Wowza Streaming Engine Excites Streaming Industry

Posted by Derrick on February 18, 2014 under Video Streaming and Compression | Comments are off for this article

Wowza Streaming Engine Excites Streaming Industry.  Wowza Media Systems, LLC, provider of Simply Powerful Streaming media server software, recently launched its new Wowza Streaming Engine, the most flexible and extensible video streaming software on the market with more powerful performance capabilities and a new intuitive management interface for easily deploying, managing and monitoring live and video on demand (VOD) streaming to any device.

Simplified Streaming Software

The customizable and scalable Wowza Streaming Engine software is the newest version of the company’s industry leading server software, formerly known as Wowza Media Server, that powers reliable streaming of high-quality video in any format to any device for businesses ranging from the Fortune 100 to SMBs, nonprofits and educational institutions to government agencies. Nearly half of the leading Content Delivery Networks in the world rely on Wowza to deliver engaging, high-quality video to the widest range of viewing devices on the market.

“In the streaming business, Wowza Media Server was a revolution in efficiency, simplicity and scalability, enabling businesses of all types and sizes to reliably stream any media to any device with unprecedented control,” said David Stubenvoll, Wowza CEO and co-founder. “Now, we’ve taken everything you love about Wowza and made it better. Wowza Streaming Engine represents a new era in streaming with improved flexibility, performance, full MPEG-DASH support and enhanced live streaming technology to deliver the best possible viewing experience.”

Video is increasingly important for businesses in every industry. While more than 90 percent of marketers use video as part of their campaigns, technical issues are a major hurdle for nearly one-fourth of companies looking to integrate video into their outreach efforts. Wowza Streaming Engine resolves those challenges with flexible streaming software for live and VOD that’s compatible with virtually any streaming environment.

“Wowza Streaming Engine makes it easy to set up a video streaming server and to monitor and manage our streaming operation—including real-time server metrics like CPU, memory and disk usage—which saves us time and money,” said Kenny Griffin with ResortCams.com, which uses Wowza to stream live webcams from dozens of locations in the U.S. and in Costa Rica. “The ability to access the Streaming Engine manager on a tablet or smartphone means I can even check in on the system when I’m away from the office.”

Powerful Functionality Puts Companies in Control

With both on-premises and cloud-based deployment options, Wowza Streaming Engine includes a wide range of customization options, allowing users to tailor streaming workflows to suit their specific needs. With Wowza Streaming Engine, users can:

  • Simplify delivery of any media to any device anywhere with a platform-agnostic, multi-format and multi-screen solution that transcodes any video input format into multiple formats automatically for reliable, high-quality delivery to any connected device.
  • Enjoy superior flexibility and control with customizable components and APIs within the Wowza software, which also integrates seamlessly with other systems and third-party solutions, allowing businesses to leverage existing technology investments.
  • Maximize audience reach and engagement by creating immersive viewing experiences with DVR-like features like pause, play and rewind on live streams, and the best possible quality playback on any device.
  • Deliver live and on-demand streaming at any scale from standard hardware or the cloud with powerful multi-threaded software.
  • Secure content, streams and networks with simultaneous, multi-level security options.
  • Prepare for future streaming standards with full support for MPEG-DASH, the new format standard that promises to streamline and converge delivery of video to any device.

User-Friendly Management

Simplifying the streaming workflow, the Wowza Streaming Engine Manager is a browser-based management portal that enables users to conveniently configure, monitor and measure streams and system resources in real time from any computer, tablet or mobile phone. With a consistent user experience across every browser, device and OS, and access to more real-time and historical metrics about server performance and content delivery and viewership, plus a fully integrated, multi-device test player, Wowza Streaming Engine Manager is a comprehensive, powerful and user-friendly dashboard for both new and advanced users.

To learn more about Wowza Media Systems and the new Wowza Streaming Engine, visit www.wowza.com.

Wirecast Training Course Educates Students

Posted by Derrick on November 20, 2013 under Video Streaming and Compression | Comments are off for this article

Wirecast training course educates students in the many features and set up options for Wirecast. If you’re new to Live Streaming, there’s one tool that you should get familiar with and that’s Telestream’s Wirecast. It has many options and works well with many streaming servers and content delivery networks. This Live Streaming tool is capable of doing a great deal for your Live Streaming event or Webcast. Whether you need to get familiar with transitions, effects, title creation, understanding layers and other elements within Wirecast, our training course is for you.  The class gets you up-to-speed and comfortable with Live Streaming and Wirecast quickly.

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, On-line or in Orlando, Florida. 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.

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, 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.

Limelight Networks Mobility Solutions Help Publishers Reach Next-Generation Tablet Devices

Posted by Derrick217 on April 26, 2010 under Video Streaming and Compression | Comments are off for this article

Limelight Networks, Inc. announced that it will support high-performance, media-rich content delivery to the Apple iPad device on day one of product availability. Customers of the Limelight REACH and Limelight ADS services will automatically have their mobile distribution and monetization services updated for the new device, enabling them to present a brilliant and properly formatted media experience to purchasers of the widely anticipated tablet.

“Whether it’s the iPad, the next big Android launch, or another new, still-unknown Internet-connected device, Limelight Networks’ intelligent software and global infrastructure is already in place to help customers manage the complexity create and monetize targeted, on-device experiences,” said Bill Loewenthal, general manager, Mobility and Monetization Solutions, Limelight Networks, Inc.

Mobile solutions from Limelight Networks combine device-optimized targeting with media-grade network scale and reliability. The services simplify mobile publishing by unifying multiple content types through a single Universal URL. Behind the scenes, intelligence built into the company’s XD Platform ensures that publishers’ media files are encoded correctly for almost any mobile or tablet display, and then delivered over the appropriate protocol to the device. This means content will play through HTML5 capable browsers, and also through other on-device applications such as widgets or media players. The technology is invisible to the end-user, presenting a brilliant experience on any device, at any time.

In addition to delivery, Limelight Networks will help publishers monetize their iPad content beginning on launch day. Through Limelight ADS, content publishers can maintain their existing advertising workflows while extending ad delivery to almost any new device.

LimelightSTREAM powers BeeTV delivery over DoCoMo 3G network

Posted by Derrick on March 13, 2010 under Video Streaming and Compression | Comments are off for this article

Limelight Networks, Inc.  announced that Avex Broadcasting & Communications Inc. has selected LimelightSTREAM to power its mobile TV service, BeeTV. As a content delivery network (CDN) partner, Limelight Networks enables Avex to reduce stress on its infrastructure system while also providing BeeTV subscribers with a smoother streaming experience on the go.

The BeeTV service takes advantage of Limelight Networks’ robust, global network to ensure faster, more reliable streaming for consumers. With direct connections to more than 900 access networks, the Limelight CDN extends the reach of the mobile TV service and speeds up delivery to the BeeTV audience.

Since May 2009, Avex has provided its content via the Limelight CDN to support widespread and enhanced distribution in a highly secure environment. This partnership between Limelight Networks and BeeTV showcases the comprehensive streaming capabilities of the LimelightSTREAM product, and its ability to support audiences of any size, anywhere in the world.