• How to record live streams

    The Wowza Streaming Cloud™ service can create MP4 recordings of your streamed output, which you can download and save locally.

    Recordings capture up to 8 hours of content; if a live stream runs for longer than 8 hours, the most recent 8 hours are stored. To record more than 8 hours of a single broadcast, stop the stream and start it again to create multiple recordings.

    Recorded content stored in Wowza Streaming Cloud incurs additional costs. Billing is based on your peak recording storage, which you can view and monitor in the Wowza Streaming Cloud web manager.

    Contents


    Add the live stream
    Start recording
    Play or save a recording
    Delete a recording
    Check recording usage

    Add the live stream


    Set up the live stream in Wowza Streaming Cloud for your event or broadcast, and specify that you want to record the stream.

    1. Sign in to Wowza Streaming Cloud.

    2. Click the Live Streams menu, and then click Add Live Stream.

    3. On the Live Stream Setup page, give your stream a name, specify your broadcast location, and then click Next.

    4. On the Video Source and Transcoder Settings page, choose the camera or encoder you're using as your video source and the aspect ratio and resolution of the source video you're sending to Wowza Streaming Cloud. If your subscription allows, also choose a Billing Mode and Live Stream Type.

      Note: 24x7 streams and transcoders can't be recorded.
    5. Select Yes, record this live stream and then click Next.



    6. Complete the steps to create the live stream: Specify Playback Settings and Hosted Page Settings, and then review your choices and click Finish.

    Note: For more information on the options on each Add Live Stream page, see the Help panel on the right side of each page or see the Wowza Streaming Cloud User's Guide (PDF).
    Wowza Streaming Cloud creates your live stream and displays the Overview tab of the live stream detail page.

    Notes:
    • To record a transcoder, click Advanced on the menu bar and then click Transcoders. Click Add Transcoder, and on the Transcoder Setup page, select Yes, record this transcoder. Then complete the steps to create the transcoder.

    • To help ensure that you get the best recording of your streamed event, follow the guidelines in How to encode source video for Wowza Streaming Cloud. If possible, it's also a good idea to record directly at the source as a backup.

    Start recording


    When you start the stream, Wowza Streaming Cloud begins the recording.

    1. On the live stream detail page, click Start Live Stream.

      Note: If you're recording a transcoder, click Start Transcoder on the transcoder detail page.
    2. To end the stream and the recording, click Stop Live Stream.

    Play or save a recording


    1. On the detail page for your live stream, click the Recordings button for your stream in the Selected panel.



    2. On the recordings page for your stream, in the Actions column, click Download for the recording of your stream.

    3. Choose whether you want to play the recording or save it locally.

    Delete a recording


    Wowza Streaming Cloud saves recordings in active accounts until you delete them. Since recorded content stored in Wowza Streaming Cloud incurs additional costs, it's a good idea to remove recordings from Wowza Streaming Cloud as soon as you've saved them locally.

    1. On the detail page for your live stream, click the Recording button for your stream in the Selected panel.



    2. On the recordings page for your stream, in the Actions column, click Delete for the recording of your stream.

    Notes:

    • You can delete multiple recordings at once on the Recordings page:

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

        The Recordings page displays all of the recordings for your account, showing the date and time each one was recorded and the size of each MP4 file.

      2. Select the box to the left of the each Live Stream/Transcoder whose recording you want to delete, and then click Delete Selected in the Actions column of any selected recording.

    • Recordings created in trial accounts are deleted from Wowza Streaming Cloud 60 days after the trial expires.

    • Recordings created in paid accounts are deleted from Wowza Streaming Cloud 90 days after the account is suspended or terminated.

    Check recording usage


    Billing for recordings is based on your peak recording storage, which is the greatest amount of recorded content stored in a given month. Say, for example, you record three events and midway through the billing cycle, all three recordings, totaling 30 GB, are in Wowza Streaming Cloud. Then you delete one of the recordings, leaving 20 GB in Wowza Streaming Cloud. Your peak recording storage for the month is 30 GB.

    In Wowza Streaming Cloud, you can see your peak recording storage for any period of time, present or past.

    1. 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. The amount shown isn't necessarily the amount you'll be billed, however, since peak recording storage isn't calculated until the billing period closes.



      The Total storage used for all recordings in your account at the current moment appears at the bottom of the recordings table. If you've deleted recordings, the Total will be lower than the peak recording storage amount that appears in the Storage panel in the upper-right corner of the page.

      To view peak recording storage for a different period of time, go to the Storage tab of the account usage page.

    2. In the Storage panel of the account Recordings page, click View details.

    3. On the Storage tab of the account usage page, select or enter a new date/time range and then click Show.

    Note: You can also get your account's peak recording storage information by clicking your email address on the menu bar and then choosing Usage. Then, click the Storage tab.

    Originally Published: 09-04-2015.
    Updated: 10-13-2016.

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