• How to run live streams automatically with schedules

    Schedules in the Wowza Streaming Cloud™ service speed production workflows by allowing you to automatically start and stop live streams at a predetermined date and time. For example, you can use a schedule to automatically stop a live stream that 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 live stream at the same time every day.

    Contents


    Video tutorial
    Add the live stream
    Schedule the stream
    Run the schedule
    View, edit, disable, or delete a schedule

    Video tutorial





    Add the live stream


    Set up the live stream in Wowza Streaming Cloud for your event or broadcast, specifying video source, playback, and other settings as desired.

    1. Sign in to Wowza Streaming Cloud.

    2. Click the Live Streams menu, click Add Live Stream, and then complete the five-step wizard to add the stream:

      • Live Stream Setup - Give your stream a name and specify the broadcast location.

      • Video Source and Transcoder Settings - Choose the camera or encoder you're using as your video source, the aspect ratio and resolution of the source video you're sending to Wowza Streaming Cloud, and whether you want to record the live stream or include captions.

      • Playback Settings - Specify details for the Wowza Streaming Cloud Flash and HTML5 player, if you plan to use it.

      • Hosted Page Settings - Choose whether you want Wowza Streaming Cloud to host a webpage with the player, and customize the page as desired.

      • Review - Review your choices and confirm the settings for your live stream.

        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).
    3. Click Finish to create your live stream.

    Wowza Streaming Cloud creates your live stream and displays the Overview tab of the live stream detail page.

    Schedule the stream


    You can configure a schedule to start or stop the live stream just once, or to repeat the start or stop action on a daily basis for an extended period of time.

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



      Note: You can also schedule transcoders. To schedule a transcoder, click Advanced on the menu bar and then click Transcoders. Click Schedules for any transcoder in the Transcoders panel, and then continue this task.
    2. On the Schedules page for your stream, click Add Schedule.

    3. On the Add Schedule page, enter schedule details:

      • Schedule Name - A short, descriptive identifier for the schedule. 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 (start, stop, or start and stop), and the start and stop times you specify.

      • Schedule Status - A schedule must be enabled in order to run. Select Enabled to make the schedule active as soon as you create it. If you don't select Enabled when you create the schedule, 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 the 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, tell Wowza Streaming Cloud the time range that the schedule should run by selecting From and To dates. Finally, specify the Start and Stop Times that the live stream or transcoder should run during the repeating schedule's time range.

        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 Start this [live stream/transcoder] to create a schedule that starts a live stream or transcoder. Select Stop this [live stream/transcoder] to create a schedule that stops a live stream or transcoder. Select both options to create a schedule that starts and stops a live stream or transcoder.

      • Time Zone - The time zone that applies to the schedule.

      • Start Time - The time of day that the live stream or transcoder should start. For a schedule that runs once, also specify the Start Date that live stream or transcoder should run.

        Tip: When specifying the start time, allow a few minutes for Wowza Streaming Cloud to launch the stream or transcoder. If your event begins at 9:00, for example, set the start time for 8:55.
      • Stop Time The time of day that the live stream or transcoder should stop. For a schedule that runs once, also specify the Stop Date that live stream or transcoder should stop running.

    4. Click Add.

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

    Run the schedule


    The schedule won't actually run until it's enabled. If you enabled the schedule when you created it, you're done. Otherwise, enable the schedule now.

    1. On the Schedules page for the live stream or transcoder, in the Actions column for the schedule that you want to run, click Enable.

    2. When prompted to confirm that you want to enable or disable the schedule, click OK.

    The Status column updates to reflect the change, and the enabled schedule runs at the designated date and time.

    Important: When a schedule starts a live stream or transcoder, the Idle Timeout feature is disabled. In other words, Wowza Streaming Cloud doesn't stop the started live stream or transcoder automatically after 20 minutes of idle processing time. Instead, the started live stream or transcoder runs until you manually stop it, or until a schedule stops it.

    View, edit, disable, or delete a schedule


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

      The Schedules page displays all of the schedules for your account.

    2. Do any of the following:

      • To view the details of a schedule and a history of when it ran, click a Schedule Name in the table in the middle of the page.

      • To change a schedule's settings, click Edit in the Actions column of the schedule.

      • To stop a schedule from running, click Disable in the Actions column of the schedule.

      • To delete a schedule, click Delete in the Actions column of the schedule.

      Tip: To delete all schedules at once, select the box to the left of the Live Stream/Transcoder header and then click Delete Selected in the Actions column of any schedule. Or, select individual schedules using the check boxes in the left column of the table, and then delete multiple, assorted schedules at once.


    Originally Published: 09-04-2015.
    Updated: 11-17-2015.

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