When is Transcoder AddOn Needed (for live ABR streams)?
I apologize in advance if this a noob question, but I are one right now. I'm currently evaluating Wowza 4 (using a trial license) on Amazon EC2. I have the instance up and running and I'm exploring all the options on the Wowza Streaming Engine web GUI. My primary interest in Wowza involves live ABR streaming and transcoding/repackaging to multiple live ABR formats. I've been reading lots of quick start guides, tutorials, etc, but I need to ask the following:
I understand that I can encode a single high quality stream, push it via RTMP to Wowza and it can transcode it to several ABR streams in multiple formats using the Transcoder AddOn.
But what if I'm encoding an ABR stream (consisting of 4 or 5 variant bitrates) on my encoder and pushing those to Wowza (via RTMP)? Can Wowza repackage those to the other flavors (HLS and MSS) without using the Transcoder AddOn? Can it be done with the Transcoder AddOn? (We have a ViewCast Niagara encoder that can encode live ABR streams in Adobe FDS, Apple HLS, and Microsoft Smooth Stream flavors.)