RTSP Pull Streaming



RTSP Streaming has been updated and improved in version 5.3 and above.   
Please click here for information on RTSP in Ensemble Video 5.3+.



***This article applies to Ensemble Video 5.2 and lower.***

***See note above if you are using Ensemble Video 5.3 or above.***

Ensemble Video works with “RTSP Pull” streaming and Wowza Media Engine. 

We tested RTSP Pull streaming with an Axis M10 Network Camera Series. There are a variety of other RTSP Pull streaming cameras and devices that also may work with RTSP Pull streaming and Ensemble Video/Wowza. You can use RTSP Pull Streaming with Ensemble Video Live Streaming only.  With a Live Stream item, you will set the stream up to stream continuously, and then you can view and record the stream at any time.

RTSP Pull – with Ensemble Video Live Stream

1. Add RTSP Pull Live Stream in Ensemble Video

For the Library where you want to use RTSP Pull for Live Stream, edit the Live Stream Media Workflow and select RTSP Pull from the Encoding Method dropdown, and save the Workflow.


Next, create a new Live Stream item, by clicking on New Live Stream in the Live Streaming tab. This will generate new Live Stream entry, and in the Manage Stream are of the Add/Edit Wizard, you will see that a .stream file is referenced in the Stream Name field (e.g., in the screen shot below it is DBRF9UD0.stream). Note this file name, you will need to create the .stream file using the Wowza Admin interface.

Wowza interface

2. Configure your Camera and Create the .stream File on Wowza Media Engine

Configure your camera so that it streams an H.264 video with AAC audio, at a reasonable bit rate (e.g., in the range of 500 Kbps to 1800 Kbs). We recommend you test the camera stream directly to a standalone player, such as the VLC player, to verify the stream is working properly. Log into your Wowza Admin interface, select the Live Stream application, select Stream Files, and then click on +Add Stream File. Enter the URI to your camera stream.

Add Stream File

Once you’ve added the .stream file, you can click on the button to connect to the stream Connect To Stream. That will start the stream, and you can then view the stream in Ensemble. You should also add the stream to the Startup streams so that the stream runs constantly, and you can record view and record your stream at any time.


3. View and Record your stream

Once you’ve started the stream, it will stream continuously, so viewers can access it at any time. In the Live Stream tab you will be able to start and stop recording whenever you want to.


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