video content follows the same basic process to get from camera to viewer, whether it is a single input source or a multi-camera HD facility for quality recordings. This process undergoes a series of steps, that help in creating a live stream: Capture, Encode, Distribute, and View. The component types may differ but these steps remain constant throughout.

For these steps, a minimum of four basic components are required:

1. Camera

2. Encoder

3. Streaming Server

4. Player


To learn how these components interact, click here on Understanding Live Streaming In VIDIZMO.



This article is about scheduling a Live Webcast in VIDIZMO directly from a Streaming Server or through an ECDN. If you are Streaming Live on the Corporate Intranet using ECDN or other internal live streaming infrastructure, then an ECDN and a Publishing Point needs to be configured (recommended) in the VIDIZMO application. 

To learn more about ECDNs, click here on Understanding VIDIZMO ECDN and How To Setup VIDIZMO ECDN


It is also possible to setup a Publishing Point directly if you are not using ECDN. To learn more about Publishing Points, click here on How to Setup Publishing Point for Live Streaming in VIDIZMO.


If you are using an encoder to push the live stream, then you will also have to configure an Encoder. To Learn more about Encoders, click here on How To Capture Live Streams Using Wirecast


To learn more on how to schedule a Live Webcast in VIDIZMO using various streaming formats, refer to the following articles:

i. How To Setup Live Streams Using Wowza Streaming Cloud

ii. How To Configure Live Streaming Using Multicast



Scheduling A Live Webcast In VIDIZMO

Before continuing with the steps to Schedule a Live Webcast in VIDIZMO, make sure that the prerequisites have been fulfilled.



Steps


1. Login to your Account/Channel. Click on "+" icon from the top menu to Add New Media.


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2. Click on Schedule Live Webcast.

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3. From the Schedule Live Webcast screen, select a Publishing Point to continue. If a publishing point is not created already, you can click here on How to Setup Publishing Point for Live Streaming in VIDIZMO.

Alternatively, you can choose "Custom" option from dropdown list and provide Microsoft Smooth Streaming (MSS), HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) and RTMP Stream Playback URLs to use in a Live session. Here the URL is the URL of the Streaming Server being used, whether it is the VIDIZMO Streaming Server or any of the Cloud-based streaming servers (AMS, Wowza etc.).

i. Select a Publishing Point from the Dropdown field. The dropdown displays Publishing Points created from the Admin >> Settings >> Publishing Point screen. When a Publishing Point is selected, the fields are populated with the corresponding URLs.
To add a custom URL, simply provide your URL in the respective field. In the example below, a custom Multicast URL is shown. 
If it is a Unicast stream, then add the URL in the field against MSS, HLS or the RTMP Stream Playback type.


ii. Click on the Preview button to verify the stream payback.


iii. Click on Next button to continue.


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4. From the Publish Settings screen, select the Basic tab and provide appropriate details. 

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5. From the Live Session tab, set the date and time of your webcast. 

i. Click on the Add (+) icon to add a schedule.

ii. Specify the start date, end date and time.


Click on Save if you want to stay on the same screen to review the information or Save and Close to proceed. 




6. Now click on the Other tab.




7. From this tab:

i. Select Live Session Recording checkbox. This checkbox is only available when AMS is used as the streaming server. Once the Live Session is over, the session will be available as an On- Demand Media if this checkbox is selected.

ii. Select Chat Archiving On checkbox. This will make the chat messages available as comments for the On-Demand media.

iii. Click on Save and Close.





8. Now click on the Channel link from the Navigation Menu to go to the Channel Homepage.




9. The live webcast is successfully scheduled. Click on the thumbnail to view it listed on the Playback Page.




10. The playback page comprises of the live stream and the live feed panel on the left. The panel depends on the options selected in Media Settings. Since Chat Archiving On checkbox was selected, all the live chat messages will appear as comments in the On-Demand media. Click on End Session.


VIDIZMO Live Chat feature is property dependent and will be available if it is enabled for you by the VIDIZMO Administrators. 

To learn more, click here on How To Enable Chat and Viewer Interactivity With Live Streaming.





11. A popup window will appear to confirm your selection. Click Ok to proceed. Note that this will end the session for all the viewers currently watching the live stream. Moreover, the new participants cannot join the live session once it has ended. If Live Session Recording was selected, it would be available as an On-Demand media after the end of the session.




12. Now go to Admin >> Control Panel.




13. From the Control Panel page, click on Workflow Queue tab.



14. The Workflow will confirm that the live stream is now published as an On-Demand media along with the chat archiving feature.





15. Now click on the Channel link at the Navigation Menu to go to the Channel Homepage.





16. The Live Session is now published as an On-Demand media. Click on it to redirect to its Playback page. 




17. You will be redirected to the playback page. The title includes the date and time of the live session. Moreover, the live chat messages are archived as comments.






Permissions


Subject: Publishing Point

Action: Get, Update, Delete, Add



Roles


Administrator