Creating an Event

Use the Events page to record your live events for playback at a later date and view every event you have created. Events must be created within an existing schedule.

Now that you have set up your schedule, you can create events within that schedule.

  1. Within the Schedule Edit page, click on the calendar to create a new event. The Add Event dialog appears.
  2. Enter the event details.
    1. Provide the Event Name and Description.
    2. Adjust the start and stop time as needed. If you are not sure how much time you need, put in more time than you would expect to use and then stop the event if it is completed before the end time. Events with archives can be up to 4 hours long, and events without archives can be up to 8 hours long.
    3. The Enable Archive checkbox is selected (checked) by default. This means you are creating a VOD asset. If you do not want an archive to be available, deselect (uncheck) this option.
    4. Check Trim to indicate that the archive will not be available to play until it has been trimmed. Otherwise it will be immediately available. Trimming removes content from the beginning and end of the video. This is different from clipping, which creates copies of portions of the video.
    5. Specify the archive duration in the DVR Duration Override section. For example, you can choose to archive only the first 10 minutes. After transcoding completes, the archive (VOD asset) becomes available at the event level. During the live event, if you have set up a DVR window and click the pause button, the DVR becomes available for the length of the event plus 1 hour, and the state changes to Stopping for that period. Once that period has elapsed, the state will change to Stopped. To confirm the DVR information you specified, you click View Event Details. The Event Details page that appears displays the archive duration under DVR Window.
    6. The purpose of Starts on and Stops on is that when the event is started, the actual linear stream will be available to any player that uses the embed code for the event. Once the event starts it can take a little time before the stream actually becomes available for the end user to see the playback.
    7. If you did select to create an archive, you can add a thumbnail for preview by providing the Thumbnail Url. Ooyala will soon add the ability to select a local asset that we can host.
    8. Select the Channel (the music channel in this example) you want to use.
  3. Click Add to finish.
  4. Click Save on the Schedule Edit page, as you may be creating multiple events.
  5. Click the Events tab. You will see the status related to the event you just created. In this example, the event has been created and is scheduled to start in a specified number of minutes.
  6. In the Content pane on the right you can also view the status of the channel that is related to the event. Mouse over the Content pane. The following controls appear: Start, Remove, View Event Details.

    You can manually override the automated start by clicking the Start button.

  7. Click View Event Details.
  8. Click the Watch tab. If the event has not yet started, no content will be available.
  9. Start the event by returning to the Events tab and clicking Start in the Content area.
  10. Return to the Watch tab in the Event Detail and the content will be available.

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