How to connect an Epiphan Pearl encoder to Wowza Streaming Cloud

Epiphan Pearl, a lightweight, portable, all-in-one live video production system that captures, streams, and records multiple HD audio/video sources, can capture almost any live video and deliver it to the Wowza Streaming Cloud™ service. When you choose Epiphan as your video source, Wowza Streaming Cloud generates a six-digit connection code and an XML settings file. You can use either the code or the XML file to easily connect the Pearl encoder to Wowza Streaming Cloud.

Note: Epiphan Pearl firmware version 3.14.4 or later is required. Check the Epiphan Pearl User Guide for instructions about how to check for and install firmware updates.

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Create a live stream that uses Epiphan as the video source
Connect the Epiphan Pearl to Wowza Streaming Cloud Test the connection
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Create a live stream that uses Epiphan as the video source


If you haven't already done so, create a live stream in Wowza Streaming Cloud that uses the Epiphan Pearl encoder as the video source.

  1. Sign in to Wowza Streaming Cloud.
     
  2. Click the Live Streams menu, and then click Add Live Stream.

  1. On the Live Stream Setup page, enter a Live Stream Name, choose a Broadcast Location, and then click Next.
     
  2. On the Video Source and Transcoder Settings page, select Epiphan as the encoder you want to use to connect to Wowza Streaming Cloud.

  1. Specify other video source settings, click Next, and complete the steps to finish creating the live stream.
Note: For more information about live stream settings, see the Help panel on the right side of each page.

Wowza Streaming Cloud creates the live stream and displays the Overview tab of the live stream detail page.

Connect the Epiphan Pearl to Wowza Streaming Cloud


After you've added a live stream in Wowza Streaming Cloud, configure the Epiphan Pearl to connect to it. You can configure the Pearl in either of two ways: by using the Wowza Streaming Cloud connection code, or by using the XML connection settings file that Wowza Streaming Cloud generated for the live stream.

Connect using the Connection Code

  1. On the Live Streams page of Wowza Streaming Cloud, select the live stream that uses Epiphan as its video source.
     
  2. On the Oveview tab of the live stream detail page, make note of the six-digit Connection Code.

  1. Sign in to the Epiphan Pearl web-based admin interface using your Epiphan credentials.
     
  2. Add or select a channel for your Wowza Streaming Cloud stream.

  1. With the channel selected in the Channels menu, click Streaming.

  1. Under Stream to a server, click the Publish menu and choose Wowza Streaming Cloud.
     
  2. In the Connection code field, enter the Connection Code from the Overview tab of your live stream detail page, and then click Set.

  1. Click Apply.
     
  2. Configure any other required settings for your broadcast. See the Epiphan Pearl User Guide for information on how to configure a channel.

Connect using the XML settings file

  1. On the Live Streams page of Wowza Streaming Cloud, select the live stream that uses Epiphan as its video source.
     
  2. Click the Video Source and Transcoder tab of the live stream detail page.
     
  3. Under Download Configuration File, click Download.

  1. Copy the downloaded file, Epiphan.xml, to a computer on the same network as the Epiphan Pearl.
     
  2. In a browser on that computer, sign in to the Epiphan Pearl web-based admin interface using your Epiphan credentials.
     
  3. Add or select a channel for your Wowza Streaming Cloud stream.

  1. With the channel selected in the Channels menu, click Streaming.

  1. Under Stream to a server, for Use profile XML, click Browse and then navigate to and select the Epiphan.xml profile.

  1. Click Apply.
     
  2. Configure any other required settings for your broadcast. See the Epiphan Pearl User Guide for information on how to configure a channel.

Test the connection


  1. In Wowza Streaming Cloud, select the live stream that uses the Epiphan Pearl as its video source.
     
  2. Click Start Live Stream at the top of the live stream detail page.
     
  3. Click Start to confirm that you want to start the stream.

Wowza Streaming Cloud opens the stream and connects with the Pearl encoder.

  1. In the Epiphan Pearl admin interface, start your video source.
     
  2. In Wowza Streaming Cloud, confirm that the stream is working by looking at the Video Thumbnail on the Overview tab of the live stream detail page.

The Video Thumbnail displays a frame from the live stream every five seconds. The started date and time appear at the bottom of the thumbnail. Connection, transcoding, and delivery metrics begin to update in the Statistics panel.

  1. Click Stop Live Stream at the top of the live stream detail page to end your test stream, and then stop the stream in the Pearl encoder.

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