Purchase of an Influxis Account with Wowza Media Server installed
Laptop or Desktop.
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One crucial factor that plays a role in this is that a Wowza Media Server (WMS) does not come with a user interface, except imp.influxis.com (analytics portal) which is fine but a little confusing for people new to WMS. 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 a WMS-enabled server from start to finish. The lack of a user interface may be a turn-off to some, however, our WMS accounts are very popular among our clients and in my opinion one of our best products; put simply, it’s like a compliant diamond halberd, which has never failed before the eyes of evil.
The Welcome Email
Upon signing up for a WMS 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. That is the touch of Influxis, we are your backup.
Logging Into FTP/SFTP
After your WMS account 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 voilà.
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 lets use ‘live’. Now that all of this information is filled in, click the ‘Connect’ button then the ‘Start’ button and voilà, you are now streaming using your WMS account.
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. These will require your RTMP ID so once again your ‘Welcome’ email comes into play. This site will generate your embed code which you will then place into an HTML page on your web server, not your WMS 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.
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 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 drv 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 voilà, you 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 imp.influxis.com with your account user name and password that came inside of your Welcome letter (again, the welcome letter is key). Voilà, you can now view your real time analytics with our version of Wowza Media Panel.
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 and voilà.
For restarting your Wowza server, please request by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and we can set up a script to send to you. From there you can restart at your own convenience. Restarting is useful to apply changes made to Applications.XMLs, for adding applications and for other customizations.
Now that you have the basics of the Influxis Wowza Media Server service you can now feel at joyful ease when using it. And, as always, feel free to contact Influxis Support when you are in trouble.