Starting with Live

It is recommended to first check the install by following Verify Your Setup.

To setup Adaptive Bitrate (ABR) Streaming you need to create a 'publishing point' before the encoder can be started.

Publishing Point Creation


mp4split -o /var/www/live/channel1/channel1.isml

After this is done, you can use any encoder that supports fragmented MP4 output over HTTP (see the Factsheet).

When the encoder starts, the webserver will update the server manifest with the information on the incoming stream, create a .db3 file to maintain meta data and start writing the .ismv files containing the ingest:


The encoder needs to be stopped for a full reset, because otherwise the webserver will keep a lock on the .db3 file and it will not be recreated.

Publishing API

You may also create a server manifest with mp4split directly using the Publishing Point API:

See the Create section in the Publishing Point API documentation for further details.

Encoder URLs

Encoder URL outlines how the URL looks like that needs to be entered in the encoder.

Continuous timestamps

For an encoder to be able to start, stop and restart (the restart-on-encoder-reconnect option) the encoder needs to be configured to use Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) as the time it uses. Please refer to the Encoder Settings section or the encoder manual on how to configure this.

Webserver configuration

For the webserver to ingest the stream there should be a mapping between hostname and filesystem, e.g. the following should be set in your How to Configure (Unified Origin) vhost configuration in '/etc/apache/sites-enabled/live.conf':

DocumentRoot /var/www/live

The ServerName should also exist in your DNS to resolve to the ip address of the USP server.


It is not advised to use the ip address of the webserver, as the webserver then cannot make the vhost mapping.

Creating the server manifest as described above will create a 'channel1' directory in the DocumentRoot '/var/www/live':


The URL for the encoder then becomes:


Please note the webserver should have read and write rights on the DocumentRoot as outlined in the Create section of the Publishing Point API documentation.

Encoder Settings

For an overview of how the encoder needs to be setup (use UTC, closed GOP etc), please see the Encoding Requirements section.

Next Steps

More information on options for Live streaming, the REST API, status codes or how to create a redundant setup can be found in the Unified Origin - LIVE documentation.