• How to connect Epiphan Pearl encoders to Wowza Streaming Engine

    Epiphan Pearl is a lightweight, portable, all-in-one live video production system that simultaneously captures, streams, and records multiple HD audio/video sources at 60 frames per second with resolutions up to 2048x2048. With flexible video inputs, Pearl encoders capture almost any video content you give it and deliver it to Wowza Streaming Engine™ live streaming software. Integration with Wowza Streaming Engine software enables you to automatically configure the Epiphan Pearl encoder with live application connection settings in order to publish streams to live applications in the Streaming Engine.
    Notes:
    • The Epiphan Pearl is integrated with Wowza Streaming Engine 4.1.1 and later.

    • Epiphan Pearl firmware version 3.12 (or later) is required. Check your Epiphan Pearl User Guide for instructions about how to check for and install firmware updates.

    • Epiphan Systems is a Works With Wowza™ partner.

    Contents


    Video tutorial
    Authenticating live source connections
    Connecting the Epiphan Pearl
    Verifying the connection
    Playing the stream

    Video tutorial




    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 Epiphan Pearl encoders 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 sources connecting 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 Epiphan Pearl 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 incoming 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 publishers 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 name and password.

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

    Connecting the Epiphan Pearl


    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 Epiphan Pearl, which can then load the connection settings in order to connect to the application automatically.

    To connect the Epiphan Pearl


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



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



    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 Pearl settings will use the source 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 Managing source authentication settings.

    4. Click the Download button to download the connection settings in a configuration file named epiphan.xml. Copy the file to a computer on the same LAN or network as the Epiphan Pearl.

    5. On the computer, open the Pearl's web-based admin interface using the following URL:

      http://[pearl-ip-address]/admin

      Where [pearl-ip-address] is the IP address of the Pearl system. You can get the Pearl's IP address on the Pearl's touch screen.

    6. In the Authentication Required dialog box, enter the user name admin and then click OK.

      Note: By default, a password isn't required for the admin user. Refer to your Epiphan Pearl User Guide for information about how to set a password for the admin account.
    7. In the Pearl's web interface, under Channels, use one of the plug-and-play auto channels (Auto A or Auto B) or click Add channel to create a custom channel.



      Set up the channel's video source and then configure the channel so that it's ready to stream. Refer to your Epiphan Pearl User Guide for details.

    8. Next, configure the channel with the application connection settings supplied by Wowza Streaming Engine. Click Streaming in the contents panel to open the channel's Streaming page. Under Stream to a server, click Browse to find and upload the epiphan.xml profile.



      The configuration is read from the XML file. Click Apply to apply the configuration settings.



      The Pearl will automatically connect to the live application in Wowza Streaming Engine.

    9. 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: 12-02-2014.
    Updated: for Wowza Streaming Engine on 06-21-2015

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