Wowza Media Server Produces Thankfulness

Posted by Derrick on November 28, 2013 under Video Streaming and Compression | Comments are off for this article

Wowza Media Server produces thankfulness for me and I’m sure for many other organizations, companies, churches and educational institutions. However, today we’ll focus on what I’m thankful for.  Since it’s creation around 2008, Wowza Media Server has been changing the landscape of streaming media and it’s been a pleasure to be able to enjoy the ride.  There have been so many features that have been developed for Wowza over the years.  Since it’s Thanksgiving, here’s a blog post with a Thanksgiving theme.  By the way, Happy Thanksgiving!

Below are the Wowza Media Server features I’m most grateful for this Thanksgiving:

  • The Option to Implement RTSP Streaming
  • Apple HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) for delivery to iOS Devices and Other Devices
  • The Ability to View Wowza Media Server Activity Remotely
  • Server Side Recording of Live Streaming
  • The Capacity to Re-stream SHOUTcast streams
  • The Option for Re-streaming IP Cameras
  • Live Stream Repeater Capabilities
  • The Option to Utilize Load Balancing for Multiple Servers
  • The nDVR AddOn to Implement DVR Experiences
  • Wowza Transcoder AddOn for Encoding Live Streams to Multiple Bit Rates
  • The TV Channel Style Streaming Feature
  • The Option to Implement Servide-side Secure Token

If you would like to learn more about the Wowza items I’m thankful for, attend one of our Wowza Training classes.
You can give us a call about signing up to attend one of our 1-Day Wowza Media Server 3 Trainings, Advanced 1 1/2 Day Wowza Media Server Training, 1-Day Wowza Media Server Advanced Topics Training – 201, or 1-Day Amazon EC2 Wowza Server Training On-site, On-line or in Orlando, Florida. You can also call for Wowza consulting. 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.

Streaming Church Services with Wirecast

Posted by Derrick on November 18, 2013 under Video Streaming and Compression | Comments are off for this article

Streaming church services with Wirecast is a great option for delivering Live Streaming to church members, pastors and other individuals. Many times people need to tune in to church services while on vacation, out of town, when they can make it to church or when they just want to view events from home. Media Departments for churches can purchase Wirecast Live Encoding software to make things easier in providing Live Streaming of all their events and church services. What’s great about Wirecast is that the software works similar to a video production switcher in software. You can easily switch between multiple cameras, videos and other sources. There are also several options for using lower thirds or titles in webcasts. An excellent streaming feature about Wirecast is it can work with many different streaming protocols such as RTMP, RTSP or MMS. In addition, it works well if you’re delivering streams with a streaming server that supports mobile devices, Android devices and those that support iOS devices. If you’re looking for a Live Encoder then this is a great tool to have in your media production kit.

If you’d like to learn more about Live Streaming and Wirecast give us a call to sign up to attend one of our Wirecast Live Streaming Trainings On-site, On-line or in Orlando, Florida. You can also call for Live Streaming or Wirecast consulting. Call Freeman Compression Inc. at 407.477.5837 for more information or e-mail us at info@freemancompression.com. Our classes are also available to students in other countries. 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.

Live Streaming Consulting for TouchStream

Posted by Derrick on October 23, 2010 under Video Streaming and Compression | Comments are off for this article

Live Streaming Consulting for TouchStream is available at Freeman Compression.  For those that desire to move away from software based live encoding Digital Rapids’ TouchStream is a suitable solution.  It’s a hardware based encoder with excellent streaming video quality. What’s important these days is that it support Flash Live Streaming via the On2 VP6 codec and the H.264 codec.  For Flash Streaming, the Live Encoder supports both RTSP  and RTMP protocols for streaming. In addition the TouchStream is portable so it’s great for Live Webcasting on location and out in the field.

If you need consulting for configuring your TouchStream Live Encoder with Wowza Media Server contact Freeman Compression Inc. at 407.477.5837 or E-mail us at info@freemancompression.com.

Apple QuickTime Streaming Server Great for Streaming to Mobile Devices

Posted by Derrick on March 21, 2010 under Video Streaming and Compression | Comments are off for this article

Apple QuickTime Streaming Server is great for streaming to mobile devices.  When it comes to Real-time Streaming using the RTSP protocol this streaming server is a great choice.  Since you can stream on HTTP Port 80 this makes the playback much easier on most smartphones that support streaming video.  With the QuickTime Streaming Server you can call .3gp or .3g2 videos up via an RTSP URL.  Just add a hyperlink when you’re authoring your web pages to throw the video you want to the appropriate media player. An added benefit of using Apple’s QuickTime Streaming Server is you can create 24/7 channels for streaming as well.