Embedding a live RTSP stream of H.264 video in a webpage


I have a server providing live H.264 video over a network via RTSP (rtsp://…), and I've been trying to find a way to display the stream to users in their browser (on at least Windows and OS X – Linux is a bonus). I currently have VLC Player embedded and have it working in both IE9 and Mozilla Firefox 12.0, but it would be ideal if, at most, the user just has to install a plugin for their browser or something similar (as opposed to a whole program).

I am able to use Open Source solutions, but I can't use anything GPL. A Java applet or anything similar is a possibility.

Solutions considered so far which didn't seem to work:

  • HTML5 Video Tag: Doesn't seem to support live RTSP streams
  • GStreamer (Java Bindings) / OSSBuild GStreamer-WinBuilds v0.10.7 Beta 4 LGPL: Plugins seemed flaky with RTSP sources and the WinBuild (my stream gave errors related to a stream SETUP request, while others did not)
  • JavaFX: Seemed to have dropped support for live RTSP streams in its most recent release
  • Xuggler: Licensing seems to pose an issue
  • JMF: Old, no apparent H.264 support
  • FMJ: Doesn't seem to be any support for live RTSP streams

Should I reevaluate any of these possibilities?
Any other suggestions (such as in Flash or Silverlight) would be greatly appreciated.


Edit: it would be really great to get a solution in HTML5.

Best Solution

Live streaming must be supported by browser, not the HTML5 player. You can refer the documentation here http://www.bitspace.in/2011/02/html5-live-streaming-media-server.html. Also rtsp cannot be played using HTML5 as in http://www.jquery4u.com/flowplayer/html5-video-rtsp-live-streams/#.T9hzRjkpK0x. If you can transcode the video then you might use HTML5. For reference you can check the answer from Convert rtsp video stream to http stream or refer the documentation from wowza server for converting stream http://www.wowza.com/forums/content.php?39-How-to-re-stream-video-from-an-IP-camera-%28RTSP-RTP-re-streaming. In general rtsp stream opens with external player if there is no player already embedded in your code but dont know how you can give the message to the user to install any plugin to play the stream and how far this will work across devices and cross-browser. Also there is no support for any of the flash player to handle rtsp stream except http and rtmp.

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