Configuration Requirements for Live Streaming

Live streaming simply means that users can remotely watch a class as it is happening.  For Live streamed classes, the input being captured by the capture appliance is webcast in real-time to those users viewing the Echo360 classroom.

For live streaming to work properly, there are a few configuration requirements. Don't worry; they're pretty straightforward.

Live streaming is possible via captures generated by any capture appliance, including an SCHD, Echo360 PRO, Echo360 POD, or CCAP Installation.

You can control the live stream in the same way you can control any scheduled capture, including stopping, pausing, or extending the capture. See Controlling Captures Through Device Login for further information and links.

Please note that if you are planning to use CCAP for live streaming classes, review the information located in Using CCAP for Live Streaming.

Live streaming is only available for section captures

When you schedule a capture for a section, the Options available include a Live stream toggle. When you try to add or schedule a capture outside of a section (Captures page > Add Capture), you don't get this option.

Why?

Well, it has to do with the fact that users (students) can only access media that exists in a class. The view it by clicking GO TO CLASSROOM. So if you want people to view LIVE streams, it has to go into a class, in a section.

Remember also that to get into a section, you have to be assigned to the section. Meaning a user who isn't assigned to the section can't see the classes for the section, so they can't GO TO CLASSROOM.

So, while we could let you configure a live stream for a capture that isn't associated with a section, how would users get there? How would they find the "GO TO CLASSROOM" button for the live class?

What you CAN do, however, is configure a dedicated course and section for holding special events or other happenings that you want to stream live to a larger institutional audience. Then assign all of the users you want to that section.

Check and configure outbound port communications

Live streaming is provided through hosted streaming (Wowza) servers. These servers receive the separate input streams from the appliance via RTP (real-time transfer protocol), then deliver the consolidated media stream back to users.

In order to make this work, the capture appliance needs to be able to communicate with the streaming servers through the appropriate ports, and those ports need to be configured, via wildcard DNS entries, to point to the cloud-based Wowza servers.

For details on this, see Port Configuration for LIVE Streaming.