• How to connect NewTek TriCaster to Wowza Streaming Engine

    NewTek TriCaster Standard Edition and Advanced Edition hardware encoders provide integrated video production and streaming systems for capturing and publishing live video to Wowza Streaming Engine™ media server software. Integration with Wowza Streaming Engine software enables you to automatically configure NewTek TriCaster with live application connection settings in order to publish streams to live applications in the Streaming Engine.

    Notes:
    • NewTek TriCaster is integrated with Wowza Streaming Engine 4.0.4 and later.

    • NewTek is a Works With Wowza™ partner.

    Contents


    Authenticating live source connections
    Connecting NewTek TriCaster
    Verifying the connection
    Playing the stream

    Authenticating live 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 NewTek TriCaster encoder in Wowza Streaming Engine Manager.

    Creating source accounts

    A source account is used to authenticate incoming connections from sources 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 NewTek TriCaster encoder.

    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 encoders to the live application.

    Connecting NewTek TriCaster


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

    Notes:
    • In the instructions, replace [wowza-ip-address] with the IP address or hostname of your Wowza media server.

    • Configuration menus may differ depending on your TriCaster version. Consult your product's User Guide for detailed configuration instructions.

    To connect NewTek TriCaster


    1. Connect TriCaster to the Internet. Then, in TriCaster Dashboard, click the Gear icon next to the Stream button.



    2. Do one of the following:

      • (Standard Edition) In the Configure Stream Connection panel, enter http://[wowza-ip-address]:8088/enginemanager in the URL field and then press Enter.



      • (Advanced Edition) Choose New Connection and then choose Wowza. Then in the Auto-Config Connection window, click Visit Website and enter http://[wowza-ip-address]:8088/enginemanager as the URL.



        Note: If you prefer to modify the existing connection rather than creating a new one to replace it, mouse over the Wowza entry, click the Configure gear icon, and then click Visit Website to modify the stream configuration.
    3. Sign in to Wowza Streaming Engine Manager using your credentials that were configured on the remote server (for more information, see Manage credentials).

    4. In Streaming Engine Manager, click the Applications tab, click the name of the live application that you want to connect to, and then click Sources (live).



    5. In the Sources (live) page, click NewTek.



    6. 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), TriCaster 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 account information isn't used. For more information about how to manage secure source connections, see Source authentication settings.

    7. Add the application connection settings to TriCaster Configure Stream Connection panel:

      1. In Streaming Engine Manager, click the Download button to download the tricaster.xml file and automatically transfer the application connection settings to TriCaster.



        If using TriCaster Standard Edition, click OK in the Streaming Setup browser pop-up window to download and transfer the connection settings.


    8. Configure any other required settings in TriCaster Dashboard.

    9. Click the Stream button in TriCaster Dashboard to automatically connect to the live application in Wowza Streaming Engine.

    10. 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: For Wowza Streaming Engine 4.1.0 on 09-11-2014.
    Updated: 12-08-2015.

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