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    I am trying to get Wowza to play some mp4 files. I have set up the server and have read you have to put the files in the content folder. What would be the address to then play the files. I have tried http://myserveraddress:1935/content/filename.mp4 but it doesnt play. Is my address wrong?

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    Take a look at the video on demand tutorial:

    http://www.wowza.com/forums/content....mand-streaming

    Richard

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    I see this but still cant figure out what the address should be. I can use JW_Player, so what would be the address for this, to play the sample.mp4. Would it be something like this, http://[wowza-address]:1935/vod/_def....mp4/Manifest?

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    It depends on which client. If you test with:
    [wowza-install-dir]/examples/SimpleVideoStreaming/client/simplevideostreaming.html

    Server: rtmp://[wowza-addreess]:1935/vod
    Stream: mp4:sample.mp4

    The URL you show is for the Smooth player. There is a clientSmooth example. And the Expression Templates work with Smooth
    http://www.wowza.com/forums/content....a-Media-Server

    Here are some other players, including production ready players, JW player, Flowplayer, and The Flash Playback Player:
    http://www.wowza.com/forums/content.php?18

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    Sorry still having trouble with this. I am already using software that you have a selection of using JW player, Flowplayer, and The Flash Playback Player. All it requires is a address to play the video. So I am not looking how to configure the player itself, that is already done for me, I am looking at what address I can put into the player that will play video files that I put into a folder. I cant tell what the address should be, for the JW player, Flowplayer, and The Flash Playback Player by looking at this documentation. What would the address be to play the sample.mp4 file for these 3 players? If I can figure that out, I think I can figure out how to play my files. Thanks for your help!

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    Do you look at the playback URLs in that tutorial? Tell us in exact detail what you are doing.

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    The software I use already has a preconfigured video player. All you need to provide is the address to the video. There is a section you can add javascript but you dont have to. I have streamed the video by using a different video server but it is not running fast enough. I am trying to use Wowza now and see how that performs. The video player is set to HTML5/Flash Video Player with a preference to HTML5. There are 3 player types you can choose from JW player, Flowplayer, and The Flash Playback Player. All you have to put into the player is the http address that the video server will serve. I looked at the documentation for Wowza but can figure out what that address should be, I dont think it should be that difficult. Wouldnt it be a version of this, http://[wowza-address]:1935/vod/samp.../playlist.m3u8, to play the sample.mp4 file?

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    For Flash RTMP player it is usually two parts, the rtmp connection and stream name, as I have shown.

    For HTTP clients those are combined, as in the smooth streaming Manifest URL you show. These players support iOS fallback, using the playlist.m3u8 url for cupertino streaming, not smooth Manifest.

    I have streamed the video by using a different video server but it is not running fast enough.
    If you mean that playback is choppy, that is not a server or player function. It is the network, client bandwidth and stream bitrate. The stream bitrate should be less than the client's bandwidth, or really throughput from Wowza to that client.

    Richard
    Last edited by rrlanham; 10-15-2012 at 06:40 AM.

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    I notice you keep using the "http" prefix -- I am guessing you mean to use "rtmp". As Richard explains, rtmp is what you want to use for desktop (non-mobile) playback.

    Here is a post about general RTMP address formats:
    http://www.wowza.com/forums/content....lash-RTMP-URLs

    To summarize, here is the format to use if you simply put a file in the default content folder:
    rtmp://[wowza-address]:[port]/[application]//[prefix]:[streamName]
    For example, for your server "myserveraddress" using the default "vod" Wowza application:
    rtmp://myserveraddress:1935/vod/mp4:filename.mp4
    If that does not work, you probably need to contact the developer of your video player software to ask about format they require.

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    So I have set up Wowza trial server and want to play the sample.mp4 file. The sample.mp4 file is in the content folder. So the address is http://[wowza-address]:1935/vod/sample.mp4? This address has not worked for me, sorry by looking at the documentation, I can't figure out the address and have tried several versions. I installed the Wowza server with the default settings, so it shouldn't be hard to know the address to play the sample.mp4 file, can you tell me what address I can use? If not just let me know, looking at the documentation is not clear to me and I am new to Wowza.

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