whateveeeeer!!!!!!

Video surveillance is widely used across the globe for a variety of applications. Monitoring systems ensure smooth day-to-day operations, security systems encourage stability, and safety systems guide emergency response tactics. Widely adopted technology such as AI integrations and high-resolution cameras mean we can gather more accurate data. The challenge lies in compiling and displaying that information in real time to provide actionable intelligence. No matter the degree of automation, at some point in every surveillance system, an actual person will have to make a decision about how to respond to a situation. Ensuring that that person or team has everything…

  • Share:

Live-streaming video has changed the way we interact online. Especially over the past year, the increasing demand for interactive video streaming has exposed many issues with outdated streaming solutions. The internet was designed to use HTTP to send emails, fetch web pages, and cache other static content. Advancements in the delivery infrastructure in the form of content delivery networks (CDNs) opened up the possibility for streaming more data such as recorded content for VOD use cases. However, HTTP was not designed to deliver live video and other dynamic content efficiently. And since CDNs were built on top of an HTTP…

  • Share:

We might have mentioned a few things about experience delivery networks (XDNs) in previous posts, how they’re revolutionizing live streaming by supporting a new era of interactivity that remains beyond the reach of oldfangled HTTP-based content delivery networks (CDNs). XDNs use a cloud-based server infrastructure to deliver multidirectional live streams with under 500 milliseconds of real-time latency at scale. This allows them to deliver fully interactive experiences to the widest possible audience for a variety of applications from sports broadcasts with live betting and fan interactions to conference applications, drone streaming, and live shopping to name a few. But…

  • Share:

Coming off the heels of our 8.0.0 server release, is the latest mobile SDK release. Version 8.0.0 includes multiple performance improvements as well as a suite of bug fixes including a fix on the rendering pipeline to prevent a crash on stream close.   We would like to reiterate our thanks to all of our customers for their enormous support in testing our beta releases before they went into production. We know your time is valuable and we very much appreciate that you spent some of it helping us out. As always, the noteworthy work of our…

  • Share:

As NASA’s 2020 Perseverance rover mission reminds us, the Red Planet is pretty far away. In fact, it takes about 20 minutes for a signal to travel between Mars and Earth. That delay meant that any adjustments necessary for steering the Perseverance rover to a safe landing couldn’t be performed manually. Instead, AI processing with real-time optical and telemetry data enabled the lander to avoid obstacles in the landing zone as it touched down on February 18 this year. In other words, there wasn’t much the scientists could do but wait and hope everything would go as…

  • Share:

Red5 Pro Release 8.0

Introducing Red5 Pro version 8.0. It’s a big one! Our latest release supports a new WebRTC data channel implementation which greatly improves the stream manager efficiency. It allows the WebSocket based signaling to disconnect after UDP connection is established, and all metadata uses the WebRTC DataChannel directly from the node over UDP. This way, the stream manager doesn’t have to maintain a TCP connection. Other major improvements include a new Social Media restreamer plugin, memory fixes, and the addition of the HTML5 JavaScript SDK to NPM. The latter makes it much easier for JS developers to update…

  • Share:

Cable cutters are here to stay. The ever-increasing adoption of streaming services signals a permanent shift in viewing habits with live-streamed video traffic predicted to surpass non-live traffic by 2024. Adapting to the new reality of internet-based media consumption means reengineering the basic infrastructure behind media delivery. Advertising has always served as an important vehicle for selling goods and services while providing consistent funding for media broadcasters. IP-based live streaming services offer advanced opportunities for microtargeting audiences far beyond the capabilities of traditional broadcast TV. In fact, a recent survey of more than 200 advertisers and agencies conducted by Comcast's…

  • Share:

Just because something is widely used, doesn’t necessarily make it the best option. While big providers like AWS, Google Cloud, or Microsoft Azure are popular choices for cloud-based hosting services, there are alternative options that can save money, and better streamline performance through dedicated support. This Wednesday, join Red5 Pro CEO Chris Allen, MIXR Co-Founders Garvan Doyle & Blaze Cerovcec, and Linode Head of Corporate Communications Mike Maney in a panel moderated by Brian Mahony, CEO, Trender Research and President, OTT Executive Magazine. How OTTs Save Money and Improve Performance by Streaming Video on the Alternative Cloud Find out…

  • Share:

Live streaming sports are all about delivering the action to fans. A large part of the appeal is the shared experience of exciting events unfolding in real time. Virtual events need to be as close to the real thing as possible. Over the years, the methods for viewing live sports have changed from purely watching on television to watching on mobile devices and tablets. The increased distribution of 5G will further expand these portable viewing habits as it makes more data available to users for streaming more video. Furthermore, users are looking to improve upon the passive viewing experience with…

  • Share:

It would be fantastic if everyone could have a high level of connectivity; but that’s not always possible. We're all familiar with the frustrating experience of watching people drop in and out of a Zoom conference — their video feed popping up from one side to another like a really boring game of whack-a-mole. Eventually their connection seems to stabilize only to freeze just as they are about to give their update. It's a fragmented and exhausting process. This freezing and disconnecting can stem from a poor network connection that is unable to handle the amount of data being sent…

  • Share:

The Tech Behind the 2021 XDN Summit Organizing a live event is no small feat in normal times: indeed, over the past decade, event planning has mushroomed into a lucrative industry focused on helping businesses find the perfect city and venue, secure the required permits, and contract suppliers and vendors for their next big events. You’d think putting on a virtual event during a pandemic and in the age of Zoom would be a lot easier, but you’d be mistaken. As with traditional live events, infrastructure is a key component to success. Participants need to connect through natural…

  • Share:

Although it feels like the COVID-19 pandemic has changed everything, it really hasn’t — OK, it’s changed everything, but many of those changes are really just an acceleration of ongoing trends. One example is the “sudden” emergence of video commerce. Our shopping habits have been increasingly moving online, but the static experience of clicking through the listings on your favorite online retailer can be tedious and boring. And what if a consumer is shopping for a new product they’re unfamiliar with? Leaving a customer to do their own research can give them a frustrating experience full of confusion…

  • Share:

The global pandemic forced many changes upon us. Quarantines and a general preference for minimizing contact with other people drove shoppers online. This accelerated efforts that were already under way and opened new opportunities for the use of XDN-based real-time streaming. Often compared to traditional TV shopping channels like QVC, shoppable videos have 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. The underlying platforms support direct in-video purchasing options and chat links that presenters can respond to live as part of the webcast.…

  • Share:

Your live streaming app is all set. It’s fully scalable and has all sorts of built-in security and custom features. All set and ready to go. Right? Maaaaybe not quite. What happens when one of your servers goes down? If you’re using a cloud-based hosting architecture, you can spin up a new server. However, those users connected to the crashed server will have to wait for the system to finish setting up that new instance which could be a matter of minutes. With a live streaming event or conference, this could mean missing a minute or two of…

  • Share:

Building on the momentum of day 1, the second day of the XDN Summit continued to demonstrate the expansive capabilities of XDN technology. After the team at Red5 Pro and other XDN developers worked overnight to iron out the technical issues from the day before, day 2 offered a smoother streaming experience We further unpacked how the live streaming landscape is evolving and the immediate need for a reimagined infrastructure that supports the next phase of live experiences. Day 2 featured another round of industry experts demonstrating how XDN streaming delivers the fully scalable, real-time latency, multidirectional video that the…

  • Share:

First and foremost, we want to thank everyone that joined us and stuck it out through some of the technical issues we experienced. This kind of cutting-edge technology is prone to have a few hiccups along the way. We've been working on those and hope to have everything sorted out for the second day. The streaming industry’s first virtual XDN Summit took place today, February 9. Examining the convergence of video streaming innovations and experience delivery network (XDN) capabilities across multiple industries, we took a close look at the current needs of modern live streaming and contrasted those with…

  • Share:

The pandemic has accelerated efforts that were already underway to expand telemedicine. To avoid the spread of the coronavirus through in-person visits, doctors and patients turned to virtual visits as a safe and convenient way to ensure doctors’ and patients’ health. Telehealth, however, will likely continue to be an important health care service in our post-pandemic lives. The forced adoption of virtual doctor visits has shown how useful e-visits can be for routine check-ups. In fact, a recent study conducted by the American Medical Association concluded that 24% of health care office visits and outpatient volume could be delivered virtually…

  • Share:

The electric feeling of a live sports event is infectious. The exhilaration of a hard-fought victory or the anguish of defeat all stream through. Broadcasters of sporting events capitalize on that excitement, and trying to replicate an in-stadium experience for fans streaming from home can be a really lucrative opportunity. How we consume sports content has evolved from passively watching broadcasts with long delays to real-time interactive streaming. When done right, streaming live sports can elevate fans from simple spectators to fully involved participants. For this to happen, though, everything has to flow naturally. Let’s examine the recent history…

  • Share:

Effectively delivering live streaming video is hard. Lots of pieces have to be put together which means connections can drop in plenty of places if everything doesn’t fit correctly. A very big piece of the puzzle is the infrastructure behind transporting a video. You need to find a way to connect the video that is being broadcast with a subscriber who will watch it. Up until now, the best option to send a live video over the internet was a content delivery network (CDN). The three most important features for live video streaming are: Real-time latencyMulti-directional streamsData synchronizationHowever, it…

  • Share:

The electric feeling of a live sports event is infectious. The exhilaration of a hard-fought victory, or the anguish of defeat all stream through. As such broadcasting sporting events capitalize on that excitement so trying to replicate an in-stadium experience for fans streaming from home is a really lucrative opportunity. How we consume sports content has evolved, from passively watching broadcasts with long delays to real-time interactive streaming. When done right, streaming live sports can elevate fans from simple spectators to fully involved participants. However, everything needs to flow naturally in order for that to work. Let’s examine the…

  • Share:

Chris Allen, Red5 Pro’s CEO and Co-Founder, spoke on the Linode podcast, Craft of Code to discuss the ends and outs of live real-time video streaming. Listen to the discussion as Chris covers the early days of Red5 Pro and how we identified major problems in the older live streaming infrastructure: latency and lack of support for a truly interactive experience for as many people as needed. Red5 Pro strives to give as much power as possible to the user, whether based on geography, technology, SDK orientation, or customizability. We want people to be able to build whatever’s…

  • Share:

By its nature, video streaming is a quality-sensitive application, especially when it comes to live video. Maintaining a consistent stream is very important. Every video and audio frame has the potential to include key information so mishandling those frames could be very detrimental to the user experience. In the real world, when things go wrong they tend to happen at the very worst time like the last minute of a big match between two undefeated teams. Any problem at that point can have dire consequences with upset users turning to social media to vent their frustrations and causing permanent damage…

  • Share:

Live streaming involves integrating a few different pieces of technology. Those pieces must work seamlessly together and offer a full range of features. Achieving the best performance, highest utility, and best value is paramount. Based on the latest trends in video-first applications here are 8 key components for assembling your live video streaming tech stack. Real-Time Latency: 500 Milliseconds or LessLatency is the difference in time between when the video is taken and when it is delivered to the viewer. As such it has a fundamental effect on the user experience. More than just low latency, you need real-time latency…

  • Share:

As 5G networks continue to expand across the world, they continue to unlock the full potential of real-time video streaming. With throughput gains of over 20% to 100% over 4G, the high speed connectivity of 5G means you can stream more data and get more out of mobile networks. More data allows for streaming not just higher resolution video such as 4K but also data intensive applications such as VR and 360 degree video. Increasingly, more and more countries are implementing 5G networks. As examined in one global review of 5G rollouts, all three major carriers in the U.S.…

  • Share:

Announcing Red5 Pro Server Release 7.2.11! We are very excited about our new Node Checker feature. It will allow for real-time monitoring of the server environment to find and remove corrupted nodes. This helps Red5 Pro setups to run even smoother. The Node Checker consists of three parts: Read Node, Sunset Node, and Terminate Node. It is deployed in a Red5 Pro Autoscaling environment to monitor the Red5 Pro edges and guarantee that WebRTC is working for all of them. If a problem is found on a certain edge, the “sunset node'' will report it to the Stream…

  • Share: