[osflash] does red5 support live webcam to server streaming?
Allen, Christopher S.
CSALLEN at PARTNERS.ORG
Thu Dec 29 11:46:59 EST 2005
I will do my best to answer your questions.
> I have recently joined the "stream" of flash coders wanting to shift to Red5.
The progress done here is
> mindboggling and as an Actionscript coder, I just can't wait to get my hands
on the first commercial
> release of Red5 :)
Well, it's not going to be commercial. But I guess I'm reading that too
1. I am trying to create a flv file and stream it to server with the help of
Red5. I am using the "Netstream.Publish" function for this. But whenever i am
trying to do this i get a message "NetStream.Buffer.Empty". Also, the .flv file
is not being created. The webcam(logitech) i am using is getting activated as is
the microphone. So, my question is - does Red5 support live streaming of
audio/video data from a webcam?
As you probably already know, Red5 is not done yet. There are still some
features that aren't working quite right at the moment. Webcam streaming is one
of these. I know that we had it working in a limited fashion for the Spark
conference in Amsterdam. You can build this version yourself by downloading and
compiling the source code from our SVN repository. The next release (0.4)
should have this feature more thoroughly supported. As we have been mentioning
on our mailing list, we don't recommend actually trying to build applications
with the server until at least the 0.6 release. We however don't want to
prevent people from playing with it though, so feel free to do so.
2. As a flash coder, one of my great expectations from FMS was that Macromedia
will open up the Desktop Streaming functionality to us. However, it seems it
wont happen that way. I might be wrong but is Macromedia scared that we will end
up challenging Breeze if the Desktop Streaming functionality was included in
FMS? Anyway, my main query is - will Red5 support Desktop Streaming
I think Peter Elst got this right in his reply. It's a separate application
that does the desktop sharing. Now you could certainly look into creating your
own client that could hook up to Red5 to accomplish this though.
3. I have already started asking many webhosts about running Red5 on their
servers once it is commercially released. However, the reputed hosts don't want
to run a java server program on their servers. Does this community include
people who are into hosting as well? I ask this because it will be very tough
for us actionscript developers if hosts don't run this.
Yes indeed! There is a tremendous amount of interest from several folks on the
mailing list to provide hosting for the Red5 server. John Grden even put up a
page on the wiki for hosting providers to let us know of features that will be
important to them so that we make sure we produce a product that can easily be
hosted. You can see that here: http://www.osflash.org/red5/hosting
> I hope my queries get answered soon. I am using all the flash coding with Red5
as the backend and it
> seems to be doing pretty well. I am not into bits and all that...it's beyond
me...however, as a Flash
> coder I think it seems to be handling things pretty well :)
I'm very glad that it's working for you. I recommend that you join the Red5
mailing list and ask your future questions there. It's also a great way to
learn about the status of the project and to see what others like you are
I hope this answers at least some of your questions.
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