2016 has been an exciting year in the always evolving world of live-streaming. The announcement of Facebook Live, and Youtube Live, propelled live-streaming prominently into the mainstream market. The popularity of these features hold a great potential to drive the future of social media. There are even reports of Facebook paying other companies to make live videos. Is the static selfie image on the verge of being replaced? The social media giants are not the only ones making waves. The communication protocol leader WebRTC, is gaining ground as the standard for cross-platform compatibility (especially considering how close Safari is to…

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We talk a lot about live-streaming - so what? Why is it so important and (most importantly) what makes Red5 Pro special? Our software was created to give you the flexibility to do what you want, how you want to do it. From using GoPro cameras, streaming technical instructions, and challenging how "live" your television really is, Our CEO and Founder Chris Allen, describes some of the projects that showcase the powerful tool that is Red5 Pro.…

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Earlier this week Tsahi Levent-Levi wrote up a great post on how he thinks h.264 is the protocol of choice for WebRTC apps moving forward. There’s so much that’s true about what he wrote, and I tend to agree on almost every point he makes. h.264 is supported in hardware encoders for just about every mobile device out there, and with Microsoft supporting it and not VP9/VP8, it seems like an obvious choice. That, and I don’t think anyone in the world believes that Apple will pick anything other than h.264/AAC for…

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This past Saturday, Chris Allen, Co-Founder and CEO of Red5 Pro and live streaming guru Ryan A. Bell, founder of the Periscope Summit and partner at the video consulting firm Backlamp, hosted a Blab broadcast discussing the democratization of live streaming and the huge implications of future use cases. Here are the five key trends Chris and Ryan believe will shape the future of live streaming. Mobile Dating Apps Live streaming could provide existing non-video applications with an additional layer of virtual interaction. They noted there is an obvious use in adding a video component to the wildly popular dating…

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I’m excited to be speaking with Live streaming gurus Ryan Bell and Alex Kahn tomorrow at 11AM EST, 4PM GMT. We will be doing a live broadcast on Blab talking about future live streaming platforms and how we are democratizing video for all developers with Red5 Pro. Here's the direct link to the Blab broadcast: https://blab.im/ryanabell-livestream-future-platforms-w-red5pro-1alexkhan-ryanabell-isocialfanz Ryan and Alex recently started their own consultancy capitalizing on the emerging and super hot live streaming space. I’m particularly interested in getting the perspective from hardcore streamers like these guys. Although we do think a lot about the…

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Don’t take this the wrong way; while we are thrilled about WebRTC and its potential to open up live streaming and communication within browsers, we want to pose the following question: do you actually need WebRTC for your use case? After much analysis, what we’ve found based on talking to our customers is that the answer nine times out of ten is no. Adobe Flash I know what you are thinking. Flash is dead: it’s a memory hog, it has terrible security flaws, and it’s an antiquated relic that should be banished from every browser on…

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Today Clutch published its first report highlighting Top Boston App Developers and we are extremely pleased to have been included on this list. It’s an honor to be included among these top app development shops, and as we transition our focus to Red5 Pro, we look forward to collaborating with all of them as well by helping developers create awesome live streaming experiences. Check out Clutch’s post on Infrared5 and the other winners here: Here’s what Ryan Stevens, Senior Analyst at Clutch had to say about the mobile app development landscape in Boston and New England more…

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He’s BAAAaaaack!

Why on earth would anyone choose to rejoin a company where they previously worked? In retrospect, the answer seems quite simple, though of course, taking the plunge is always a daunting task. I assume the statistics do not favor a return to a previous workplace after an extended hiatus, but I could certainly provide a plethora of reasons why I returned to Infrared5 when presented with the opportunity to do so. For me, and in any and all endeavors, the work has to be both intellectually stimulating and challenging. Software development can often be repetitive and monotonous, but fortunately that…

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I just got back from the Intel Innovators Summit in Santa Clara, CA where I serve as a current Intel Software Innovator. Intel brought together some of the top programmers, makers and creative technologists from around the world to show us some of the innovative things they are working on. While I can’t share many of the details of what was presented, to me, the most valuable aspect of the summit was having the fantastic opportunity to connect with so many talented developers in one space. During the event, Intel split up the topics between RealSense and IoT. RealSense,…

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