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 Flowplayer.

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

Inputs

Name Description
Cameras
 
Axis®
JVC® 
Panasonic
PTZOptics
Sony®  

Wowza Video supports other devices compatible with RTMP or RTSP/RTP protocols.  
Codecs Audio: 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.
Protocols RTMP 
RTSP
SRT 
WebRTC

Outputs

Name Description
Codecs Audio: 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 Flowplayer - included with Wowza Video browser-based playback
iOS native player (HLS)
Android (with HLS-compatible players)
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.
Protocols Apple 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.

Name Description
API access REST API: integrated into Wowza Video API
HLS streaming renditions 320x180 (448 bps)
512x288 (640 bps)
640x360 (1.13 kbps)
854x480 (1.69 kbps)
1280x720 (2.66 kbps)
Input formats

Direct from Wowza Video live stream
Upload Format from UI or API

  • MP4 format only 
  • 25 GB or less per file
  • Only H.264, AAC, and Opus (real-time streams) encoded content — No other codecs are supported and uploads that consist of any unsupported codecs are rejected.
Metadata Description
Duration
MP4 File Size
Tags
Title
Total Storage Used
Output format Archival/Download: MP4
Re-stream as live event: Any supported by Wowza Video
Streaming/VOD: HLS adaptive bitrate
View control Publish/Unpublish
VOD stats Average 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.

Name Description
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 guaranteed.

Wowza Flowplayer 

Wowza Flowplayer is an easy-to-use, commercial-grade video player designed for builders and developers. It provides HTML5, HLS, and MPEG-DASH playback and plays streams on most browsers and devices. It is the default player for Wowza Video subscribers. Wowza Flowplayer is lightweight and customizable through reskinning, web components, and API requests. There are more than thirty plugins you can use to add only the functionality you need.

Wowza Flowplayer is available exclusively to Wowza Video Subscription customers.

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

Name Description
Analytics Comscore, Google Analytics, Gemius
Digital Rights Management (DRM)

FairPlay
PlayReady
Widevine
Clearkey

Formats

Video Formats

  • HLS
  • HTML5
  • DASH
  • MP4 (MPEG-4 part 10)
  • WebM (VP8 / VP9)

Audio Formats

  • MP3
  • AAC in audio MP4 and HLS
Metadata HLS ID3
SDK support HTML5
Mobile
  • Android
  • iOS
Set Top Box (STB)
  • tvOS
Subtitles
  • CEA-608/708
  • webVTT text track files
  • webVTT in an HLS m3u8 manifest
  • SCTE embedded captions
Customization Player API
Customizable plugins
Skinning with CSS
Cast to Airplay and Chromecast devices
Customize UI with Web Components
Extensible with custom plugins
Picture-in-picture
Social sharing
Subtitles
Thumbnail previews
Manual quality and speed selection
Accessibility Keyboard control
UI text is translatable
Screen-reader ready

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 Player Wowza 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.