Schedule live streams and transcoders in Wowza Streaming Cloud

Contents


About schedules
Add a schedule
View all schedules
View all schedules for a stream
Enable, disable, or delete a schedule
View a schedule's details
Edit a schedule

About schedules


Schedules allow you to automatically start or stop a live stream or transcoder at a predetermined date and time. Using schedules helps speed your production workflow. For example, you can use a schedule to automatically stop a live stream that you know ends at a specific time, so you don't accidentally leave it running. Another time a schedule might be useful is to automatically start a daily live stream.

You can configure a schedule to start and/or stop a live stream or transcoder just once, or you can configure it to repeat the behavior on a regular basis.

Notes:
  • When you use a schedule to start a live stream or transcoder, the transcoder's Idle Timeout feature is disabled. The started live stream or transcoder will continue to run until you stop it in the Wowza Streaming Cloud™ service either manually or by using a stop schedule.
  • You can't schedule multi-bitrate streams that are received from Wowza Streaming Engine and are sent directly to Wowza Streaming Cloud targets for delivery. Multi-bitrate (transcoded) streams must be started at the source, Wowza Streaming Engine.

Add a schedule


  1. Do one of the following:
  • On the Live Streams page, click Schedules for any live stream and then click Add Schedule.
  • On the Transcoders page, click Schedules for any transcoder and then click Add Schedule.
  • Click Advanced on the menu bar, click Schedules, and then click Add Schedule.

  1. On the Add Schedule page, enter schedule details.

  • Schedule Name – A short, descriptive identifier for the schedule that differentiates it from other schedules. The Schedule Name can't be longer than 255 characters. If you leave Schedule Name blank, Wowza Streaming Cloud assigns a name based on the name of the live stream or transcoder, the type of schedule you create (start or stop), and the time and time zone you select.
  • Live Stream/Transcoder – The live stream or transcoder that you're scheduling. Live Stream/Transcoder is available only if you're adding the schedule from the Schedules page. If you selected a live stream or transcoder before you clicked Add Schedule, it's already associated with the schedule you're adding.
  • Schedule Status – A schedule must be enabled in order to run, and Enabled is selected by default, so as soon as the schedule is created it will run at the specified date and time. If you don't select Enabled, you can enable it at a later time.
  • Schedule Recurrence – A schedule can run once or it can repeat at a regular frequency. Select Run once to create a schedule that runs a live stream or transcoder one time only, at the specified Start and Stop Times. To create a schedule that recurs, select Repeat and then select the day or days of the week on which you want the schedule to run. Then, specify the time range that the schedule should run by selecting From and To dates.
Note: You can't change the Recurrence option after the schedule is created, but you can edit when a schedule repeats and runs.
  • Start and Stop Times – A schedule can either start, stop, or start and stop a live stream or transcoder. Select whether you want the schedule to start and/or stop the live stream or transcoder, and then specify the exact start and stop dates and times (for run-once schedules) or specify just the start and stop times (for recurring schedules).

A schedule can't start and stop a live stream or transcoder at the same time. Start and stop times must be at least five minutes apart.

When choosing the start time, keep in mind that it takes a few minutes for Wowza Streaming Cloud to configure the live stream or transcoder. If your event begins at 9am, for example, it's a good idea to set the start time a little earlier, say, at 8:55am.

  • Time Zone – The time zone that applies to the schedule. By default, your browser time zone is selected.
  1. Click Add.

Wowza Streaming Cloud creates the schedule and displays the live stream, transcoder, or account Schedules page.

View all schedules


You can see the high-level details of all of your schedules on the Schedules page.

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

The table provides a row for each schedule and shows the associated Live Stream/ Transcoder, the Schedule Name (and who created it), the Schedule Type, Schedule Recurrence, Transcoder Start Time (and stop time and date), and Status.

The schedule's Status can be one of three states:

  • Enabled – When enabled, a schedule runs at the specified start date and time. If the schedule repeats, it will recur every day until the Schedule End Date or until you disable it.
  • Disabled – A disabled schedule is turned off and doesn't run.
  • Expired – The schedule occurred in the past.
  1. (Optional) Do any of the following:
  • Click the double arrow by any header to sort the table by that value.
  • Click the down arrow or the up arrow next to a column header to change the sort direction.

View all schedules for a stream


  1. Do one of the following:
  • On the Live Streams page, click Schedules for any live stream.
  • On the Transcoders page, click Schedules for any transcoder.

  1. (Optional) Click a Schedule Name to view that schedule's detail page.

Enable, disable, or delete a schedule


You can opt to enable a schedule when you create it. You can also enable, disable, or delete a schedule at any time.

  1. Do one of the following:
  • Click Live Streams on the menu bar, and then click Schedules for any live stream on the Live Streams page.
  • Click Advanced on the menu bar and then click Transcoders. Click Schedules for any transcoder on the Transcoders page.
  • Click Advanced on the menu bar, click Schedules.
  1. In the Actions column for any schedule, click any of the following:
  • Enable – Instructs Wowza Streaming Cloud to execute the schedule at the specified date and time.
  • Disable – Puts the schedule in a non-operating state. A disabled schedule doesn't run.
  • Delete – Removes the schedule from Wowza Streaming Cloud.
Tip: To delete all schedules at once, select the box to the left of the Live Stream/Transcoder or Schedule Name header and then click Delete Selected in the Actions column of any selected schedule. Or, individually select multiple schedules using the check boxes in the left column of the table, and then delete multiple, assorted schedules at once.
  1. When prompted to confirm that you want to enable, disable, or delete the schedule, click OK.

The Status column updates to reflect the change.

View a schedule's details


  1. Do one of the following:
  • Click Live Streams on the menu bar, and then click Schedules for any live stream on the Live Streams page.
  • Click Advanced on the menu bar and then click Transcoders. Click Schedules for any transcoder on the Transcoders page.
  • Click Advanced on the menu bar, and then click Schedules.
  1. Click a Schedule Name in the table in the middle of the page.

The name of scheduled item appears under Live Stream/Transcoder. Other details displayed include Schedule Status, Schedule Recurrence, and Start and Stop Times. If the schedule occurred in the past, it's identified as Expired.

A Schedule History table appears if the schedule has been executed at least once. The table shows when the schedule ran and whether or not it ran successfully.

Edit a schedule


  1. Do one of the following:
  • Click Live Streams on the menu bar, and then click Schedules for any live stream on the Live Streams page.
  • Click Advanced on the menu bar and then click Transcoders. Click Schedules for any transcoder on the Transcoders page.
  • Click Advanced on the menu bar, and then click Schedules.
  1. Click Edit in the Actions column of the schedule you want to change.
  2. Change the Schedule Name, Live Stream/Transcoder, Schedule Status, Repeat options (for recurring schedules), and Start and Stop Times.
  3. Click Save.