Getting Started

Publishing Content

Once you have created your streaming content, you will need to publish it on the streaming server. Follow the instructions here for connection options.

Whichever connection option you choose, you will upload your streaming files to "webserve.iu.edu" in your "wwwdm" directory. Be sure to choose "binary" as the file type when uploading.

Publishing MPEG4 content

While many different formats of videos can be streamed, Collaboration Technologies recommends H.264/AAC encoded MPEG4 files with ".mp4", ".m4v" and “.f4v” file extensions, including long-format recordings and HD resolutions. These MPEG4 files have the most compatibility with players and devices.

The example player supports streaming to PC and Macs with Flash Player as well as natively to iOS devices. Mac and PC viewers will need to have Flash Player 11 or later installed. See the Adobe site for the latest version. iPad users will not need to install any additional apps to view videos in the example player.

Uploading your file

Connect to webserve.iu.edu with SCP/SFTP and upload your videos to the "wwwdm" folder.

Testing your video

You can launch your Flash videos using the following web page without creating a ".swf":

http://www.indiana.edu/~video/stream/launchflash.html?folder=webserver_accountname&filename=flash_video_file

Replace webserver_accountame with the account used on webserve.iu.edu (add subfolders if necessary) and flash_video_file with the name of your Flash video file.

You can add some options for your Flash viewers. For example, you can add "&starttime=0" to end of the URL to start your video at any time (expressed in seconds). Here's an example:

http://www.indiana.edu/~video/stream/launchflash.html?folder=digvideo&filename=finite1_1hb.mp4

Another option adds capabilities for easily embedding videos or sending email links. Simply add “&options=viral-2” to the end of the URL. You’ll now see a new “Menu” option in the player window.

To add closed captioning for Flash viewers, give your SRT-formatted caption file the same name as the MPEG4 file except with “.srt” extension. Upload it along with the MPEG4 file to your “wwwdm” folder. Then add “&cc=on” to the end of the example player URL.

For more assistance getting started with creating streaming video, see the help and tutorials section, or ask us.