Set up a Local Recording

We here at Stretch Internet are proud to provide an archiving process for both video and audio feeds that are sent to us. As the streams are sending to our servers, there’s a system in place that’s recording your event in real time. While more than the majority of archives run smoothly, there are situations that are out of our control as well as yours that can affect the archiving process. With the way the recording system works, a blip in your on-site network connection can unpublish the archive, and depending on the stability of the network, the recording may or may not get re-published.

With that in mind, one of the first things we suggest is to set up a local recording on your streaming computer. Along with sending a quality stream, Wirecast allows you to set up a local recording which will create a video file on your computer that is an exact replica of the online stream! This document will walk you through all of the steps necessary to setup a local recording. 

Setting up a recording:

1. Open up the Output Settings in Wirecast from the Output menu dropdown. From there, you should see a window that's already configured to send your video stream to Stretch. 

2. Click the "+" button in the lower left corner of the window -- a new window will appear. Once there, you'll want to select "Record To Disk- MP4" as your destination. Then click "OK."

3. Your next step is to set up the quality of the recording. This is done by changing the selection in the "Encoding" dropdown. For this section, you can find the option that best fits what you're looking for. For a standard HD recording, select H.264 720p 16:9 (1280x720). For SD, H.264 NTSC 3:2 (720x480) is a good starting point. Keep in mind, the higher the quality of the recording the more processing power that is needed, which will be reflected in the CPU % on the main Wirecast screen. 

4. After setting the quality of your recording, the next step is to name the file and choose where on the computer it will be saved. To do this, simply click on the "Browse" button. This will pop open a new window where you will name the file and choose where it will be saved to. 

5. The final thing you'll need to do before starting your recording is making sure that both the recording and streaming profiles are active. Whenever you set up a new profile, it will be listed on the left side of the Output Settings. If the option has a check mark next to it, then the profile is active. Make sure that both your stream and recording profiles are active before closing this window. Once you have done this, click "OK" and close the Output Settings. 

6. Now you're all set to start your recording! From the main Wirecast menu, hit the "Stream" and "Record" buttons and you're ready to roll! When the stream is done, just hit both buttons again -- this will end the stream and finalize the recorded file. 

Happy recording!

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