Wowza Streaming Engine Training is Available with the Latest Version 4.6

Posted by Derrick217 on January 9, 2017 under Video Streaming and Compression | Comments are off for this article

Wowza Streaming Engine Training is available with the latest version 4.6 of the server software at Freeman Compression.  This training class gives users important skills that will help them in determining streaming workflows to go along side of the Wowza Media Systems software.  In addition to learning how Wowza Streaming Engine works underneath the hood and how to implement various configurations, students will learn about encoding, webpage creation, media player implementation and video analysis.  Coming soon, we’ll show students how to also implement their On-demand and Live Streaming content within the Joomla! CMS.

Contact us about signing up to attend one of our 1-Day Wowza Streaming Engine Trainings On-line, On-site 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.

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.

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.

ViewCast Announces Support for WebM Project Niagara SCX streaming media software to utilize open-source VP8 video codec

Posted by Derrick on May 22, 2010 under Video Streaming and Compression | Comments are off for this article

ViewCast Corporation, a developer of industry-leading solutions for the transformation, management and delivery of digital media over IP and mobile networks, announced support of the WebM open web media project and the open sourcing of the VP8 video codec. Starting the third quarter of this year, Niagara SCX will enable users to capture and stream video utilizing VP8 – the high performance, open-source video codec that contributes to the WebM project under a royalty free license.

WebM gives developers the ability to innovate with and deploy high-quality video compression technology without the constraints of title-based royalty fees or other license fees. Device manufacturers can also integrate successive generations of video technology without additional royalties. End users will enjoy high-quality video and smooth video playback on all their web video devices, including low-power devices, such as netbooks and mobile phones. Mozilla, Opera, Google, YouTube, and many major software and hardware manufacturers have already expressed plans to support VP8 and WebM.

“Web-based video is the fastest-growing contributor to data usage over IP networks, and we applaud the introduction of a high-quality, open source video format option,” said ViewCast President and CEO Dave Stoner. “ViewCast always strives to enable our customers to achieve the best possible video experience on the Web. By offering support for both H.264 and WebM streaming formats, we reinforce our commitment to leverage new video technologies as they emerge, and keep pace with developments as the web continues to evolve.”

“A key factor in the web’s success is that its core technologies are open and freely implementable. Video is fundamental to the web experience, and developers and content publishers need an open video format option,” said Mike Jazayeri, Group Product Manager at Google. “We are excited ViewCast is joining a broad coalition of industry leaders supporting the WebM project to bring a new era of open innovation in web video.”

Niagara SCX software comes pre-installed on the Niagara Pro II, Niagara GoStream SURF and Niagara 7500 streaming media appliances. All ViewCast streaming media appliances are designed to deliver the quality, features and ease-of-use convenience that professional broadcasters demand. They are pre-configured, plug-and-play solutions that enable users to quickly capture and broadcast premium quality audio and video in multiple formats and at multiple bit rates – all simultaneously.