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Live Streaming

The Live Streaming section contains settings for configuring the LIVE NOW! feature in the media library, which allows users to watch live streams.

Live Settings

In this section you configure general settings for live streaming.

You can set the following options:

Default Server Name – The name of the streaming server.

Default API URL – The API URL that allows live streaming statistics to be retrieved.

Streaming Enabled – Sets whether live streaming is enabled on the system.

Archive Path – The path where the live streams will be archived.

Application Mount Point – The mount point from which the streaming server serves the live streams.

Port Number – The live streaming port number (1935 by default).

Live Channels

This section lists the live channels. The list displays the channel name, the file name, whether or not the stream is featured with a thumbnail in the coverflow, whether the channel is available, and whether it is secured. Delete the channel by clicking the box next to the channel and clicking Delete Selected Channels.

Clicking Add New or Edit next to a channel loads the configuration screen, allowing you to configure the live channel. Click Save to save any changes made to settings on this page.

The Channel Info section configures the following options:

Name – Name of the live channel.

Description – Description of the live channel.

Target Category – Archives for the live stream appear in this category.

Enable Channel – Whether the channel is available now.

Is Archived – Archives the stream so it can be played on-demand after the event.

Tip: At the bottom of the page is a Preview button that allows you to see a preview of the live stream playback page.

Channel Source

This section contains the following settings:

Use custom embed code – If No, standard embed code is used. If Yes, custom embed code is displayed on the playback page. The custom embed code box appears, and you can set it to Audio Only if the live stream is an audio stream.

Note: Audio streams display a small player without a thumbnail.

Server Name – Name of the streaming application server taken from the main Live Settings area.

API URL – This value is populated from the Live Settings area and is the API URL of the streaming application server. It allows viewing statistics to be extracted.

Application Mount Point – Mount point where the live stream will be served.

Port number – Port the feed is streamed over. The default value of 1935 is populated from the Live Settings area.

File Name – Automatically generated name used for the live stream.

Note: The stream must be given the same name in the encoder software

Is Audio Only – Plays the steam without a video window or a thumbnail.

Appearance

The Appearance section contains the following settings:

Show Embed Code – Displays the embed code on the playback page.

Show URL Field – Displays the URL to the clip on the playback page.

Always Show RTSP Link – Displays an RTSP link below the player so that users on Android devices can view the stream in the player.

Is featured – Features the stream on the coverflow on the home page.

Show Twitter – Enables the Twitter feed for the stream on the playback page.

Thumbnail – Uploads a thumbnail that is displayed when the live stream is stopped.

Availability

The Availability section allows the channel to be made available all of the time or between certain times.

If Scheduled is set, the From and To schedulers display. Use the drop-down boxes and calendar controls to set the time when the channel is available.

Tip: Use the drop-down boxes under Early by minutes and Late by minutes to set a buffer period in case the event begins early or runs late.

Online Groups Allowed Access

This part of the settings lets you select groups that can view the live stream.

Secured Embed Access

Checking the box here enables the secure channel and provides a table for allowed IP ranges so that if the channel is embedded externally it will be available only to clients with IP addresses that fall within the ranges specified.

Wowza Authentication

To receive a live stream from the Wowza Media Server, you need to authenticate the source within the Wowza interface as described in the following procedure.

Note: Each administrator who sets up live streams in MEDIAL should define their own personal authentication credentials on the Wowza server.

To authenticate a Wowza source:

1. Navigate to the Wowza Streaming Engine Manager page.

Tip: You may need to contact your MEDIAL system administrator to gain access to the Wowza interface.

2. Enter your credentials into the sign-in box and click Sign in.

3. The home screen appears once you are logged in. At the top of the screen, click the Server menu button.

4. In the side bar at the left of the screen, click the Source Authentication link.

5. In the page that loads, click Add Source.

6. In the form that displays, define the credentials for the authentication account. Select a user name followed by the password, then confirm the password. Click Add.

Tip: It is OK to use the same credentials you use elsewhere on MEDIAL.

7. Once the credentials are validated, you will receive a confirmation that the source has been added successfully.

8. Exit the Wowza Streaming Engine Manager.

9. If MEDIAL uses multiple Wowza Media Servers, repeat this procedure for each server. You can use the same authentication credentials on each server.

 

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