For anyone wishing there was a way to meet bandwidth and latency challenges posed by 4K UHD and other emerging high bitrate video formats without having to wrestle with all the issues posed by next-gen codecs, here’s some good news: It looks like your wish has come true. Earlier this year, the Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG) took major steps toward final approval of Parts 1 and 2 to MPEG-5, known, respectively, as Essential Video Coding (EVC) and Low Complexity Enhancement Video Coding (LCEVC), and H.266, also known as Versatile Video Coding (VVC). All three standards are on…

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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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Encoding vendors and their customers who are relying on playout of live-streamed video over Secure Reliable Transport (SRT) to CDNs as the best way to minimize latency actually can do much better if they want to achieve end-to-end distribution in real time. This may come as a surprise to those who believe they have gone as far as they can with use of SRT in the quest for ultra-low latency. But because SRT is strictly designed for the contribution leg of content distribution, the format has no impact on the latency performance over the rest of the path to end…

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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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As providers of sports and other live-streamed video add safeguards against surging online theft, they have more reasons than ever to cut end-to-end distribution latency to the vanishing point. These new ways to secure live video streaming, introduced in response to pirates’ circumvention of protections provided by encryption, revolve around forensic watermarking. While watermarking can’t stop people from stealing and restreaming high-value video, invisible codes inserted into each stream by watermarking platforms optimized for live streaming make it possible to identify and take timely action against the sources of stolen content. When it comes to effective use of watermarking…

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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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Real-Time, Synchronized Delivery of Live-Streamed Video with Personalized Digital Overlays Leads to more Compelling Service Engagements with Viewers As OTT providers of sports and other linear programming come under intensifying pressure to differentiate themselves, they have a ground-breaking opportunity to transform viewers’ experiences through unique use cases for interactive video streaming. Initiatives underway worldwide are demonstrating that service providers who leverage recent advances linking cloud-based feature enhancement with real-time streaming can enable far more compelling engagements with live-streamed content than ever before. The range of personalized features with options for interactivity is virtually limitless when graphics, video and text can…

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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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Red5 Pro Adds Streaming Video Industry Veteran Sylvio Jelovcich As Business Development Director Today, we’d like to introduce the newest member to the Red5 Pro team: Sylvio Jelovcich. Sylvio is our new Business Development Director, a position he is well suited for as illustrated by his expansive industry experience of more than 25 years  with notable tenures at firms such as EMC, Cisco, Vidyo, and Haivision. During his time at Haivision, Sylvio drove the SRT Alliance, an open source initiative bringing together an alliance of 300+ global partners to develop a standardized, low-latency video streaming protocol for the broadcast…

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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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Differentiation that Can Make All the Difference in a Crowded Marketplace With more esports events competing for attention more than ever is there still an opportunity to create an esports app that stands out? Absolutely. There’s plenty of room for innovation on the part of any producer who wants to gain an edge by offering users a much more engaging experience than they typically get from what amounts to a replication of traditional sports broadcasts with chat enhancements on the leading esports hosting platforms. Obviously, any esports production’s prospects for success begin with the game’s (or games’…

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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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Production Playout Tie-In with Red5 Pro Achieves Unmatched Results End to End The prospects for streaming sports and other live event programming at ultra-low latency end to end are greater than ever thanks to the synergies between the Red5 Pro platform and SRT (Secure Reliable Transport). SRT is the protocol developed for video transmission over the Internet that is fast becoming professional video producers’ preferred conduit for linear output to distributors. Red5 Pro’s adoption of support for SRT enables distributors as well as producers pursuing direct-to-consumer strategies to seamlessly ingest SRT-packaged live streams into the Red5 Pro cloud distribution…

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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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A Strategy for Minimizing Live Streaming Costs with Red5 Pro Anyone planning to use public cloud services to support live streaming at massive scales on the Red5 Pro platform has reason to expect the optimum solution will be one that’s least expensive. How can this be? Simple. As we all learned from economics 101, once we’ve found the solution we’re looking for, what we pay depends on our freedom to shop. Ever more OTT video service providers are discovering the best way to stream live content to vast audiences at sub-second latencies is to create their own…

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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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Creating a fully functioning Android live streaming app can be complex. You have to configure all of the backend system infrastructure required for a basic web application, plus all the additional considerations (i.e. potential pain points) for native app integration. Accordingly, some live streaming software companies have added mobile SDKs to their offerings in order to make that process easier. Why build something from scratch and needlessly spend extra money and time to recreate something that already exists? However, it does need to work well, lest all that saved money and efforts will go right back into fixing everything.…

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7 CDN Alternatives

Is there an Optimal Strategy for OTT Service Providers? Suddenly, it seems, we’re living in a CDN-alternatives universe. When it comes to streaming premium video, OTT service providers have taken matters into their own hands by leveraging new cloud-based platforms to get what they’ve been missing from public CDN providers. Whether or not they can find what they’re looking for is the question we’re addressing here. It wasn’t very long ago that one of the givens of the OTT premium video business was that you had to sign up with one or more CDN service…

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