With streaming video now looking like it’ll never not be in demand on some level, developing the infrastructure to provide that video is growing in importance to match. That's making plenty sit up and take notice, as Wowza (News - Alert) yesterday released the Wowza Media Server 3.5, a feature-rich media server that looks to provide plenty of value for those who need that crucial infrastructure.
Wowza Media Server 3.5 packs in a wide array of features for those streaming live video, recording live, offering audio and video chat systems or just providing video-on-demand services. Security is a major part of any streaming video operation, and Wowza Media server will prove no exception – or slouch – on that front.
A Third-Party Digital Rights Management system, for instance, offers not only encryption, but on-demand video workflows. It also works with Microsoft's PlayReady DRM for Apple (News - Alert) HTTP Live Streaming, and works with the latest variety of Apple HLS encryption.
MediaSecurity is also built into Wowza Media Server 3.5, where formerly it was only an AddOn. This in turn brings in several useful features like SecureToken, RTSP authentication, StreamNameAlias, and more.
The StreamLock AddOn allows for RTMPS and free 256-bit secure sockets layer certificates.
It's not just about security, though, as Live Stream Record allows administrators to split live stream recording archives to multiple files to keep file size or video runtimes under control, along with a new interface to make things run a little more smoothly. There are new closed captioning features to provide the valuable service, as well as a Silverlight Multicast Player, and AddOns for Dynamic Overlays and H.263 video compression alike.
Those who have already picked up an earlier version of Wowza Media Server will be able to upgrade to version 3.5 for free out at Wowza's website.
There's a lot going on in the newest version of Wowza Media Server, and improving the overall environment for streaming media – itself a growth property these days – is going to be a huge step forward not only for Wowza, but for the industry itself.
It's great that there's such a focus on security, but it's just as great to see that Wowza didn't just bulk up the locks on this particular setup and brought in a lot of extra features as well. The addition of better closed captioning facilities is also a welcome step, even for those who don't have hearing issues.
Wowza Media Server's newest release should be very welcome for those involved in putting up streaming media, and given the growth of streaming media in general, that's a lot more than might be expected.
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Edited by Braden Becker