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Nimble Streamer live streaming reference

Any live streaming protocol can be handled at lost cost and high efficiency


Nimble Streamer is a powerful and flexible media server that provides a wide range of features for live streaming. It can perform transmuxing to re-packaging content in real-time without changing it, and transcoding, which allows changing the content itself. The server is highly efficient and has a low resource consumption, making it one of the most efficient streaming servers on the market.

Nimble Streamer: Cost-Efficient Streaming Software read the spotlight article at Streaming Media to learn more about our approach to streaming efficiency.

Take a look at our latest case study:
LiveX and VVCR: Nimble Streamer Powers Cloud Production Innovator
featuring some of our interesting features used by leading production company.

Input protocols

The supported input protocols for live streaming in Nimble are as follows:

Hot swap capabilities like Emergency hot swap and Failover hot swap allow switching between source origin and substitute streams with no glitches or artifacts.

Enhanced interleaving compensation can be set up in case when your audio and video are unsynchronized.

Transmuxing

By default, Nimble Streamer performs transmuxing of content. This means re-packaging between protocols on-the-fly without changing the content.
The same core transmuxed all content from once set of protocols into other and avoids processing overhead.

Transcoding

Nimble Streamer Transcoder is a premium add-on that provides advanced filtering capabilities and supports a wide range of input and output codecs, including H.264, H.265/HEVC, VP8, VP9, and more. The server also provides support for a variety of output protocols, including ABR HLS, ABR MPEG-DASH, RTMP, RTMPS, SRT, RIST, RTSP, MPEG-TS, Icecast, and SLDP. Nimble Streamer provides DRM protection and server-side ads insertion through its Advertizer framework.

  • Input video content codecs are H.264, H.265/HEVC, VP8, VP9, MPEG2 and MPEG4
  • Input audio codec are AAC, MP3, MP2, Opus, Speex and PCM G.711 (a-law, μ-law).
  • Output video codecs: H.264 and HEVC
  • Output audio codecs: AAC and MP3
  • Pass-through of original codecs may also be used
  • Advanced filtering with FFmpeg filters allows transforming content in various ways. Some examples are changing the video resize, graphic overlays, picture-in-picture, key frames alignments, audio re-sampling etc.
  • Decoding and encoding are done just once to avoid processing overhead.
  • Several advantages over traditional FFmpeg command-line tool.
  • Web UI provides easy-to-use drag-n-drop workflow to apply transcoding scenarios across various servers in a few clicks.
  • Intel® Quick Sync Video hardware and software support.
  • NVidia® NVENC hardware acceleration support – check stress-testing of Tesla M60 GPU to see some benchmarks.
  • NDI is available for input and output.

Transcoder documentation reference has links to all setup and configuration articles.

Output protocols

The supported output protocols for live streaming are highlighted below:

YouTube recommends Nimble Streamer among approved encoders for YouTube Live streaming for RTMP and upcoming SRT ingest.

Output options

Supported codecs

Video:

  • H.264 input and output is supported via all protocols
  • H.265/HEVC input via RTSP, SRT, RIST and MPEG-TS with output via MPEG-DASH, RTSP, MPEG-TS, SRT, RIST and HLS
  • AV1 input via RTMP, SRT, RIST and MPEG-TS with output via MPEG-DASH, RTMP and SRT.
    AV1 can be delivered via WebRTC WHIP from Chrome browser and played via WebRTC WHEP in Chrome as well.
  • VP6 input and output via RTMP
  • VP8 and VP9 input and output via RTSP
  • VP8 and VP9 input via WebRTC

Audio:

  • AAC input and output is supported via all protocols
  • AC3 and E-AC3 input via MPEG-TS and RTSP, output via MPEG-TS, RTSP and HLS
  • MP3 input and output via all protocols
  • Speex input and output via RTMP
  • Opus input and output via WebRTC

Read more about codecs supported in Nimble Streamer

Nimble DRM

Nimble Streamer DRM provides protection with digital rights management.

  • Google Widevine for MPEG-DASH via BuyDRM, EZDRM, PallyCon and Widevine Cloud Service.
  • Microsoft Playready for MPEG-DASH via BuyDRM, EZDRM and PallyCon.
  • Apple FairPlay for HLS via BuyDRM, EZDRM and PallyCon.
  • All encryption works for H.264/AVC and H.265/HEVC.
  • Supports Widevine Cloud Service with key rotation.
  • Supports BuyDRM KeyOS.
  • Supports EZDRM key management.
  • Supports PallyCon Multi-DRM SaaS.
  • CENC-powered MPEG-DASH and fMP4 HLS formats support DVR and VOD encryption.
  • Supports Verimatrix VCAS for HLS AES encryption.

Easy setup is described on Nimble Streamer DRM page.

Server-Side Ads Insertion (SSAI)

Nimble Advertizer server-side ads insertion (SSAI) framework allows performing dynamic ads insertion into your live streams.

  • Pre-roll and mid-roll ads
  • SCTE-35 markers support
  • Custom business logic and Personalized ads

Currently HLS, RTMP, SLDP and Icecast output protocols are supported.
Read more on Advertizer page

Remote control via web service

WMSPanel web service for managing multiple servers

Control your fleet of servers via WMSPanel web UI service. All settings are applied on-the-fly without streaming interruption. Same setting can be applied to multiple server instances in one click.
You may also use web APIs, native APIs and config files. See all configuration options.

WMSPanel reporting service allows aggregating stats from all servers and give your customers full picture of their content performance.

High performance

Nimble Streamer is the most efficient media server on the market and it has low resources consumption.

Paywall

Nimble Streamer is used for building secure content delivery networks.

Free trial of WMSPanel included