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    Default Enabling VOD playing via browser

    Hi all-

    A disclaimer -- I'm completely new to this sort of thing -- I work at a school and inherited our Wowza server from the person who purchased it and who subsequently left, so I'm trying to make it useful for our organization, but have basically no training with servers, networking etc.

    Here's what I want to do - I've successfully set up on demand streaming if I paste a rtsp link directly into VLC media player or Windows Media player. What I would like to do is enable "one-click" streaming from our school's Google Site. I don't really care what happens when the link is clicked -- whether the video gets played in-browser via flash or silverlight, or whether it launches some external application like VLC or WMP to play the stream. But I can't figure out if this is possible with my setup. The server is on an internal network, and I'd like the links to be on a Google site. As of now, I'd have to have people copy-and-paste the link, but that isn't very convenient.

    Thanks in advance for any help!
    Alex

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    Alex,

    Here are three options. They are each Flash players that will do RTMP playback:

    JW Player 6
    http://www.wowza.com/forums/showthread.php?17319#4

    Flowplayer
    http://www.wowza.com/forums/content....a-Media-Server

    Flash Media Playback Player
    http://www.wowza.com/forums/content....a-Media-Server

    Richard

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    Thanks for the suggestions. I tried the flash media option and it give me the error that it can't connect to my content. JW player and flowplayer looks like they need to be installed on a webserver? As far as I know, I can't do that (as I'm trying to run this through Google sites).

    Alex

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    The Flash Media Playback player should work. Can you reach your Wowza server in a remote browser at this address:

    http://[wowza-address]:1935

    You see Wowza version and build displayed in the browser. If not, and if Wowza is running, then you probably need to open TCP port 1935 on that server and/or map port 1935 to your Wowza server in your network, for example port-forwarding if a router.

    Richard

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    Yes, that works. I get the following:
    Wowza Media Server 3 Perpetual Edition 3.1.1 build1479

    Thanks,

    Alex


    Quote Originally Posted by rrlanham View Post
    The Flash Media Playback player should work. Can you reach your Wowza server in a remote browser at this address:

    http://[wowza-address]:1935

    You see Wowza version and build displayed in the browser. If not, and if Wowza is running, then you probably need to open TCP port 1935 on that server and/or map port 1935 to your Wowza server in your network, for example port-forwarding if a router.

    Richard

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    Try the Flash Media Playback player again then.

    It might be helpful to run Wowza in stand-alone (/bin/startup.bat) mode so you can see log output a console. Do you see logging when you try to playback in Flash Media Playback?

    Are you using rtmp?

    If still not working, zip up and send /conf and /logs folder to support@wowza.com. Include the URL/stream name you are using in the player. And include a link to this thread for reference.

    Richard

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    Thanks - in the end I was just doing something stupid -- I had copied the URL leaving in the port, rather than taking it out. Now I have it working in the flash preview site and have successfully embedded the video on a wordpress blog.

    The last challenge, and perhaps I should start a new post for this, is embedding a flash player in Google Sites. Google has an HTML box you can "insert", but it won't run the code. Possibly Google has turned off flash embedding so people are forced to use YouTube. I can't find any gadgets or other workarounds that will work. Has anyone else had success embedding into a Google site?

    Thanks,
    Alex

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    Alex,

    From what I gather from quick search, you need this:
    http://code.google.com/apis/gadgets/

    But a super-easy way to do it (that works in my test) is use an IFRAME. You have to click the HTML button in the editor, then Update in the HTML box after adding the IFRAME, then click Save in the regular editor. That way you can load html page from your web server:
    <iframe src="http://[web-server]/myPlayer.html"></iframe>
    Richard

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    Cool - finally got it to work!

    I hadn't noticed that there is an edit html button on the toolbar. Pasting the flash player script from http://www.osmf.org/configurator/fmp directly into the page lets you embed without iframes or anything else. It does not work within the "insert html box" object.

    Thanks for all your help
    Alex

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    Cool! Glad it's working. Thanks for the update

    Richard

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