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Elemental Connects with Wowza Streaming Engine

November 7, 2014 by Chris Cross

Creating a workflow for live streaming large-scale events can be an enormously complex task. Broadcasters and other content providers have a multitude of choices in building out infrastructure that can efficiently and effectively format and distribute live video to consumers in a multiscreen world. In approaching the implementation of multiscreen service offerings, having confidence in the interoperability amongst components in the video delivery the workflow is key. This eases the way for video operators to focus on providing the best viewing experience possible to consumers.

Elemental is well known for its role in successfully streaming live video for major sporting events like the 2010 World Cup, the 2011 Pan-American Games, the 2012 Summer Olympics, and more recently, the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. In many cases, the workflow design for live events with a global reach include both Elemental Live for video processing and Wowza Streaming Engine media server software for distribution. Interoperability between the two solutions allows customers to effectively bridge the gap between the camera and the end-user’s display.

Terra, the largest provider of Internet services in Latin America, provides a use case example that leverages both the power of Elemental video processing and the capabilities of Wowza Streaming Engine in a unified workflow. In its multiscreen deployment, Terra directs incoming broadcast feeds to Elemental Live software for encoding to five different profiles, which are then fed to Wowza Streaming Engine for distribution to CDN edge servers and to await RTMP, RTSP and HLS protocol requests. This approach allows Terra to prepare premium content for a wide range of viewing devices while minimizing required transmission bandwidth from the origin.

Together, Elemental and Wowza have implemented the interoperability to enable customers like Terra to deliver major live events to a widespread audience. To learn more about how to use Elemental Live encoding instances with Wowza Streaming Engine, Wowza offers a step-by-step guide to enable a connection and take advantage of the functionality Elemental Live provides.

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Chris Cross

Chris Cross is the Director of Business Development for Wowza and oversees the Works with Wowza partner program. Chris has more than 20 years of experience in business development, data center operations, professional services, software engineering, and product management. Chris holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from Montana State University.