Step 1: Design the path for the output destination - MediaLive

Step 1: Design the path for the output destination

Perform this step if you haven't yet designed the full destination path or paths. If you've already designed the paths, go to Step 2: Complete the fields on the console.

To design the path
  1. Collect the information that you previously obtained from the operator of the downstream system:

    • The connection type for the downstream system – Akamai, basic PUT, or WebDAV.

    • The settings for connection fields, if the downstream system has special requirements.

    • The protocol for delivery—HTTP or HTTPS.

    • The user name and password to access the downstream system, if the downstream system requires authenticated requests. Note that these user credentials relate to user authentication, not to the protocol. User authentication is about whether the downstream system will accept your request. The protocol is about whether the request is sent over a secure connection.

    • All or part of the destination paths, possibly including the file names.

    • Whether you need to set up separate subdirectories.

  2. As part of the planning with the operator of the downstream system, you should have determined if you want to implement redundant manifests. You should also have determined if the downstream system requires custom manifests. Given these two decisions, read the appropriate section:

  3. Design the portions of the destination paths that follow the bucket or buckets. For details, see the sections that follow.

The syntax for the paths for the outputs

The following table describes the parts that make up the destination paths for these three categories of files.

The destination paths for these three categories of files are identical up to and including the baseFilename, which means thatMediaLive sends all these categories of files to the same folder. The modifiers and file extensions are different for each category of file.

File Syntax of the path Example
Main manifest files protocol domain path baseFilename extension

The URL for a main manifest with the file name /index:
Child manifest files protocol domain path baseFilename nameModifier extension The URL for the child manifest for the high-resolution renditions of the output

Media files (segments) protocol domain path baseFilename nameModifier optionalSegmentModifier counter extension

The URL for the file for the 230th segment might be:


These destination paths are constructed as follows:

  • The operator at the downstream system should have provided you with the protocol, domain and part of the path. For example:

    The protocol is always HTTP or HTTPS.

  • The operator might have provided the following. Otherwise, you decide them:

    • The folders

    • The baseFilename

    • The modifier

    • The segmentModifier

    See the sections that follow.

  • MediaLive inserts the underscore before the counter.

  • MediaLive generates the counter, which is always five digits starting at 00001.

  • MediaLive inserts the dot before the extension.

  • MediaLive selects the extension:

    • For manifest files – always .m3u8

    • For media files – .ts for files in a transport stream, and .mp4 for files in an fMP4 container

Designing the folders and baseFilename

For the folder and baseFilename portion of the destination path, follow these guidelines:

  • For a single-pipeline channel, you need only one baseFilename.

  • For a standard channel when you are not implementing redundant manifests, you need two baseFilenames. The two baseFilenames can be identical or different. Before you create different baseFilenames, make sure that the downstream system can work with that setup.

  • For a standard channel when you are implementing redundant manifests, see Fields for redundant manifests.

Designing the nameModifier

Design the nameModifier portions of the file name. The child manifests and media files include this modifier in their file names. This nameModifier distinguishes each output from the other, so it must be unique in each output. Follow these guidelines:

  • For an output that contains video (and possibly other streams), you typically describe the video. For example, -high or -1920x1080-5500kpbs (to describe the resolution and the bitrate).

  • For an output that contains only audio or only captions, you typically describe the audio or captions. For example, -aac or -webVTT.

  • It’s a good idea to include a delimiter, to clearly separate the baseFilename from the nameModifier.

  • The nameModifier can include data variables.

Designing the segmentModifier

Design the segmentModifiers portion of the destination path. The segmentModifier is optional, and if you include it, only the media file names include it.

A typical use case for this modifier is to use a data variable to create a timestamp, to prevent segments overriding each other if the channel restarts. For example, assume that you include the timestamp $t$-. Segment 00001 might have the name /index-120028-00001. If the output restarts a few minutes later (which causes the segment counter to restart), the new segment 00001 will have the name /index-120039-00001. The new file won't overwrite the file for the original segment 00001. Some downstream systems might prefer this behavior.