Getting Started with a Dedicated Wowza Server

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You’ve bought an Influxis Dedicated Wowza Media Server, now what?

Requirements

  1. Purchase of an Influxis Media Server with Wowza Streaming Engine.

  2. Laptop or Desktop.

Preface

One crucial factor that plays a role in this server setup, is that it does not come with a user interface, which is fine but a little confusing for people new to Influxis + Wowza. It goes without saying that we at Influxis want our customers to be happy and proficient with our services. As a result, this tutorial will denote the usage of an Influxis server with Wowza Streaming Engine from start to finish.

The Welcome Email

Upon signing up for an Influxis account you will receive our welcome letter which contains FTP/SFTP log in, RTMP ID and all other associated information. Keep this information close at hand as it is very important. I highly recommend printing this email and taping it to your desk as you do not want to lose this information, but if you did we can resend the email. 

Logging Into FTP/SFTP

After your server has been configured, you will receive FTP/SFTP credentials to login using an FTP client, such as FileZilla (SFTP tutorial here). The host or address field should contain your RTMP path (****.cloud.influxis.com), your username will be your RTMP ID and port will be 21 for FTP and 22 for SFTP. Click connect and you will be logged in.

Stream

To stream, users will have quite a few options ranging from WireCast to FMLE. For simplicity, I will explain how to use stream with FMLE. Download and launch FMLE, then copy your RTMP ID, which you received in your welcome letter. It should look something like this: *****.cloud.influxis.com. Now go back into FMLE, click inside of the FMS URL field, type in rtmp:// and paste RTMP path after. In your FMS URL you will still need to specify a directory to stream to; after the ‘.com’ portion type the following: /live. This will allow you to stream to the live directory. Your final FMS URL will look something like this: rtmp://*****.cloud.influxis.com/live. Below you will see a stream section - this is where your stream name will be specified. The stream name must be simple without any special characters except underscores, so for simplicity let's use ‘live’. Now that all of this information is filled in, click the ‘Connect’ button, then the ‘Start’ button, and you are now streaming using your Influxis server.

Embed Player

Now that you are streaming, you will need a player on a webpage so that others can see the stream. The easiest and perhaps best method to achieve this is to navigate to our custom player builder site provided by Influxis’ own Robert Vogel (robertdev.influxis.com). Make sure that you select a live player if you are streaming live and fill out all of the necessary fields, your RTMP ID will be required here again. This site will generate your embed code which you will then place into an HTML page on your web server, not your Influxis server. If you chose to create an embed code for a live stream, make sure you are streaming live using an encoder such as FMLE or you will not see anything.

Upload Media

This is where FTP/SFTP comes into play. Log into FTP/SFTP using the instructions mentioned above, then navigate to the HTTP Content directory. Select the desired media and upload it to that directory. Now to embed these you will need to link the particular media. Here is an example of what the path will look like yourrtmp.cloud.influxis.com/httpcontent/media.mp4.

DVR Player

DVR is by default set up in your Wowza directory, which is good because it is free. Next you must follow the same steps to stream and copy the same instructions; however, you must stream to the 'dvr' folder as opposed to 'live' for obvious reasons. Here is an example as to what the your FMS URL will look like: rtmp://*****.cloud.influxis.com/dvr.

You will not need to change the stream name; ‘live’ will work just fine. From here you can click ‘Connect’, then ‘Start’ your stream, and you now have a stream set up with DVR.

Next you need a player to view this. Copy the same directions as above to set up a player, except make sure to specify the DVR directory in the robertdev.influxis.com’s HLS player site. You must keep in mind that the DVR functionality will only work with the HLS player linked above.

Real Time Analytics

To view the real time analytics you must log into http://*******.cloud.influxis.com:8088/enginemanager/login.htm (replace **** with your RTMP ID) with your account user name and password that came inside of your Welcome letter. You can now view your real time analytics with our version of Wowza Media Panel.

Uploading Applications

To upload applications you will have to login via FTP/SFTP, navigate to the Applications directory, create a new folder with your app name and place the associated files inside of that folder.

Restart Wowza

For restarting your Wowza server, please email support@influxis.com and we are happy to help you. 

Conclusion

Now that you have the basics of an Influxis Media Server with Wowza Streaming Engine you can now feel at ease when using it. And, as always, feel free to contact Influxis Support if you need any help.

 

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