• How to connect the Matrox Monarch HD to Wowza Streaming Engine

    The Matrox Monarch HD video streaming and recording appliance makes it easy for professional video producers to simultaneously stream a live event to Wowza Streaming Engine™ media server software and record the master quality version for post-event editing. Integration with the Wowza Streaming Engine software enables you to automatically configure the Matrox Monarch HD with live application connection settings in order to publish streams to live applications in the Streaming Engine.
    Notes:
    • The Matrox Monarch HD is integrated with Wowza Streaming Engine 4.0.4 and later.

    • Monarch HD firmware version 2.0 (or later) is required. This firmware version supports integration with Wowza Streaming Engine. Download Monarch HD firmware.

    • Matrox is a Works With Wowza™ partner.

    Contents


    Video tutorial
    Authenticating live source connections
    Connecting the Matrox Monarch HD
    Verifying the connection
    Playing the stream

    Video tutorial




    Authenticating source connections


    By default, Wowza Streaming Engine requires that RTMP-based and RTSP-based encoders provide a source user name and password before they can connect to live applications and publish a live stream. This section describes how to create a source account and manage source authentication for the Matrox Monarch HD appliance in Wowza Streaming Engine Manager.

    Creating source accounts

    A source account is used to authenticate incoming connections from sources (encoders or cameras) to live applications in Wowza Streaming Engine. You can create and store multiple source accounts for the Streaming Engine instance. For information about how to manage authentication settings for source connections to live applications, see Managing source authentication settings.

    To create a source account


    1. In the Server contents panel, click Source Authentication, and then click Add Source.



    2. Add Source User Name and Password information, and then click Add. The source user name and password values are case-sensitive and can only contain alphanumeric, period (.), underscore (_), and hyphen (-) characters.

    Managing source authentication settings

    By default, Wowza Streaming Engine requires that RTMP-based and RTSP-based sources provide a source user name and password for a source account to connect to live applications to help secure the connection. This section describes how to manage the source security settings for the Matrox Monarch HD.

    To manage source security settings


    1. In the live application contents panel, click Source Security, and then click Edit.



    2. In the Source Security page, under RTMP Sources, configure security options to manage source connections from RTMP-based sources, and then click Save.



      • The Require password authentication option is selected by default for each source type. To use this option, you must create a source account on the Source Authentication page in Streaming Engine Manager to require that sources supply a matching source user name and password for the source account to connect to the live application.

      • The Open option enables sources to connect to the live application without providing a source user name and password.

      • The Publishing not allowed option blocks all connection attempts from sources to the live application.

    Connecting the Matrox Monarch HD


    The Sources (live) page for live applications in Wowza Streaming Engine Manager enables you to configure and deliver connection settings for the application to the Matrox Monarch HD, which can then load the connection settings in order to connect to the application automatically.

    To connect the Matrox Monarch HD


    1. In the live application contents panel, click Sources (live).



    2. In the Sources (live) page, click Matrox.



    3. If necessary, adjust the application connection settings for the live application from their default values.



      • The Server IP Address and Port values 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 the manager.

      • The Stream Name is the name of the incoming live stream and automatically defaults to myStream. Change this value if desired.

      • In Source User Name, select the name of a source account. If the live application requires that incoming RTMP connections be authenticated with a password (the default setting), the Monarch settings will use the source user name and password for this account to connect. If the live application doesn't require that incoming RTMP connections be authenticated, the selected Source Authentication account information isn't used. For more information about how to manage secure source connections, see Managing source authentication settings.

    4. Click the Download button to download the connection settings in a configuration file named matrox.xml. Copy this file to the computer that has the web-based Monarch Command Center installed.

    5. In the Stream Settings page in the Monarch Command Center, in the Streaming area, click Choose File to locate and open the matrox.xml file. This will load the connection settings for the Streaming Engine application.



    6. Configure any other required encoding settings for your broadcast, then start the Monarch HD encoder to automatically connect to the live application in Wowza Streaming Engine.

    7. Verify that the stream is published.

    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 over various streaming formats, 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 over 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:





    Originally Published: 09-11-2014.
    Originally Published: For Wowza Streaming Engine 4.2 on 06-18-2014.

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