The Wowza ClearCaster™ appliance now supports broadcast-quality streaming to any destination with Universal Mode, a cloud-based user interface that simplifies command and control over your encoding workflows.
Focused on preventing encoding mishaps and first-mile delivery issues, the new ClearCaster Universal Mode allows event producers to reliably power their encoding workflows with advanced monitoring, encoding presets for popular streaming destinations, cloud-based workflow management, and adaptive network encoding. Additionally, ClearCaster can be integrated with the Wowza Streaming Cloud™ service or the Wowza Streaming Engine™ software for support and monitoring from encode to distribution.
Event producers and service providers continue to tell us that the least reliable part of their video streaming workflow occurs from the encoder through the first mile of ingest. Because there simply aren’t enough tools on the market to help event producers succeed, this fragile segment leads to frustration. In fact, 72% of event producers recently surveyed by Wowza said they were unsatisfied with their ability to detect a problem before broadcasting a live stream.
In response to this feedback, we got to work building the ultimate solution for reliable encoding workflows.
The Wowza solution is focused on providing better control, monitoring, and automation to enable a more reliable streaming experience overall. In order to enable this model, we optimized the encoding workflow and simplified management.
A typical encoder exposes encoding presets to local event producers and then presets these settings from broadcast to broadcast. While this is useful when streaming engineers are on hand, this doesn’t suit the fast-paced and ever-changing world of live event streaming. What’s more, an encoder that only looks inward at its local configuration files lacks visibility into network conditions.
To improve this model, the ClearCaster’s Universal Mode now relies completely on cloud-based intelligence for command and control. The powerful encoder receives configuration settings on a per-broadcast basis from a cloud API — while also sending out real-time telemetry data that can be used to make informed decisions.
There have been some exciting new additions to the ClearCaster feature lineup since our last release. Here are the latest ClearCaster capabilities.
The new Wowza ClearCaster Universal Mode is just the first step in solving for reliable video contribution.