This article describes how to play video on demand (VOD) and live streams using the example MPEG-DASH players that are included with Wowza Streaming Engine software or downloaded from the Wowza website. MPEG-DASH streaming is generally similar to proprietary adaptive streaming technologies such as Apple HTTP Live Streaming (Apple HLS), Adobe HTTP Dynamic Streaming (Adobe HDS), and Microsoft Smooth Streaming.
- Requires Wowza Streaming Engine™ software.
- If you are using Wowza Streaming Engine 4.2 or earlier, the example MPEG-DASH players included with your install are based on the dash.js project library. If your Wowza Streaming Engine version is later than 4.2, the example MPEG-DASH players are based on the Shaka Player library. The example players support DASH streaming playback of single and adaptive bitrate VOD and live MP4 streams.
- The example MPEG-DASH players are beta versions so unexpected results may occur during playback.
- In the article examples, [wowza-ip-address] is the IP address or domain name of the Wowza media server.
Video On Demand (VOD) playback Live playback
DASH player integration
Wowza Streaming Engine software includes support for Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP (DASH) as specified by the MPEG-DASH ISO/IEC 23009-1. MPEG-DASH streaming is generally very similar to proprietary adaptive streaming technologies such as Apple HTTP Live Streaming (Apple HLS), Adobe HTTP Dynamic Streaming (Adobe HDS), and Microsoft Smooth Streaming. In Wowza Streaming Engine 4.0, MPEG-DASH is supported for both video on demand (VOD) and live streaming. The software can also protect VOD and live MPEG-DASH content using the Common Encryption (CENC) standard. For more information about DASH streaming support in Wowza Streaming Engine software, see How to stream over MPEG-DASH.
Video On Demand (VOD) playback
This section describes how to play the default [install-dir]/content/sample.mp4 video file from an application named vod. If your video file has a different name or if you're streaming from an application that has a different name, be sure to substitute the values in the sample URLs in this section.
For details about how to create a Wowza media server application for streaming VOD content to all supported player technologies, see How to set up video on demand streaming.
Use the MPEG-DASH player that's installed with the server software or download the example players to another computer and extract the example players from the compressed (zipped) folder.
Double-click [install-dir]/examples/VideoOnDemandStreaming/MPEGDASHPlayer/player.html, enter the information below, and then click the Connect button.
Playback of content outside of the content rootTo play content that's not in the content root folder ([install-dir]/content), you must add the default application instance name to the playback URL. For example, if the sample.mp4 video file is in [install-dir]/myVideos/sample.mp4, the playback URL is:
This section describes how to play a live stream named myStream from an application named live. If your live stream has a different name or if you're streaming from an application that has a different name, be sure to substitute the values in the sample URLs in this section.
For details about how to send a stream from your encoder to a Wowza media server, see one of the following live streaming tutorials:
- How to set up live streaming using an RTMP-based encoder
- How to set up live streaming using an RTSP/RTP-based encoder
- How to publish and play a live stream (MPEG-TS based encoder)
- How to set up live streaming using a native RTP encoder with SDP file
- How to re-stream video from an IP camera (RTSP/RTP re-streaming)
- How to do basic server-side publishing with Stream class streams
Double-click [install-dir]/examples/LiveVideoStreaming/MPEGDASHPlayer/player.html, enter the information below, and then click the Connect button.
To play the stream from a remote computer, copy the MPEGDASHPlayer folder to a web server, and then connect to: http://<webserver>/MPEGDASHPlayer/player.html.
DASH player integration
Many MPEG-DASH players are being developed for various platforms. The following is a list of third-party players that are generally compatible with the MPEG-DASH implementation in Wowza Streaming Engine software:
- Bitmovin's bitdash MPEG-DASH and HLS player. For more information, see How to use the Bitmovin bitdash player with Wowza Streaming Engine.
- Google's open source Shaka Player library. For more information, see How to use Google Shaka Player with Wowza Streaming Engine.
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