Monitor the Wowza ClearCaster Live Stream

This article describes how to monitor your Wowza ClearCaster™ live stream and see viewer comments, emojis, and reactions in near real time by using an HDMI computer monitor (Talent View).

Contents


Connect the Wowza ClearCaster Talent View
Use the Wowza ClearCaster Talent View
Adjust countdown duration to cue Talent
Change the Wowza ClearCaster Talent View layout

Connect the Wowza ClearCaster Talent View


Connect a computer monitor to either of the HDMI OUT ports on the back of the ClearCaster device.

Use the Wowza ClearCaster Talent View


Use the Talent View to:

  • Get quick instructions and pairing codes for setting up delivery of a live video stream to Facebook Live.
  • Preview the video stream before Go Live.
  • Cue the ON-AIR personality (Talent) to start at the exact moment the preview video stream goes live by viewing frame-accurate countdown clock prompts. This helps to eliminate awkward pauses for both the Talent and your Facebook followers. You can choose the number of seconds to count down before going Live to suit Talent preferences.
    Tip: Position the Talent View near the camera to prevent the Talent from having to look off-camera for the countdown clock.
  • View the live stream ON-AIR in real-time.
  • Get feedback from your Facebook audience during the live event. You can set up the Talent View layout to display your viewer's Facebook comments, emojis, and reactions in near real time, enabling you to adjust the broadcast content based on your viewer's feedback.
    Note: You can respond to viewer comments from the Facebook page that you're using to deliver the Facebook Live video stream.

Adjust countdown duration to cue Talent


Wowza ClearCaster includes frame-accurate countdown clock prompts that count down the last seconds before the preview video broadcast goes Live. This lets the ON-AIR personality (Talent) know the exact moment the preview video stream goes live, and helps to eliminate awkward pauses for both the Talent and your Facebook followers. You can customize the countdown clock by setting the countdown duration to lengths between 3 and 15 seconds.

On your Wowza ClearCaster Admin webpage

  1. Sign in to the Admin webpage at clearcaster.wowza.com with your Wowza account.
  2. Click the Gear icon for your ClearCaster.
  3. At the bottom of the Settings window, select your preferred Countdown Duration (in seconds), and then click OK. The default countdown value is 3 seconds.

On your Wowza ClearCaster device

  1. Use the LCD menu button controls to navigate to the Settings Menu.
  2. From the Settings Menu, select ClearCaster Settings > Countdown Settings.
  3. Select a countdown length.

Change the Wowza ClearCaster Talent View layout


You can use the Talent View to get feedback from your Facebook audience during the live event. The Talent View will display your viewer's Facebook comments, emojis, and reactions in near real time, enabling you to adjust the broadcast based on your viewer's feedback. You can configure the ClearCaster to display this feedback in one of two different layouts. By default, when comments or emojis are received, the Talent View layout will resize the video to make space for comments and emojis to be displayed. You can choose an alternate layout that prevents comments and emojis from being displayed. Facebook reactions are displayed in both layout options.

On your Wowza ClearCaster Admin webpage

  1. Sign in to the Admin webpage at clearcaster.wowza.com with your Wowza account.
  2. Click the Gear icon for your ClearCaster.
  3. At the bottom of the Settings window, select your preferred Talent View Layout option, and then click OK.

On your Wowza ClearCaster device

  1. Use the LCD menu button controls to navigate to the Settings Menu.
  2. From the Settings Menu, select ClearCaster Settings > Talent View Layout.
  3. Select either Large Comments (the default value) to resize the video and show comments and emojis or Full Screen Video to hide this information.

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