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Wowza GoCoder Android

Wowza GoCoder Android

Wowza GoCoder video broadcasting Android app

This article describes how to use the Wowza GoCoder encoding app on Android devices to publish live streams to a Wowza™ media server. Wowza GoCoder is a live audio and video encoding application designed for Android devices running Android 4.4 (API 19) or later. You can use Wowza GoCoder to capture and deliver live audio and video content over 4G, 3G, and Wi-Fi systems to a Wowza media server, which can then broadcast the content as HD-quality H.264 adaptive bitrate streams to any screen.

Wowza GoCoder™ is available in the Google Play store  
you can publish live streams from Wowza GoCoder to Wowza Streaming Engine™ software.

Notes:
If you’re running Wowza Streaming Engine Manager on your Android device that has the GoCoder app, you can automatically configure the app with the live application connection settings from the Sources (Live) page in the manager.

Step1 – Launch the Wowza GoCoder app on your Android device. An instructional overlay image is displayed on top of the application after it launches. The overlay provides a brief description of each of the app’s buttons. To dismiss it, tap anywhere on the screen.

Step2 – To specify the Wowza media server information, tap the Connect button (the Wowza gear icon) in the upper-right corner of the app.
Step3 – On the Connect To page, tap Wowza Streaming Engine.

The Engine page lets you provide information about the Host, Application, and Source Authentication.

A – Tap Host, enter Server and Port information, and then tap Back.

  • For Server, enter the Wowza server IP address or hostname.
  • For Port, enter the port used for streaming. By default, a Wowza media server binds to TCP port 1935 for all forms of streaming.
  • B – Tap Application, enter Application and Stream Name information, and then tap Back.

    The above example shows what you should enter if your Wowza media server application name is live and your stream name is myStream.

    C – Tap Login, enter the Source Username and Source Password, and then tap Done

    The Source Username and Source Password are configured in the Source Authentication page in Streaming Pulse Control Panel.

    Step 4 – Specify encoding settings for video and audio. Tap the Video options button in the upper-right corner of the app to display the Options page.

    Video:
    For video streams, do the following:

    A – Tap Stream, choose the recording type (video, audio, or both), and then tap Back.

    B – Tap Video Settings, specify the Framerate and Keyframe Interval (number of seconds between keyframes), and then tap Back.

    Notes:

  • Not all Android devices guarantee the target framerate or keyframe interval of the output stream.
  • Enable Allow Rotated Video if you want the video output to match the orientation of the camera. If you want to keep the video output upright and be able to switch from portrait to landscape mode, keep Allow Rotated Video off. Make sure Auto-rotate is enabled in your device settings.
  • C – Tap Video Size, select a video size, tap Back, and then tap Done.

    The available Video Size values will vary depending on device capabilities.

    Step 5 – To broadcast to the Wowza media server, tap the Encode button.

    If everything is configured correctly, a broadcast timer begins to track the duration of the stream and and you’ll see the following message displayed in the app:

    Connected

    To stop the broadcast to the Wowza media server, tap the Encode button again.

    Stream Ended.

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