Red5 vs Wowza
Although both red5 and Wowza Streaming Engine are media servers there are a number of differences between, first of all wowza is more expensive then red5…. red5 is free and wowza costs $55 a month to use it on a server.
Wowza is more stable, we run servers with red5 and servers with wowza, red5 has to be restarted once or twice a month, wowza we never had to restart it because it stuck.
But while red5 can run on a virtual server with 4 giga of RAM and still manage to broadcast to 100 viewers or host a video chat site, wowza needs a dedicated server and some good RAM. So I would say that wowza is more resource hungry than red5.
Red5 is very badly documented. At the very least you need a good understanding of Java and networking to make sense of it.
Red5 is developed by volunteers, as such there is no support other than people helping each other in a mailing list. You need patience and the skills to help fix your own problem. (Don’t worry we are here to help!)
Below is a table with some comparison between red5 and wowza media servers:
Wowza Streaming Engine 4
|Developer edition||10 Connections (Free)||Free|
(30 day Trial also available)
Daily License (5$)
Monthly License (55$)
Mac OS X
64-bit Support on all
|Audio / Video Streaming (live and on-demand)||FLV
AAC, LC-AAC, HE-AAC
|Multi Client/ Multi Protocol Streaming||Flash (RTMP)
iPhone/iPad (HTTP Streaming)
Silverlight (Smooth Streaming)
|Recording||H.264/AAC to FLV container
H.264/AAC to MP4 (Quicktime) container
|Inbound Live Encoder Support||RTMP (Flash & H.264/AAC)
RTSP / RTP / MPEG-TS
(H.264/AAC: unicast, multicast, TCP, UDP)
ICY (MP3/AAC: SHOUTcast/ icecast)
|Action Method Format 3 (AMF3)||AMF3(Bi-directional )||AMF3|
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