How to connect an RTMP encoder to Wowza Streaming Cloud

The Wowza Streaming Cloud™ can connect to any H.264 encoder that supports the RTMP network protocol. This article describes how to use an RTMP-based encoder as the video source for a Wowza Streaming Cloud live stream.

You can set up the encoder first, or set up the live stream in Wowza Streaming Cloud first. Either way, when you start the live stream in Wowza Streaming Cloud, it will periodically try to connect to the encoder until the encoder comes online.

Contents


Create a live stream that uses an RTMP-based encoder as the video source
Set up the encoder
Test the connection
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Create a live stream that uses an RTMP-based 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 Other RTMP as the camera or encoder you want to use to connect to Wowza Streaming Cloud.

  1. Specify how the encoder will communicate with Wowza Streaming Cloud: Select Push Stream if your encoder will push the stream to Wowza Streaming Cloud or select Pull Stream if your encoder requires that Wowza Streaming Cloud pull the stream the encoder.
     
  2. Do one of the following:
  • For push streams, select Push directly to Wowza Streaming Cloud to send the stream to the transcoder at the live stream's Broadcast Location.

If you have problems with the direct connection to Wowza Streaming Cloud, select Push to a stream source to route the stream through a CDN endpoint that offers reduced latency between your encoder and the Wowza Streaming Cloud transcoder.

  • For pull streams, enter the encoder's Source URL. See the encoder's user guide for information about its URL.
  1. Specify other video source settings, and make sure to select the same Aspect Ratio that you use in your encoder.
     
  2. 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.

Set up the encoder


Make sure you have the latest firmware for your encoder installed. See the encoder's user guide for details about how to update firmware as well as how to operate the device and how to specify settings such as resolution, bitrate, and frame rate.

See the Source Connection Information on the Overview tab of the live stream detail page for server, port, and other details your encoder may need to connect to Wowza Streaming Cloud.

Test the connection


  1. In Wowza Streaming Cloud, select the live stream that uses the RTMP encoder 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 encoder.

  1. Start the encoder.
     
  2. In Wowza Streaming Cloud, confirm that the stream is working by looking at the Video Snapshot in the Overview tab of the live stream detail page.

The video snapshot displays a frame from the live stream every five seconds. The started date and time appear under the snapshot. Source stream, transcoder, and delivery metrics begin to update.

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

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Originally Published: 07-14-2016.

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