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An example of stream convertion to HLS and playing it in browser using HLS.js

The player shows how to convert stream published on WCS server to HLS and play it in browser. HLS stream cut starts automatically when strea is requested by HLS URL, for example https://demo.flashphoner.com:8445/test/test.m3u8 on the screenshot below

The code of the example

The source code can be accessed on server by the following path:

/usr/local/FlashphonerWebCallServer/client2/examples/demo/streaming/hls-js-player

hls-js-player.css - player page styles file
hls-js-player.html - player page
hls.js - player script (https://github.com/video-dev/hls.js/, Apache License Version 2.0)
hls-js-player.js - player launch script
hls.min.js - player script (minimized)

The example can be tested using the fiollowing URL:

https://host:8888/client2/examples/demo/streaming/hls-js-player/hls-js-player.html

Where host is WCS server address

Analyzing the code of the example

To analize the code get hls-js-player.js file version with hash 51703a2 which is available here and can be downloaded in build 0.5.28.2753.141.

1. A server HLS URL detection

getHLSUrl() code

function initPage() {
    $("#header").text("HLS.JS Player Minimal");
    $("#urlServer").val(getHLSUrl());
    ...
}

2. div element set up to pass to the player

code

A div element for stream playback is passed to player

function initPage() {
    ...
    remoteVideo = document.getElementById('remoteVideo');
    remoteVideo.style ="background-color: lightgrey;";
}

3. Stream name detection (the stream should be published to server)

encodeURIComponent() code

function playBtnClick() {
    if (validateForm()) {
        var streamName = $('#playStream').val();
        streamName = encodeURIComponent(streamName);
        ...
    }
}

4. HLS stream URL forming

code

If authentication key and token are set, they will be inclueded to stream URL

function playBtnClick() {
    if (validateForm()) {
        ...
        var videoSrc = $("#urlServer").val() + '/' + streamName + '/' + streamName + '.m3u8';
        var key = $('#key').val();
        var token = $("#token").val();
        if (key.length > 0 && token.length > 0) {
            videoSrc += "?" + key + "=" + token;
        }
        ...
    }
}

5. Player starting

code

If browser does not support MSE, player will not be started and a warning will be displayed

function playBtnClick() {
    if (validateForm()) {
        ...
        if (Hls.isSupported()) {
            var hls = new Hls();
            hls.loadSource(videoSrc);
            hls.attachMedia(remoteVideo);
            hls.on(Hls.Events.MANIFEST_PARSED, function() {
                console.log("Play with HLS.js");
                remoteVideo.play();
                onStarted();            
            });
        }
        else {
            $("#notifyFlash").text("Your browser doesn't support MSE technology required to play video");
        }
    }
}

6. Playback stopping

code

function stopBtnClick() {
    if (remoteVideo != null) {
        console.log("Stop HTML5 player");
        remoteVideo.pause();
        remoteVideo.currentTime = 0;
        remoteVideo.removeAttribute('src');
        remoteVideo.load();
    }
    onStopped();
}
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