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    Default Video on demand for IOS

    Hi,

    The default configuration for Wowza Server video on demand link for IOS is the following format: http://server:1935/vod/mp4:sample.mp4/playlist.m3u8

    We need to have this link ending in ".mp4", something like this : http://server:1935/vod/mp4:sample.mp4, because we have a player for IOS that doesnt accept ".m3u8 playlist" file extension, and for now we dont have an option for another player

    Is this video on demand configuration possible using Wowza server?

    This is urgent.

    TIA

    Filipe

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    What player is it you are trying playback on?

    Salvadore
    Last edited by salvadore; 02-19-2014 at 02:55 PM.

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    This is not supported, but we're curious what player requires this?

    Salvadore

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    Hi Salvadore,

    Thanks for your answer.

    We are using the Blackboard Mosaic platform do deploy Apps to IOS devices. The video apps developed for the Apple Store by this platform, plays video using the media player available in the IOS framework.

    Here is the link:

    https://developer.apple.com/library/...ediaLayer.html

    As u can see in Table 2-3 using the Media player, the ".m3u8" extension isnt supported.


    The Wowza Streaming Engine 4.0 doesnt support this?

    Thanks.

    Filipe

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    Filipe,

    I'm not sure where it says that. Are you sure this player does not support cupertino (HLS) streams? The .m3u8 extension is their standard.

    Richard

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    Richard,

    Bellow the Table 2-3 they say:

    iOS supports many industry-standard video formats and compression standards, including the following:

    H.264 video, up to 1.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Low-Complexity version of the H.264 Baseline Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48 kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats

    H.264 video, up to 768 Kbps, 320 by 240 pixels, 30 frames per second, Baseline Profile up to Level 1.3 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48 kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats

    MPEG-4 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48 kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats


    When we configure the url pointing to our wowza server containing the ".m3u8" extension, the app crashes on IOS. Do you think its a problem with the app and not a limitation of the "media player" available from the IOS framework?

    Thanks.

    Filipe

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    Filipe,

    The table describes the file encoding for HLS streaming. Files and live streams are streamed to HLS devices in chunks of audio and video. The device downloads these chunks following a chunklist that is delivered to the player, which is the .m3u8 file, which is just a text file. Try streaming the Wowza sample mp4: http://[wowza-address]:1935/vod/sample.mp4/playlist.m3u8

    Richard

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    Richard,

    We already tried the mp4 wowza sample but the problem remains the same.

    If we upgrade to wowza streaming engine 4.0 we dont have any more options for IOS devices?

    We can't have an http video streaming for IOS right?

    Thanks for your answer,

    Filipe

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    Filipe, your iOS player may support an HTML 5 video tag to play back the stream.
    The HTML 5 is supported on iOS devices and Mac OS X in the Safari browser. Although it sounds like your player is not standard, testing is in order.

    Salvadore

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    Hi,
    I assume you have been able to play the streams using an iOS device connecting directly to Wowza without this custom app/player.
    If not you can test this using an Apple iOS device or VLC player which also supports Apple HLS (Cupertino) streaming.

    The stream URL reference above will then be added to either the player or browser window.
    http://[wowza-address]:1935/vod/mp4:sample.mp4/playlist.m3u8
    I don't think Wowza Streaming Engine 4 has any extra options for Apple HLS streaming that Wowza 3 doesn't have.

    Jason

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