Category Archives: red5 managed servers

what is the use of red5?

Well there are 2 red5’s, the open source red5 which is the one we use on our servers and red5pro, which is very expensive but still does not do what Wowza Streaming Engine does.

Red5 the open source can be used for ondemand streaming which is video streaming, you upload videos (in flv or mp4 format) to a red5 server and you stream the videos using red5, it is a better experience then using just a normal server, it starts faster because you don’t have to download the all file to the viewer computer and it is difficult for users to steal the video. But and this always applies, you can stream only to flash players, and most platforms are leaving flash, specially mobiles, so what I am saying is that red5 does not work well with smartphones, be Apple or Android devices.

You can also use red5 to stream live events, or video chats software’s.

creating a new app on Red5 for live streaming

We will call this app live221.

first of all download the folder live from red5, the path is /usr/local/red5/webapps

if you ftp to the server you will see these apps.

then rename the folder live to live221

open the folder and go inside \WEB-INF folder, there are 3 files there, you need to change 2.

1- file: red5-web.properties
2 – file: web.xml

open on a text editor red5-web.properties , you will see the 2 lines below:
webapp.contextPath=/live
webapp.virtualHosts=*

change it to:

webapp.contextPath=/live221
webapp.virtualHosts=*

now open the second file web.xml the code on top:

red5 live app

upload the new folder, restart the Red5

go to the Red5 admin area and you will see the new app.

The servers we use, Lenovo RD240

Some of our customers ask what kind of servers we use. Although we have some older ones E5420, and the E5520, the latest ones we use are E5620 on a Lenovo RD240 box. 16 core, 48 giga of RAM connected on a 2 Gbps dedicated port.

take a look at the video provided by Lenovo:

Please visit our Hybrid servers page Red5 Managed Servers

or our dedicated servers at:

Dedicated Media Streaming servers