The FreeSWITCH team is pleased to announce that we have officially released mod_rtmp – the first truly free RTMP solution for open source VoIP and telephony! A special thanks goes out to Barracuda Networks for sponsoring the professional development of this module and allowing it to be freely released under the MPL along with the rest of FreeSWITCH.
RTMP – the Real Time Messaging Protocol – was originally developed by Macromedia to allow the streaming of audio and video through the ubiquitous Flash player. After Adobe acquired Macromedia they released the RTMP specifications which has allowed third party developers to create server-side applications that work with Flash and other RTMP-enabled clients. mod_rtmp turns FreeSWITCH into an RTMP server, allowing you to bridge RTMP client streams to SIP and TDM connections as well as conferences. Currently, mod_rtmp supports the Speex audio codec.
One of the applications of this technology is to allow Web site visitors to make phone calls right from their browser. A company’s Web page can detect Flash and offer the visitor an option to “Click Here” to speak to a customer service representative.
To illustrate the usefulness of mod_rtmp, Anthony Minessale has added a Flash-based connector to the public FreeSWITCH conference. Browse there and try it out. Be sure that Flash is installed for your browser and that you have a headset or other audio device. For security reasons you will need to explicitly allow Flash to access to your audio device. Click “Call FreeSWITCH Conference” and then enter a name in the popup box. Click “Call” and you will be connected to the FreeSWITCH public conference. (Be sure to open the keypad and press zero to unmute!) If others are present you will be able to speak with them. Audio devices that support wide-band audio will produce higher quality audio.
Would you like to learn more about FreeSWITCH and mod_rtmp? Be sure to join the FreeSWITCH developers at ClueCon 2011 this August 9-11 in Chicago. ClueCon is a great opportunity to meet the authors of some of your favorite open source VoIP and telephony software projects.