Mistserver – a new multimedia streaming server – First overview

Mistserver is a open-source multimedia streaming server developed by DDVTech a company based in Netherlands. This server will support some technologies : HLS, HDS, Smooth Streaming, RTMP, …

For the moment, HDS, RTMP and progressive download are available. You can push too livestream via RMTP. The company have two others solutions : MistStewardMistCenter.

DDVTech positions his solution in a competitive market with some actors : Adobe Media Server, Wowza, Red5, Apache, …

The solution is open-source so the source code is available on GitHub.

The main idea, in the server architecture, is to have a specific process for each viewer. The main concept design is modularity via some Server API.

For this first quick overview, I use a Virtual Machine based on Ubuntu 64bits. In the download section of the site, you have some statics binaries. In my case, I compile the library and the server. You need to install some packages before, if they are not already installed :

apt-get install pkg-config openssl-dev g++

Then, just follow the QuickStart page. When it’s finished, have a look on administration  home page.

Ok, now I will stream a VoD content. To do that, you need to use a FLV file (named here movie.flv). Please take care when you use the commandline MistFLV2DTSC : you need to have the < > in your command. The video is piped in the MistFLV2DTSC and then output in the dtsc file.

MistFLV2DTSC < movie.flv > movie.dtsc
MistDTSCFix movie.dtsc

Now, add your content in the administration portal. Go in Protocols and add a new one. You can add 2 types of protocols : HTTP or RTMP and associate it to a port. The interface is the network interface you want to use.

Ok, so your server is set-up to stream file on HTTP and port 8080. Without adding one protocol, you can’t be able to stream a content.

Now, add our video (the movie.flv file). Go in Stream, fill a name and a source (the location of the file in the server). You will see in the server log (available via the Administration interface or via shell)

[STRM] New stream test

After few moment, the status updates to Available. You can now preview the content, click on Embed then Preview.

To finish, you can access to your content via differents url for the differents protocols  :

  • for FLV : http://server_address:port/movie.flv
  • for F4m : http://server_address:port/movie/manifest.f4m

Next step is to set-up a live stream and playing with the server, but this is for another post 😉

Update 12th April 2013 : Release of version 1.1

2 thoughts on “Mistserver – a new multimedia streaming server – First overview

  1. Nadia

    Thanks for your post about Mistserver.
    I am a begginer and have alot of questions. I wonder if it´s possible to stream video files whit AVI format? cause all my video files have AVI format, but as you wrote mistserver converts only FLV files. So how do i do that? I also had another question, how does a client/user access to the server, is the link address to the server not clients?

    Best Regards

    1. Olivier Post author

      Hi Nadia,

      Only FLV files are currently supported by Mist. I hope one day the MP4 files will be supported.
      The URL of the server is the IP of the server, you access to via the port defined in the administration interface. To complete this post, I will make very soon a new article which explain the new functionality of MistServer. In the mean time, you can ask to the dev team via the mailing list given in the website.



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