Dacast Live Stream Recording Tutorial

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Live stream recording allows you to record your live stream and share it as a video on demand (VOD). Keeping a record of your live events gives your viewers the ability to re-watch your videos whenever they like.

With Dacast, you can record your live stream for up to eight continuous hours at a time. The feature’s button stays “ON” up to seven days. Past seven days, it can be turned back “ON.”

Please note that live stream recording will impact your data usage and your transcoding credits usage. 

Live stream recording uses your bandwidth in these ways:

  • Recording your stream will use some of your bandwidth. The amount used is equivalent to a viewer watching the stream.
  • 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).

To get access to the live stream recording feature, just give us a call. We can enable it upon your request.

Now that you have an idea of some of the technicalities surrounding live stream recording, let’s take a look at the seven steps of recording a live stream on Dacast.

STEP 1. Create a Live Channel

The first step is to create a live channel. In order for live stream recording to work, your channel settings must be configured a specific way.

Here are a few live channel requirements for live recording:

  • Channel Type: HTML5, Low Latency or M3U8 live channel
  • Video Codec: H.264
  • Audio Codec: AAC (for the recording to be properly integrated you need audio in your stream)
  • Status of Your Live Channel: ON

STEP 2. Activate the Live Stream Recording Feature

In the “General” section of your live channel, turn “ON” the live stream recording control as shown below:

Dacast Live Stream Recording - Activate Live Stream

Please note that live stream recording is an automatic feature. Once it is activated for a channel, the stream will record itself automatically each time you put it online for the next seven days.

We recommend launching your stream 10 minutes before your event starts to make sure the recording catches all of it.

While you’re recording, a camera icon indicates which live channel is being recorded under the “Features” column as pictured below:

Dacast Live Stream Recording - Features Section

STEP 3. Refresh and Check

Once your stream is online, don’t hesitate to refresh your homepage to verify if the recording has started correctly. 

The maximum length of a continuous recording is eight hours. After this time, a new file will be automatically created. Therefore, if you are live streaming and recording for 16 hours, for example, you will have two recorded files with durations of eight hours each.

If you are using multi-bitrate streaming, please note that the highest bit-rate will be recorded.

STEP 4. Stop Your Recording

There are two ways to stop recording. The first is to disable the recording to stop the active recording and save it in a VOD file. The other would be to let your recording automatically stop when you stop streaming.

Once you have created the recorded file you should see a screen in your Dacast account that has the following confirmation message: 

“Recording and integration finished on channel ID: XXXXX”

STEP 5. Access Your Recorded Channel

You can locate your recorded stream under your “Video On Demand” section in a file that is named with the following format: Live recording – date, time (UTC)

For example, this could read “Live recording – Sat August 10, 2020, 01:55:42 GMT 0000.”

Please note that the greater the length of your recorded file, the longer it takes to display in the VOD section of your Dacast account.

You can change the name of your video file by clicking on “Edit.”

STEP 6. Download Your Video

The video of your recorded stream saves as an MP4 file, so there is no need to encode it. However, you do have the option to download it.

To download the recorded content, navigate to the content, and click “Download”:

Dacast Live Stream Recording - Download Video 

Please note that live stream recording only allows you to download the same file only five times within 24 hours.

STEP 7. Share Your Video

Recorded streams have access to the same exact features as a classic VOD: geo-restriction, referrer restriction, embedding, paywall options, etc.

Make sure you turn your video “ON” before sharing it.

Additional Information on Live Stream Recording

Having issues with your live recording file? It can be quite frustrating when troubles arise in the middle of a live stream. 

We’ve put together a thorough guide to help you troubleshoot live streaming issues and identify the root of the problems. Use these 10 tips we’ve laid out to get your stream back on track in no time.

If you’re having a hard time troubleshooting on your own, our support team is available 24/7 via chat team to ensure real-time troubleshooting and reporting. 

Please contact us with the time and date of your event (including your timezone) and the encoder settings used (encoder, video bitrates, audio bitrates, video codec, and audio codec).

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

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14 thoughts on “Dacast Live Stream Recording Tutorial

  1. Cornel says:

    Article states that we can manually start a recording if needed, then further states that the method to do so is below. However, I cannot seem to find the instructions for manually starting of a recording. Am I missing something?

    • Etienne Noualhat says:

      Hi Cornel,
      you are actually right, it seems that we are missing one piece of information here. So for your question, I would suggest you enable the auto recording anytime you want to start your live. That would be like a manual recording.
      Did you have any need in particular that would need another recording feature?

  2. Randy Fink Sahae says:

    If I have a long event and I want to have several shorter VOD files – – can I just stop my encoder for a minute, and then re-start it, to create a second file? What other steps do I need to take?

    • Etienne Noualhat says:

      Hey Randy, you could stop your local-record inside your encoder – even for a couple of seconds. With most of the encoders, it will just stop the local recording.

      If you are talking about the live recording, technically, you could do it (stop the stream on your back-office, wait for a couple of minutes, restart the stream) – but that would mean that your viewers would see the “Streaming Offline” for a little while, and you would need to make sure the video is actually well in your back-office before starting the stream again, to avoid any issue.
      Thanks for your input, our engineering team thinks it is a great thing we could implement in the future (a start/stop live recording feature).

  3. Stephen Outram says:

    I will add here that we delay recording, as live events often have various announcement that are not relevant to a VOD audience. Or if an impromptus break is announced where the length of break is not known. Given DaCast’s delay of up to 15 minutes to begin recording, this is very difficult to time so the VOD begins at the actual event beginning. If recording could begin within 1-2 minutes of streaming. then this would be very useful; is that possible and why does it take up to 15 minutes now? Thank you.

    • Etienne Noualhat says:

      So, right now you should not have the 15 minutes recording anymore. It should take you 1 minute to start the recording, 2m maximum if you are very unlucky. If this is not the case, please do contact our support!

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      Thank you for your interest in Dacast’s Streaming Solutions. Please
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    • Maciek says:

      Thank you for your interest in Dacast’s Streaming Solutions. Please contact our Customer Support team at this link and someone will be more than happy to assist you. Have a great day!

  4. Ben says:

    When I share my link to facebook my splash screen is not appearing on my facebook feed. It is a generic Dacast link. Is it possible to have the splash screen appear when the link is shared? Or at least a thumbnail so viewers know what they are clicking on?

    • Harmonie Duhamel says:

      Hi Ben, I hope you are well. You must have received a message from my colleague Kathryn from support. Let me know if you need further assistance. Best regards,

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