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Thread: wowza offers no plugin-free option?

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    Default wowza offers no plugin-free option?

    I just installed an set up wowza to stream rtsp video from one of our IP cameras...
    It works using a flash player.

    From what I have read it seems like they do not offer a plugin-free option to play the video in a web page.
    Is that true?

    The only players they support require flash?

    Do they not support html5 video?

    Or at the very least some basic jquery / mjpeg option for ip cameras?

    If you have any info on this subject please post it.


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    Jul 2012



    Wowza can be integrated with a very wide variety of media players and devices supporting RTMP, Apple/HLS, Flash/HTTP, Silverlight and RTSP players and devices, to name a few. For a detailed overview with more in-depth information, please see the section in the Support Forum on Media Players and Devices.

    The HTML5 video tag uses the Apple/HLS streaming protocol (available through Wowza) which can be directly embedded in an HTML page for delivery to iOS and/or the Apple Safari browser running on Mac OS X. The embedded code looks like this:

     <title>HTML 5 Test</title> 
    <video width="100%" height="100%" controls="controls" src="http://[wowza-ip-address]:1935/live/myStream/playlist.m3u8">
    I would suggest that you work through these tutorials to become familiar with the fundamental streaming workflow with Wowza Media Server. In particular, pay attention to the Apple / iOS playback section which will prepare you to begin experimenting with the HTML5 video tag listed above.

    Video on demand tutorial
    Live streaming tutorial (video)
    Live streaming tutorial (article)

    I also note that you mentioned MJPEG. Wowza does not support MJPEG streaming.

    Last edited by tim_d; 07-22-2013 at 11:14 AM.

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    Thank you.

    quick question about the path:

    I cant find that path anywhere.
    I do have the application dir "live" but the path looks like this...
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Wowza Media Systems\Wowza Media Server 3.6.2\applications\live\sharedobjects\_definst_

    There is no playlist to be found.

    My stream name is: camera.

    <video width="100%" height="100%" controls="controls" src="http://[wowza-ip-address]:1935/live/camera/playlist.m3u8">

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    Got it. Not through HTML5 but just by going to this link on the ipad:


    It does start and stop... but at least I know things are set up correctly.

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    Jul 2012


    Hi kmax1940,

    It sounds like you're searching specifically for playlist.m3u8. In the context of simple playback of a video stream, you do not need to perform this level of analysis and configuration - even with HTML5 workflows. I would suggest that we focus on you successfully playing back an Apple/HLS stream using a simple HTML5 web page. Do you have access to an iOS or a computer running Mac OS X?

    Another quick note: In reference to the code block in my previous post, notice the http source tag:

    <video width="100%" height="100%" controls="controls" src="http://[wowza-ip-address]:1935/live/myStream/playlist.m3u8">
    The http URL in this container is intended to be consumed by the HTML5 video player on iOS or through Safari on Mac OS. While it is prepended with "http" is is not intended to be manually entered into a web browser or referenced in a server file system. The setup task is to create an environment that launches the HTML5 player by opening similar page to the the HTML code example in the previous post.

    It also sounds like you have been able to successfully re-stream a feed from an RTSP IP camera. If this is correct, you should be ready to provide an Apple/HLS stream that can be consumed by an HTML5 video player. Again, you will need access to iOS and/or Mac OS to test this functionality.


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    Yes when I just go to this link on my iPad or iPhone it works

    BUT if I put the HTML5 video tage into a page that does not work...

    <video width="100%" height="100%" controls="controls" src="http://[wowzaIP]:1935/live/">

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    Got it! Thanks. Works in html5 on iPad and iPhone. I am assuming it will work on macs.. will test it as soon as I can.

    Thanks again.

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    Hey!! Do you know that this html5 video code not only works on iPad and iPhone but it also working on Android??
    I just tried it on an android phone and it came right up!

    I thought you had to do it a totally different way for android... and I was going to tackle that tomorrow but this actually works.
    Too bad it wont work in Chrome and IE on PC's!!!

    Thanks again.

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    The recent, latest and probably future Android devices support HLS. These models do not support Flash. Previous versions, that are still in wide use, support Flash and not HLS. Even older versions only support RTSP. Flash RTMP and HTTP (HDS) streaming, and HLS streaming in the more recent versions has not always been reliable. So the complicated version/feature matrix and other problems means that RTSP is the best way to stream to most Android devices. You could try to figure out (looking at user-agent) which Android will support HLS.


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    When you say that RTSP is the best way to stream to Android.... do you mean using html5 video with the m3u8 source?

    I had thought flash was the only way to stream to android.

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