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Auto-Archiving beta version walkthrough

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Auto-Archiving gives you the ability to record your live stream and share it as a video on-demand (VOD) in order to make your broadcasting experience last longer. Keep a record of your live events and grant your viewers the ability to re-watch them.

Our beta version of Auto Archiving was published on November the 22.

Please note that Auto-Archiving will impact your data usage: 

  • Recording your stream will use some of your bandwidth (the amount would be equivalent to a viewer watching the stream)
  • When a recorded file is created, your available storage will be impacted according the size of the file (i.e. the length of the video). 

To get access to it, just give us a call!

How does it work?

Step 1: Creation of a live channel

Please follow these requirements to ensure a successful recording

Requirements:

  • HTML5 live channel: Please note that the beta version of Auto-Archiving is not available for Flash live channels.
  • Video codec: H.264
  • Audio codec: AAC (for the recording to be properly integrated you need audio in your stream)
  • Maximum Bit-rate: 3.5mbps (audio + video bit-rates)*
  • Status of your live channel: ON

*Please be aware of the maximum bit-rate limit if you are doing a multi bit-rates stream: your total bandwidth requirements will be the total of all your streams added together, audio and video bit-rates.


Step 2: Activation of the Auto-Archiving feature 

Under the publish settings section of your live channel, turn ON the Auto-Archiving control as shown below: 

Please note that Auto-Archiving is an automatic feature: once it is activated for a channel, the stream will record itself automatically each time you put it online. 


You can easily verify the live channels for which you have enabled Auto-Archiving directly on your homepage. 
Indeed, after turning ON the Auto-Archiving control for your channel, please go back to the homepage or to your live channels section.
You should be able to see the record live icon (circle icon) next to the status of your channel:

  • The record live icon is grey: it means that Auto-Archiving is activated for this channel but there is no on-going recording (because you have not started streaming on this channel yet). 



    When passing your mouse over the grey record live icon, you will see a comment "not recording". 

  • The record live icon is red: it means that Auto-Archiving is activated for this channel and there is an on-going recording (because you are currently streaming on this channel)



    When passing your mouse over the red record live icon, you will see a comment "recording in progress". 


Step 3: Once your stream is online
Once your stream is online, don't hesitate to refresh your homepage to verify if the recording has started correctly (i.e. if the record live icon next to the status of your channel becomes RED). 

Please note that according to network volume, you may encounter bigger delay in the beginning of your recording. To ensure the full recording of a live event we recommend you to start your stream a few minutes before the beginning of your event. 

Maximum length of a recording: 2 hours. After this time, a new file will be automatically created. Therefore, if you are live streaming and recording for 6 hours, you will have 3 recorded files lasting 2 hours each.

If you are doing a multi bit-rate stream, please note that the highest bit-rate will be recorded

Step 4: To stop your recording
Your recording will be automatically stop when you stop streaming. 
In your DaCast account, here is what you should see once the recorded file has been created:

  • You will receive the following confirmation message: “Recording and integration finished on channel ID: XXXXX

  • You can verify that the recording has stopped by looking at the record live icon, which will have reverted to its initial color: grey.
     

Step 6: To access your recorded channel
Your recorded stream can be found under your Video On Demand section in the following file format: Record-Channel-channel id-recording date (UTC).format. 
Example: Record-Channel-421887-2016-10-10--23-42.mp4
Please note that you can change the name of your video file by clicking on the title.




Step 7: To download your video
The video of your recorded stream is saved as an MP4 file, so there is no need to encode it.
To download it, please click on the green icon framed in red in the screenshot above.
The following pop-up will appear asking you to click on the following link. 

Please click on "The following link", your file will open itself in a new window. 
You can save the video by doing a right click "Save as" on it as shown below: 



Please note that the beta version of Auto-Archiving allows you to download the same file only 5 times per 24 hours. 


Step 8: To share your video
Please note that a recorded stream has the same exact features as a classic VOD: geo restriction, referrer restriction, free embedding, paywall options, etc.
Make sure you turn your video ON before sharing it.

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