Advances supporting the next-generation AV1 codec have intensified over the past year, adding new urgency to the question of when the technology might become useful in WebRTC-based real-time interactive streaming applications. There’s no question live video encoding supported by AV1 would benefit real-time streaming every bit as much as it stands to benefit traditional HTTP streaming. The codec achieves bitrate reductions in the range of 30%-40% compared to HEVC/H.265 and 60%-70% relative to AVC/H.264. Moreover, AV1 is available royalty-free with major tech sector backing through the Alliance for Open Media (AOMedia), whose members…

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Earlier this week we released a patch release of our server that includes several fixes for recordings and metadata. We highly recommend updating your server to get these fixes. Please see the details below: Fixed: Cloudstorage success and failure webhook messages not logging consistently for all cloud providersFixed: HLS .ts segments are not getting copied up to cloudstorage while stream is live when <property name="uploadOnTheFly" value="true"/>Fixed: Metadata files are not getting created with HLS recording <property name="writeJsonMetadata" value="true"/>Fixed: Custom cloudstorage parameters are not uploading at specified custom path for AWS…

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As of January 19 we have new versions of the iOS and Android SDKs available. We’d like to specifically address an issue with iOS 16.x, where audio distortion is observed if the phone is tethered to a Mac with XCode running. This has been resolved with the 10.9.0 Mobile SDK release. If you’ve been seeing that issue, please update to the latest version of the Mobile SDK to see improvement! The full details on the release are below: iOS SDK Fixed: Bad audio quality when streaming video+audio on iOS 16Fixed: When Subscribing to either…

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Red5 Pro has prioritized creativity ever since its founding. We want to make sure that new ideas have a chance to thrive, so from the start, we have allowed room for customization as a key part of bringing those ideas to life. Our WebRTC streaming solution is all about flexibility. And, because every product and company has different needs, our team has worked to make Red5 Pro compatible with a variety of online hosting platforms, including AWS, Digital Ocean, Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure, and Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. But while working in the cloud is a popular choice for many users,…

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Digital rights management (DRM), love it or hate it, is a necessary part of the video streaming puzzle. Content owners are justifiably concerned that their content, which in many cases is their core product, will be pirated.   Red5 Pro has teamed up with castLabs, a leader in digital video delivery solutions, to produce an option for DRM that retains the real-time streaming speed our customers rely on. Unlike most of its streaming protocol predecessors, WebRTC took encryption into account as part of its design. Most of the older protocols bolted on encryption only after people rightfully pointed out that streaming…

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Three years ago, few people would have predicted the incredible success of free ad-supported streaming TV (FAST) channels and their impact on the over-the-top (OTT) streaming strategies of some of the most prominent players in media and entertainment. Similarly, many today might be surprised by the notion that market developments surrounding the FAST channel phenomenon will make interactive real-time user experiences supported by WebRTC streaming platforms integral to FAST operations. But it doesn’t take a crystal ball to see what’s in store as providers of FAST services search for ways to sustain and increase revenues that depend on…

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As 2022 comes to an end, we thought it would be fun to reflect back on the year, as well as to look forward at what’s on the horizon. Red5 Pro CEO Chris Allen and CTO Mark Pace sat down to chat highlights from the past year and predictions for 2023. Here are the key take-aways from the discussion: Looking Back at 2022 The 2022 Forecast – What did we predict for this year? Take a look back and see how we did!Attending lots of conventions – After the lockdown and travel restrictions, it was fun to finally see people…

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We're excited to announce that you can now find Red5 Pro on the Oracle Marketplace, a centralized repository of enterprise applications offered by Oracle and Oracle partners. You can read the full announcement on our press release: Red5 Pro Server Now Available on Oracle Cloud Marketplace 1e3)g=1e3;else if(~~g…

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Server Release 10.9.0

Just in time for the holidays, we are excited to share the latest updates to Red5 Pro. Release 10.9.0 is now live, and it includes updates both to the server and WebRTC SDK. See the full details below and on our Release Notes homepage. Server Updates Added - Stream Name Aliasing supportImproved - Thread and memory optimization for WebSocket connections (with and without dataChannel)Improved - Thread and memory optimization for HLSFixed - VP8 subscriber quality issues WebRTC SDK Updates Added - Live Rewind Support (future server feature) You can download version 10.9.0 by logging into…

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Live video is a great resource for entertainment, whether for sporting events, awards shows, or even live concerts. Beyond entertainment, however, it’s also an impressive tool for monitoring and education, and plays a big role in sustainability efforts throughout the world. Live video can be used to prevent natural disasters through the monitoring of ecosystems, cleanup efforts, and machine maintenance on large-scale oil operations. Observing Underwater Ecosystems Underwater cameras help with mapping and monitoring coral reefs to track changes in the environment over time. Photo and video views of coral reefs contribute to 3D models of the environment, allowing…

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If there was ever any doubt the time would come when real-time interactive streaming (RTIS) would become a pervasive component of how we use live video in cyberspace, it’s time to let it go. Indeed, a flood tide of recent developments makes it eminently clear we’ve entered that era. We’ve put together a white paper exploring the current state of RTIS, including a deep look at 14 key players in the WebRTC streaming field. In this blog, we’ll cover the highlights, as well as recent developments. With ever more platform suppliers seizing the opportunity to meet…

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It is widely accepted that 4K resolution is the current standard in the broadcast media industry. But real-time interactive streaming (RTIS) video at 60 frames per second(fps) in 4K resolution is certainly on the bleeding edge. As with all bleeding edges, this one was fraught with issues to be resolved. We’re happy to say that those issues are in the rearview mirror as Red5 Pro delivers the gold standard in 4K using the Osprey Talon encoder. Real-Time Interactive Streaming in 4K If 4K is the standard in broadcast, you might be wondering why it’s so challenging to…

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Red5 Pro is excited to announce a partnership with Nomad, which is now providing real-time video delivery powered by Red5 Pro’s real-time distribution technology on Nomad’s intuitive cloud-based content and asset management platform.…

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Retailers have been selling products via video marketing for years, but these days the way in which products are sold has extended far beyond the classic infomercial. Live video shopping allows consumers to purchase products directly from the videos they watch simply by clicking an embedded link. After producing $60 billion in sales in 2019, companies recognize the potential that video commerce holds in social media apps, particularly for younger consumers who use social media regularly. Live video shopping allows content creators to show off a product during a livestream, be it a clothing try-on or a demonstration of a…

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Happy Monday! The latest version of the Red5 Pro server is now live. The 10.8.0 server update includes added support for Autoscale setups with vSphere. If you’re interested in deploying Autoscale with vSphere, take a look at our documentation for step-by-step instructions. See below for full details on this release. You can also find notes on all previous releases on the Release Notes Homepage. Added - Support for RTSP over UDPAdded - Support for Opus over RTSPFixed - When streaming RTMP from StreamYard into Red5 Pro, and subscribing via WebRTC, the streams pause and have artifactsAdded -…

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Red5 Pro is excited to announce our ongoing partnership with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) as host for not only our internet presence but also our upcoming hosted Experience Delivery Network (XDN). There is an excellent synergy between our companies, from our Java roots to our global customer base. As part of our new relationship, we have some exciting things to share. Oracle CloudWorld Our CEO, Chris Allen, and our CTO, Mark Pace, will be at Oracle CloudWorld on October 17-20, 2022. It’s a great chance to discuss your upcoming ultra-low latency video streaming needs and to learn how Red5…

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In previous blog posts, we discussed how virtual reality (VR) can be used in areas like healthcare and gaming. Whether for providing distance-learning medical training or allowing friends to meet up and play board games, virtual reality has the potential to bring new life to a variety of fields. We wanted to highlight a few more creative ways VR could improve the quality of online video experiences. Live music performances VR live music performances make it possible for fans worldwide to experience their favorite musicians and DJs live, regardless of their location. VR music experience providers like Redpill VR, for…

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On October 10, we released updated Mobile SDKs for iOS and Android. Mobile SDK Version 10.7.0 includes support for the newest version of Xcode as well as a few Android bug fixes. See the full details below. iOS SDK Added support for Xcode 14Turned off Enable Bitcode (deprecated setting per Apple) Android SDK Fixed: 4:3 broadcast in portrait mode was showing green bands in Android YUV (Hardware Accelerated) playbackFixed: Issue with 16:9 broadcast when dimensions are not divisible by 8 Stay up to date with the latest SDK releases for the best experience with Red5 Pro.…

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The tabletop game industry is booming. Just the board games market - a subset of the tabletop industry - is expected to increase by over 3 billion by 2026. It’s no surprise that companies and individuals are wondering how they can bring this market online. As mentioned in a previous article, there is significant potential for tabletop games to break into the online gaming space, especially since their popularity rise during COVID-19 lockdowns. Although groups have long met via video conferencing apps, there is increasing demand for new interactive ways to play tabletop games. Take Dungeons & Dragons (D&…

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It was a pleasure connecting with so many friends and colleagues at IBC 2022. Let’s hope by now everyone has made it home safely and no one is still trapped in the lines at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol! The recent post-Covid reconvening of IBC in Amsterdam offered a sweeping view of cloud-driven transformations in services and user experience that are taking the media and entertainment industry far beyond where things stood at the last in-person show in 2019. The overarching show theme was clear from the cloud-labeled branding emblazoned on virtually every stand across the vast expanse of the RAI…

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Server Release 10.7.0

Thanks to the hard work of our team, we have another exciting server release available! We are happy to announce that we have introduced support for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) autoscale deployments with this release. If you’re interested, see our documentation for more information on how to set that up. We have also included several bug fixes with 10.7.0, which are detailed below. You can find notes on all previous releases on the Release Notes Homepage. Fixed: Caching fix for MPEG-TS and SRT restreamerThread pool consolidation for ingestSync byte, chunk, and segment loss resolvedRTP over SRT implementedFixed:…

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We're posting some noteworthy moments from IBC this week. In case you missed it, Red5 Pro CEO Chris Allen did this quick interview with our partner AMD. Chris shares a little bit about our partnership, as well as some sneak peeks of what's coming next. Interested in learning more or moving forward with your own project? Please drop us a note at info@red5pro.com, or schedule a call.…

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Over the past year, Red5 Pro has been developing watch party software that allows users to join a group video call while watching their favorite show, sports team, or movie. If you’ve missed it, this means no more juggling Zoom calls in one tab and Netflix in another while trying to press play on a film at the exact moment as your friends. The Watch Party software enables these interactions to happen in real time, all on one screen. We have made a lot of changes since our last post, where we discussed how to add facial detection and…

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Server Release 10.6.0

We’re excited to share another new server release! Release 10.6.0 includes improvements to the transcoder and several bug fixes to help your server run as smoothly as possible. See below for more details on what’s new. Improvement: Transcoder uses multi-CPU and multithreading processing for performance improvements (this improvement allows for 2K and 4K software transcoding)Improvement: Transcoder support for more than four variantsFixed: Transcoding: Round Trip authentication, token was not being sent with the provision parametersFixed: Occasional stream quality degradation over multiple hopsGeneral bug fixes and security improvements To use the latest version of Red5 Pro,…

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Join us at IBC2022

Will you be at IBC2022? We will be and we’d like to say hello. Red5 Pro's Chris Allen and Sylvio Jelovcich will be attending IBC to connect and share information about our live streaming software and new Watch Party technology.   Would you like to meet with us? Contact sylvio@red5pro.com for more information or to schedule some time. Hope to see you in Amsterdam!…

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