Quick and Easy RTMP Flash Streaming Video with Red5 on FreeBSD

Streaming live video via Flash over RTMP can be done on FreeBSD with minimal effort.  We will use the FreeBSD operating system, the Red5 RTMP server, and the Adobe Flash Media Live Encoder.

System Requirements

  • Windows XP (or greater) or Mac OS X 10.5+
  • FreeBSD (tested on version 8.1)
  • Internet Connection
  • Live video source (webcam)
  • Modern Web Browser (tested on Mozilla Firefox 6.0)
  • Adobe Flash Player (tested on version 10.3)

It's always best to make sure the ports tree is up to date on your FreeBSD system. If this is a new installation of FreeBSD, then you are good to go.

How it Works

We will have one system acting as the capture/encoder and another system acting as the media server. The encoder will PUSH live video TO the server and clients will connect to the server to PULL the live streaming video. Adobe Flash Media Live Encoder is our capture/encoder program and Red5 is our media server.

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