Softvelum Low Delay Protocol

Low latency is an important issue for live streaming industry. Many use cases need lowest possible delay in delivery, such as security, online chats, gaming, bidding and more.
As soon as Flash and RTMP are deing declined by the industry, there is a need for real-time delivery protocol supported on multiple platforms.

Softvelum introduces SLDP - a last-mile delivery protocol to provide sub-second delay between media server output and user playback.

  • SLDP is based on WebSockets for transmission.
  • Sub-second delay between origin and player.
  • Codec-agnostic - you can stream H.264, H.265/HEVC, VP8 and VP9 to the platforms which support the playback.
  • Real-time adaptive bitrate (ABR) is supported to allow switching channels nearly instantly. It takes just a GOP time to start new rendition playback.
  • Uses HTTP and HTTPS on top of TCP so you can use it with any network environment.

Transmuxing and transcoding for SLDP

Nimble Streamer takes most popular protocols as input for further processing. They are RTMP, RTSP, MPEG-TS, SRT, UDT, HLS, Icecast and SHOUTcast. Once the data is received it can be transmuxed into all supported live streaming protocols which include SLDP among others.
Server passes though the content without changes in case of transmuxing, so whatever the original protocol carries, it will be brought via SLDP to a client.

Live Transcoder can be used in this pipeline in cases when some content transformation is needed. This might be downscaling for ABR, filtering, re-sampling, changing profile or whatever else is needed. Transcoder produces H.264 or H.265 (HEVC) video with AAC or MP3 audio so the target platform should be able to play that.

If the ABR SLDP stream is produced, each single bitrate stream within ABR stream may use its own codec or different profile of the same codec. So your FullHD streams may use high profile and other lower resolution streams will use H.264 baseline.

SLDP setup in Nimble Streamer

From scenarios setup perspective, SLDP is just one more protocol in our bundle.
Use this article as a setup reference and this FAQ article for some specific details.

Use this article to set up ABR streams.

Browser support

SLDP can be played in HTML5 browsers with MSE on support using SLDP HTML5 player.
You can also add playback to your own players using JavaScript SDK.

Mobile support

Mobile SDKs for Android and iOS are available for adding playback capabilities to your own apps. This includes SLDP and RTMP support.
Visit our SLDP players page to see what you can use on client side.

See also:Live streamingAds insertionTranscoderCodecsVideo-on-demandBuilding infrastructureMobile solutions

Easy installation and upgrade

Nimble Streamer can be installed in a couple of small steps and upgraded to the latest version by running two or three simple commands in console.

Let us know if you need any help and search through our documentation to find more information.