November 30, 2016

November news

We've made a few significant updates in November.

First, Larix mobile SDK for iOS has been updated with a new feature - Auto Focus Lock (AF-L). Just long press anywhere in the preview, and AF is locked until you tap to re-focus.
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Nimble Streamer has a few updates as well.


Published Icecast streams can now be processed in Nimble Streamer. Read this article to see how it's set up and find out more about audio streaming scenarios supported by Nimble Streamer.

If you face any artifacts when publishing streams via UDP to Nimble Streamer, read this post describing the steps to avoid them.


WMSPanel non-admin users can now be granted permission by account admins to control Nimble Streamer instances. Please read this article for more details.

Last but not least, if you use WMSPanel API to control Nimble instances, you may set up threshold notifications to be alerted when you make too many API requests and are close to reach the calls limit. Visit this page for details.



The last but not the least update: check the State of Streaming Protocols for November 2016.


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The State of Streaming Protocols - November 2016

WMSPanel team continues analyzing the state of streaming protocols.

The metrics calculations are based on ~3.7 billion views. The stats are collected from 3100+ media servers (Nimble Streamer and Wowza).

Protocols share remain stable, i.e. HLS share is about 77% with RTMP around 12% and progressive download near 5%.

The State of Streaming Protocols, November 2016

You can compare that to October stats below.

November 16, 2016

Processing published Icecast in Nimble Streamer

Nimble Streamer has wide audio streaming feature set which includes both live and VOD. Live audio streaming covers both transmuxing and transcoding of Icecast pulled streams.

Now we're expanding this feature set by supporting the published Icecast sources which have MP3 or AAC codecs.

Current solution was tested with a number of existing Icecast publishing solutions, some of them are as follows:


Those tools' configuration files and sample playlists can be found in a separate githib repo in our account.

In our case the standard "source" login is used and the password is "secret" - just for demo purposes.

Let's see how it's set up for Nimble Streamer using WMSPanel.

November 15, 2016

Nimble Streamer control for non-admin WMSPanel users

Nimble Streamer can be controlled in two ways. First one is to change config files, the second one is to use WMSPanel as a web UI.

WMSPanel is the easiest way to manage your streaming infrastructure based on Nimble Streamer. You can access via any browser and apply settings to multiple servers.

Usually only account admins could control Nimble Streamer behavior. Now, WMSPanel allows those admins to give permission to non-admin users for controlling Nimble Streamer instances. You can specify which servers they may control and then set up white label access to WMSPanel to change the look-and-feel on the panel in order to make it look like you need.

Let's see how you can give that access.

October 31, 2016

October news


October brought some good news for our customers.

First of all, we're honored to see Nimble Streamer as a finalist of Streaming Media Europe Readers Choice Awards in the "Best Streaming Innovation" nomination. We thank everyone who voted for us and hope to get more highlights by the industry press in future.

Speaking of industry  highlights, we are glad to see Radiant Media Player team now considers Nimble Streamer as fully supported media server. You can see us among the partners of this excellent solution.

Live Transcoder


Nimble Streamer Live Transcoder now has full support for NVidia hardware encoding acceleration via NVENC for H.264. It's available for both Windows and Linux platforms.
You can read this article for more details about the setup and capabilities.

Our customers report on huge off-load of their CPU when using GPU via our Transcoder.

Nimble Streamer


Nimble has improvements for both VOD and live scenarios.

When setting up origin-edge delivery configuration with RTMP delayed pull option, you may experience some delay on the viewer side starting the playback from edge. We've added a new option for origin side which you can use for decreasing the buffer. Read this article for more details.

Audio-only and video-only transmuxing for ABR VOD HLS is now supported. You will use SMIL files for that purpose, read this article for more details.

Mobile SDK


Larix mobile SDK was improved for both iOS and Android.


  • iOS SDK now has Larix sample application with Swift 3 support along with improved audio quality.
  • Android has streaming enhancements as well as sound Mute support.


Latest versions of SDK packages will be sent to our customers this week. Subscribe here to get those in case you haven't done it yet.


Dispersa

Our media streams monitoring service has a few updates as well

When you make setup for streams check-overs, you can now select to alert on email and push API when at least one checkpoint reports offline or when all checkpoints report offline.
For your convenience the subject also now contains stream name with checkpoint names, like "Stream offline alert (1/6) - Nimble Promo Video AMS1"



The last but not the least update: check the State of Streaming Protocols for October 2016.

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The State of Streaming Protocols - October 2016

WMSPanel team continues analyzing the state of streaming protocols.

The metrics calculations are based on 3.7+ billion views. The stats are collected from 3000+ media servers (Nimble Streamer and Wowza).

Protocols share remain stable, i.e. HLS share is about 75% with RTMP around 12% and progressive download near 6%. MPEG-DASH is ahead of SmoothStreaming, both having less than 1%.

The State of Streaming Protocols, October 2016

You can compare that to September stats below.