Wowza Streaming Engine™ software is now available through click-to-deploy on Google Compute Engine, part of Google Cloud Platform. Google Compute Engine is a web service that provides resizable compute capacity in the cloud and deploys computing resources as virtual machines. Wowza Media Systems provides Google Cloud Platform with preconfigured and pretuned Wowza Streaming Engine images that are ready to start using on a Compute Engine instance, with a default startup package that supports live and video on demand (VOD) streaming.
In this video you'll learn to do the following:
- Get up and running quickly with consistent global streaming of content to any device, anytime
- Install and configure Wowza Streaming Engine software on Google Compute Engine
- Run live and on-demand media streaming on a reliable global infrastructure
- Get fast computing, immense scalability, and pay-as-you-go pricing
- Take advantage of top-quality multiscreen audience reach without the high ownership costs of in-house infrastructure
Questions & Answers
Q: I would like to know if there is a user interface for the server that allows you to schedule a playlist to switch between various IP cameras, encoders, VOD (video on demand), etc. In our project, we have artists around the world broadcasting content and we would like to create a TV channel–style switcher for moving from content source to content source on a scheduled basis.
A: Wowza Streaming Engine software has a module that provides support for this use case: www.wowza.com/forums/content.php?145-How-to-schedule-streaming-with-Wowza-Streaming-Engine-%28ServerListenerStreamPublisher%29.
Q: When you record a stream can you also encrypt it with DRM (digital rights management) right away?
A: We do provide support for DRM encryption, but this doesn't typically happen on demand, using the record button. Please see www.wowza.com/products/capabilities/streaming-content-security.
Q: What are the pros and cons of using Wowza Streaming Cloud vs. Google Compute Engine + Wowza Streaming Engine?
A: Wowza Streaming Engine software + Google Compute Engine allows you more customized deployments, while Wowza Streaming Cloud allows for a simplified and streamlined streaming solution.
Q: Is there separate pricing for the streaming server and the cloud service? And can you give a ballpark quote for 24/7 usage for 10 inputs/300 viewers? Also, do you give discounts for nonprofit organizations?
A: You would need to get a separate license from Wowza. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a quote.
Q: Can Wowza technology ingest DASH/HLS?
A: Wowza Streaming Engine can output DASH/HLS, but currently we can only ingest RTSP, RTMP, MPEG-TS, and ICY/SHOUTcast protocols. For more detail please see www.wowza.com/products/streaming-engine/specifications.