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Adobe Media Server Alternatives

Aug
05

Adobe Media Server is a fine piece of software. It runs cross platform and has a very rich set of features. From what I’ve found there are not many players competing with Media Server on the proprietary front. There is basically one other 500 pound gorilla, Wowza.  It’ll be hard to beat either of this for rapid development, solid stability, and professional support.

If anyone has read this blog before they may find the author has a propensity to avoid proprietary solutions. Media servers will be no different. At the time of this writing in 2017 there are some decent open source media server alternatives. Most open source media server solutions will be offer less features than their closed source competitors but depending on the application this might not be a deal breaker and when it comes to simple video and audio it shouldn’t be.

One of the more older and more mature open source media servers is Red5. Red5 does actually offer a pretty full feature set. Over the years it’s been battle tested. The reputation of Red5 seems to vary depending on the group of people talking about it.

MonaServer is an open source media server written in C++. It has lots of features and is under active development.

Janus Gatway is primarily written in c. Janus has a lot of features and can be extended with plugins. Janus is focused around newer HTML5 technologies like WebRTC. The one drawback I found was the lack of RTMP support. This is not super important theses days but for people wanting to support really old browsers RTMP could be a must have.

nginx-rtmp-module can potentially fill the void that Janus Gateway leaves. It an also be run stand alone to make applications that support RTMP.

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