Wowza Video Technical Specifications

Wowza Video is an all-in-one solution which delivers every capability required for businesses looking to unlock the value of video and enhance their applications with streaming technology. 

Note: Wowza supports the technical specifications shown below.

Wowza Video

Below are the technical specifications required by the core Wowza Video product. Wowza Video has several additional services which are only available to customers who have purchased a Wowza Video subscription: asset management, historic and live analytics and the customizable Wowza Video Player.

Contact our sales team or visit our website to learn more about Wowza Video subscriptions.

Inputs

NameDescription
Cameras

Axis®
JVC® 
Panasonic
PTZOptics
Sony®  

Wowza Video supports other devices compatible with RTMP or RTSP/RTP protocols.  
CodecsAudio: AAC, AAC-LC, HE-AAC (accPlus) v1 & v2, MP3, Opus
Video: H.264, H.265 compatible for SRT only
Encoders

OBS Studio
Black Magic 
Epiphan Systems Pearl
Hauppauge StreamEez-Pro
LiveU
Matrox Monarch
NewTek TriCaster
Osprey (Talon hardware and Ceylon software encoders)
Telestream Wirecast
Teradek Cube
vMix live production software and vMix Go
xSplit 

Wowza Video supports encoders compatible with standard protocols, such as H.264 encoders that use RTMP or RTSP/RTP protocols.
ProtocolsRTMP 
RTSP
SRT 
WebRTC

Outputs

NameDescription
CodecsAudio: AAC, Opus 
Video: H.264 
Content Delivery Networks (CDNs)Wowza CDN

Wowza supports other CDNs via the 'custom' setting. Customers must have an account with the third-party CDN (such as Akamai or Fastly) and point the output video to the CDN for distribution.
Devices Desktop and laptop computers
Gaming consoles
iOS and Android devices, iPadOS
IPTV/OTT devices
Smart TVs
Tablets
HD support 360° video
Up to 4K/UHD (premium feature)
Up to 60FPS
Players 
Wowza Video Player - included with Wowza Video
WebRTC / browser-based playback
iOS native player (HLS)
Android (with HLS-compatible players)
Flowplayer (HLS)
JW Player® (HLS)
QuickTime® Player (10.0 or later for OS X)
VLC Media Player

Wowza supports any player which can play the output protocols.
ProtocolsApple HLS
MPEG-DASH
RTMP
WebRTC

System requirements

You can sign in to Wowza Video using any modern web browser that supports HTML5 and Cascading Style Sheets level 3 (CSS 3). The Wowza Video web user interface has been most extensively tested on Google Chrome, however, so for best results we recommend that you use the latest version of Google Chrome.

Asset Management System

The Wowza Asset Management System is our awesome new way to manage your video content. It is available exclusively to Wowza Video Subscription customers. 

Contact our sales team or visit our website to learn more about Wowza Video subscriptions.

NameDescription
API accessREST API: integrated into Wowza Video API
HLS streaming renditions320x180 (448 bps)
512x288 (640 bps)
640x360 (1.13 kbps)
854x480 (1.69 kbps)
1280x720 (2.66 kbps)
Input formatsDirect from Wowza Video live stream
Upload Format: MP4, from UI or API
MetadataDescription
Duration
MP4 File Size
Tags
Title
Total Storage Used
Output formatArchival/Download: MP4
Re-stream as live event: Any supported by Wowza Video
Streaming/VOD: HLS adaptive bitrate
View controlPublish/Unpublish
VOD statsAverage View Time
Incorporated into Real-Time Analytics
Unique Viewers
Total View Time

Real-Time Analytics

Wowza Analytics is available exclusively to Wowza Video Subscription customers. 

Contact our sales team or visit our website to learn more about Wowza Video subscriptions.

NameDescription
Historic
(up to the last 12 months)
Average Viewing Time
Data Export (CSV)
Total Bandwidth
Total Egress
Total Viewing Time
Unique Viewers
Viewers by Country
Live
(last hour)
Data Export (CSV)
Total Unique Viewers
Unique Viewers per Minute
Unique Viewers Right Now
Viewers by Country

Video Players

Chrome is the preferred browser for Wowza Video playback and has been extensively tested. Any browser which supports HTML 5 should work, but playback on older browsers or browsers not listed here is not ensured.

Wowza Video Player 

The Wowza Video Player is a robust, industry standard player and is the default player included with a Wowza Video subscription. The Wowza Video Player can be customized using an Application Programming Interface (API) to allow for analytics, monitoring, full control of the user interface, and more.

Wowza Video Player is available exclusively to Wowza Video Subscription customers.

Contact our sales team or visit our website to learn more about Wowza Video subscriptions.

NameDescription
AnalyticsViewer experience monitoring via full Javascript SDK
Digital Rights Management (DRM)FairPlay
PlayReady
Widevine
FormatsHLS
HTML5
LL-DASH
MPEG-DASH
MetadataHLS ID3
SDK supportHTML5
Mobile
  • Android
  • IOS
  • iPadOS
Set Top Box (STB)
  • Android TV
  • Chromecast
  • Fire TV
  • Roku
  • Tizen
  • tvOS
  • WebOS
SubtitlesCEA-608/708
CustomizationAPI allowing for full customization of the user interface
Picture-in-picture
Skinning
Social sharing
Subtitles and closed captions

Other players

Wowza has two HTML 5 players available if you have not purchased a Wowza Video subscription: Original HTML 5 Player and Wowza Player. Features are similar for the Original HTML5 player and Wowza Player when used in the Wowza Video live stream workflow, however, closed captions are supported in the original HTML5 player only. While any modern browser that supports HTML 5 should work, the newest version of browsers and operating systems are recommended for best performance. 

All player and browser combinations below support playback in HTML 5 with the noted exception of Safari mobile for iOS 8+ on the Original HTML 5 Player which supports HLS.

Original HTML 5 PlayerWowza Player
  • Chrome - desktop, iOS 8+, Android 4.0+
  • Firefox -  desktop, iOS 8+, Android 4.0+
  • Internet Explorer 10+ - desktop
  • Safari desktop
  • Safari mobile - HLS for iOS 8+ only
  • Chrome - desktop, iOS 8+, Android 4.0+
  • Firefox* -  desktop, iOS 8+, Android 4.0+
  • Internet Explorer 11** - desktop
  • Microsoft Edge - desktop
  • Safari 7.0+ - desktop
  • Safari mobile - iOS 8+

*Wowza Player hasn't been tested with Firefox Quantum.

**Internet Explorer 11 on Windows versions 8.1 and later uses HTML 5 for Wowza Player. Internet Explorer 11 on earlier versions of Windows falls back to Flash for Wowza Player.