How to use Wowza Player with Wowza Streaming Cloud

This article explains how to play streams from the Wowza Streaming Cloud™ service with Wowza Player.

Contents


Add a live stream
Set up your live video source
Configure your playback setup
Start streaming
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Add a live stream


Follow the basic instructions in the Wowza Streaming Cloud Getting Started guide to add a live stream, paying attention to the following settings:
 
  1. On the Video Source and Transcoder Settings page, you must specify the following options to add a live stream that Wowza Player can play:
     
    • Specify the Delivery Protocol option Apple HLS over HTTPS to play the stream in Wowza Player. This enables Wowza Streaming Cloud to generate a proper playback URL for the player.
       
    • Set the closed-captions option to None, even if your live stream has captions. Unexpected results may occur if you choose one of the closed-captions options.
  2. On the Playback Settings page, select Wowza Player as the player that you want to use.

If you can't select Wowza Player, this means that the Delivery Protocol and/or closed-captioning option isn't set correctly on the Video Source and Transcoder Settings page. Click Back to correct these settings if needed.

  1. On the Hosted Page Settings page:
     
    • To have Wowza Streaming Cloud host your live stream in Wowza Player, select Yes and then customize the appearance of the page.
       
    • To host your live stream in Wowza Player on your own website, select No.
  2. On the Review Settings page, review your choices. If necessary, click Back or click the Live Stream Setup, Video Source and Transcoder Settings, Playback Settings, or Hosted Page Settings icons to edit your selections. Click Finish when your settings are correct.

Set up your live video source


Now that your live stream is added to Wowza Streaming Cloud, configure your IP camera or other source encoder to connect to Wowza Streaming Cloud. For details, see Set up your video source in the Wowza Streaming Cloud Getting Started Guide.
 
Important: Wowza Streaming Cloud accepts MP3-encoded audio but Wowza Player does not. To work with Wowza Player, you must encode your Wowza Streaming Cloud source stream using H.264 video and HE-AAC (v1/2) or LC-AAC (v1/2) audio.

Configure your playback setup


Next, configure the player and the webpage that hosts your live stream. In Wowza Streaming Cloud, select the stream on the Live Streams page and do one of the following:
 
  • If you're hosting your own Wowza Player, under Direct Playback URLs, copy the Apple HLS URL into the Source URL (HLS) box in Wowza Player Builder.
     
  • If you're using a Wowza Streaming Cloud-hosted page for video playback, give your viewers the Hosted Page URL so they can watch the event in the Wowza Player player.

Start streaming


Start your stream in Wowza Streaming Cloud and in your video source. For details, see Start streaming in the Wowza Streaming Cloud Getting Started Guide.

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