Wirecast vs. Flash Media Live Encoder – Part 2

Posted by Derrick on May 27, 2013 under Video Streaming and Compression | Comments are off for this article

Wirecast vs. Flash Media Live Encoder – Part 2. OK, as mentioned in this post we’ll discuss the many features of Wirecast.  As reminder, Flash Media Live Encoder is a free application and Wirecast is one that you’ll pay for. This is why you’ll see many more features available in Wirecast. So, let’s get started.

What you’ll first learn about Wirecast is that you can send Live Streams using various protocols such as RTMP, RTSP, and MMS.  This is what makes it one of the best tools for testing Live Streaming to your streaming server. In addition to protocols, there are built-in options for streaming using many content delivery networks such as Justin.TV, Brightcove, Ustream, Livestream and Limelight. If you don’t already have an option to record Live Streams directly on your server you can perform a recording of the video to disk. With the record to disk option you can replicate the settings of a preset or you can make it specific to your desired recording settings.  Wirecast also allows you to send multiple streams. For example, you can send several streams to various servers using different protocols if you’d like. You just need to ensure that you have the available bandwidth.

Now it’s time to talk about more features. Wirecast really serves as production switcher in software. Therefore, you can perform Live Streams using built-in lower thirds, custom lower thirds, videos, audio files, Picture-N-Picture, as well as many of special effects. What’s unique to this Live Encoder is the ability to allow compositing of several layers. Stayed tuned for the next post where I’ll discuss more features of Wirecast.  There are so many that I don’t want to leave out.

If you’d like to learn more about live streaming give us a call to sign up to attend one of our Wirecast Live Streaming Trainings On-site or On-line. Call Freeman Compression Inc. at 407.797.5466 for more information or e-mail us at info@freemancompression.com. Contact us about training times for your country if you are an international student.

Wirecast vs Flash Media Live Encoder – Part 1

Posted by Derrick on May 17, 2013 under Video Streaming and Compression | Comments are off for this article

Wirecast vs Flash Media Live Encoder. Well there’s really no comparison when it comes to which one you should choose. Why? The reason is because one is free and the other has a cost associated with.

Flash Media Live Encoder is the free live encoder and is great if you’re looking for an encoder to encode to a Flash Streaming Server with the option to use On VP6 or H.264. What’s nice is you can actually choose your profile of Main or Baseline for H.264. You can also choose your level as well. In addition, users can send live streams using a web cam or digital video camera. This tool gives you access to several presets and allows you to customize some as well. It has a lot of the normal settings available in compression tools such as frame rate, resolution, bit rate, etc. The main item that’s lacking on the PC version is access to an AAC encoder for free. Although mp3 encoding is a option for free but this means nothing if you need to stream to Apple iOS devices and other devices which support H.264 playback. The best feature about this tool is that’s it free. Tune in for the next post when I’ll talk about the features of Wirecast.

If you’d like to learn more about live streaming give us a call to sign up to attend one of our Wirecast Live Streaming Trainings On-site or On-line. Call Freeman Compression Inc. at 407.797.5466 for more information or e-mail us at info@freemancompression.com. Contact us about training times for your country if you are an international student.

Adding Credentials in Flash Media Live Encoder

Posted by Derrick on May 10, 2013 under Video Streaming and Compression | Comments are off for this article

Adding Credentials in Flash Media Live Encoder is a little confusing. That’s because you won’t find a place in the FMLE interface to add your user name and password.  Usually you need to add credentials to authenticate to your Flash Streaming Server for publishing Live Streams.

Here’s how it works in Flash Media Live Encoder.  First, input the RTMP path to your streaming server in the encoder and then start the stream. Once you attempt to connect to the Flash Streaming Server the credentials dialog box will appear in FMLE. Input your user and password and you can start streaming.

If you’d like to learn more about streaming and compression give us a call to sign up to attend one of our Video Streaming and Compression Trainings in On-site, On-line or in Columbus, Ohio. Call Freeman Compression Inc. at 407.477.5837 for more information or e-mail us at info@freemancompression.com. Contact us about training times for your country if you are an international student.

ROKU Streaming Channels Continue to Grow

Posted by Derrick on May 7, 2013 under Video Streaming and Compression | Comments are off for this article

ROKU streaming channels continue to grow, which means that the delivery to this device will become commonplace.  What’s exciting is this continues to grow the use and need for streaming consulting services.  For clients providing on-demand streaming content they’ll need to plan for a large amount of encoding which allows content to be available at several different data rates for Adaptive Streaming.  Many on-demand content providers are beginning to remove older episodes of their video content from their websites and transitioning it to ROKU channels.  This is a great way to repurpose and  monitize video content.

In addition to On-demand Streaming channels, many Live Streaming channels are becoming available. For this year’s presidential inauguration I was able to watch it Live from the Wall Street Journal channel on my ROKU.  One of my favorite Live Streaming Channels is Time Warner which makes Live Streams of many of their channels available on the ROKU for their customers.

If you’d like to learn how you can create Live Streaming and On-demand Channels for the ROKU give us a call for consulting or to take a training class.  You can call Freeman Compression Inc. at 407.477.5837 for more information or e-mail us at info@freemancompression.com.  Contact us about training times for your country if you are an international student.