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Red5 is a media server created with Java language. It is a free open source software but recently a new version Red5 Pro came out developed by the same people, this new version supports streaming to mobiles, Android or iOS, which red5 does not. The Red5 Pro is commercial product and costs $55 per server.

A media server allows Flash based applications connect to it using Real Time Messaging Protocol (RTMP). The server can send and receive data to and from the connected users who have a flash player installed. The server also allows users to receive and publish streams. This permits video chat applications, live streaming and even ondemand video streaming.

Most common Video chat software’s are:
1- Avchat
2- Videowhisper
3- Prochatrooms
4- Gchats

For live streaming the necessary tool if you already have a server with red5 installed is an encoder, an encoder is the software that will connect your computer to the red5 server using the RTMP, which your server provider will give you.
1- FMLE, it is an free Adobe product and does a good job.
2- Wirecast, it is an expensive commercial product of very high quality, absolutely necessary if you starting a TV station.

Although red5 is a free product many people prefer to use Wowza Streaming Engine or Adobe Flash Media Server which are commercial software’s and can be quite expensive, the FMS costs $4500 per server. The reason is that the developers of red5 although have created a wonderful system did not spend much time with tutorials and instructions on how to install and manage a red5 server, for this reason if you searching for a red5 server we suggest you pick a web host which specializes on red5 servers and red5 shared hosting.

1- Red5 Servers relatively cheap red5 servers starting at $15 a month.
2- Red5 Hosting, Hosting Marketers, a web host for experienced webmasters, it is the oldest hosting company specialized on Video and media servers, they also offer Wowza Streaming Engine on its shared plans. They have a very experienced customer support and a reputation for going out of their way to help customers. They starting plan with Red5 enabled costs $9.95 a month. Most other red5 hosting companies are resellers of Hosting Marketers.

Red5 is a formidable media server, extremely flexible and has the advantage of being a free product with with many people working on developing it, for now the main version does not yet work with mobiles, if that is what you need we suggest that instead of using the Red5 Pro version to use the Wowza instead. Hosting Marketers also offers Wowza, in fact they even offer a 3 days free trial.

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Stream types

In Wowza Media Server, MediaStreams represent an incoming or outgoing stream of video, audio, or metadata. Wowza Media Server provides a mechanism for defining custom server-side MediaStream implementations or stream types. These stream types are configured using the Streams/StreamType property in the Application.xml file. The following list shows the more commonly used stream types and their intended use (for a complete list, see the Wowza Media Server User’s Guide):

  • default: Video on demand streaming of static Flash media, H.264/AAC, and MP3 content
  • record: Video recording
  • live: Publish and play live video content (best for one-to-many streaming of live events)
  • live-lowlatency: Publish and play live video content (best for one-to-one or one-to-few video/audio chat applications)
  • live-record: Same as live, plus content is recorded
  • shoutcast: Audio re-streaming of a SHOUTcast/Icecast MP3 or AAC+ audio stream
  • shoutcast-record: Same as shoutcast, plus content is recorded
  • liverepeater-origin: Origin stream type used by live stream repeater to deliver a single stream in an origin/edge configuration
  • liverepeater-edge: Edge stream type used by live stream repeater to deliver a single stream in origin/edge configuration
  • rtp-live: Re-streaming of an RTSP/RTP, native RTP, or MPEG-TS stream
  • rtp-live-record: Same as rtp-live, plus content is recorded

Supported media
Wowza Media Server supports the following media file formats: FLV (Flash Video), MP4 (QuickTime container), and MP3. (See the list below for common file extensions.) To play video on demand content, the proper prefix must be prepended to the file name to create a stream name. For example, to play the MP4 file mycoolvideo.mov, use the stream name mp4:mycoolvideo.mov. The following list shows the more common file type prefixes (for a complete list, see the Wowza Media Server User’s Guide):

  • flv: FLV (Flash Video) This is the default media type so the file name prefix and extension can be omitted.
    Example: “flv:mycoolvideo.flv”
  • mp4: MP4 (QuickTime container) .mp4, .f4v, .mov, .m4v, .mp4a, .3gp, and .3g2).
    Example: “mp4:mycoolvideo.mov”
  • mp3: MP3 (.mp3)
    Example: “mp3:mycoolsong.mp3”
  • smil: SMIL (XML file used to configure adaptive bitrate streams – .smil).

Content storage

Wowza Media Server is configured by default to use a single content directory that’s located at [install-dir]/content. You can change the default content location for an application by changing the Streams/StorageDir property in Application.xml to the desired content path.

Wowza Media Server for Amazon EC2

Wowza Media Systems has teamed with Amazon Web Services to make billing quick, easy, and secure for the combination of Wowza Media Server machine time with various Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instances and bandwidth. For more information, see:

Real Time Messaging Protocol (RTMP – Adobe Flash Player)

Wowza Media Server can stream adaptive bitrate live and video on demand content to Adobe Flash Player over RTMP. Wowza Media Server is a great alternative to Adobe Media Server. It supports media streaming and other features such as shared objects, video recording, video chat, remote procedure calls, and more. Wowza Media Server supports all video and audio formats that Adobe Flash Player supports:

Video

  • H.264
  • On2 VP6
  • Sorenson Spark
  • Screen video and Screen video 2

Audio

  • AAC, AAC Low Complexity (AAC LC), AAC High Efficiency (HE-AAC) v1 and v2
  • MP3
  • Speex
  • Nellymoser Asao

Adobe Flash Player is a cross-browser, cross-platform technology that exists on many personal computing and mobile devices. The Adobe Flash plugin runs SWF files that are generated by Flash authoring tools such as the Adobe Flash authoring tool and Adobe Flex. ActionScript® is the most common Flash programming language. Using ActionScript, an SWF file can be programmed to do many things within a webpage including playback of streaming media.

Wowza Media Server and Adobe Flash Player communicate using a NetConnection object and media is streamed using a NetStream object. The NetConnection.connect method is used to establish a connection between Wowza Media Server and Adobe Flash Player. It takes an RTMP URL in the following form:

[protocol-method]://[wowza-ip-address]/[application]/[application-instance]

where:

  • [protocol-method]: rtmp, rtmpe (encryption), rtmpt (tunneling), rtmpte (encryption and tunneling), or rtmps (tunneling over SSL)
  • [wowza-ip-address]: IP address or domain name and port of Wowza Media Server (default port 1935)
  • [application]: Application name
  • [application-instance]: Application instance name (if omitted, defaults to _definst_)

For example, to connect to a Wowza Media Server at the address mycompany.com, using the application name myapplication, the URL to use in the NetConnection.connect method is:

rtmp://mycompany.com/myapplication

The NetStream.play method is used to start streaming. It takes as its first argument a stream name. For example, to play the media file mycoolvideo.mov, you would use the stream name mp4:mycoolvideo.mov. Some pre-built players combine the server connection URL used in the NetConnection.connect method and the stream name used in the NetStream.play method into a single URL. This URL takes the form:

[protocol-method]://[wowza-ip-address]/[application]/[application-instance]/[stream-name]

For example, to connect to a Wowza Media Server at the address mycompany.com, using the application name myapplication to play the video on-demand file named mycoolvideo.mov, the URL is:

rtmp://mycompany.com/myapplication/mp4:mycoolvideo.mov

Adobe HTTP Dynamic Streaming (HDS – Adobe Flash Player)

Wowza Media Server can stream adaptive bitrate live and video on-demand content to Flash Player 10.1 or later using the Adobe HTTP Dynamic Streaming (HDS) protocol. Adobe HDS is a chunk-based streaming protocol that uses HTTP for delivery. All media-chunking and packaging necessary to deliver a stream using this protocol is performed by Wowza Media Server. Adobe HDS is referred to as “San Jose” streaming in Wowza Media Server configuration files. When streaming video on demand content, Wowza Media Server supports MP4 files (QuickTime container) and MP3 files. FLV files aren’t supported.

Adobe HDS streaming leverages an XML manifest file to describe the list of chunks available for streaming. An Adobe HDS streaming playlist URL has the following form:

http://[wowza-ip-address]/[application]/[application-instance]/[stream-name]/manifest.f4m

where:

  • [wowza-ip-address]: IP address or domain name and port of the Wowza Media Server (default port 1935)
  • [application]: Application name
  • [application-instance]: Application instance name (if omitted, defaults to _definst_)
  • [stream-name]: Stream name with stream prefix

For example, to play the video on demand file mycoolvideo.mov located on the Wowza Media Server at the address mycompany.com, using the application name myapplication, the URL is:

http://mycompany.com:1935/myapplication/mp4:mycoolvideo.mov/manifest.f4m

Wowza Media Server currently supports the following video and audio codecs when using this streaming protocol:

Video

  • H.264
  • On2 VP6 (live only)
  • Screen video and Screen video 2 (live only)
  • Sorenson Spark (live only)

Audio

  • AAC, AAC Low Complexity (AAC LC), AAC High Efficiency (HE-AAC) v1 and v2
  • MP3
  • Nellymoser Asao (live only)
  • Speex (live only)

Adobe HDS streaming requires a Flash-based player that’s built using the Open Source Media Framework (OSMF). Wowza Media Server ships with several OSMF-based players in the examples folder:

  • [install-dir]/examples/VideoOnDemandStreaming/FlashHTTPPlayer/player.html
  • [install-dir]/examples/LiveVideoStreaming/FlashHTTPPlayer/player.html

Apple HTTP Live Streaming (HLS – iPhone, iPad, iPod touch)

Wowza Media Server can stream adaptive bitrate live and video on demand H.264, AAC, and MP3 content to iOS based devices (iPhone/iPad/iPod touch iOS version 3.0 or greater), QuickTime player (version 10 or greater), Safari browser (version 4.0 or greater), and other devices such as the Roku® and Amino set-top boxes and some brands of smart TVs using the Apple HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) protocol. Apple HLS is a chunk-based streaming protocol that uses HTTP for delivery. All media-chunking and packaging necessary to deliver a stream using this protocol is performed by Wowza Media Server. Apple HLS is referred to as “Cupertino” streaming in Wowza Media Server configuration files.

Apple HLS streaming leverages a playlist wrapper to describe the list of chunks available for streaming. An Apple HLS streaming playlist URL has the following form:

http://[wowza-ip-address]/[application]/[application-instance]/[stream-name]/playlist.m3u8

where:

  • [wowza-ip-address]: IP address or domain name and port of the Wowza Media Server (default port 1935)
  • [application]: Application name
  • [application-instance]: Application instance name (if omitted, defaults to _definst_)
  • [stream-name]: Stream name with stream prefix

For example, to play the video on demand file mycoolvideo.mov located on the Wowza Media Server at the address mycompany.com, using the application name myapplication, the URL is:

http://mycompany.com:1935/myapplication/mp4:mycoolvideo.mov/playlist.m3u8

The iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch (iOS devices) and Apple TV® digital media extender support the following media formats:

Video

  • H.264

Audio

  • AAC, AAC Low Complexity (AAC LC), High Efficiency AAC (HE-AAC) v1
  • Dolby® Digital 5.1 Surround Sound (AC-3) and Dolby Digital Plus (Enhanced AC-3 or E-AC-3)
  • MP3

The iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch don’t support HE-AAC v2.

Microsoft Smooth Streaming (Microsoft Silverlight)

Wowza Media Server can stream adaptive bitrate live and video on demand H.264, AAC, and MP3 content to Microsoft Silverlight, Windows Phone devices, and other devices using the Microsoft Smooth Streaming protocol. Microsoft Silverlight is a cross-browser, cross-platform technology that exists on many personal computing devices. Smooth Streaming is a chunk-based streaming protocol that uses HTTP for delivery. All media chunking and packaging necessary to deliver a stream using this protocol is performed by Wowza Media Server so there’s no need for an IIS web server.

Smooth Streaming leverages a playlist wrapper (called a manifest) to describe the list of chunks that are available for streaming. A Smooth Streaming manifest URL has the following form:

http://[wowza-ip-address]/[application]/[application-instance]/[stream-name]/Manifest

where:

  • [wowza-ip-address]: IP address or domain name and port of the Wowza Media Server (default port 1935)
  • [application]: Application name
  • [application-instance]: Application instance name (if omitted, defaults to _definst_)
  • [stream-name]: Stream name with stream prefix

For example, to play the video on-demand file mycoolvideo.mov, located on the Wowza Media Server at the address mycompany.com, using the application name myapplication, the URL is:

http://mycompany.com:1935/myapplication/mp4:mycoolvideo.mov/Manifest

The following media formats can be used when streaming to Silverlight using Wowza Media Server:

Video

  • H.264

Audio

  • AAC, AAC Low Complexity (AAC LC), AAC High Efficiency (HE-AAC) v1 and v2
  • Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound (AC-3) and Dolby Digital Plus (Enhanced AC-3 or E-AC-3)
  • MP3

For more information about Smooth Streaming, including adaptive bitrate streaming, see the Wowza Media Server User’s Guide.

RTSP/RTP/MPEG-TS (QuickTime, VLC, mobile devices, set-top boxes, encoders)

Wowza Media Server can stream live H.264, AAC, and MP3 content to players and devices that support the Real Time Streaming Protocol (RTSP), Real-time Transport Protocol (RTP), and MPEG-2 Transport Stream protocol (MPEG-2 TS). This includes players and devices such as QuickTime player (version 10 or greater), VideoLAN VLC player, set-top boxes, and 3GPP devices. Wowza Media Server can also accept incoming streams from encoding devices that use these protocols. Wowza Media Server supports RTP and MPEG-2 TS input and output over UDP as well as multicast. In addition, Wowza Media Server supports interleaved RTSP/RTP (RTP over the RTSP TCP connection) and RTSP/RTP tunneling (RTSP/RTP over HTTP), which enables RTSP/RTP to be delivered in network environments that don’t allow UDP transmission.

An RTSP/RTP URL in Wowza Media Server has the following form:

rtsp://[wowza-ip-address]/[application]/[application-instance]/[stream-name]

where:

  • [wowza-ip-address]: IP address or domain name and port of the Wowza Media Server (default port 1935)
  • [application]: Application name
  • [application-instance]: Application instance name (if omitted, defaults to _definst_)
  • [stream-name]: Stream name with stream prefix

For example, to play the live stream with the stream name mylivestream, located on the Wowza Media Server at the address mycompany.com, using the application name myapplication, the URL is:

rtsp://mycompany.com:1935/myapplication/mylivestream

For more information about Real Time Streaming Protocol streaming, including support for RTSP/RTP/MPEG-TS encoders, see the Wowza Media Server User’s Guide.

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Getting Started With Wowza Hosting Services

Do you want to get started with your website? Are you planning to create and start your website on the internet? Do you know about wowza hosting services and wowza server. There are certain essential things that you have to consider while you get started with wowza hosting services and wowza server company. You have to consider the domain name, the registration of it, wowza hosting services and other technical requirements such as wowza serverto start up your website. Getting acquainted with these terms would make it easier for you to go ahead without any hardships while you get the wowza server.
Have you come across the term domain name and wowza hosting? Domain name and wowza hosting are important terms. There are different domain names different hosting services other than the wowza hosting and wowza server are available. In simple terms it is the name of your website. Before choosing the name of the website it is essential for you to decide the purpose of the website. In simple terms it can be said that what the nature of your website is. Is it a personal website or a professional website? By professional it is meant whether the website is created to augment your business. So you must choose a professional wowza hosting service. Therefore based on this criterion you have to select the domain name and also the domain name and wowza hosting service companies. Here there is a misconception that the domain name is available for free as there are free hosting services unlike wowza hosting services. But this is not true! If you want to own a website then you must own your domain name. For example .in, .com, .biz account that you create by paying some fee for the domain name and own it, is your own domain name. Therefore you have to carefully choose your domain name. The option of choosing your domain name is completely yours. You can get help from wowza hosting company. You can also choose for wowza hosting and wowza server from the beginning.
After deciding the name for your website you have to look for the expected number of visitors. To analyze this too you can get help from you can get help from wowza hosting company. Based on your requirement you have to proceed further. If it is an e-business portal then the requirement is different or if it is just a page website then the requirement is different. If there are plenty of images that you want to upload in the website then you must check for the space and the bandwidth. For this you have to buy the wowza hosting services. There are different packages provided by the wowza hosting and wowza server services. You can select from wowza hosting packages the one that best suits your requirement. There are proper assistance and guidance provided so that you can get better solutions. In an e-store there are options of credit card numbers that you have to provide. Therefore in such cases you need a secure account. The web wowza server that you employ for yourself is a reliable one.
These are some of the basic requirements of any person. If you have an idea to start your own website then you must ensure that you have attained all the basic requirements. Once you meet with the basic requirements you can check for reputable wowza hosting for all your hosting requirements. You can check for the legitimacy and security that they offer and decide if it is the right solution for you. Check for these points and get the right hosting service for yourself.

Wowza is one of few media servers that have multi-platform functionality

You can find lots of advanced features on this hosting site. The one solid reason for providing you the previous paragraph is to make you aware of the best feature of wowza hosting. Wowza is one of few media servers that have multi-platform functionality. No matter you are using computer, tablet or iPhone; you can experience the best internet media server directly on your screen. What you need for that is a device having internet connectivity.

There are few media hosts that have the multi-platform facility. You must know that the other media servers are not capable to deliver their services on every device. But wowza servers are meant for almost all the platforms. You can use the wowza hosting on your phones having Symbian, Android or iOS. You can also use this sever on various other devices such as TVs, set-top boxes etc. This is probably the best feature of the wowza hosting that it is available on a number of platforms.

Today, you will find many of the web servers that offer their services on various platforms. But wowza is better than others in the sense that it has the best servers on the internet today. You can get media contents of any type. There are several files that are uploaded daily to the server. The availability of enormous space and the capability of allowing several connections at a time make this web server best in the business. The wowza web server has the capability of playing media in various formats too. The media will be played according to the platform you use for accessing it. You can use mobile phones, TVs, computers etc. for getting the services of wowza.

There are lots of other features of wowza media center too. The use of high quality video and audio codecs make the media quality lot better. The speed of the web server is extremely fast, and it provides you the fastest buffering speed on the internet. You will get the best speed even if the connections are slow. This is also a prominent feature of the wowza media servers to provide better speeds. There are many types of contents that can be found here. The media contents related to audio and video are most common. However, the radio facility is also available. You can listen to radio which also allows re-streaming. This is the advanced functionality of the wowza web server to provide re-streaming on radio channels. For video rendering, the use of H.264 codecs is done.

These are the best quality video encoders present today. The newest version of wowza offers lots of other facilities too. The use of DMR and DVR technology makes it even better. This is the media server that is fully loaded with all the advanced techniques. For mobile devices, special 3GPP video encoders are present on the server. The 3GPP videos are easily accessible from most of the mobile phones. For audio encoding, the use of AAC encoders is done.

These are the high quality encoders that allow the maximum clarity of the audio files to you. The wowza server has lots of space that you can use to keep your data on the server. What you need for that is an account where you can access your files. For trial purpose, there is a free demo or trial account that can be used by putting demo’ in username and password fields. This will help you to take a glimpse of what you can after having a premium account on wowza media center.

Wowza Media Server vs Adobe Flash Media Server

Hosting Marketers will start this week offering Wowza Media server as an addon to the current hosting packages with red5, with a low cost fee of $15 a month extra from the hosting plan selected by the customer we offer a first class Media server far superior to red5 and adobe flash media server. Below is a comparison guide between Wowza and Flash Media Server.

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Server Pricing and Licensing Wowza Media
Server 3
Adobe
FMIS 4.5
Adobe
FMSS 4.5
30-Day Trial License FREE Not Available Not Available
Monthly License $55/server/mo Not Available Not Available
Daily License $5/server/day Not Available Not Available
Perpetual License $995 $4,500 $995
Use on Amazon EC2 Yes Yes Not Available
Developer License FREE FREE FREE

Available Platform Components
Integrated Live Transcoder Yes* No No
Multi-protocol nDVR Yes* Partial No
Multi-platform DRM Yes* Partial No

* Extra cost option

Multi-Protocol, Multi-Client Streaming
Flash (RTMP) Yes Yes Yes
Flash (HTTP Streaming) Yes Yes Yes
iPhone/iPad (HTTP Streaming) Yes Yes No
Silverlight (Smooth Streaming) Yes No No
QuickTime/3GPP (RTSP/RTP) Yes No No
IPTV (MPEG-TS) Yes No No

Inbound Live Encoder Support
RTMP (Flash & H.264/AAC) Yes Yes Yes
RTSP/RTP/MPEG-TS (H.264/AAC; unicast, multicast, TCP, UDP) Yes No No
ICY (MP3/AAC; SHOUTcast/icecast) Yes No No

Multiple Server Streaming
Live Stream Repeater Origin-Edge Functionality Included Included No
On-demand Dynamic Media Caching (Edge) Included Included No

Supported Platforms
Windows Yes Yes Yes
Mac OS X Yes No No
Linux Yes Limited Limited
Solaris Yes No No
Unix Yes No No
64-bit Support Yes – all platforms No No
IPv6 Support Yes No No

Real Time Messaging Protocol (RTMP) Support
RTMP Yes Yes Yes
RTMPT Yes Yes Yes
RTMPS Yes Yes Yes
RTMPE Yes Yes Yes
RTMPTE Yes Yes Yes

Programming Options
Client Side ActionScript ActionScript ActionScript
Server Side Java¹ ActionScript No

¹ Free Wowza IDE tool is available for simplified server-side programming

Applications Capabilities
Video Streaming (live and on-demand)
      FLV Yes Yes Yes
      H.264 Yes Yes Yes
Audio Streaming (live and on-demand)
      FLV Yes Yes Yes
      MP3 Yes Yes Yes
      AAC, LC-AAC, HE-AAC Yes Yes Yes
      Speex Yes Yes Yes
Chat (text, audio, video)
      One-to-One Yes Yes No
      One-to-Many Yes Yes No
      Many-to-Many Yes Yes No
Recording
      Remote, b/w independent Yes Yes No
      H.264/AAC to FLV container Yes Yes No
      H.264/AAC to MP4 (QuickTime)       container Yes No No
      Simultaneous,
during live stream
Yes Yes No
Action Method Format 3 (AMF3) Support
      Uni-directional Yes Yes Yes
      Bi-Directional Yes No No
SHOUTcast/Icecast2 Re-streaming
      MP3 Yes No No
      AAC Yes No No
Remote Shared Objects (RSOs) Yes Yes No

Extensibility
Plug-in architecture (custom modules) Yes Yes No
Application-specific stream types Yes No No
Customizable media writers Yes No No
Customizable media readers Yes No No

Content Management Systems Access
File-based storage systems Yes Yes No
Protocol-based storage systems Yes No No

Other Features
Playlist and ad insertion support Yes Yes No
Dynamic bandwidth detection Yes Yes Yes
Virtual hosting Yes Yes No
Fast seek Yes Yes Yes
Fast forward/rewind trick play (VP6) Yes No No
Slow play Yes No No
Dynamic streaming Yes Yes Yes

Security & Content Protection Options
SecureToken anti-ripping protection Yes No No
swf Domain/IP address validation Yes Yes Yes
Encrypted delivery (RTMPS/E/TE) Yes Yes Yes
AES-128 Encryption (Apple HTTP Streaming) Yes Yes No
User access controls Yes Yes Yes
Multi-platform DRM support Yes* Partial No

* Extra cost option

Management
WC3 compliant logging Yes Yes Yes
Interface to standards-based management tools Yes No No
Management console Yes
(via JMX)
Yes Yes
Centralized configuration management Yes No No

Scalability
Live Stream Repeater Yes Yes No
Demand-based load balancing Yes No No
Round-robin load balancing Yes Yes No
Local content caching Yes Yes No