Use your server to publish
live content from Windows Media Encoder
This quick start demonstrates how to use Windows Media Services
to stream live content that it pulls from a computer running
Windows Media Encoder. The user experience is similar to watching a
traditional television program or tuning into a radio broadcast.
The user can watch or listen to the content, but does not have the
ability to pause, fast-forward, or rewind it.
For this task, you must have a separate computer running Windows
Media Encoder that has an audio or video capture card. The live
stream is encoded from an attached video camera, VCR, or
microphone. You can download Windows Media Encoder from the Windows
Media home page at the Microsoft Web site.
On the computer running Windows Media Encoder, start encoding
your live content by doing the following:
Start Windows Media Encoder and create a new broadcast
Begin encoding the session and note the connection URL for the
encoder. The connection URL has the following syntax: connection
protocol://encoder_name:port (for example,
http://encoder1:8080). This is the URL that the Windows Media
server uses to connect to the encoder. For more information about
setting up the encoder for a live broadcast, see Windows Media
Create a new broadcast publishing point on the Windows Media
server by using the Add Publishing Point Wizard:
In the console tree, expand the server from which you want to
stream the content, and then click the Publishing Points
On the Action menu, click Add Publishing Point
In the Add Publishing Point Wizard, do the following:
On the welcome page, click Next.
On the Publishing Point Name page, type a name for the
new publishing point.
On the Content Type page, click Encoder.
On the Publishing Point Type page, click Broadcast
On the Delivery Options for Broadcast Publishing Points
page, click Unicast.
Using the wizard, configure the following settings to enable
the publishing point to receive content from the encoder:
On the Encoder URL page, type the encoder URL using the
following syntax: http://encoder_name:port.
On the Unicast Logging page, select the check box if you
want to log data about your clients.
On the Publishing Point Summary page, verify that the
settings for the new publishing point are correct.
On the Completing the Add Publishing Point Wizard page,
select the Start publishing point when wizard finishes check
box, clear the After this wizard finishes check box, and
then click Finish.
Users can now connect to the live encoder stream by using the
URL of your publishing point. The URL of a broadcast publishing
point uses the following syntax: connection
example, mms://server1/my broadcast).
For more information about testing your streaming content, see
Testing a stream.
You can use announcements to direct users to
your content. Announcements are metafiles that automatically open
Windows Media Player and direct the Player to the content on a
publishing point. For more information about announcements, see
Working with the announcement
For a detailed description of how to set up
Windows Media Encoder, see Windows Media Encoder Help.