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NOTE: This document is a work in progress. It is incomplete and untested.

This documentation is for Release 3.0.0.

These instructions provide a recipe for configuring Avalon to use Adobe Media Server (AMS) for content streaming.These instructions assume that the Apache server used is the one installed with AMS. If a separate Apache is used, make changes accordingly.

This example uses the default AMS installation location: /opt/adobe/ams

Configuration changes AMS:

1. /opt/adobe/ams/Apache2.2/conf/httpd.conf

Include avalon.conf by adding this line at the end:

Include conf/avalon.conf

2. /opt/adobe/ams/Apache2.2/conf/avalon.conf

<IfModule mod_disk_cache.c>
   CacheEnable disk /avalon 

RewriteEngine on
RewriteLock /tmp/avalon_rewrite_lock
RewriteMap avalon_auth prg:/opt/adobe/ams/Apache2.2/bin/avalon_auth
RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} audio-only=true
RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} codec=aac
RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} token=([^&]+)
RewriteRule ^/avalon/(.+).m3u8$ /avalon/audio-only-aac/$1.m3u8?token=%1 [R=301,L]

RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} audio-only=true
RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} token=([^&]+)
RewriteRule ^/avalon/(.+).m3u8$ /avalon/audio-only/$1.m3u8?token=%1 [R=301,L]

RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} token=([^&]+)
RewriteRule ^/avalon ${avalon_auth:%{REQUEST_URI}?token=%1}
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !(.+).ts$
RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} !token=
RewriteRule ^/avalon - [F]
RewriteRule ^/avalon/forbidden - [F]

<Location /avalon>
   HLSHttpStreamingEnabled true
   HLSMediaFileDuration 2000
   HttpStreamingContentPath "../webroot/avalon"
   HLSFmsDirPath ".."
   HLSJITConfAllowed true
   HLSM3U8MaxAge 86400
   HLSTSSegmentMaxAge 86400
   HLSMetaMaxAge 3600
   Options -Indexes FollowSymLinks
4. /opt/adobe/ams/Apache2.2/bin/avalon_auth

auth_url=`grep AVALON.AUTH_URL /opt/adobe/ams/conf/ams.ini | cut -d '=' -f 2 | sed 's/^ *//g'` 

while read uri; do
   raw=`curl -s "${auth_url}.txt?token=${parm[1]}"`
   valid=`echo ${parm[1]} | grep ^${resp}`
   if [ -n "${valid}" ] && [ -n "${resp}" ]; then
      	echo $uri
      echo '/avalon/forbidden'

5. /opt/adobe/ams/conf/ams.ini

Add avalon substitution variables at the end:

AVALON.STREAM_PATH = /opt/adobe/ams/webroot/avalon
AVALON.AUTH_URL = http://localhost/authorize

6. Create /opt/adobe/ams/applications/avalon/Application.xml

			<!-- Specifies application specific virtual directory mapping for recorded streams. -->

	<!-- Settings specific to runtime script engine memory -->
		<!-- This specifies the max size (Kb.) the runtime can grow to before -->
		<!-- garbage collection is performed. -->

			<!-- Specified in bytes/sec -->
			<!-- Specified in bytes/sec -->
				<!-- Drop live audio if audio q exceeds time specified. time in milliseconds -->
				<!-- Default buffer length in millisecond for live audio and video queue. -->
				<!-- Default buffer length in millisecond for live audio and video, value cannot be set below this by Flash player. -->
				<!-- Ratio of the buffer length used by server side stream -->
				<!-- to live buffer. The value is between 0 and 1. To -->
				<!-- avoid break up of audio, the ratio should not be more -->
				<!-- than 0.5 of the live buffer. -->
7. Create /opt/adobe/ams/applications/avalon/main.asc:
 * Avalon Media System authenticated RTMP streaming application for
 * Adobe Media Server.
 * Add the following keys to your <ams_install_home>/conf/ams.ini:
 *		AVALON.AUTH_URL = http://localhost/authorize
 *		AVALON.STREAM_PATH = /opt/adobe/ams/webroot/avalon
application.onAppStart = function()
   // Logging
   trace("Starting Avalon Streaming app...");
   this.avalonAuthUrl = application.config.avalonAuthUrl;
   trace("Requests will be authenticated against " + this.avalonAuthUrl);
   trace("...loading completed.");
application.onConnect = function( p_client, p_autoSenseBW )
   //Add security here
   p_client.writeAccess = ""; // prevents creating shared object or live streams.
   p_client.readAccess = "";  // no access by default
   var xhttp = new LoadVars();
   if (!xhttp.hasOwnProperty('token')) {
      trace('Missing token in request.');
      return false;
   var authed = false;
   xhttp.onHTTPStatus = function(status) {
   trace('Received ' + status);
   switch (status) {
      case 202: 
         authed = true;
      case 403: 
         authed = false;
   xhttp.onLoad = function() {
   if (authed) {
      // grant access to the specific mediapackage directories authorized
      p_client.readAccess = xhttp['authorized']; 
   // Accept the connection no matter what; the denial will happen when the stream is requested
   if (p_client.readAccess.length > 0) {
      trace("Client can read " + p_client.readAccess);
   } else {
      trace("Client cannot read anything");
   if (p_autoSenseBW)
   var authUrl = application.avalonAuthUrl;
   trace('Authorizing against ' + authUrl);
   return null;

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Other Resources

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