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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News and research reports documenting how the business world is approaching operations in a post-pandemic world leave no doubt that hybrid combinations of on-site and remote work schedules are taking hold worldwide. But it remains to be seen whether businesses will have access to the tools and infrastructure that are essential to getting full value out of operating in this new environment. Notwithstanding the nearly universal shift to remote work schedules during the pandemic, support for efficient and effective adoption of hybrid work strategies is still in a rudimentary stage of development. The limitations common to current solutions built on…

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As we roll deeper into 2021, hybrid events have become more and more popular due to easing Covid restrictions. Events that were once in person had to become virtual last year to simply survive. Now organizations are mixing it up and offering the same event both live in person, and virtually. Hybrid events are poised to become the new normal as companies and organizations look for ways to save money after 2020. These events signal less travel for fewer employees, smaller venue space needed to accommodate smaller crowds, and fewer hotel accommodations as well. Where host companies and organizations can…

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Due to COVID-19, remote learning has risen to the forefront of education within the past year, and it looks like it’s here to stay. Whether remote learning is used as an optional alternative to in-person classes, or as a full-time learning experience, students around the world can use virtual classroom software to get the most out of their education while staying at home or traveling. Prioritize Low latencyThe best online learning experiences occur when it feels like all class members are communicating in the same room. Low-latency streaming is important for virtual classroom software because it gives students the…

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The pandemic-accelerated shift to pervasive reliance on cloud-based video communications has transformed the outlook for communications platforms-as-a-service (CPaaS) providers who want to seize new opportunities within and beyond their core business markets. This new perspective stems from the fact that it’s now possible to implement video-based communications that go far beyond the capabilities of the typical CPaaS approach to video conferencing. The question is whether and to what extent CPaaS companies want to leverage these new capabilities now that video connectivity is reshaping society’s approaches to making a living, getting an education, maintaining healthcare, social networking and much…

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Server Release 9.0.0

What time is it? It’s time for the Red5 Pro Server Release 9.0.0! It’s a focused, concentrated release, so we’re throwing a mini party, not quite a rager, but we’re excited! Our newest server release introduces support for running Red5 Pro with JDK 11 on the most current iterations of Ubuntu (20.04 LTS), and Windows (2019 Server. Server Release 9.0.0 includes all previous Red5 Pro Server releases, and now autoscale-runs with the latest MySQL 8.0. Please note that with this server release, we have stopped supporting PostGreSQL. If you’re…

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A post-pandemic shift by B2B conferences and trade shows worldwide to hybrid combinations of in-person and virtual events represents a major opportunity for developers of platforms that can support video-rich interactions in real time. While virtualization of conventions and other business events became the norm when Covid-19 hit, the webinar and full-blown trade show platforms companies rushed into service were, by and large, a far cry from what the market needs if there’s going to be an ongoing role for digital. This was evident in the results of many studies tracking responses to virtual event platforms. For example, the…

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When you think of the term “hybrid,” what comes to mind? A car? A dog? The post-Covid era has given rise to a new normal, with easing restrictions, yet we still, and may not ever, experience daily life as we once did. But that’s ok. Necessity drives invention, and in the case of hybrids, the concept of the hybrid event hits the motherlode. What’s a hybrid event? A hybrid event is an event such as a conference or summit, a concert, a sporting event, or an auction, that has something for everyone. A hybrid event takes place both…

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Support for real-time interactive video streaming in any configuration at any scale and any distance is proving to be invaluable to ever more applications tied to military and space operations. Security requirements obscure much of this activity. But there’s enough that can be said to make clear that performance meeting military-caliber standards is now a viable option for any business, institution or government entity in need of one-to-many, many-to-one or many-to-many video solutions, no matter what the application might be. Suppliers named here all have in common the fact that they’re providing government defense and space agencies solutions…

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When it comes to choosing WebRTC vs HLS, which protocol delivers the best live streaming experience? Making the correct decision is imperative since the protocol determines how quickly the encoded video data will be transported across an internet connection. WebRTC is a better choice. If that's all you wanted to know then feel free to stop reading and go build your live streaming application using WebRTC. However, if you want to know why it's the best choice — we're betting you do — then read on. After further analysis, the fact checkers at Red5 Pro have come up with five major factors…

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Where there's any kind of competition, there's gambling. People have been placing bets on races, competitions, games, and sports of all sizes and speeds — even competitive walking. The great- great-grandfather of all sporting events — the Olympics — even had people betting on them, from their ancient beginning all the way to today. Gambling used to be more limited insofar as you needed to be at a casino or racetrack to hand your bet to a bookie. Advancements with the internet have opened up the path to virtual casinos and arenas. Although Europe, Asia, and other areas have been open to online…

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Consumers’ exposure to multi-viewing experiences is raising the bar for providers of live-streamed sports, esports, music performances and other events who want to attract viewers by delivering services that look nothing like broadcast TV. Maturing technologies along two tracks are finally antiquating the one-view status quo: one approach allows viewers to choose from multiple camera feeds as they watch; the other enables them to look at whatever they choose across a seamlessly captured 3600 panoramic view, in some cases requiring use of virtual reality (VR) head-mounted devices (HMDs) but in many not.     Presently, commercial momentum centers around the former. While…

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Telemedicine has seen gigantic growth over the past year. Spurred by the need to prevent the spread of COVID-19, many medical consultations moved online to prevent in-person contact.  Doctors and patients turned to virtual visits as a safe and convenient alternative to continuing medical care while limiting the spread of the virus. Though the pandemic forced the widespread adoption of telehealth, it is likely to persist into the future and continues to be an important health-care service. The expansion of telehealth has shown how useful e-visits can be for routine check-ups and could have the potential to increase access to…

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We've all had live streams with family, friends, coworkers, or clients where poor internet connectivity results in one person repeatedly dropping in and out. And once they've rejoined, there is guaranteed to be at least a minute of "Hey, you're back. Can't hear you though . . . Nope. It's a little fuzzy . . . That's better. OK, not sure where I lost you, so I'll just start over." Even after the connection seems to have stabilized, it's all but guaranteed to freeze up right as someone is asking an important follow-up question. Dealing with low-bandwidth live streaming can be a frustrating experience. Of course,…

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Interactive shoppable videos were already an emerging trend. COVID-19 further accelerated the adoption of it as people looked for a way to minimize their contact with others. Often compared to TV shopping channels like QVC, video-based online shopping has the extra benefit of direct interactivity. A typical livestream shopping experience involves live broadcasts of pitches by salespeople or entrepreneurs, and occasionally a celebrity host. Additional features such as direct in-video purchasing options and live chats simplify the process for consumers to discuss and purchase products. 1. Widespread Adoption of Shoppable VideosAlready well established in China, livestream shopping generated $65 billion…

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NGINX is open-source software for web serving, caching, reverse proxying, media streaming, load balancing, and more. Originally developed as a web server for delivering websites, it has evolved into a multifaceted solution for proxying content making it one of the most widely deployed web servers in use today. In order to address scaling issues with plain RTMP streaming, NGINX added RTMP support. That provided high-level performance and stability for live streaming over less scalable solutions like Wowza and Flash Media Server. RTMP (Real-Time Messaging Protocol) is an application-level protocol owned by Adobe. It was originally designed for delivering on-demand media…

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Video surveillance streaming plays a wide role in modern-day society — and not just traditional security-based monitoring; a variety of other applications use surveillance technology in our everyday lives:  Safety systems guide emergency response tactics, monitoring systems ensure smooth day-to-day operations, and, of course, security systems encourage stability. These mission-critical applications require gathering all the necessary information to mount a response as quickly as possible. Effective surveillance solutions use real-time latency to synchronize video and data elements as events unfold. Even with advanced analytics, a high-latency system forces operators to await extraction and pooling of critical tidbits of information from individual…

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Widely in use across the globe, video surveillance plays an important role in modern society. Monitoring systems ensure smooth day-to-day operations, security systems encourage stability, and safety systems guide emergency response tactics. AI integrations help us to gather more accurate and useful data to improve these applications. When it comes to dangerous situations such as fires, floods, energy outages, hurricanes, tornadoes, robberies, mass shootings, and military operations, first responders need real-time surveillance technology to guide their approach. AI-based video analytics help to gather essential information, including object recognition, event detection, motion estimation, identification of behavioral and audio anomalies, and image…

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There's a lot going on with WebRTC these days. Doing your own research can feel like scaling a cliff between entry-level and moderate understanding. Sitting and watching panels or reading articles is great but what if there's something more specific you've been wondering about. Maybe there's some sort of conversation you can join. Where can you find the geeks you need to geek out with? Well for WebRTC-related geekery check out the Wonder WebRTC unConference on May 18. For those unfamiliar with the off-beat and collaborative setting of an unConference,  you're in for a fun time! unConference describes itself as:…

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Recent research predicting a massive increase in live video traffic streamed via WebRTC offers another affirmation that interactive video streaming at massive scales is destined to play an ever larger role in consumer use cases over the coming years. Rethink Technology Research predicts "pure WebRTC" streaming will total 650 exabytes (EB) by 2025 compared to 16.8 EB in 2020. Based on the researcher's assessment that live video delivered over content delivery networks (CDNs) will reach about 3,628 EB by late 2024, pure WebRTC traffic would represent a better than 18% share of total live video traffic by 2025.…

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So it turns out that negative latency isn't quite a thing. We're still ironing out a few of the details and dealing with minor roadblocks caused by the laws of physics. Bending the laws of time and physics? I think we're going to need a bigger whiteboard. For those that missed it, we posted an April Fool's Day joke with the false claim that we had filed a patent for the creation of negative latency through the use of quantum mechanics. We hope it gave you a chuckle and if nothing else served as a reminder to always check the…

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As use cases calling for real-time interactive video streaming multiply, developers and service providers need to be sure the distribution platform they rely on has the flexibility to accommodate virtually any strategy. When users choose hosted platform-as-a-service (PaaS) support for real-time interactive streaming, they must be able to innovate through access to features that can be leveraged on server resources exclusively dedicated to them. At the same time, the supplier of the core infrastructure technology must be able to offer hands-on support for those who want to customize their uses of the platform independent from the PaaS model. In other…

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