Stream Target Setup page in Wowza Streaming Cloud

This article introduces the different parts of the Stream Target Setup page to help you find your way around the Wowza Streaming Cloud user interface.

The Stream Target Setup page acts as a wizard that helps you to create your stream target. 

Stream Target Setup page

The details that appear depend on the type of target you're creating.

Wowza CDN on Fastly target

  • Target Name – A short, descriptive name for the target to identify it in Wowza Streaming Cloud. The Target Name is required, doesn't have to be unique, and can't exceed 255 characters.verifi
  • Enable a Custom Origin – Select this option to connect the Wowza CDN on Fastly stream target to a Wowza Streaming Engine instance.
  • Custom Origin Region – The geographical region where the Wowza Streaming Engine instance is located. The Custom Origin Region can't be changed after the stream target is created.
  • Custom Origin URL – The IP address or domain name of the Wowza Streaming Engine server. Supported protocols are HTTP and HTTPS. The Custom Origin URL can't be changed after the stream target is created.
  • Delivery Protocols – Protocols the target can deliver for stream playback. The default is HLS.

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    Note: If you select more than one protocol, you'll incur egress charges for each additional protocol you select.

Viewer data for Wowza CDN on Fastly stream targets is available in near-real time. See Get viewer data in Wowza Streaming Cloud for more information.

Wowza CDN on Akamai - HLS target

  • Target Name – A short, descriptive name for the target that helps you differentiate it from other targets and identify its purpose. A Target Name is required, doesn't have to be unique, and can't exceed 255 characters.
  • Secure Ingest – Select Yes, ingest the stream securely to send the stream from Wowza Streaming Cloud transcoder to the CDN target securely. If selected, Wowza Streaming Cloud generates a query parameter that you can use to secure the stream between the transcoder and the target. You can't change the secure ingest option after the target is created.
  • CORS Compatible for Grid Delivery – Select Yes, enable CORS to allow cross-origin resource sharing. CORS-enabled streams can be sent to providers such as Peer5, Viblast, and Streamroot, which implement a decentralized, peer-to-peer transport layer to manage and optimize globally distributed, high-capacity streaming. You can't change the CORS delivery option after the target is created.

Viewer data for Wowza CDN on Akamai HLS and HDS stream targets is available about 2 hours after a transcoder starts running. Then, it updates approximately hourly. Viewer data may take up to 48 hours to finalize. See Get viewer data in Wowza Streaming Cloud for more information.

Wowza CDN on Akamai - HDS/HLS target

  • Target Name – A short, descriptive name for the target that helps you differentiate it from other targets and identify its purpose. A Target Name is required, doesn't have to be unique, and can't exceed 255 characters.
  • Target Location – The geographic region where you're capturing the video that Wowza Streaming Cloud will transcode and deliver. You can't change the location after the target is created.

Facebook Live target

  • Continue with Facebook - A button that allows you to connect to your Facebook account. Enter your credentials in the pop-up window, and then click Log In.
  • Target Name – A short, descriptive name for the target to identify it in Wowza Streaming Cloud. The Target Name is required, doesn't have to be unique, and can't exceed 255 characters.
  • Title – A title to appear with the stream on Facebook. It must be a maximum of 255 characters. Emojis are not supported.
  • Description – A description to appear with the stream on Facebook. Emojis are not supported.
  • Video Destination – The location where you want to post the stream on Facebook. Choose your Timeline, a Page you manage, a Group you belong to, or an Event you're hosting. You can't change the destination after you create the target.
     
    Note: If you want to share on a page, group, or event, make sure that your Facebook account permissions allow it and that the Wowza Streaming Cloud Facebook app has permission to post on your behalf.
  • Privacy – When posting the stream to your timeline, specify the Facebook privacy setting that determines who can watch your stream: just you (Only me), Friends, Friends of Friends, or all Facebook users (Public).
  • Stream 360 – Deliver a stream captured with an H.264 360 camera system that adds Facebook's 360 metadata to the video file.

LinkedIn Live target

Offered in private preview release. See Stream to LinkedIn Live from Wowza Streaming Cloud for more information.

  • Stream to LinkedIn as a – If you're streaming from a personal account, select Person. If you're streaming from the LinkedIn page of an organization, select Organization. See Creating a LinkedIn Page  in the LinkedIn Help Center to learn more. Once the stream target is created, you can't edit this setting.
  • Sign in to LinkedIn - A button to grant the Wowza Streaming Cloud service authorization to post videos to LinkedIn on your behalf.
  • Target Name – A short, descriptive name for the target to identify it in Wowza Streaming Cloud. The Target Name is required, doesn't have to be unique, and can't exceed 255 characters.
  • Stream to – If you're streaming from an organization's page, select the appropriate organization.
  • Title – A title to appear with the stream on LinkedIn. It can't exceed 255 characters. Emojis are not supported.
  • Description – A description to appear with the stream on LinkedIn. It can't exceed 1300 characters. Emojis are not supported.
  • Region – The location of the LinkedIn server that is closest to the broadcast location of your transcoder. See Wowza Streaming Cloud broadcast location features and addresses  for a list of broadcast locations.
Note: A LinkedIn Live streaming event has a maximum duration of 4 hours. The event time begins when you start the transcoder using the target.

Custom target

  • Target Name – A short, descriptive name for the target that helps you differentiate it from other targets in Wowza Streaming Cloud and identify its purpose. A Target Name is required, doesn't have to be unique, and can't exceed 255 characters.
  • Provider – Using the pop-up list, choose the third-party CDN provider that you're targeting. Choose RTMP or RTMPS if your target isn't one of the listed providers.
  • Primary URL – The RTMP ingest URL of the target, without the preceding protocol and without the trailing slash (/). For example, [domain-or-ip-address]/[EntryPoint]. Hostnames can't contain underscores (_).
  • Backup URL – The backup RTMP ingest URL of the target, entered without the preceding protocol and without the trailing slash (/). Not all providers or third-party CDNs provide a backup URL.
     
    Note: When both the primary and backup URLs are used, Wowza Streaming Cloud sends the stream to both URLs, allowing the third-party CDN to improve reliability and prevent playback disruption. If you want to send the stream to both URLs, after completing this form and assigning the target to an output rendition, make sure both the primary and backup versions have entries under the output rendition on the transcoder's Outputs & Targets tab.
  • Stream Name – The name of the stream as defined in your target's ingestion settings.
     
    Note: When adding a custom Akamai target, the Stream Name must be in the format [stream_name]_[angle]_[bitrate]@[stream_id], for example, akamaistream_1_[bitrate]@12345. For help determining the Stream Name for other custom targets, see the target provider’s documentation.
  • Target Username – The name or ID that your target uses for RTMP authentication.
  • Target Password – The password that's used with your Target Username for RTMP authentication.
  • HDS Playback URL – (Optional) The web address that your target uses to play HDS streams. You can include it here for informational purposes.
  • HLS Playback URL – (Optional) The web address that your target uses to play HLS streams. You can include it here for informational purposes.
  • RTMP Playback URL – (Optional) The web address that your target uses to play RTMP streams. You can include it here for informational purposes.

Wowza CDN - Ultra Low Latency target

  • Target Name – A short, descriptive name for the target that helps you differentiate it from other targets in Wowza Streaming Cloud and identify its purpose. A Target Name is required, doesn't have to be unique, and can't exceed 255 characters.
  • Source Delivery Method – Select the type of connection between the source and the target. Push instructs the source to push the stream to the stream target. Pull instructs the stream target to pull the stream from the source.
  • Source URL – The address of the source IP camera or encoder if the Source Delivery Method is Pull. The Source URL must use a hostname or IP address that is publicly accessible and it must include a valid source protocol. Valid ingest protocols for Ultra Low Latency targets are rtmp://, rtmps://, rtsp://, wowz://, and wowzs://.
  • HLS Playback Stream – Select Enable HLS Fallback Stream to instruct Wowza Streaming Cloud to generate an HLS Playback URL that you can use for fallback if WebSocket connection attempts fail, for browser-based playback on iOS devices, or if the maximum simultaneous viewer limit is reached. An HLS Playback URL can't be added after the stream target has been created.
  • Enabled – Choose whether the target is enabled and is ready to ingest the source stream. Select Enable this target to enable the target or Do NOT enable to disable it.
  • IP Allowlist – Optional, if the Source Delivery Method is Push. A list of IPv4 IP addresses for the ultra low latency stream's source. Only allowed IP addresses can connect to the target's origin server. Wildcard (*) characters are supported for the final value in the IP address only. Enter one IP address per line using dot-decimal notation.