Hello all, thanks in advance for any suggestions that you can provide.
I'm a Wowza n00b and somewhat knowledgeable (read: dangerous but far from an expert) with respect to both traditional streaming protocols and adaptive streaming. At the moment I'm working with a Visionary Software, Inc. (VSI) AVN441 as my encoder and I used the "How to publish and play a live stream (MPEG-TS based encoder)" article to configure the live source in Wowza Streaming Engine (WSE) 4.2.0. Unfortunately the old post regarding the AVN420 doesn't seem relevant, as far as I can tell.
Here's a quick breakdown of my configuration:
HDMI from laptop @ 1280x720/60Hz
VLC Player running a full-screen H.264/AAC video on loop
VSI Web UI Input page
Status indicates that it’s receiving 720p@60
(VSI Web UI Status page displays “Formatemail@example.com/60Hz (ok)”)
VSI Web UI Encoding page
Tried total bitrates ranging from 7000-20000
Tried MPG and AAC audio formats
All other settings left at default
VSI Web UI Stream page
“Transport Stream UDP” (also tried “Transport Stream RTP”, the only other option, with similar results)
Stream destination set to <wowza_server_ip>:10000
All other settings left at default
When I enable the stream in the VSI web UI, the WSE monitoring page shows a steady stream of data coming in. The test players in the WSE web UI work for Adobe RTMP and Adobe HDS while the others do not (for various reasons). I’ve tried some client tests on other systems and while doing so I confirmed that Apple HLS and RTSP also work as expected. However, the Smooth Silverlight test players I’ve tried give me a 3001 error and the MPEG-DASH client from the DASH Industry Forum website shows constant image corruption and stuttering/skipping; at best I might get the occasional segment that plays normally before it starts corrupting, skipping and stuttering again. We're talking nauseating/seizure-inducing playback, not just poor quality.
In order to eliminate the VSI hardware from the equation, I've also tried VLC on a different server to send MPEG-TS UDP to WSE (for consistency I used the same MP4 video file I had running on the laptop source mentioned above). I followed the instructions in the "How to use VLC as a live stream encoder with Wowza Streaming Engine (MPEG-TS)" article for this test. Just as with the VSI test, the other streaming technologies work as expected. However, when I try the DASH reference client, although I don't anywhere near the amount of image corruption as before, I am only getting a few segments of the video stuck in a continuous loop with an occasional freeze/resume. Granted, parameters such as the incoming bitrates vary substantially between the two configurations (I didn't experiment with the VLC transcoding settings at all) so the VLC stream isn't exactly a great substitution for the VSI hardware.
Of course, the whole reason I've set up this test environment is for some developers to test their DASH client implementations so the only streaming format I absolutely require at the moment is MPEG-DASH. Considering that several other formats play as expected, it certainly seems that WSE + DASH is the issue but it could easily be caused by my lack of experience/knowledge. Am I running into some sort of DASH-specific issue that all the pros already know about, or is there something unique about my configuration that could be causing these issues? Again, thanks for any help you can send my way.