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Introduction to Zype Live Follow

About Zype Live

With Zype Live, start broadcasting live content with a just a few clicks! You can then monetize premium live video on any endpoint in minimum time.

Zype Live allows high-quality live streaming to any type of audience, regardless of size, on any device. Zype Live creates a multi-bitrate adaptive stream using its cloud-based transcoding capabilities to deliver the highest quality of experience (QoE) to your device of choice. 

Zype Live offers an integrated dashboard for managing your entire live streaming video business. While airing a live event, you can enable DVR for instant playback. Once the live event has finished, you can convert the stream to video on demand straight from your Zype Live Dashboard and add it to your Library.

Managing a Live Event

The Live Event wizard will guide you along when you create, broadcast, and publish a live event.

  1. On the Zype navigation menu, click Live Events.
  2. On the Live Events page, click Create a Live Event.

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NOTE: All your current live events are listed at the bottom of this page. Once you have scheduled a live event to be shown at some future time, you can go back to this page and click the Broadcast button to the right to start broadcasting the event.

To edit the settings of a live event that has not yet aired, click the Edit button to the right of the live event.

To view your past live events, click the Past Events tab.

3. On Page 1 of the Live Event wizard, Zype will enter a default title for your event using the current date and time. You may change this if you want.

4. Enter a description of your event, then select the event type from the list. Event types may be either on-demand or linear. On-demand events have a fixed DVR window and are recommended for scheduled events. Linear events have a sliding DVR window and are recommended for 24/7 events.

5. If you selected Linear as your event type in Step 4, a DVR box with the default rate set to 1080 is displayed right below the Event Type box. You may either stick with the default rate or change it to your preferred rate.

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6. Optionally, you may customize your live slate and brand your player by uploading an off-air image and player logo, respectively. The recommended size of the off-air image is 1920x1080 pixels while that of the player logo is 48x48 pixels. The live slate will be used over your player before the start and at the end of a broadcast. The logo will be displayed on the top right of the video player. By default, your video player will display the Zype live slate but will not have a logo.

7. Click Continue.

8. On Page 2 of the Live Event wizard, select the monetization options that will be available for the event. You should have previously defined these options under the Monetization page (see Getting Started with Monetization for more details). Not choosing an option means that your live event will be free.

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9. Once you have chosen the monetization options, click Continue.

10. On Page 3 of the Live Event wizard, choose the time of your event. Click Broadcast Now to immediately start broadcasting your event. Otherwise, select the start and end date and time of your event, then click Continue.

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If you choose to start broadcasting your event at this step, you have nothing more to do except wait until the event ends. If you choose to schedule your event at some future date and time, you may proceed to Step 11.

11. On Page 4 of the Live Event >wizard, the configuration settings for your live event are displayed. Here, you may preview your player and live stream by clicking the Show Player and Show Stream links below the video player.

 

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You can also enter the input, video, and audio URLs that are displayed here on your own streaming hardware or software tool. The input URL will allow your own streaming hardware or software tool to connect to the Zype streaming servers using the provided RTMP username and password; the video and audio URLs will then allow you to broadcast the video feed and the optional audio-only feed using your own tool.

NOTE: You can enable multi-bitrate by broadcasting multiple RTMP streams.

At the bottom, click the Copy to clipboard button to copy the broadcast’s embed code. You can then paste the embed code anywhere on your website - this will display the player on your website, ready to broadcast the event as it becomes available.

On the bottom right, you will also see a few examples of how you can request live videos using the Zype API. For more details about the Zype API, go to the Zype Developer Portal.

NOTE: Your live event has been saved to your list of live events at this point. If the scheduled date and time for the event is days or weeks away, you may exit the wizard at this time, then come back and click the Broadcast button to the right of the saved live event when the time comes. You may also pick up where you left off by proceeding to Step 12 of this guide.

12. When you are ready to broadcast your event, click Start Broadcast. Click Yes on the confirmation message to start broadcasting your event. You may need to wait for at least 30 seconds before your event starts broadcasting.

13. On Page 5 of the Live Event wizard, click End Broadcast once your event is finished. Click Yes on the confirmation message to end your broadcast.

14. On Page 6 of the Live Event wizard, adjust the start and end time of your broadcast to remove unwanted segments from the live stream, then click Looks Good to save the recorded video.

NOTE: Trimming a live stream takes effect immediately after clicking Looks Good and, once completed, cannot be reversed.

15. On the last page of the Live Event wizard, click Create Archive to create an archived copy of the event video for on-demand viewing. To download a copy of your broadcast using FFmpeg, copy the command on the lower right box, then paste it into a terminal. To add your recorded event to categories and playlists, among others, click the I don’t want an archive, just take me to Manage My Video link at the bottom.

 

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