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The best way to experience live events used to be seeing them in person. With the coronavirus still lurking, large gatherings of people is far from the best way of dealing with a pandemic. Even before the virus, not everyone that wanted to attend an event could actually attend it due to limitations caused by venue size, physical location, and financial considerations. Thus, not only for the temporary consideration of covid, but for the future of entertainment as well, it is very important to build a better way of creating those events. This is why it’s even more important…

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With video content currently accounting for just under 70% of all internet traffic (and creeping upwards), video streaming has never been more important. At the moment, much of that content is managed by Content Delivery Networks (CDNs). However, there are many shortcomings when it comes to CDN video streaming of live content. Since CDNs require you to funnel all your content through their data networks, some streaming providers have found that they need to use multiple CDNs to reach different regions. That means additional complications from managing different systems, fragmented streaming, and even higher latency from adding more connections to…

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WebRTC was designed for more than just low latency live streaming. Responding to the needs of a modern streaming application, WebRTC also provides stream security. This post examines the WebRTC security architecture, and how that can be set up. EncryptionFirst and foremost, it needs to be mentioned that WebRTC streams are always encrypted. Encryption is a way of scrambling data so that only authorized parties can understand the information. In technical terms, it is the process of converting plaintext to ciphertext. In simpler terms, encryption takes readable data and alters it so that it appears random. This requires the use…

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As fall approaches those of us working in (and around) the Red5 Pro Boston office can feel the weather changing. Yes, there are few things better than a New England fall: the air is cool and crisp, the leaves are starting to turn and pumpkin spice is being added to just about everything. However, let us not forget the most important thing this fall brings; the latest updates to the Red5 Pro Mobile SDKs!   The 7.3.0 release improves the testbed Conference examples, reduces overly verbose logging in SDK, and enhances the OpenGL method. Read below for the full…

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It’s time for a Virtual Video Summit! For those that joined us last May, you know that these summits are very informative and insightful. We thought it was a good idea to sponsor another one.   The Virtual Video Summit Fall 2020: A Video Technology Consortium EventOctober 14th &15th: 10:00am - 2:00pm  EDT There will be main stage presentations, panel sessions, Q&A breakouts, virtual trade show booths, and (of course) networking! Join us for discussions covering the latest technology, trends, products, and announcements from top video technology providers. Red5 Pro CEO, Chris Allen, will be…

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The process of sending and receiving live video over the internet is complicated. Encoding images and audio, transporting it, then decoding it for display involves a web of different methods with a multitude of available options to perform those methods. One of those important components is the codec used to encode and decode the media along with defining the types of tools used to perform the streaming. Basically, in order to stream a video over the internet, it must first use a microphone to capture the audio and a camera to capture the series of images that will make up…

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Ideally, we would be able to experience live events in-person. The coronavirus has changed all that. Although, even before the pandemic there were limitations to in-person events as well. Some fans may not have been able to afford a ticket, travel to a venue or the venue itself reached capacity. Having a way of broadcasting these events is the only way to extend that live experience to others. Because of this we strongly believe that new engaging live streaming experiences are here to stay even once we go back to normal. This is why it’s even more important than…

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Live streaming is complicated. The entire process of broadcasting a stream and transporting it over the internet involves a series of methods with a variety of formats that can be employed. An important component is the codec used for the encoding and decoding of the media file. The codec also defines the types of tools that can be used to conduct the streaming. To greatly simplify the process; in order for a video to be streamed over the internet, it must first capture the audio and video using a microphone and camera. Then that raw data must be compressed (encoded)…

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The novel coronavirus has disrupted almost all elements of everyday life, especially education. Many schools are creating a virtual classroom through the use of video calls. Services such as Zoom are very popular, but as we’ve discussed in a previous post, Zoom suffers from security issues which is a big problem. Further at issue is the fact that Zoom was designed as a general-purpose conferencing tool which means it doesn’t have all the necessary features for distance learning. The question then is how to create a better platform for interactive video distance learning. Virtual classrooms have specific needs…

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Live streaming is a complicated process involving a variety of different methods and formats. One of these components is the codec used for the encoding and decoding of the media file. The codec also defines the types of tools that the codec can use to conduct the streaming. To greatly simplify the process; in order for a video to be streamed over the internet, it must first capture the audio and video using a microphone and camera. Then that raw data must be compressed (encoded) into a codec, broadcast over an internet connection (using a transport protocol), sent to some…

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For the second year in a row, Streaming Media Magazine awarded Red5 Pro the 2020 Streaming Media 50. As an industry-leading publication, Streaming Media Magazine is very well attuned to the ebbs and flows of the live streaming industry, tracking where it is going and recording where it came from. We are proud to be included in their annual list of the most important, influential, and innovative companies in the online video space. This recognition from Streaming Media Magazine reconfirms our impact through advances in edge computing, virtual clusters, and WebRTC. In this way, we are able to provide  sub-500…

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Ruby on Rails is an open-source programming language with a large following. According to their website, they optimize “for programmer happiness with Convention over Configuration.” No wonder that some very successful platforms such as Twitch, Basecamp, GitHub and Square are built using Ruby on Rails. Live streaming has enjoyed exponential growth, especially over the last few months. From chatting with friends, to live entertainment, and even just conducting essential business services, more and more people are looking to create live streaming applications. Obviously, developers well versed in Ruby on Rails will be among many of the people tasked with creating…

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Golang (officially Go) is an open-source programming language that is a favorite choice among many developers. Developed by Google as a way to increase programming productivity in the face of limitations of the C++ language, Go is implemented through Google's self-hosting compiler keychain and uses gccgo (a part of GCC) for the frontend. Further increasing versatility, GopherJS can compile Go to Javascript as well. Another versatile tool used by software engineers are SDKs. An SDK is an essential tool for adding specific features or advanced functionality to web applications. Rather than going through the arduous and time-intensive process of building…

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Hot off the heels of our latest mobile release, comes Red5 Pro Server Release 7.2.0. Per usual, our dedicated team members have continued innovating and improving the already solid Red5 Pro platform. We consider ourselves very lucky to have such dependable QA staff and software developers.   7.2.0 improves the performance of stream recovery on edges when rapidly republishing in a cluster-based setup, allows for the creation of a master HLS recording for ABR multi-variant streams, addresses an issue with running red5 Pro on newer Windows Server versions, along with a few more fixes. Read below for…

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As an open-source and cross-platform JavaScript runtime environment, Node.js is a popular choice for many developers. Enabling both the frontend and backend to be written using JavaScript makes writing a full stack application a little easier. Another thing that makes a software engineer's life a little easier are SDKs. These development toolboxes jumpstart the process of adding specific features or advanced functionality to web applications. Rather than building everything from scratch, an SDK can form the basic framework to meet your requirements. This is especially true when it comes to the complexities of live streaming. The process of encoding…

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It’s summertime and the living is… well, not exactly easy. Under the shadow of COVID-19, the Red5 Pro Boston office remains closed, but that hasn’t stopped us from improving our software. Thanks to our developers and QA engineers (some of whom were already working remotely) we are proud to announce the Red5 Pro SDK Release 7.2.0. Our latest update to the iOS and Android SDKs adds an improved conference example for many to many conversations, especially useful in this time of increased video calling. You can check out those examples for iOS, or Android on our…

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Key points for effective live video streaming Placing bets on races, competitions, games and sports of all sizes and speeds (even competitive walking) started about as early as sports themselves. 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. While it used to be that you needed to physically be at a casino or racetrack to hand your bet to a bookie, the internet has eliminated that need allowing for virtual casinos and arenas. Although Europe, Asia, and other areas have been open to…

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AWS Cloudfront is marketed as a way to speed up the delivery of internet content. According to AWS’s site: “CloudFront delivers your content through a worldwide network of data centers called edge locations. When a user requests content that you're serving with CloudFront, the user is routed to the edge location that provides the lowest latency (time delay), so that content is delivered with the best possible performance.” What does all that mean? It’s an AWS CDN. While this may be an effective way to deliver static content, it does not work as well with dynamically generated content…

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Telemedicine has been an evolving technology for the last few years. The recent coronavirus outbreak has further spurred its development as it allows for no contact patient and doctor interactions. Accordingly, more and more companies are looking to increase their telehealth capabilities in the interest of reducing the risk of infection. It is important to remember that telemedicine requires some specific features. It is much more than just a simple chat application for doctors to speak with patients. While creating an application, there are a few different telemedicine tools for developers to use. This post covers some of the most…

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Red5 Pro and DigitalOcean make a great team. As a strategic partner of DigitalOcean, Red5 Pro wants to showcase all the advantages that this combination brings. As the live streaming industry shifts away from fixed data centers towards more flexible cloud-based solutions, Red5 Pro configured their live streaming solution to run on cloud providers such as DigitalOcean. By leveraging cloud infrastructure, you can increase the flexibility and effective scalability of your live streaming platform. Red5 Pro supports scalability at low latency (sub-500ms) and DigitalOcean offers affordable data costs making them an effective combo.  Find out more about Red5 Pro and…

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10 TokBox Competitors

TokBox is a useful platform for live streaming video. Their relatively easy to use interface enables you to quickly get everything set up for basic plug and play utility. Their well-built SDKs are fully functional and effective at point-to-point communication. Their basic functionality and fast setup time makes TokBox ideal for establishing POCs during hackathons or to meet an investor deadline. Despite being acquired by Vonage over two years ago, most people still refer to it by the original name TokBox regardless of it’s official name being changed to “Vonage API”. With that in mind, we shall continue for…

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Red5 Pro Release 7.0

Introducing Red5 Pro version 7.0! The latest release improves audio performance by supporting higher audio bitrates (96 kHz stereo streams at 128 kbps) as well as stereo support (browser dependent). This means you can get better than CD quality audio files over WebRTC. We also expanded the functionality of the autoscaling solution by adding the ability for a single Terraform server to support multiple stream managers behind a load balancer, a node relations map, and the ability to request a transcoder by region. Furthermore, we streamlined the autoscaler performance with improved connection logic and bug fixes. Don’t miss…

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Red5 Pro is teaming up with Microsoft to deploy our live streaming software on the Azure cloud platform. Broadcasters and subscribers alike will enjoy the sub 500ms of latency that Red5 Pro adds to Azure live video streaming. This collaboration will not only benefit streaming performance but, considering the scalability of Red5 Pro, it will also unlock full access to the global reach of Azure’s cloud services. No worries about large events suffering through high latency and streams becoming unavailable. Features such as Adaptive Bitrate streaming, transcoding into multiple stream qualities, and a range of egress and ingest protocols…

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Despite the fact that they are one of our competitors, even we will admit that TokBox is a really good platform. They feature a quick setup for plug and play app development and a relatively easy to use interface. Their SDKs are well-built, fully functional, and really good at point-to-point communication. This makes TokBox ideal for establishing POCs for hackathons or to meet an investor deadline. We should also point out that TokBox was acquired by Vonage, so it’s official name is the “Vonage API”. It’s been two years since the acquisition and people still refer to it…

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Low latency remains a key component in any live streaming application. Video chat, distance learning, live auctions, event broadcasts and many more use case cases all need fast stream delivery to ensure a positive user experience. The challenge lies in providing low latency that is consistent and scalable. Complicating matters further, is the fact that live streaming video is itself nuanced with many subtle yet impactful considerations that must be taken into account. In order to simplify this process and cut through any confusion, Red5 Pro and Videon have joined forces to bring real-time latency live video streaming to the…

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