This section describes how to configure streaming in Flowplayer. If you don’t know what streaming is, we recommend you read the installation document’s video server section.
Streaming plugins are also called “providers” and are configured inside the “plugins” node just like all the other plugins discussed in previous sections. They don’t, however, have any display or styling properties because they work in the background and have no visual component. Providers can be thought of as “input plugins”. They are configured in this manner:
Having configured a number of different providers, you have to specify which
provider to use for each clip. This is done using the
provider property in
the clip as follows:
URL Resolvers and Connection Providers
URL resolvers are used to resolve the final URL that is used when the clip is loaded using a streaming provider. Examples are our bandwidth detection and secure streaming plugins that are both URL resolvers.
Connection providers are used to establish connection to streaming servers. They can also be used to provide a connection to a CDN network. An example is our secure streaming plugin that is configured as a connection provider when it's used to enable secure connections to the Wowza Media Server.
You can also write your own URL Resolvers and Connection Providers if you have a special way to construct the URLs or need special handling when connecting to the server.