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Shoutcast and Flash Streaming

Wowza Media Server va Adobe Flash Media Server vs Red5 Server

The Adobe Flash Media Server has been around for a very long time. The Flash Media Server or (FMS) is the one ideal solution to broadcast live videos over HTTP. Adobe was leading the live media streaming market with FMS until suddenly they decided to start licensing their products. Businesses started looking at other options besides Adobe FMS; this is where Wowza and Red5 came into picture.

Red5 was developed and offered as an open-source version of Adobe FMS. However, Red5 got a very mild reception. On the other hand, in 2005 the company Wowza Media Systems was founded in Colorado. A few individuals developed a product called Wowza that could stream high-quality live video to just about any device. Initially, Wowza was offered as a low cost alternative to Adobe FMS, and the product was well received by the industry.

In 2009, Wowza introduced Wowza Media Server 2, which had the capability to stream videos to about any device of any size. With this new version, Wowza moved ahead of the Adobe Flash Media Server to provide support for many devices such as:

– Apple iOS devices (iphone, iPad)

– Microsoft Silverlight

– Apple QuickTime

– Android

– Blackberry

– IPTV/OTT set-tops

– Gaming consoles

– As well as almost any smartphone and table that supports 3GPP.

The current version, Wowza 3.5, easily delivers high quality video and audio over IP networks to multiple devices of any screen size.

Wowza has emerged has a major competitor for Adobe, which Adobe might not have expected. The features, quality and performance that Wowza offers makes it a very desirable product. Wowza has now become the product of choice for service providers, media properties, enterprises, and other organizations.

Wowza is a Java based application, whereas Adobe FMS uses AS3 and javascript languages. Many developers find it hard to transition from AS3 to Java; however, considering the IDE provided by Java and huge support offered by Wowza for developers, this should be an easy move. Wowza offers many free tools and support options for developers, which Adobe lacks. Of course Red5 is also a serious alternative especially with the existence of Red5 Pro Server.

Shoutcast and Flash Streaming

How to Choose Between Shoutcast Server and a Flash Server?

When you have to choose a streaming method, you are basically faced with two choices. The simplest choice would be for you to use Shoutcast streaming. Basically, Shoutcast is a technology of Winamp which allows you to compress audio files such as MP3 and also allows you to stream them in this compressed format. Shoutcast is specially suited for audio transmission such as the transmission of MP3 files. Technically streaming in Shoutcast format is very easy as you will just have to use Winamp and the Shoutcast plugin. Whatever is playing in your Winamp would be playing in your stream as well. you can also listen to the stream with software such as Winamp, VLC and even Real Player. This is really a great choice if you are thinking of using it for making your internet radio. You can easily create your playlist in Winamp and the same list will be broadcast in your Shoutcast stream. There are many companies which provide Shoutcast service, but its also important that you get good support so that you can have the help that you need with your Shoutcast stream.

However, if you are thinking of streaming video, then Shoutcast will be woefully insufficient. You will need to use Flash streaming to get the best results. With Flash streaming basically your video is encoded using a special H264 encoder and then the encoded data is streamed to a Flash server. Then the stream is given back out to the internet and anyone with the link can watch your stream real time. Unlike Shoutcast, you can use a web player to play back your video with your Flash stream. There are many video players which has been made for Flash streaming and you can easily embed these players into your website. This way, you can give the option to your visitors to watch any video stream online in your website. In order to encode your video, you just need to have a live video source and you will need to have an encoder software such as Adobe Flash Media Encoder to encode it using the H264 protocol. You will also need to have a destination server which runs Flash server. Then you can use the link to distribute your content.

Hence, you are faced with two choices of Shoutcast or Flash streaming when you want to stream your content. Naturally, you will have to factor in the type of content that you have as well as the budget that you have set aside for this. You can get help from the internet to help you decide and you will need to make sure that your stream server service provider is able to provide you with 24 hour support and assistance to help you to achieve your objective. Once you get to hang of it, streaming your content can really be fun and you will become a content provider for the internet as well.

Video Streaming

Internet TV Broadcasting for Everyone

One of the advantages of living in the 21st century is the fact that we live in the age of information. If the 20th century was called the space age, we can definitely call the 21st century “The Information Age”. Perhaps Internet is the most definitive tool that allows such a big scale of information exchange to take place worldwide. With the Internet, no information can be kept isolated, as it allows worldwide access to knowledge, information etc. One important tool in this quest is the ability to video stream or audio stream your information.

Now you can use video streaming technology to create your own videos or own video blogs to publish to the whole world. Since the advent of You Tube, the free expression of home videos has blossomed. Now anyone who has a message can easily express it to the whole world, by using You Tube or similar sites.

However, there are more things that can be done with video streaming. Now you can watch any TV station in the world by tuning to its Internet TV Broadcasting. Although there are lots of TV stations broadcasting on the Internet, the number needs to grow larger so that anyone and everyone can watch their favorite TV shows live. This is especially useful for people who want to catch their favorite show at work. They can easily watch it at the Internet. But more to the point, Internet TV Broadcasting allows small businesses to create miniaturized TV stations for themselves. Just by owning a PC, a video Camera, a Video capture card and a Broadcast Streaming Subscription; a small business owner can easily have his/her own TV station that broadcasts only his/her products and services.

Let’s say for example, that you have a small insurance agency or a real estate agency. You can easily video record the various land and houses that you have for sale and you can broadcast these video recordings live 24 hours a day. You can call experts to your office and you can even broadcast your discussion or you can have a live interview on your own TV. Thus you can have your own Real Estate TV broadcasting on the Internet and you can therefore advertise your services and your ideas to every one. Some other examples can include Bank TV, Loan Consolidation TV, Car Insurance TV, Sales TV, Fishing Gear TV, Camping Gear TV, Fitness TV, Diet TV, Hobby TV etc. The possibilities are really endless, as you can easily make your own Internet TV that is centered on your niche and on your theme. So as a summary, information is everything, and you can start to share your information (your products, services, ideas) with your own Internet TV today.