IP Stream: Hitting A Brick wall
Today I’ve been working at trying to integrate the stream and its corresponding SDP file that Ravensbourne has kindly provided to me, this however hasn’t been as straight forward as i first believed it to be, my lack of knowledge of streaming also slowed this process down dramatically.
So to start with today I started with the obvious:
- The SDP file in a RTSP stream – Testsed using VLC and Quicktime prior to JW Player, to test it was still streaming.
- JW Player (Flash and HTML5)
- Some patience
Summary: Streaming Support
This table sums up support for the various streaming methods across devices and servers.
Devices Progressive Download RTMP/RTSP Streaming Adaptive HTTP Streaming Adobe Flash Player MP4, FLV RTMP HLS, Zeri, Smooth HTML5 (Safari & IE9) MP4 – – HTML5 (Firefox & Chrome) WebM – – iOS (iPad/iPhone) MP4 – HLS Android Devices MP4, WebM RTSP HLS (as of 3.0) CDNs (e.g. CloudFront) MP4, FLV, WebM RTMP HLS Web Servers (e.g. S3) MP4, FLV, WebM – HLS
As you can see the RTSP protocol is only supported by Android Devices, as well as many Software Based Media Players such as Quicktime, VLC and Windows Media Player. I haven’t tested iOS 5 with RTSP yet, it could possibly work, as iOS uses a stripped down version of Quicktime and Safari.
This leaves me with two options:
- Embed either Quicktime or other proprietary plugin as well as providing a direct link to the stream as a back up for users that don’t have or cannot download the plugin.
- Speak to IT about recreating the stream using a more compatible protocol such as HLS or RTMP.
Anyway thats enough for today, I will continue testing various protocols, as well as other players such as Quicktime, HTML5, Silverlight and any others I find.