Auto-Archiving Beta Version Walkthrough (Legacy App)

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      Hello Dacast Users:

      This post only applies to legacy Dacast accounts. In the current app it is known as Live Recording, and the full tutorial can be found here:

      Dacast Live Stream Recording Tutorial

      Any questions or you want to access this feature? Please contact us.

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      Spanish version available here.

      Auto-Archiving allows you to record your live stream and share it as a video on demand (VOD). By keeping a record of your live events, you enable your viewers to re-watch your videos whenever they like.

      Video tutorials available here.


      Please note that Auto-Archiving will impact your data usage and your transcoding credits usage:
      1- Recording your stream will use some of your bandwidth (the amount used is equivalent to a viewer watching the stream)
      2- When you create a recorded file, your available storage will lessen according to the size of the file (i.e. the length of the video).

      3-Recording your stream will use some of your transcoding credits. Your video recorded is automatically encoded. This process requires transcoding credits. read more Please note that if you don’t have enough transcoding credits, you won’t be able to watch the recorded file.

      To get access to Auto-Archiving, just give us a call!

      How does Auto-Archiving work?

      You can check out the video tutorial about auto-archiving here or see the written tutorial below.

      STEP 1: Creation of a live channel

      Please follow these requirements to ensure a successful recording.

      Requirements for live recording
      1- HTML5 live channel
      2- Video codec: H.264
      3- Audio codec: AAC (for the recording to be properly integrated you need audio in your stream)
      4- Maximum Bit-rate: 3.5mbps (audio + video bit-rates)
      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 bit-rate of all your streams together, including audio and video bit-rates.
      5- Status of your live channel: ON

      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:

      auto-archiving beta version

      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.

      We recommend to launch your stream 10min before your event starts to make sure the recording  catches all of it. If you do not want to wait 10min, you have the possibility to manually start the recording, please see below.

      STEP 3: Checking the status of the auto archiving feature on your live channel

      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:

      1- The record live icon is grey: this icon indicates that Auto-Archiving is activated for this channel but that there is no on-going recording (because you have not started streaming on this channel yet).auto-archiving beta version
      When passing your mouse over the grey record live icon, you will see a comment “not recording”.

      2- 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)auto-archiving beta version
      When passing your mouse over the red record live icon, you will see a comment “recording in progress”.

      We recommend to launch your stream 10min before your event starts to make sure the recording  catches all of it. If you do not want to wait 10min, you have the possibility to manually start the recording, please see below.

      Reco: Start your stream manually

      Because the auto archiving feature is based on watch folder process which may cause delays greater than 15min in the recording file. We recommend the manual process to start a recording.

      auto-archiving beta version
      When passing your mouse over the red manual recording button, you will see the comment “Record live” as mentioned below. To manually start the recording on the live channel, click on the red button.

      You will see a banner appear on the top of your live channel section saying ” Recording starting on channel ID: XXXXXX”

      auto-archiving beta version

      STEP 4: 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).

      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 5: 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 you have created the recorded file:

      auto-archiving beta version

      – 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

      You can locate your recorded stream 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.

      auto-archiving beta version

      STEP 7: To download your video

      The video of your recorded stream saves 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.

      auto-archiving beta version

      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:

      auto-archiving beta version

      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.

      Any issue with your live recording file?

      Please contact us with :
      – the time and date of your event, timezone included
      – the encoder settings used : encoder used, video bitrates, audio bitrates, video codec, audio codec

      We are working on improving the feature to provide our broadcaster with a better live recording experience.

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