Configure Wowza Streaming Engine™ media server software to receive an encoded live stream from an MPEG-TS-based source and play the live stream over all supported streaming protocols.
Note: With Wowza Streaming Engine 4.7.5.01 and later, you can ingest an MPEG-TS stream with low overhead audio stream (LOAS) audio lossless coding (MPEG-4 ALS) audio and deliver it using MPEG-DASH.
Configure the live streaming application
Live streams are configured and managed in live applications in Wowza Streaming Engine. You can configure a live application in Wowza Streaming Engine Manager or by setting properties in the application's XML configuration file. Both methods produce the same result; editing Application.xml is the only option if you use Wowza Media Server™ software.
This article explains how to set up a live application that ingests content from an encoder using the MPEG-2 Transport Stream (MPEG-TS) container format.
Configure the live application in Wowza Streaming Engine Manager
This example uses the default live application that installs with Wowza Streaming Engine.
You can use Wowza Streaming Engine Manager with the latest version of most web browsers that support HTML5 and Cascading Style Sheets level 3 (CSS 3). We recommend Google Chrome.
- In Wowza Streaming Engine Manager, click the Applications tab at the top of the page and then select the live application in the contents panel.
- On the Setup tab of the live application page, make sure all Playback Types are selected.
Note: Every time you edit an application's configuration, Wowza Streaming Engine prompts you to restart the application. However, you can wait until all changes are completed before you restart.
Next, disable playback authentication.
- In the contents panel, click Playback Security, and then click Edit.
- On the Playback Security page, select No client restrictions, and then click Save.
- Restart the application.
The application runs whenever Wowza Streaming Engine is running.
Configure the live application in XML
This section shows you how to configure the live application by editing the Application.xml configuration file in a text editor. If you configured the live application in Wowza Streaming Engine Manager, skip this section.
- Navigate to [install-dir]/conf/live and open Application.xml in a text editor.
- In the <Streams> container element, make sure the <StreamType> property is live. The XML looks like this:
<Streams> ... <StreamType>live</StreamType> ... </Streams>
- Set the <HTTPStreamers> property for the HLS and MPEG-DASH streaming protocols. The XML looks like this:
- Set the <LiveStreamPacketizers> property for HLS and MPEG-DASH streaming. The XML looks like this:
<Streams> ... <LiveStreamPacketizers>cupertinostreamingpacketizer,mpegdashstreamingpacketizer</LiveStreamPacketizers> ... </Streams>
- In the <RTP> container element, make sure playback authentication is disabled by setting the <PlayMethod> property to none. The XML looks like this:
<RTP> <Authentication> ... <PlayMethod>none</PlayMethod> </Authentication> ... </RTP>
- Save your changes and close Application.xml.
- Restart Wowza Streaming Engine or Wowza Media Server.
Publish the source stream to Wowza Streaming Engine
This section provides the basic steps for creating a .stream file to publish the encoded live stream to Wowza Streaming Engine.
Note: Consult your MPEG-TS encoder documentation for information about how to configure an outgoing live stream.
- In Wowza Streaming Engine Manager, click Server in the menu bar, click Stream Files in the contents panel, and then click Add Stream File.
- In the Add Stream File dialog box, enter a name for the stream file, for example, mpegts.stream.
- For Stream URI, specify udp://0.0.0.0:10000.
If you're receiving a multicast stream, change 0.0.0.0 to the multicast address of the stream. If needed, you can also use a unique port, for example, udp://0.0.0.0:26400.
- Click Add.
When your source encoder is connected, start the stream.
- Click Stream Files in the contents panel and then click the Connect icon for your MPEG-TS .stream file.
- In the Connect a Stream File dialog box, click the Application Name menu and choose live.
- Click the MediaCaster Type menu and choose rtp.
- Click OK.
The Connection successful message is displayed.
To test playback, you need the playback URLs for your stream and the playback types, or streaming protocols, you want to test. You can get playback URLs from the Test Playback window in Wowza Streaming Engine Manager or by entering information about the stream on the Video Test Players webpage. For more information about playback URLs, see About playing Wowza Streaming Engine streams.
The Test Playback window generates playback URLs for each protocol based on the page you're on when you click Test Playback. You can also edit the Server (IP address or domain name), Stream or Media File Name, and Application fields to update the playback URLs for all protocols as needed.
To play your stream, enter the playback URL into your player or a mobile browser, depending on the playback type. To learn more about stream playback, see the Players and Playback articles.
You can also test playback using the Video Test Players webpage. Select the tab for the protocol you want to test and enter the playback URL above the player. Entering the server (IP address or domain name), stream name, application name, and application type (VOD or live) will also generate the playback URLs for each protocol. Click Start to play your stream, and then click Stop when you're ready to end your test.
To test playback of the MPEG-TS stream mpeg-ts.stream, make sure the encoder is sending a stream to the live application in Wowza Streaming Engine. In playback URLs for stream files, the stream name includes the .stream file extension. For example, to use the HLS protocol to play a stream file named mpegts.stream, use the following playback URL:
- Understanding protocols and output formats supported by Wowza Streaming Engine
- Publish and play a live stream from an MPEG-TS encoder over TCP/IP in Wowza Streaming Engine
- Stream adaptive bitrate content with Wowza Streaming Engine
- Players and playback
- Specify per-stream settings in Wowza Streaming Engine .stream files