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Live555 Media Server: How to Stream Any Video File over RTSP/RTP


How to Download Live555




Live555 is a set of open source C++ libraries for multimedia streaming, using open standard protocols such as RTP/RTCP, RTSP, and SIP. It can be used to build streaming applications, such as live video and audio streaming, video conferencing, and media players. In this article, we will show you how to download live555 for different platforms and how to use it for your streaming needs.


What is Live555?




Live555 was developed by Live Networks, Inc., and is distributed under the LGPL license. It supports various video and audio formats, such as H.264, H.265, MPEG, AAC, MP3, and more. It also includes a complete RTSP server application, RTSP clients, and a RTSP proxy server. You can find more information about live555 on its official website.




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Features of Live555




Some of the features of live555 are:


  • It is cross-platform and can be compiled for Unix (including Linux and Mac OS X), Windows, and QNX (and other POSIX-compliant systems).



  • It is easy to extend and customize for new RTP payload types and streaming protocols.



  • It supports 'trick play' functionality for MPEG transport streams, such as fast-forward, rewind, pause, and resume.



  • It supports multicast streaming, as well as unicast and TCP streaming.



  • It has low latency and high performance.



Applications of Live555




Some of the applications that use live555 are:


  • VLC media player, a popular open source media player that can play various formats and protocols.



  • MPlayer, another open source media player that supports live streaming.



  • LIVE555 Media Server, a complete RTSP server application that can stream files or live sources.



  • LIVE555 Proxy Server, a proxy server that can relay or transcode RTSP streams.



  • LIVE555 HLS Proxy, a proxy server that can convert RTSP streams to HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) format.



  • vobStreamer, an application that can stream DVD content using RTP/RTCP/RTSP.



How to Download Live555 for Different Platforms




You can download live555 either as pre-built binaries or as source code. The pre-built binaries are available for some platforms, such as MacOS X, Linux, and FreeBSD. The source code can be compiled for any platform that supports C++.


Pre-built Binaries




If you want to download live555 as pre-built binaries, you can find them on the LIVE555 Media Server page. Here are the links for some platforms:


MacOS X




You can download the live555MediaServer binary for MacOS X (on Intel x86 processors) from here. You can also download the MPEG2TransportStreamIndexer and testMPEG2TransportStreamTrickPlay applications to support 'trick play' operations on MPEG transport streams from here.


Linux




You can download the live555MediaServer binary for Linux (on Intel x86 processors) from here. You can also download the MPEG2TransportStreamIndexer and testMPEG2TransportStreamTrickPlay applications to support 'trick play' operations on MPEG transport streams from here.


FreeBSD




You can download the live555MediaServer binary for FreeBSD (on Intel x86 processors) from here. You can also download the MPEG2TransportStreamIndexer and testMPEG2TransportStreamTrickPlay applications to support 'trick play' operations on MPEG transport streams from here.


Source Code




If you want to download live555 as source code, you can find it on the LIVE555 Streaming Media page. You can either download the latest version of the code as a tar.gz file, or use the CVS repository to get the most recent updates. The source code includes all the libraries and applications mentioned above, as well as some test programs and examples.


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How to Build from Source Code




To build live555 from source code, you need to have a C++ compiler and a make tool installed on your platform. You also need to have some basic knowledge of how to use them. Here are the general steps to build live555 from source code:


  • Download the source code from the LIVE555 Streaming Media page or the CVS repository.



  • Extract the source code to a directory of your choice.



  • Open a terminal window and change to the directory where you extracted the source code.



  • Type ./genMakefiles <platform>, where <platform> is one of the supported platforms, such as linux, macosx, windows, etc. This will generate the appropriate makefiles for your platform.



  • Type make to compile the source code and create the libraries and applications.



  • Type make install (optional) to install the libraries and applications to a standard location on your system.



You can find more detailed instructions on how to build live555 from source code for different platforms on the LIVE555 Streaming Media page.


Conclusion




In this article, we have shown you how to download live555 for different platforms and how to use it for your streaming needs. Live555 is a set of open source C++ libraries for multimedia streaming, using open standard protocols such as RTP/RTCP, RTSP, and SIP. It supports various video and audio formats, such as H.264, H.265, MPEG, AAC, MP3, and more. It also includes a complete RTSP server application, RTSP clients, and a RTSP proxy server. You can use live555 to build streaming applications, such as live video and audio streaming, video conferencing, and media players. We hope you have found this article helpful and informative.


FAQs




Here are some frequently asked questions about live555:


  • Q: Is live555 free?



  • A: Yes, live555 is free and open source software. It is distributed under the LGPL license, which means you can use it for any purpose, as long as you comply with the license terms.



  • Q: How can I get support for live555?



  • A: You can get support for live555 by joining the live-devel mailing list, where you can ask questions, report bugs, and share your experiences with other users and developers of live555. You can also browse the archives of the mailing list for previous discussions and solutions.



  • Q: How can I contribute to live555?



  • A: You can contribute to live555 by reporting bugs, suggesting improvements, submitting patches, or donating money. You can find more information on how to contribute on the LIVE555 Streaming Media page.



  • Q: What are some alternatives to live555?



  • A: Some alternatives to live555 are GStreamer, FFmpeg, and LibVLC. These are also open source multimedia frameworks that support streaming protocols and formats. However, they may have different features, performance, and compatibility than live555.



  • Q: How can I learn more about live555?



  • A: You can learn more about live555 by reading the documentation, browsing the source code, or watching some tutorials on YouTube.





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