Open source video revolution – OSMF on Red5

JWFLV Player vs Flow Player vs Strobe:

Strobe Player:

Note that in some cases flash player may ask you to accept ssl certificate. this happens only with red5 running the OSMF player

OSMF is a move by Adobe which clarifies how much flash is towards openness. Whether your needs are to setup a video-tube site or live event broadcasting, OSMF and Red5 provide the perfect package to go fully open source. No more cumbersome domain licenses. No more expensive RTMP solutions. Take up Red5 , download Adobe strobe playback component and go live – completely open source. (more…)

Ready to use – Red5 streamer application

Following Red5 Developer series from Dominick Accattato, and a neat explaination from on CustomFilenameGenerator, Here is a ready to use, fully capable pre-compiled Red5 application for anyone who wishes to set up Flash streaming with Red5 , but does not know where to start.

The application is tested on Red5 0.8. to use it in 0.9 you may have to remove the bandwidth-setting code in main Application class and recompile it.

How to configure Stream/Record paths:

1. Edit the file file red5-web.xml in the WEB-INF directory

2. Move down to the “streamFilenameGenerator” bean definition and adjust values of recordPath and playbackPath as you wish.

3. To use absolute paths, set “absolutePath” property as true.




# Update : Customstreamer for Red5 0.9:



# Update : Customstreamer for Red5 0.7: [Updated June 17 2010]


*Try out the new Red5 application generator HERE

Note:  To compile source, use eclipse J2ee build.

Connecting Red5 and Amf-php

Its been a long goal for me to connect Red5 to amfphp. You will see frequent needs of interacting with MySQL database from red5. Many people suggest using JDBC. Although thats  valid suggestion, its more of a headache for a non Java developer and the server administrator. Many people also suggest using flash to amfphp direct., but mind it thats the most incorrect way of doing things, when you want it secure.

Here is how you actually get Java to talk to php, the modern style :).  First anf foremost grab a copy of amfphp 1.2 from Sourceforge. Note: download amfphp 1.2,  as amfphp 1.9 is not compatible with red5’s amf decoding.

Step 1.  Setup the amfphp gateway at your server root. Like so:


See video on setting up amfphp

Step 2. Download and install red5, then setup a new application using red5plugin in eclipse. (i wont discuss how to setup red5 application here. you can refer to external links for that. Mainly: Red5 developer series videos)

Step 3.  Create a new amfphp service class like this and save as Red5Service.php in services folder of amfphp.

class Red5Service

function  Red5Service()
$this->methodTable = array(
"login" => array(
"description" => "login user -> returns true/false",
"access" => "remote",
"arguments" => array ("username","password")
"logout" => array(
"description" => "logout user -> returns nothing",
"access" => "remote",
"arguments" => array ("username")

function login($username,$password)
return true;

function logout($username)

Step 4. In your red5 application, connect method  place a call to your amfphp service,  as shown below:

/** {@inheritDoc} */
public boolean connect(IConnection conn, IScope scope, Object[] params)
RemotingClient client = new RemotingClient("http://localhost/amfphp/gateway.php");
Object[] args = new Object[]{'rajdeep','xyz123'};
Object result = client.invokeMethod("Red5Service.login", args);

if(!result.equals(true)) return false; 
catch (IOException e)
return false;
return true;   

As you will see when a user connects to red5 application, the connect handler makes a connection to amfphp gateway and sends the parameters ‘rajdeep’ and ‘xyz123’ as arguments. the amf service can then do its own computations as you want it to and return a boolean expression – true/false at the end. If the java RemotingClient receives a true it lets the connect method accepts the connection else reject it. Also note the try catch block.  also since we dont know what network situations may prevail, so need to be sure that if red5 cannot connect to amfphp it will reject the client connection anyways.

Thats all  for the basics to make things hotter try experimenting with params sent to red5 from flash and the database stuff 🙂

Red5 0.9 out and shining


The new Red5 0.9 is out. I guess i missed it on release date  🙁 . Nevertheless..  the Red5 team   seems to be doing a wonderful job as they near to the first stable version (1.0) of Red5.  And since its the only good to use and friendly Open source RTMP server out there, its no wonder that everyone have their eye on its progress.  Great job Red5 Team !!