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    Default Wowza Transcoder AddOn: VoD with H.263

    Hello,

    Could you please tell me if codec H.263 is available in streaming in
    the new version of Wowza for on-demand content. Also we would like to
    know if we need Transcoder AddOn for this. And if we need Transcoder
    AddOn how should we pay for it in the case of the on-demand streaming?

    Here http://www.wowza.com/wowza3.5 it's written:
    "Wowza Transcoder AddOn now supports H.263 encoding for live and
    on-demand video streams, enabling users to stream to older mobile devices."

    On the description page it's mentioned the option to use it for
    live streaming only. (http://www.wowza.com/addons/wowza-transcoder-addon)
    "H.263 video compression—Wowza Transcoder AddOn now supports H.263
    encoding for live video streams, enabling users to stream to older mobile devices."

    Could you please give us the manual, how could we make streaming of
    the H.263 codec with the help of Wowza.

    Thank you in advance.

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    Hi,

    The Transcoder AddOn only works on live streams. I remember to have read an article once about how it was possible to trick Wowza and run VOD streams through the transcoder. If I find that article again, I'll post a link to it here.

    However, since transcoding generally is a CPU-intensive process, you won't be able to serve many streams simultaneously (maybe up to 10 concurrent streams on a medium server, dependent on the transcoding template and CPU capacity). It's highly recommended to transcode the streams into various bitrates and save the separate files, then serve the VOD eg. through a SMIL file.

    For information on how to setup the AddOn, see this article: http://www.wowza.com/forums/content.php?304

    Please feel free to contact me if you need any help with the setup and configuration of your Wowza solution. As an independent consultant with years of experience with streaming video and Wowza, I'll be glad to help you.

    Kind Regards,
    Karel Boek
    karel.boek@raskenlund.com


    Raskenlund
    www.raskenlund.com
    Last edited by karelboek; 07-02-2013 at 10:59 AM.

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