Live Streaming Overview (Version 4.0)

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Create, manage, view, embed, publish, and record live stream entries within the Live Stream tab. You can create a permalink for a live stream, or share via social media. You can also Edit, Publish, or Delete your live streams.

Using the Live Stream Tab

  • With the Live Stream feature, you can manually choose when to start and stop recording the stream.
  • With the Live Capture feature, you can prepare to receive a live stream, and the stream will automatically be recorded when it goes live.

The Live Stream section is a separate library of content dedicated to broadcasting and capturing live streams. The Live Stream library will look similar to the Media Library, with some added information.

When the stream is live, there is also a Record button that you can use to start and stop recording. Any recording you create will be added as a new item in your Media Library, and title and description information will be cloned from the Live Stream item to the new item in the Media Library.

When a Live Capture stream is “live”, a graphic indicator in the upper right hand corner of the thumbnail appears, and below the title of the item you see Recording. All stream recordings will be automatically added as a new items in your Media Library, and title and description information will be cloned from the Live Stream item to the new item in the Media Library.

The display also shows how many current viewers are watching the stream and the maximum number of viewers if a maximum concurrent viewer limit has been set by for your Ensemble Video Institution.

Setting up a Live Stream

Let's assume you don't have a live stream or live capture video set up yet. Click the Live Stream tab in the navigation pane to get started.

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In the image above, the Live Capture and Live Stream buttons are both visible and usable. For these buttons to be enabled, a Live Capture and/or Live Stream Media Workflow needs to be set up by an administrator.

Once the buttons are set up, click one to enter the details for the steam. Let's start with the manual-record option by clicking the Live Stream button. The workflow using the Live Capture button to configure a stream is identical.

Enter a description and any necessary metadata in the Description form.

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Cick Continue to enter the Manage Stream menu:

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Manage your Live Stream or Live Capture in the Manage Stream form, including accessing details for your live stream encoding hardware or software, customizing a preview image, and grabbing streaming information for EnsembleVideo, Wirecast, or Open Broadcaster.

The Manage Stream form has an embedded player that indicates whether or not your stream is live with a customizable “ON AIR” or “OFF AIR” preview image. Manage Content form also has a set of tabs, and the Details tab is shown by Default.

There are three tabs in the Manage Stream form:

  1. Details – view details of the live stream, check status, adjust aspect ratio, and customize Preview Image
  2. Live Encoders – access configuration for EnsembleLive, Wirecast, or Open Broadcaster
  3. History – view a log of streaming events

Details Tab

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Encoding URL: the live stream URL (server and Wowza Application) where that you will send your live stream to with your live stream encoding hardware or software.

Stream Name: the stream name you must use when you send your live stream to the Wowza Media server using your live stream encoding hardware or software. (Please note a stream username and password are not required. This stream key is generated automatically and we recommend you keep it confidential so others cannot stream/record using your Ensemble Video library.)

Status:

  • Ready – item is ready for streaming
  • Streaming – item is Live Stream and ready for recording -- a Record button enables you to start and top streaming whenever you wish.
  • Recording – item is currently streaming and recording

Video Format: Choose 16:9 or 4:3. The Default is 16:9, but some cameras/encoders will use 4:3 image dimensions. This setting will be used for all embedded players and for all and embed codes (that you copy/paste to embed live stream viewer access in Web pages).

Images: Click on the Browse button to navigate and upload custom “On-Air” and “Off-Air” images.

CDN Service: If your Library has been configured so that your Live Streams are eligible to use the CDN service, an additional checkbox will appear where you can toggle the use of the CDN service on or off.

The CDN service uses a third party Content Delivery Network provider that maintains a global high speed network that is provisioned to support highly scalable streaming and efficient global distribution of Wowza Media video streams. CDN streaming does incur additional cost. For more details, contact us at support@ensemblevideo.com.

 

Live Encoders

Retrieve information for used widely encoding software: the EnsembleLive mobile application (for iOS or Android), Telestream Wirecast, a software encoders that is used by many media professionals, or Open Broadcaster, a popular encoding software that is a free download. The Live Encoders tab enables easy configuration of these popular live stream encoding tools.

EnsembleLive: For EnsembleLive users, clicking the appropriate link on Android or iOS devices will automatically launch GoCoder with the correct settings to stream to your Live Stream or Live Capture item. You can send a configuration URL via email by clicking on the Share button.

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Wirecast: Wirecast users can download a configuration XML file from this tab and then import it into Wirecast, then start a stream to use to the Live Stream or Live Capture item.

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Open Broadcaster: For Windows users, download the “.ini” file and import it into your Open Broadcaster Profiles. Macintosh users will need to manually set media streaming URL and stream key.

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The History Tab: View a log of live stream events for your Live Stream or Live Capture item. This logs includes date/time, the user who was responsible for the event, and the technical details of the streaming event.

Publish

The Publish form of Live Stream Add/Edit Wizard lets you specify one or more ways you want to publish or share your video.

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The Live Stream Publish form works just like it does in the normal Add/Edit Wizard, except the Shared Libraries and Youtube options are not available here.

Managing a Live Stream

The Live Stream library contains all of the Live Stream and Live Capture videos that you have set up. When the video is configured properly, but the live encoder is not broadcasting, the video's status will be set to Ready. The Live Stream video is indicated by a green horizontal line. The red line indicates a Live Capture video.

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When the live encoder is broadcasting, a Live indicator will appear over the video thumbnail, and the status will change to Streaming.

In the Live Stream above, a Rec button lets you choose when to start and stop a recording the live stream. The new video will be encoded using the Media Workflow designated by the Institution Administrator when the Workflow Template was created. When it's available, the new video will be added to the Media Library.

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In a Live Capture workflow, the status is changed to Recording as soon as the broadcast is detected. The recording will stop automatically when the live encoder stops broadcasting, and be available in the Media Library when it's done processing.

Once a Live Stream or Live Recording reaches the Media Library, it can be edited and published just like any other video in the library, including publishing to a playlist, or using an embed code or permalink!

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