04 February, 2011

WP7: How to receive streaming video in your application

I yesterday set out to produce a streaming video client as a POC. Basically, I wanted the ability to show live video feeds on the phone and that without having to download the video onto the device first.

Therefore, the solution should be to receive a video in a streaming manner from a resource (server) on the internet.


How to do?

It turns out it is pretty easy to create. MS has creating a streaming video client control (Microsoft.Web.Media.SmoothStreaming, Link) that should be able to do the job, but it is not all that easy to use. On CodePlex, some guys have made a control that in contrast makes it very easy to set up. This framework is called SMF (Silverlight Media Framework) and includes a SMFPlayer control (http://smf.codeplex.com/)

The references you need to have in your project are shown below.


You need to add these to ref. in your page XAML:


and finally the player is embedded like this:

MediaSource="http://ecn.channel9.msdn.com/o9/content/smf/smoothcontent/bbbwp7/big buck bunny.ism/manifest"/>

That is basically all there is to it. Of-course a lot of properties/settings can me tweaked to make the player look/behave as you prefer – but a basic setup is the above. Note the mediaSource here is the bugsbunny sample stream; in this case hosted on a channel9-server.

Not sure as to why SMF suggests that you should reference the Microsoft.Web.SmoothStreaming assembly, as the project runs fine without it. But that’s what they state?

Happy coding!

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