BoxCast Features

How to Archive and Store Live Streams

This post covers how to archive previously streamed broadcasts easily for on-demand playback. It's part of our series on BoxCast Features.

We know that streaming video content live is valuable to viewers who are unable to attend an event in person. However, in many cases, the archives of those broadcasts can be just as important for viewers as the live video.

For that reason, it's important to consider where your archived broadcasts will be available for on-demand playback and how you’re going to get them there.

How to Archive Live Streams

The ability to archive broadcasts will depend on what platform you are using for your live streaming. If you are sending directly to Facebook Live or another social platform, your options will be limited.

On Facebook Live, for example, once your broadcast is complete, your video content will only exist as an archive in your Facebook news feed. As you continue to post new things on Facebook, your archived broadcast will be pushed down the feed to the point where it is no longer easy to find.

How to Archive Live Streams with BoxCast

With BoxCast, archiving is automatic and easy. If you stream through the BoxCast Platform, you have many tools at your disposal.

If all you need is an available recorded video once the broadcast is complete, we tackle that for you. If you want to make a few tweaks or get the archive to another spot, BoxCast makes the process hassle-free. Here are a few of the tools and functions that make archiving live streams easy.

Automatic Archiving (while Maintaining URL Link)

It can be a pain to download and then re-upload videos after the stream is complete. On top of that, if you sent everyone to a certain link to watch the live video, intuitively, you would probably want the recorded version of that video to be available in the same spot.

BoxCast takes care of those issues by automatically archiving broadcasts as soon as they are complete and keeping them embedded under the link of your current broadcast for your viewers to watch on demand.

Trimming

If the event you stream starts late or ends early, you may end up with unneeded video at the beginning and end of your broadcast.

The BoxCast Dashboard allows you to trim the video that appears on your website so you can cut out any unnecessary video at the beginning or end of your broadcast.

 

Broadcast Replacements

Broadcast Replacements is a tool that is great for making sure your broadcast is exactly as you want it. Whether you simply want to upload a locally recorded version or replace it with a post-processed video, broadcast replacement makes this easy.  It even maintains all existing listings links, embeds, and analytics from the original broadcast.

Highlights

The Highlights feature from BoxCast allows you to clip significant moments (a scoring play, for example) in the broadcast and capture them in a short archived video that can be available beside the rest of the archived video.

 

 

Video Indexing

Video Indexing allows you to tag significant moments in your broadcasts, so that they can be easily referenced by viewers. Whether it is tagging the topics of a city council meeting agenda, marking the moment of a goal in a soccer game, or breaking apart a five hour business presentation, Video Indexing will help your viewers to quickly find exactly what they are looking for.

Exporting and Downloads

If you need your archives stored in a different place as well, that’s no problem either. With direct integrations with YouTube and Vimeo, you can export your files to those platforms from within the BoxCast Dashboard.

 

 

If you need the file internally, you can download it as an MP4.

 

Final Thoughts + Further Reading

As you can see, BoxCast provides a powerful, but easy way to archive your broadcasts the way that you need. Here's some more resources you might find interesting:

How To Upload Documents To Your Live Stream

How to Add Video Indexing to Archived Live Streams

How to View Enhanced Analytics for Your Live Stream

How To Embed A Live Stream On Your Website

Overlays aren't the only way you can enhance your broadcasts. Learn how to level up your live streams with our downloadable guide:  Leveling Up: How to Advance Your Live Streaming Strategy

 

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