Scheduling pseudo-live events

Create and schedule a pseudo-live event

To schedule a pseudo-live stream in an embedded player, you first need to create an ‘Event’ in Clevercast. Go to the Live > Events page. The menu on the left lets you create a pseudo-live event. When you create the event, you choose whether you want to broadcast multiple audio languages or not (assuming your plan allows it).

Closed captions are possible no matter which broadcast protocol you use. If you use an item with captions as the pseudo-live source, the captions will also be part of the live stream.

Give the event a name and press the ‘Create’ button. You will be redirected to the event detail page. On this page, go to the ‘Set Pseudo-Live Stream’ panel to schedule the pseudo-live stream.  When you schedule a pseudo-live stream, you must fill in the following:

  • Broadcast Start Time: the time at which Clevercast will start the broadcast of your video.
  • Select Item to use: the item to be used as the source of the broadcast.
  • Show Countdown in Player: if checked, Clevercast player will show a countdown timer to the start of your live event.
  • Intro Seconds: the duration of your intro, used to determine the end point of the countdown timer.

The ‘Set Pseudo-Live Stream’ panel for events


For example, if you set ‘
Broadcast Start Time to 6:00 PM, Clevercast will start broadcasting at 6:00 PM.

The Intro Seconds are only used to determine the end point of the countdown timer (if used). In the previous example, if ‘Intro Seconds’ is set to 120, Clevercast Player will count down to 6:02 PM (= the start of the event, after the intro has ended). Note: this is different for webinars (see next chapter).

Viewers will be able to see the live stream shortly after the broadcast starts. Note that the countdown timer disappears from the player once the broadcast starts. So if you want to show a countdown until the start of the actual event, the intro of your video should also contain a countdown clock itself.

Pseudo-live event flow

When you schedule a pseudo-live stream, Clevercast sets the event status to waiting. The embedded player automatically shows the waiting image (or message) that you’ve configured. The ‘Streaming’ panel on the event page will also indicate when the pseudo-live broadcast starts. And the ‘Broadcast’ panel will indicate which video resolutions, audio languages and captions will be streamed.

Shortly after the ‘Broadcast Start Time’, Clevercast automatically sets the event status to started. The embedded player detects this and starts showing the live stream.

When the broadcast ends, Clevercast automatically sets the event status to ended. The embedded player detects this and shows the ended image (or message) that you’ve configured. Because of the latency that comes with HTTP Live Streaming, this will happen before the outro is completely finished.

Clearing and resetting a pseudo-live stream

A pseudo-live event can be reused. Once finished, you can set a new start time.

If a pseudo-live stream is set incorrectly, you can reset it by clicking the ‘Clear Pseudo-Live Stream’ button.

The ‘Run Pseudo-Live Stream Now’ button allows you to start the pseudo-live stream without scheduling it. When you click it, Clevercast immediately starts broadcasting the pseudo-live stream and sets the event status to started, so the embedded player starts to play the live stream. Note that this may only be done when no pseudo-live stream is scheduled. If a pseudo-live stream is scheduled for the event, you should clear it first.

More info about pseudo-live streaming

Overview