How to use Z3 Technology's ZEUS video encoders with Wowza Streaming Engine

This article explains how to use Z3 Technology's ZEUS SME-01 video encoder as a live video and audio encoder with Wowza Streaming Engine™ software. The SME-01 features closed captioning (EIA-608, EIA-708), unicast and multicast, transcoding, seamless bitrate and frame rate changes, and a high quality deinterlacer.


Wowza Streaming Engine configuration
ZEUS video encoder configuration Verifying the connection
Playing the stream
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Wowza Streaming Engine configuration

This section shows you how to set up a live streaming application in Wowza Streaming Engine Manager. The example uses an application named live, which is included in default Wowza Streaming Engine software installations.
  1. In the Streaming Engine Manager Welcome page, click the Applications tab at the top of the page.
  2. Configure the live application:
    1. In the Applications contents panel, click live, and then click Edit.

    2. Select all of the Playback Types, and then click Save.

      The following alert appears after every configuration change. You can wait until all changes are completed before you restart.

  3. Configure playback authentication:
    1. In the contents panel, click Playback Security, and then click Edit.

    2. Under Client restrictions, select No client restrictions, and then click Save.

    Note: For more information about configuring the options to secure playback connections to live and VOD applications, see Playback Security.
  4. Configure source authentication for the ZEUS video encoder:
    1. In the contents panel, click Source Security, and then click Edit.

    2. The Source Security page is displayed. Configure the following options, and then click Save.
      • Under RTMP Sources, select Require password authentication.
      • Under Client Restrictions, select No client restrictions.

    3. Restart the application.

    The application runs whenever Wowza Streaming Engine software is running.
    Note: For more information about configuring the options to secure source connections to live applications, see Source Security.
  5. Configure the source user name and password required for the ZEUS video encoder to publish to this application:
    1. In the Server contents panel, click Source Authentication, and then click Add Source.

    2. On the Source page, enter values for Source User Name and Password, and then click Add.

ZEUS video encoder configuration

Finding your application connection settings

The ZEUS video encoder isn't integrated with the Streaming Engine software so you must manually enter application connection settings in the encoder configuration. The Sources (live) page for live applications in Wowza Streaming Engine Manager helps you to configure connection settings for the application.

To get your application connection settings from Wowza Streaming Engine Manager:
  1. In the live application contents panel, click Sources (live).

  2. The connection settings for the live application are displayed in the upper-right corner of the Sources (live) page.

    • Server and Port are the default streaming host port settings (IP address and port) for the virtual host (VHost). By default, Wowza Streaming Engine uses TCP port 1935 for all forms of streaming. To change streaming host port settings for the VHost, go to the Virtual Host Setup page in Streaming Engine Manager.
    • Application is the name of the live application.
    • Stream Name is the name of the incoming live stream. You must specify the stream name in your encoder configuration.
    • Login is a source user name and password for a source account. If the live application requires that source connections be authenticated with a password (the default setting), you must enter a source user name and password for a source account in your encoder configuration to connect. If the live application doesn't require that source connections be authenticated, the login information isn't required.

Connecting the ZEUS video encoder

To connect the ZEUS video encoder to your video source:
  1. Connect your video source to the ZEUS video encoder.
  2. Connect an Ethernet cable from a hub or router to the Ethernet port on the encoder.
  3. Connect the power supply to the encoder and turn on the power switch.

Finding the video encoder on the network using ZFinder

ZFinder is a PC utility that allows you to find any Z3 product on your network. If you haven't downloaded this to your computer, you can find it on the flash drive provided with your system.
  1. Confirm your Windows PC is connected to the same network that the video encoder is connected to.
  2. Run the ZFinder PC utility on your computer. The ZFinder window appears, scans the network, and then lists the location of all Z3 systems connected to the network.
  3. Click on the encoder entry and select Open Device. An Internet browser window opens and the HTTP-based user interface appears in the System Setup tab.

Starting the RTMP stream

To encode your source stream and send it to the Wowza media server:
  1. Click the CH1 tab.
  2. Under Encoder Setup, adjust the following settings:
    • Video Source: This should match the content source that you connected to above.
    • Video Resolution: This should match the resolution of your source content.
    • Video Bitrate: Enter the desired bitrate based on the following table of recommended bitrates:
      Resolution Bitrate
      1080p 8Mbps
      720p 4Mbps
      D1 2Mbps
      CIF 1Mbps
  3. Under Output Setup, adjust the following settings:
    • Output Format: RTMP
    • Destination Address: [wowza-ip-address]:1935/live/myStream
    • If needed, enter authentication information configured in the Authenticating live source connections section.

  4. Click Start.

Verifying the connection

To verify that the stream is published, click Incoming Streams for the live application in Wowza Streaming Engine Manager, and then click the stream name.

The information page for the stream displays the uptime, network throughput, and other information about the published stream.

Playing the stream

To play the stream, click Test Players in the upper-right corner of the information page. The Test Players window that opens includes test players that are preconfigured to stream a live stream named myStream in various streaming formats. Each tab in the Test Players window either hosts a test player that you can use to play the live stream or provides instructions for playing the live stream. For example, to use the Adobe HDS protocol to play myStream, click the Adobe HDS tab, and then click Start.

The test players are also online on our Wowza Test Players webpage.

Example players

You can also use example players that are included with Wowza media server software or downloaded from the Wowza website to play the stream. For more information, see the following articles:

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Originally Published: For Wowza Streaming Engine on 11-16-2015.

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