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Installing Live Transcoder

Nimble Streamer Live Transcoder installation

Please notice that Nimble Streamer Transcoder is only available for 64-bit systems.
If Nimble Streamer is not available in the system, it will be installed.


This is an installation procedure for Live Transcoder package for Nimble Streamer which is required to make transcoding work.
Nimble Streamer installation is described here as it's a separate procedure.

Obtain a license

Before installing the transcoder and server, you need to have WMSPanel account. Just sign up to get your account if you still don't have one.

Any Transcoder instance requires an active subscription which is available on a monthly basis. Check the pricing page for detailed description of the pricing terms.
Being logged into WMSPanel, click on "Transcoders" top menu and click on "Manage transcoder licenses" button. Follow instructions on that page to proceed with payments.

You will get a license key which will be used during further installation.

Choose your operating system

Install Transcoder for Nimble Streamer on Ubuntu

Install Transcoder package

Add following rep into /etc/apt/sources.list

For Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty:

deb http://nimblestreamer.com/ubuntu trusty/
For Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet and 15.10 Wily Werewolf:
deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ trusty main restricted
deb http://nimblestreamer.com/ubuntu trusty/
For Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus:
deb http://nimblestreamer.com/ubuntu xenial/
For Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver:
deb http://nimblestreamer.com/ubuntu bionic/
Run:
wget -q -O - http://nimblestreamer.com/gpg.key | sudo apt-key add -
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install nimble-transcoder

Register transcoder instance in WMSPanel

sudo /usr/bin/nimble_regutil --transcoder-license <transcoder_license_key>
You will be asked for your WMSPanel login and password sent to you during sign up in WMSPanel.

Optional: Restart server

If Nimble Streamer is already present in the system, you don't need to restart anything, the transcoder instance will be linked dynamically.

If Nimble has just been installed, you need to re-start it.

sudo service nimble restart

Upgrading Transcoder

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install nimble-transcoder

If you get an error about unknown GPG key import Nimble Repository public key, use the following command:

wget -q -O - http://nimblestreamer.com/gpg.key | sudo apt-key add -

Install Transcoder for Nimble Streamer on Debian

Install Transcoder package

Add following rep into /etc/apt/sources.list

For Debian 7 Wheezy:

deb http://nimblestreamer.com/debian/ wheezy/
For Debian 8 Jessie:
deb http://nimblestreamer.com/debian/ jessie/
For Debian 9 Stretch:
deb http://nimblestreamer.com/debian/ stretch/
Run:
wget -q -O - http://nimblestreamer.com/gpg.key | apt-key add -
apt-get update
apt-get install nimble-transcoder

Register transcoder instance in WMSPanel

sudo /usr/bin/nimble_regutil --transcoder-license <transcoder_license_key>
You will be asked for your WMSPanel login and password sent to you during sign up in WMSPanel.

Optional: Restart server

If Nimble Streamer is already present in the system, you don't need to restart anything, the transcoder instance will be linked dynamically.

If Nimble has just been installed, you need to re-start it.

sudo service nimble restart

Upgrading Transcoder

apt-get update
apt-get install nimble-transcoder

If you get an error about unknown GPG key import Nimble Repository public key, use the following command:

wget -q -O - http://nimblestreamer.com/gpg.key | apt-key add -

Install Transcoder for Nimble Streamer on CentOS 7

Install Transcoder package

Create file /etc/yum.repos.d/nimble.repo with following content:

[nimble]
name= Nimble Streamer repository
baseurl=http://nimblestreamer.com/centos/7/$basearch
enabled=1
gpgcheck=1
gpgkey=http://nimblestreamer.com/gpg.key
Run:
sudo yum update
sudo yum install nimble-transcoder
The installer will prompt to install a signature key and a package. Just type "y".
Is this ok [y/N]: y

Register transcoder instance in WMSPanel

sudo /usr/bin/nimble_regutil --transcoder-license <transcoder_license_key>
You will be asked for your WMSPanel login and password sent to you during sign up in WMSPanel.

Optional: Restart server

If Nimble Streamer is already present in the system, you don't need to restart anything, the transcoder instance will be linked dynamically.

If Nimble has just been installed, you need to re-start it.

sudo service nimble restart

Installation error

You may get messages like this after launching "sudo yum install nimble-transcoder" command:

Error: Package: nimble-transcoder-1.0.8-1.el7.centos.x86_64 (nimble)
Requires: libva-drm.so.1()(64bit)
Error: Package: nimble-transcoder-1.0.8-1.el7.centos.x86_64 (nimble)
Requires: libva.so.1(VA_API_0.33.0)(64bit)
Error: Package: nimble-transcoder-1.0.8-1.el7.centos.x86_64 (nimble)
Requires: libva.so.1()(64bit)
You need to add EPEL repository to your server. Run these commands:
yum -y install epel-release
yum repolist
Then try to installing Transcoder again.

Upgrading Transcoder

sudo yum makecache
sudo yum install nimble-transcoder
sudo service nimble restart
If you get an error about unknown GPG key import Nimble Repository public key, add the following line to /etc/yum.repos.d/nimble.repo:
gpgcheck=1
gpgkey=http://nimblestreamer.com/gpg.key

Install Transcoder for Nimble Streamer on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 / CentOS 6

Install Transcoder package

Install RHEL EPEL repository

wget http://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/6/x86_64/epel-release-6-8.noarch.rpm
wget http://rpms.famillecollet.com/enterprise/remi-release-6.rpm
sudo rpm -Uvh remi-release-6*.rpm epel-release-6*.rpm
Create file /etc/yum.repos.d/nimble.repo with following content:
[nimble]
name= Nimble Streamer repository
baseurl=http://nimblestreamer.com/centos/6/$basearch
enabled=1
gpgcheck=1
gpgkey=http://nimblestreamer.com/gpg.key
Run:
sudo yum update
sudo yum install nimble-transcoder
The installer will prompt to install a signature key and a package. Just type "y".
Is this ok [y/N]: y

Register transcoder instance in WMSPanel

sudo /usr/bin/nimble_regutil --transcoder-license <transcoder_license_key>
You will be asked for your WMSPanel login and password sent to you during sign up in WMSPanel.

Optional: Restart server

If Nimble Streamer is already present in the system, you don't need to restart anything, the transcoder instance will be linked dynamically.

If Nimble has just been installed, you need to re-start it.

sudo service nimble restart

Upgrading Transcoder

sudo yum makecache
sudo yum install nimble-transcoder
sudo service nimble restart

If you get an error about unknown GPG key import Nimble Repository public key, add the following line to /etc/yum.repos.d/nimble.repo:

gpgcheck=1
gpgkey=http://nimblestreamer.com/gpg.key

Install Transcoder for Nimble Streamer on Raspbian at Raspberry Pi / Orange Pi

Install Transcoder package

Add following rep into /etc/apt/sources.listFor Raspbian Wheezy:

deb http://nimblestreamer.com/raspbian/ wheezy/
Run:
wget -q -O - http://nimblestreamer.com/gpg.key | apt-key add -
apt-get update
apt-get install nimble-transcoder

Register transcoder instance in WMSPanel

sudo /usr/bin/nimble_regutil --transcoder-license <transcoder_license_key>
You will be asked for your WMSPanel login and password sent to you during sign up in WMSPanel.

Optional: Restart server

If Nimble Streamer is already present in the system, you don't need to restart anything, the transcoder instance will be linked dynamically.

If Nimble has just been installed, you need to re-start it.

sudo service nimble restart

Upgrading Transcoder

apt-get update
apt-get install nimble-transcoder

If you get an error about unknown GPG key import Nimble Repository public key, use the following command:

wget -q -O - http://nimblestreamer.com/gpg.key | apt-key add -

Install Transcoder for Nimble Streamer on Windows

Install Nimble Streamer if not installed

Follow Nimble Streamer installation instruction

Install Transcoder package

Download Nimble Streamer Transcoder installer

Launch the installer and follow setup wizard steps.

Register Transcoder in WMSPanel

Windows 8.1 / Windows 10:
Search for "Register Nimble Streamer Transcoder" in the Windows 8 Start menu

Windows 7 / Windows Server 2003/2008/2012/2016:
Use "Start" -> "All Programs" -> "Nimble Streamer" -> "Register Nimble Streamer Transcoder" menu

Transcoder will become available in the panel immediately.
If you got "Unable to find writable nimble.conf file" message than you need to right-click on "Register Nimble Streamer" and select "Run as Administrator".

Upgrading Transcoder

  1. Run this command to stop Nimble Streamer
    net stop NimbleStreamer
  2. Download and install the latest available Transcoder Windows package using instruction above.
  3. Run this command to start Nimble Streamer
    net start NimbleStreamer

Install Transcoder for Nimble Streamer on Mac OS X

Install Nimble Streamer if not installed
Follow Nimble Streamer installation instruction

Install additional software

1. Install MacPorts using this website to download and install.

2. Run in terminal:

sudo port install speex freetype

Install Transcoder package

Download Nimble Streamer Transcoder installer

Launch the installer and follow setup wizard steps.

Register transcoder instance in WMSPanel

sudo /usr/local/nimble/bin/nimble_regutil --transcoder-license <transcoder_license_key>
You will be asked for your WMSPanel login and password sent to you during sign up in WMSPanel.

Optional: Restart server

If Nimble Streamer is already present in the system, you don't need to restart anything, the transcoder instance will be linked dynamically.

If Nimble has just been installed, you need to re-start it.

sudo launchctl unload /Library/LaunchDaemons/nimble.plist
sudo launchctl load /Library/LaunchDaemons/nimble.plist

Upgrading Transcoder

Just download and install the latest Nimble Transcoder using instruction above. The installer will update binaries and will keep the existing configuration files.

Further usage

Please check Transcode documentation reference for more infromation about setup and usage.

Also take a look at Live Transcoder YouTube playlist to see some step-by-step instructions.

Troubleshooting

Take a look at Troubleshooting Live Transcoder article to see some known corner cases and their resolution.




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