Video Playback with HLS - Amazon Kinesis Video Streams

Video Playback with HLS

To view a Kinesis video stream using HLS, you first create a streaming session using GetHLSStreamingSessionURL. This action returns a URL (containing a session token) for accessing the HLS session. You can then use the URL in a media player or a standalone application to display the stream.

An Amazon Kinesis video stream has the following requirements for providing video through HLS:

  • For streaming video, the media must contain H.264 or H.265 encoded video and, optionally, AAC encoded audio. Specifically, the codec ID of track 1 should be V_MPEG/ISO/AVC (for H.264) or V_MPEG/ISO/HEVC (for H.265). Optionally, the codec ID of track 2 should be A_AAC. For audio only streaming, the codec ID of track 1 should be A_AAC.

  • Data retention must be greater than 0.

  • The video track of each fragment must contain codec private data in the Advanced Video Coding (AVC) for H.264 format or HEVC for H.265 format (MPEG-4 specification ISO/IEC 14496-15). For information about adapting stream data to a given format, see NAL Adaptation Flags.

  • The audio track (if present) of each fragment must contain codec private data in the AAC format (AAC specification ISO/IEC 13818-7).

Example: Using HLS in HTML and JavaScript

The following example shows how to retrieve an HLS streaming session for a Kinesis video stream and play it back in a webpage. The example shows how to play back video in the following players:

Set Up the Kinesis Video Streams Client for HLS Playback

To access streaming video with HLS, first create and configure the Kinesis Video Streams client (to retrieve the service endpoint) and archived media client (to retrieve the HLS streaming session). The application retrieves the necessary values from input boxes on the HTML page.

<script src=""></script> ... var protocol = $('#protocol').val(); var streamName = $('#streamName').val(); // Step 1: Configure SDK Clients var options = { accessKeyId: $('#accessKeyId').val(), secretAccessKey: $('#secretAccessKey').val(), sessionToken: $('#sessionToken').val() || undefined, region: $('#region').val(), endpoint: $('#endpoint').val() || undefined } var kinesisVideo = new AWS.KinesisVideo(options); var kinesisVideoArchivedContent = new AWS.KinesisVideoArchivedMedia(options);

Retrieve the Kinesis Video Streams Archived Content Endpoint for HLS Playback

After the clients are initiated, retrieve the Kinesis Video Streams archived content endpoint to retrieve the HLS streaming session URL:

// Step 2: Get a data endpoint for the stream console.log('Fetching data endpoint'); kinesisVideo.getDataEndpoint({ StreamName: streamName, APIName: "GET_HLS_STREAMING_SESSION_URL" }, function(err, response) { if (err) { return console.error(err); } console.log('Data endpoint: ' + response.DataEndpoint); kinesisVideoArchivedContent.endpoint = new AWS.Endpoint(response.DataEndpoint);

Retrieve the HLS Streaming Session URL

When you have the archived content endpoint, call the GetHLSStreamingSessionURL API to retrieve the HLS streaming session URL:

// Step 3: Get a Streaming Session URL var consoleInfo = 'Fetching ' + protocol + ' Streaming Session URL'; console.log(consoleInfo); ... else { kinesisVideoArchivedContent.getHLSStreamingSessionURL({ StreamName: streamName, PlaybackMode: $('#playbackMode').val(), HLSFragmentSelector: { FragmentSelectorType: $('#fragmentSelectorType').val(), TimestampRange: $('#playbackMode').val() === "LIVE" ? undefined : { StartTimestamp: new Date($('#startTimestamp').val()), EndTimestamp: new Date($('#endTimestamp').val()) } }, ContainerFormat: $('#containerFormat').val(), DiscontinuityMode: $('#discontinuityMode').val(), DisplayFragmentTimestamp: $('#displayFragmentTimestamp').val(), MaxMediaPlaylistFragmentResults: parseInt($('#maxResults').val()), Expires: parseInt($('#expires').val()) }, function(err, response) { if (err) { return console.error(err); } console.log('HLS Streaming Session URL: ' + response.HLSStreamingSessionURL);

Display the Streaming Video with HLS Playback

When you have the HLS streaming session URL, provide it to the video player. The method for providing the URL to the video player is specific to the player used.

The following code example shows how to provide the streaming session URL to a Video.js player:

// VideoJS elements <video id="videojs" class="player video-js vjs-default-skin" controls autoplay></video> <link rel="stylesheet" href=""> <script src=""></script> <script src=""></script> ... else if (playerName === 'VideoJS') { var playerElement = $('#videojs');; var player = videojs('videojs'); console.log('Created VideoJS Player'); player.src({ src: response.HLSStreamingSessionURL, type: 'application/x-mpegURL' }); console.log('Set player source');; console.log('Starting playback');

The following code example shows how to provide the streaming session URL to a Google Shaka player:

// Shaka Player elements <video id="shaka" class="player" controls autoplay></video> <script src=""> </script> ... else if (playerName === 'Shaka Player') { var playerElement = $('#shaka');; var player = new shaka.Player(playerElement[0]); console.log('Created Shaka Player'); player.load(response.HLSStreamingSessionURL).then(function() { console.log('Starting playback'); }); console.log('Set player source');

The following code example shows how to provide the streaming session URL to an hls.js player:

// HLS.js elements <video id="hlsjs" class="player" controls autoplay></video> <script src=""></script> ... var playerName = $('#player').val(); if (playerName == 'HLS.js') { var playerElement = $('#hlsjs');; var player = new Hls(); console.log('Created HLS.js Player'); player.loadSource(response.HLSStreamingSessionURL); player.attachMedia(playerElement[0]); console.log('Set player source'); player.on(Hls.Events.MANIFEST_PARSED, function() {; console.log('Starting playback'); }); }

Troubleshooting HLS Issues

If the video stream does not play back correctly, see Troubleshooting HLS Issues.

Completed Example for HLS Playback

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