I apologize if anything I say here sounds stupid, but I'm relatively new to media servers in general.
Essentially what I'm trying to do is live stream live video throughout my school building to all the classrooms. We have the video output from our switcher going into an encoding PC with FLME, and then in the server room downstairs is a streaming/web server specifically for the live stream.
The server has Windows Server 2012 (I would have preferred Linux but IT Manager wants to keep everything windows.. bleh) and I have one NIC on the server going up to the encoder and the other NIC facing the school's network. IP's are already assigned and working accordingly.
The installation of Wowza on Windows seems easy enough, it's just the tweaking that I have questions about:
1. Since I want this stream to be accessable via both iOS devices and desktop browsers, what format would you recommend I encode to? h.264?
2. What streaming protocol will support both iOS devices and desktop? I can't seem to find out whether or not rtmp works out of the box with iOS and it seems that HLS isn't always supported on desktops. I would like to use the same protocol throughout for ease of use.
3. What streaming player would be best? I have looked into both JW Player and Flowplayer, both seem to work well with rtmp for desktop use, but they don't support HLS with the free version.
4. Different classrooms use different browsers depending on the teacher. Some use chrome, while some still use outdated versions of IE. I know the HTML5 version of both Flowplayer and JW seem to be better but I don't want them to not play in IE. Should I just use the flash version of the players for maximum compatibility?
5. Can I have one webpage that the player will work whether connected with iOS or desktop? I am seeing different embed codes for different playback methods and I would like both to seamlessly work depending on the platform you access from.
Sorry for the wall of questions - I just want to clear them up before I continue onward with this project
Thanks in advance!