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. By default, they are based on the incoming source stream, but you can configure a transcoder to record a specific output rendition.

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 storage, which is the greatest amount of recorded content (recordings and VOD streams) 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.

Notes:
  • 24x7 streams cannot be recorded.
  • Wowza Streaming Cloud deletes recordings 90 days after the account is suspended or terminated.
  • Audio and video must be transcoded when recording a WebRTC stream. For more information, see Connect a WebRTC stream to Wowza Streaming Cloud.

Create a recording


  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. Complete the steps to finish adding the live stream. For more information, see Add a 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. Complete the steps to finish adding the transcoder. For more information, see Add a transcoder.
  • Click Advanced on the menu bar, click Transcoders, and then select a transcoder. On the Properties tab, click Edit, select Enabled for the Record as an MP4 file property, and then specify True.
  1. By default, recording captures the incoming source stream. If you want to record a specific output rendition instead of the incoming source, do the following:
    1. For a live stream, click Advanced on the menu bar, click Transcoders, and then select the transcoder associated with your live stream.

      For a transcoder, open the transcoder detail page.
    2. On the transcoder detail page, click the Outputs & Targets tab, and determine which output rendition you want to record.

      Note that recording the passthrough output rendition will record the incoming source stream.
    3. Copy the ID of the output you want to record to your clipboard.
      output ID highlighted
    4. Click the Properties tab, and click Edit.
    5. Enable the Record Specific Output property, and paste the output ID into the Value field.
    6. Click Save.
  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 doesn't stop a recording.

Note: We recommend leaving the live stream or transcoder running for 10 to 15 seconds after the end of the event. This ensures that the recording doesn't cut off prematurely.

View all recordings


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

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

See all recordings for your account

The table displays a row for each recording and shows the name of the live stream or being recorded, the time it was recorded and the length of the recording, the size of the recorded stream, and the status of the recording.

Note: When recordings are created or deleted, the total storage that appears above the table may initially be inaccurate. Refresh the page to update the total.

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.
  1. (Optional) To find a specific recording, enter a complete or partial live stream or transcoder name in the Search box. Then press Enter or Return, or click the magnifying glass icon.

You can also search by a recording ID, which can be obtained by using the Wowza Streaming Cloud REST API.

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

  • Click any table header to change the sort option or direction of the search results.
  • Click a live stream or transcoder name to view the live stream or transcoder's setup.

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.

  1. Do one of the following:
  • On the Live Streams page, find the live stream and then click its Recordings link.
  • On the Transcoders page, find the transcoder and then click its Recordings link.

View recordings for a live stream

  1. (Optional) Do any of the following:
  • Use the Recent panel to view one of the five most recently used or edited live streams or transcoders, or to create a new live stream or transcoder.
  • Find a specific recording by entering a complete or partial live stream or transcoder name in the Search box. Then press Enter or Return, or click the magnifying glass icon.

You can also search by a recording ID, which can be obtained by using the Wowza Streaming Cloud REST API.

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

  • Click any table header to change the sort option or direction of the search results.
  • Click Download or Delete to perform that action on the recording.

View recording storage


Peak storage is the greatest amount of recorded content (recordings and VOD streams) stored in Wowza Streaming Cloud for an account in a particular time frame. If you check peak 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 storage will increase.

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

  • To view peak storage, do any of the following:
    • Look at the Peak 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 storage for the current billing period appears in the Storage panel in the upper-left corner of the page.
    • Look at the Storage tab of the account usage page. You can view or generate peak 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 storage that appears in the Storage panel in the upper-left 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.
  • On the Live Streams page, find the live stream and then click its Recordings link.
  • On the Transcoders page, find the transcoder and then click its Recordings link.
  1. In the Actions column for any recording, click one of the following:
  • Download – Download a copy of the recording to your local computer.
  • Delete – Remove the recording from Wowza Streaming Cloud.
Tip: To delete all recordings on the page at once, select the box in the upper-left corner of the table and then click Delete Recordings 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 those selected recordings at once.

You can stream a downloaded MP4 recording in Wowza Streaming Cloud, or use a third-party platform, such as Instagram’s IGTV. For IGTV requirements such as aspect ratio, frame rate, file size, and recording length, see Uploading Videos to IGTV in the Instagram Help Center. To learn more about file streaming, see Stream a file in Wowza Streaming Cloud.