be downloaded and saved locally. They're based on the highest-bitrate output rendition that Wowza Streaming Cloud generates from your video source.

Recordings capture up to eight hours of content. If a live stream or transcoder runs for longer than eight hours, the most recent eight hours are recorded. To record more than eight hours of a single broadcast, stop the live stream or transcoder and start it again to create multiple recordings.

Wowza Streaming Cloud saves recordings in active accounts until you delete them. Recorded content stored in Wowza Streaming Cloud generates additional costs. Billing is based on your peak recording storage, which is the greatest amount of recorded content stored in a given month. To help you stay apprised of costs, you can check your peak recording storage at any time in Wowza Streaming Cloud.

Notes:
  • You can't record 24x7 streams.
  • Wowza Streaming Cloud deletes recordings 90 days after the account is suspended or terminated.

Create a recording


Select the option to record the live stream or transcoder when you set it up.

  1. Do one of the following:
  • Click Live Streams on the menu bar, and then click Add Live Stream. On the Add Live Stream: Live Stream Setup page, select Yes, record this live stream.
  • Click Advanced on the menu bar, click Transcoders, and then click Add Transcoder. On the Add Transcoder: Transcoder Setup page, select Yes, record this transcoder.
  1. Complete the steps to finish adding the live stream or transcoder. For more information, see the user guide topic Add a live stream or Add a transcoder.
  2. To start recording, start the live stream or transcoder.

The recording starts and ends when you start and stop the live stream or transcoder. Resetting a live stream or transcoder does not stop a recording.

View all recordings


You can see high-level details of all recordings in your account on the Recordings page.

  • Click Advanced on the menu bar, and then click Recordings.

The table displays a row for each recording and shows the name of the Live Stream/ Transcoder being recorded, the Time it was recorded and the Length, or duration, of the recording, the File Size of the recorded stream, and the Status of the recording.

A recording's Status can be any of the following:

  • Uploading – Wowza Streaming Cloud is receiving the stream for recording.
  • Converting – Wowza Streaming Cloud is preparing the MP4 file.
  • Removing – Wowza Streaming Cloud is deleting the MP4 file from storage.
  • Completed – The MP4 recording is ready to be downloaded. If the recording completed with an error, an exclamation point appears next to the Completed status. Click the icon or click Show details in the Time column to see the reason.
  • Failed – Wowza Streaming Cloud was unable to create a recording. If the recording failed, an exclamation point appears next to the Failed status. Click the icon or click Show details in the Time column to see the reason.

View all recordings for a stream


If you start and stop a live stream or transcoder, or if your broadcast is longer than eight hours, Wowza Streaming Cloud creates multiple recordings of the stream.

  • Do one of the following:
    • Click Live Streams on the menu bar, and then click Recordings for any live stream in the Live Streams panel.
    • Click Advanced on the menu bar, click Transcoders, and then click Recordings for any transcoder in the Transcoders panel.

View recording storage


Peak recording storage is the greatest amount of recorded content stored in Wowza Streaming Cloud for an account in a particular time frame. If you check peak recording storage for the current billing period, Wowza Streaming Cloud shows you the peak amount to date. However, this isn't necessarily the amount you'll be billed for; if you generate additional storage before the close of the billing cycle, your peak recording storage will increase.

If you record a lot of broadcasts and are concerned about costs, check your peak recording storage frequently. Peak recording storage data is available and updated as soon as Wowza Streaming Cloud processes a recording.

  • To view peak recording storage, do any of the following:
    • Look at the Peak Recording Storage entry in the Current Usage panel on the Wowza Streaming Cloud Home page.
    • Click Advanced on the menu bar, and then click Recordings. Peak recording storage for the current billing period appears in the Storage panel in the upper-right corner of the page.
    • Look at the Storage tab of the account usage page. You can view or generate peak recording storage for any selected timeframe. See the user guide topic View usage for an account for more information.
  • To view other types recording storage:
    • Navigate to the Recordings page for any live stream or transcoder. The Total storage being used for the live stream or transcoder at the current moment appears at the bottom of the table.
    • Click Advanced on the menu bar and then click Recordings. The Total storage used for all recordings in your account at the current moment appears at the bottom of the table. If you've deleted recordings, the Total is lower than the peak recording storage that appears in the Storage panel in the upper-right corner of the page.

Download or delete a recording


  1. Do one of the following:
  • Click Advanced on the menu bar, and then click Recordings.
  • Click Live Streams on the menu bar, and then click Recordings for any live stream in the Live Streams panel.
  • Click Advanced on the menu bar, click Transcoders, and then click Recordings for any transcoder in the Transcoders panel.
  1. In the Actions column for any recording, click one of the following:
  • Download – Downloads a copy of the recording to your local computer.
  • Delete – Removes the recording from Wowza Streaming Cloud.
Tip: To delete all recordings at once, select the box to the left of the Live Stream/Transcoder or Time header and then click Delete Selected in the Actions column of any selected recording. Or, individually select multiple recordings using the check boxes in the left column of the table, and then delete multiple, assorted recordings at once.