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  1. #1
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    Default MPEG-4 > FFMPEG > Wowza > Flowplayer Help!


    I am having difficulty understanding how to configure Wowza and ffmpeg together. I am trying to transcode, on a local server, the MPEG-4 video coming from our old IP cameras (that do not spit out h.264) then stream that up to the Wowza installation we have in the cloud (and in turn stream to our Flowplayer on our company website).

    I have been following this support page:

    Here is as much information as I can give you:

    === Server > About
    About Wowza Streaming Engine
    Engine Version
    4.0.3 (build 10989)
    Engine Manager Version
    4.0.3 (build 10989)
    Wowza Streaming Engine 4 Monthly Edition
    Linux (amd64)
    Java Information
    Java Version
    Java VM Version
    Java Architecture
    Java Name
    OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM
    Java Vendor
    Oracle Corporation
    Java Home
    Java Max Heap Size
    === FFMPEG version
    # ffmpeg
    ffmpeg version N-63863-g2351ea8 Copyright (c) 2000-2014 the FFmpeg developers
      built on Jun 10 2014 05:37:53 with gcc 4.6 (Debian 4.6.3-1)
      configuration: --prefix=/root/ffmpeg-static/64bit --extra-cflags='-I/root/ffmpeg-static/64bit/include -static' --extra-ldflags='-L/root/ffmpeg-static/64bit/lib -static' --extra-libs='-lxml2 -lexpat -lfreetype' --enable-static --disable-shared --disable-ffserver --disable-doc --enable-bzlib --enable-zlib --enable-postproc --enable-runtime-cpudetect --enable-libx264 --enable-gpl --enable-libtheora --enable-libvorbis --enable-libmp3lame --enable-gray --enable-libass --enable-libfreetype --enable-libopenjpeg --enable-libspeex --enable-libvo-aacenc --enable-libvo-amrwbenc --enable-version3 --enable-libvpx
      libavutil      52. 89.100 / 52. 89.100
      libavcodec     55. 66.100 / 55. 66.100
      libavformat    55. 42.101 / 55. 42.101
      libavdevice    55. 13.101 / 55. 13.101
      libavfilter     4.  7.100 /  4.  7.100
      libswscale      2.  6.100 /  2.  6.100
      libswresample   0. 19.100 /  0. 19.100
      libpostproc    52.  3.100 / 52.  3.100
    Hyper fast Audio and Video encoder
    usage: ffmpeg [options] [[infile options] -i infile]... {[outfile options] outfile}...
    Use -h to get full help or, even better, run 'man ffmpeg'
    ./ffmpeg -v verbose -i rtsp://[USER]:[PASS]@[CAMERA_IP]:[CAMERA_PORT]/mpeg4/media.amp -an -f mpegts -t 60 udp://[WOWZA_SIP]:[STREAM_PORT]
    *NOTE I have verified that the [STREAM_PORT] is open on our firewall.

    URI: udp://
    When I connect the test player (or create a Flow player) to
    I get nothing happening on the screen in flowplayer the spinning/loading graphic shows up over a black box. No image is ever shown. ON the test player, it says the stream is published, but nothing ever shows up.

    The output from the FFMPEG command is as follows (when it is finished the 60 second stream):
    No more output streams to write to, finishing.e=00:00:59.77 bitrate= 385.3kbits/s dup=2026 drop=0
    frame= 2154 fps= 42 q=31.0 Lsize=    2812kB time=00:00:59.80 bitrate= 385.2kbits/s dup=2026 drop=0
    video:2418kB audio:0kB subtitle:0kB other streams:0kB global headers:0kB muxing overhead: 16.296783%
    Input file #0 (rtsp://[USER]:[PASS]@[CAMERA_IP]:[CAMERA_PORT]/mpeg4/media.amp):
      Input stream #0:0 (video): 131 packets read (340280 bytes); 131 frames decoded;
      Total: 131 packets (340280 bytes) demuxed
    Output file #0 (udp://[WOWZA_IP]:9000):
      Output stream #0:0 (video): 2154 frames encoded; 2154 packets muxed (2476237 bytes);
      Total: 2154 packets (2476237 bytes) muxed
    Note i am trying to accomplish this task as an alternative to the Wowza built-in transcoder.
    Any help would be really appreciated. Thank you.


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2007



    The FFmpeg command you show does not do any transcoding. So the video will still be mpeg-4 part 2, which is not supported.

    You do not mention starting the .stream file. You can use StreamManager or the Wowza Manager to start a stream, or add it to StartUpStreams and re-start Wowza to start pulling the stream.

    You will use MediaCaster type "rtp" to start these streams by one of the methods above. When you do that you will see a publish event in the logs, and info about the connection and stream, or problems connecting to the stream.


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