As you may have noticed form the previous section, the source configuration for each player has differing property requirements. This is due simply to the technologies and playback strategies that each use:

  • The WebRTC player utilizes WebSockets and WebRTC to subscribe to a video to be displayed in an HTML5 video element.
  • The Flash/RTMP player utilizes a SWF file to playback streaming video in the Flash Player plugin.
  • The HLS player utilizes the HTTP Live Streaming protocol to subscribe to a stream.

As such, the init configuration provided to the library to allow for auto-failover player selection should be provided with attributes defining the target source(s) - i.e., rtc, rtmp and/or hls:


<!doctype html>
    <!-- WebRTC Shim -->
    <script src="https://webrtchacks.github.io/adapter/adapter-latest.js"></script>
    <!-- Default Red5 Pro Playback Control styles. -->
    <link href="lib/red5pro/red5pro-media.css" rel="stylesheet">
    <!-- Fullscreen shim. -->
    <script src="lib/screenfull/screenfull.min.js"></script>
    <video id="red5pro-subscriber"
           class="red5pro-media red5pro-media-background"
           autoplay controls>
    <!-- Exposes `red5prosdk` on the window global. -->
    <script src="lib/red5pro/red5pro-sdk.min.js"></script>
    <!-- Example script below. -->
    <script src="main.js"></script>


(function (red5prosdk) {

  // Create a new instance of the Red5 Pro failover subcriber.
  var subscriber = new red5prosdk.Red5ProSubscriber();

    .setPlaybackOrder(['rtc', 'rtmp', 'hls'])
       "rtmp": {
          // See above documentation for RTMP source option requirements.
        "rtc": {
          // See above documentation for WebRTC source option requirements.
        "hls": {
          // See above documentation for HLS source option requirements
    .then(function(subscriber) {
      return subscriber.subscribe();
    .then(function(subscriber) {
      // `subscriber` is the WebRTC Subscriber instance.
      // playback should begin immediately due to
      //   declaration of `autoplay` on the `video` element.
    .catch(function(error) {
      // A fault occurred in finding failover subscriber and playing stream.


Important things to note:

  • Only rtc, rtmp and hls are supported values for order and are also accessible as enums on Red5ProVidepPlayer.playbackTypes