New to live streaming with Red5 Pro? This one’s for you! Learning to use a new product can be challenging. To help you get started, we’ve rounded up some of the most commonly asked questions from new customers. Find our answers below. 1. Does Red5 Pro require an SSL certificate?This depends on your streaming protocol. RTMP and HLS streaming can be used without an SSL certificate, however WebRTC requires SSL for secure streaming. WebRTC was designed with security as a top priority, and because encryption is a mandatory feature of WebRTC, an SSL certificate is required for…

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As the costs of relying on big hacker-infested streaming platforms grow ever steeper, providers of live-streamed video services are finding they have more reason than ever to operate over their own infrastructures. The urgency of the situation flashed bright red with recent revelations that Amazon’s Twitch had suffered a massive data breach that could severely damage operations for some time to come. According to press reports, the 125-gigabyte trove of stolen Twitch data included codes bearing on security, software development and device configurations, information related to individual streamers’ income, and much else. While, as reported by The Verge, the…

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A ground-breaking approach to socializing virtual reality experiences has taken shape with development of a healthcare platform supporting video communications during VR-based therapy sessions. redacted, a leading supplier of therapeutic products, is employing the solution in use cases involving treatment delivered through patients’ VR headsets. In some cases, friends and family as well as the caregiver can share a 2D 3600 view of the patient’s VR experience while communicating with each other and the patient in real time via video. In others, the video communication is between the patient and caregiver. The ability to engage a large number of…

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The prospects for mass participation in extended reality (XR) applications appear to be getting better with implementations of the 3D spatial laser scanning technology—known as LiDAR—in new products from Apple and other suppliers. LiDAR, an acronym for light detection and arranging, parallels what radio detection and arranging (radar) does with sound, but to far greater precision.  In this case, reflected laser pulses are used to support AI-assisted representations of a targeted space in three dimensions. The technology has been used since the 1960s in surveying, archeology, meteorology, space exploration and many other disciplines, but it’s only recently…

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Organizations looking for a lightning-fast, real-time interactive broadcasting solution need to tune in to the Real Time Communications Conference & Expo on Thursday, October 14 at 12:45 PM CT. Hear Red5 Pro CEO and industry expert, Chris Allen, as he takes the audience through an evolution of P2P networks, to SFUs, and up through the near future of interactivity with the Experience Delivery Network, or the XDN. Find out how the XDN architecture, based on WebRTC, works for use cases such as auctions, live music, e-sports, gambling and more. Learn how apps for online education, hybrid and online events,…

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INTRODUCTIONMass rollouts of 5G services are coinciding with the emergence of real-time video streaming technology that mobile carriers can apply in multiple service scenarios to drive higher market penetration during initial as well as second-phase deployments. With implementation of a live streaming infrastructure that far outperforms traditional content delivery networks (CDNs), mobile network operators (MNOs) not only would be able to accomplish key service goals that once seemed out of reach for Phase 1 deployments. They would be seizing a moment when real-time experience is becoming essential in myriad aspects of personal and commercial engagements with Internet services and applications.…

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Witnessing the cascade of extended reality (XR) innovations spilling into commercial and private life, it doesn’t take long to see the rainbow effect many people are referring to as the Metaverse. The question is, what will it take to put some real pots of gold under that rainbow? An outpouring of recent mainstream press headlines touting the emerging Metaverse reflects accelerating progress across all the segments of XR development: virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), mixed reality (MR) and holography. But, as noted in a previous blog, all this activity won’t morph into the transformative force visionaries expect…

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AWS and Red5 Pro have launched a partnership to deliver real-time live streaming video on 5G networks over AWS Wavelength Zones. This Thursday, September 23 at 9AM PDT | 12PM EDT, join Topio Networks’ CoFounder, Gavin Whitechurch, as he hosts his Topio Networks Webinar, featuring Red5 Pro CEO and industry expert, Chris Allen, along with leaders from Confluent and Zscaler, where they will talk all about 5G Edge computing apps now available on AWS Wavelength. Chris will discuss what this partnership means for users, including lightning-fast streaming video experiences in different industries like entertainment, retail, security, sports, auctions, and many more.…

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Providers of livestreamed video services have reached a paradoxical moment of truth in network evolution where they can’t make the crucial leap into the future without retaining an anchor in the past. As they implement new multidirectional streaming platforms to accommodate the changing dynamics in consumer engagement with live video, service providers must be able to rely on content delivery networks (CDNs) to support on-demand availability of their content. The question is, how can this be done without making an untenable tradeoff between performance and cost efficiency? Real-Time Interactivity with Livestreamed Video Requires New Infrastructure There’s no getting…

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As we all know, the pandemic has catapulted video conference calls from occasional use to an everyday essential. Now, businesses and schools rely on video calls to conduct day-to-day operations. This drastic change exposed the shortcomings of many platforms currently in use for video conference calls. High latency, security concerns, and an inability to scale are just a few of the issues plaguing those that depend on video conferencing. There is also the concern that most streaming platforms were designed for general use and may not have all the necessary features for a virtual or hybrid lifestyle. So what can…

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Where there are sports, there is gambling. In the US, sports betting is now legal in at least two dozen states. Although several of those states allow in-person betting only, the option for online alternatives has grown in popularity over the past few years, with at least eleven states now offering mobile betting options. Broadcasting a game, race, or match and allowing viewers to place bets in real time makes the sports gambling experience accessible and enjoyable for a wider audience—if it’s done correctly. Building your own sports gambling application comes with a myriad of challenges, especially when…

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What once was known as interactive TV is morphing into a potpourri of online entertainment experiences. But these experiences can only reach their full potential with support from interactive real-time video infrastructure. So far, the transition from legacy to over-the-top (OTT) TV services has spawned an outpouring of fairly primitive interactive use cases that are bound by the limitations of traditional one-way, latency-intensive streaming technology. This results in applications marred by things like: Text-only chat responses to out-of-sync live video streams.Severe scaling limitations when audiences are able to engage via video communications.Less-than-satisfactory attempts to personalize user experiences with…

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INTRODUCTIONThe advent of multidirectional real-time video streaming opens a new chapter in consumer marketing with support for a much simpler, better performing approach to targeted advertising and a much broader palette of personalized promotional techniques. Ad targeting has already become a driving force behind monetization of live-streamed video services. And marketers are finding ever more ways to generate sales through interactive shopping videos, messaging overlays, purchasing or information-request prompts on second screens, and other methods. But while personalized advertising and these other techniques are much more effectively applied utilizing IP technology than they were with legacy TV, they’re encumbered…

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Introduction Experience Delivery Networks, or XDNs, function similarly to CDNs, but better. XDNs make it possible to deliver synchronized video content to and from clients across the world. This facilitates use cases that include, but are not limited to monitoring, auctions, game and races, watch parties, video conferencing, online learning and interactive events with large audiences. XDN allows for content creators to deliver real-time live video streaming experiences for countless use cases across industries. Its main features include: End-to-end latency below 500ms,Scalability across regions and cloud platforms with ability to support on-premise data centers,Resiliency against node failures through…

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Amid much recent commentary about what’s meant by Metaverse as a description of the next phase in cyber evolution, one thing is clear: Whatever your preferred definition might be, there will be no transition to life in the Metaverse without a network infrastructure optimized for video-infused interactivity at the speed of thought over any distance, at any scale. This might sound like a stipulation that puts the Metaverse well off in the future. But the truth is the role Metaverse-enabling networking is already playing in a vast number of use cases is solid confirmation that we’ve entered the…

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INTRODUCTION Video surveillance is undergoing a major transformation in multiple market segments worldwide as system operators discover they now have the ability to leverage real-time visibility into unfolding events across multiple points of observation. Faster, smarter reactions to developments become the norm when it’s possible to analyze, often with the help of AI-assisted intelligence, tightly synchronized high-resolution camera feeds aggregated in real time from all locations relevant to momentary dynamics. This can be done whether cameras are positioned terrestrially, off shore, under water, on drones, or in smartphones carried by field personnel. In fact, real-time streaming is even coming…

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Miss Arin Sime's WebRTC Ventures Webinar featuring Red5 Pro's CEO, Chris Allen? Catch it on video and don't miss a moment as Chris and Arin discuss Red5 Pro's powerful new open source WebRTC-based, multidirectional architecture called the Experience Delivery Network, or XDN. Technical creators who build live streaming apps face some current dilemmas that no one wants to see carried into the Metaverse: Latency in traditional streaming is an issue. Any streaming that takes over 400 ms is simply too long, the moment is lost in asynchronous history, never to be repeated. Scaling to millions, or in some cases even…

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As the surging popularity of esports opens new opportunities for game producers, their success in an increasingly competitive environment depends on finding a way to deliver feature-rich interactive services in real time without relying on third-party outlets. This new direction in esports operations has been mapped by Riot Games and a handful of other major game producers who have gone to extraordinary lengths to create network infrastructures capable of fulfilling such ambitions. But the opportunity to maximize returns from esports isn’t limited to the providers with the deepest pockets. All the networking capabilities essential to competing in this rapidly…

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With the virtualization of healthcare appointments over the past year, telemedicine has become popular as a low-risk, easy alternative to in-person medical consultations. Telemedicine applications allow medical professionals to meet with, diagnose, and treat patients remotely. If you are tasked with developing a telemedicine application, you probably know this already. Feel free to jump to our first suggestion to get started. If telemedicine is new to you, note that telemedicine is a subset of telehealth. Telemedicine covers remote clinical services, such as patient consultations, while telehealth includes both clinical and non-clinical medical services such as training, education, and administrative work.…

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With market demand driving the flow of real-time video traffic ever higher, the need to minimize cloud-to-Internet egress charges imposed by infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) providers has become a top priority for anyone engaged in satisfying that demand. Such charges, which apply to all types of video and other data transiting from the cloud to end users, haven’t necessarily been top of mind in the early phases of market segment transitions to real-time video communications. But with video-based interactivity among dispersed users becoming a major factor in employment, education, social life, and live entertainment, providers of the services and applications supporting…

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Summer is still heating up in the Northern hemisphere, and it’s hot. We here at Red5 Pro have been busy preparing our 9.1.0 product release with a few new features. There’s one in particular that we’re very excited about, and we think you might like it: it’s the dawning of ad insertion. Our Interstitial Media Insertion feature, along with a partner’s API and a little integration, lets you pull in ads and other content right into your video streams. It’s ready for you to build, or contact us to implement it for…

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Vonage Video API, formerly and still affectionately known as TokBox, is a father figure of sorts for the streaming video age. TokBox has been around since 2007, has seen several iterations and innovations, and is still quite reliable today for live streaming video. Their basic functionality and fast setup time makes TokBox ideal for establishing multiple video connection points for all kinds of events. Like other video services, TokBox has its own special drawbacks, particularly with scaling costs and customization. They charge by the minute per stream. So as you gain more users, beware of the cost of growth: multistreaming…

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Let’s face it—virtual events can be draining. At this point, most of us have probably heard of “Zoom fatigue,” a term describing the burnout caused by an increase of online communication throughout the pandemic. Between technical difficulties and lack of social interaction, the practice of being constantly online is, at times, exhausting—that is, if it’s not handled properly. There are many pros of digital and hybrid events, particularly increased accessibility. The challenge is not just to reach a wider audience, but also to keep that audience engaged. Trade shows, in particular, struggle with transitioning to virtual…

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Agora is a useful CPaaS company for voice and video chat, messaging, and interactive live streaming. They can scale from one to many with sub-second latency, and they have a customizable user interface with plenty of APIs to keep developers busy embedding audio and video call features into communications systems. They support industries from social media, online dating, mobile gaming, e-commerce, and telehealth. Agora’s WebRTC-enabled Real-Time Engagement PaaS runs on their proprietary Internet network set up in 200 worldwide datacenters. Agora offers well-built, fully functional multiple SDKs and they are good at point-to-point communication. Like any service, Agora has…

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SDK Release 9.0.0

Fresh out of the Red5 Pro test kitchen, and of course on the heels of our recent server release, comes the SDK release 9.0.0 for iOS and Android operating platforms. This release includes some goodies like an improvement for headphone usage, in iOS, locally saved streams can now be saved to the app bundle, no longer a device’s photo/video gallery so files can be uploaded for post processing, then removed from temporary local storage by the app, some UI bug fixes, and a few other treats to check out below. SDK 9.0.0iOS SDK Release…

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