Reliance on remote collaboration in high-value video production is proving more valuable than ever for producers who can source real-time contributions to their projects from any Internet-connected location.
The shift to location independence in production and postproduction isn’t just about reconfiguring old ways of doing things, which has accelerated during the coronavirus pandemic. Equally important, remote collaboration is enabling development of new types of content, ancillary features and interactive applications that are transforming user experience.
Sub-second latency is the critical component of truly interactive video experiences. Achieving scalable real-time latency requires a new approach. This means moving from request-response protocols based on HTTP, to streaming protocols like WebRTC and SRT that were designed to handle large data streams with minimal latency. A further shift is needed from CDNs towards solutions based on Cloud Platforms which will create an infrastructure that is more efficient and does not require caching.
The reason the video streaming industry hasn’t moved towards lower latency protocols is simply because Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) have built up infrastructure over many years that rely on HTTP. It’s only logical to try and make incremental improvements in the hopes that it will be good enough as opposed to rethink your entire technology stack. For this reason it’s been much easier for startups like Red5 Pro to take on implementing scalable real-time latency streaming architecture.