March 31, 2012

High precision report

Recently we've been improving WMSPanel reporting capabilities with features that would be useful for billing purposes. Daily Stats functionality shows several important numbers that are often used for charging clients. Those are views count, peak bandwidth and traffic. There is also total duration counted for each day. They are all combined and calculated using 30-seconds sync-ups which a server gives to our front-end.

Even though we get and process these numbers on a high-frequency basis, industry standards often require other calculations. A lot of companies prefer 5 minutes interval for calculations.

And so we make those calculations. For selected date and time range we collect:
  • peak bandwidth taken as a maximum of all peak numbers per given 5-minute ranges
  • time of peak bandwidth;
  • 95% peak bandwidth;
  • total traffic - the amount of information transferred during time period;
  • total count of visitors.
Chart information is shown with 5 minutes intervals.

If a visitor started watching at 13:59 and finished watching at 14:11, his connection will be added to total number of connections in 14:10 bucket. His traffic, however, will be spread among 4 intervals: 13:55, 14:00. 14:05 and 14:10.

So last night live football streaming will be measured precisely by the time of the game, with ability to get number of people watching game periods and advertising.

We added those 4 new calculated numbers in addition to existing combined reports and high-detailed reports.

High precision report: peak and 95% bandwidth, traffic and connections.

High precision report for Wowza

Please read the updated version here: High precision report.

March 15, 2012

Branded panel (white label) explained

Recently we've had a raise of interest to one of our unique features. I'm talking about branded panel. What makes it so special? As you know, WMSPanel front-end is a web-site available at domain. So when a customer creates an account, he goes there, adds servers and starts watching our nice charts and detailed reports. Say, it would be imaginary Ultimate Media Streaming Co., Ltd (or just UMS) located at imaginary

When this customer wants to show the charts or the numbers to respective clients, he creates data slices which allow him to separate clients' data and reports. After that he's supposed to give his clients new credentials and forward them to, which becomes a third-party for both UMS and its client.

This is where branded panel comes in. WMSPanel can camouflage itself into a customer's control panel. It's also commonly known as a white label.
You set up the following customized items:

  • domain;
  • company logo;
  • custom favicon.ico;
  • custom CSS.

So you give new URL to your customers and the panel will look they way you want.

Moreover, you can set up any number of branded domains and each will have its own logo as well. So each of the data slices may have its domain for reporting.

Here's how log in window will look like for branded domain as example:

Customer-flavored log in screen.
Nice branded control panel.

How to set up the white label

First, our UMS Co., Ltd chooses what domain they would prefer for showing their stats to customers. Let's assume it would be UMS admin makes mapping of this subdomain to WMSPanel IP-address like this: CNAME
(take a note of dots at the ends of domain names!)

Customer prepares their company logo. PNG with transparent or black background, having 112*40 pixels or proportional size, is the best option for that.

Now customer admin goes to the panel Settings -> Branding menu. There he adds the new mapped domain he'd like to map his panel to. He also uploads company logo which was prepared earlier.

In addition he may set up a custom CSS to make the white label panel look exactly the same as the main website to make perfect user experience.

Settings up white label domains and logos.
Selecting logo to chosen domain.

After that UMS representative may provide link and user credentials to any client created with company's data slices.

OK, so as you see from the screenshot below, a user sees company logo browsing company's domain. So this looks like the same old place, and his streaming provider just gave him some nice new control panel to track his assets. No mentions of any third-parties, just our customer and the client.

Check white label demo in this screen cast:

Needless to say that having this web site based on HTML and JavaScript you can show this to your customers via any PC or mobile platform, like iOS or Android, as it does not require Flash plugins installed.

Panel branding comes free of charge.

As you may have noticed, WMSPanel works via HTTPS protocol, but branded panel doesn't. We cannot expand the certificate to any other domains besides thus we just avoid it for customer domain. You can set up white label via SSL by yourself, read this blog post for details.

So if you've already signed up at WMSPanel and are ready to use the branding, please contact us for further actions. If you haven't tried our solution yet, do it today.

White label is also applicable for working with Nimble Streamer, the light-weight HTTP streaming server for HLS, Smooth and progressive download. WMSPanel is an official GUI for Nimble Streamer.

Read more about slice-related features in on the dedicated Slices & Branding page.

Read more about WMSPanel streaming reporting.

Related documentation

End user reporting for WowzaData slices for statisticsBilling customers using daily statsStreamed slices for WowzaUser permissions managementSSL white label panel, Custom CSS for white label

March 1, 2012

Duration analysis report

WMSPanel provides duration reports for supported media servers as part of Daily Stats reporting. Here's a overall description of this feature.

Wowza time and duration report.
First, it shows total play time and average play time. Check out "Play time" column on a snapshot below.
Also, we were thinking of some metric that would allow our customers seeing information about how long do their customers stream a media. Having many options we decided to show most general info to start. Our report shows distribution of viewers among time intervals. Take a look at example:

There are 13 intervals chosen:

Daily statistics report

We've launched a new type of reports for media servers customers, we call it "Daily Stats". They show data collected into 24-hours buckets.

Daily statistics report.
Each data slice now has its daily granulated statistics. Each day includes a chart and a raw data table.

Basic metrics on a common chart.
You can see quick general overview of daily stats in this screen cast in addition to description below:

The chart shows basic metrics of media connections from the table below. You can switch them off and on, thus removing or adding charts. You can also get them on paper by just clicking "Print" link - this will generate printer-friendly version.

Each date is a link to a Single day summary which has detailed data which WMSPanel has on a given day.

Data listed in the table contains the following. You can also switch certain columns off and on to make it fit your screen.

Viewers count (blue bars on the chart) contains amounts of connections for each of supported protocols.  And also a sum of those numbers.

Peak connections contains peak number of connections appeared on any given day.

Traffic (red curve) data is represented by In, Out and Lost amounts of bytes being transferred. High degree numbers are measured in metric system.

Duration (orange dots) is presented as 2 numbers - average and total play time - and a separate link to duration report available for a variety of time intervals.

Peak Bandwidth (green curve) shows the maximum transmission speed in bits per second.

So all you need to do is to pick the dates range and get the table of total numbers.

You may adjust time zone setting to make data to be collected conveniently for your customers. If you want to use WMSPanel daily stats as an origin for further processing, like for third party billing, you can use our statistics push API.

More useful features are expected in our roadmap. Feel free to try our solution free of charge.

Read more about WMSPanel streaming reporting.

Related documentation

End user reportingStatistics import APIGeo location reporting, ISP networks reportDevices and Players reportHigh precision reportingData slices for statisticsStreamed slicesScreencast for data slices and white labelBilling customers using daily stats