Streaming Live? Meet Vazzt.com

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The popularity of live streaming is growing each year, and there are many offerings for streaming video these days.  So much is offered by many vendors, it can be confusing to know what you can do with your production, unless you create an account and take the site’s tour of available features.

Sites like Ooyala, Ustream, Brightcove and Livestream can offer capture features like editing, analytics and more, but what about broadcasting your live stream easily and smoothly?

Our VazztCaster software has capabilities that eliminate bandwidth worries with some much-desired, sophisticated technology features for both capture and broadcast.

Viewers can easily access a concise playlist of producers’ “shows/events.” Producers can make their events available for pay-per-view (PPV), and create paid subscriptions for a multiple list of events with a ticketing feature. This is done using PayPal, safely and securely.

From a tech perspective, VazztCaster allows you to stream video from a major cloud service to your viewers, which eliminates issues with server overload.  Vazzt is available 24/7, with no single point of failure.

Big Points:

  • Immediate streaming with 24/7 server availability (no set-up).
  • Create playlists of upcoming channel events
  • Monetize your events using a Premier or Business PayPal account.
  • Create PPV and paid subscriptions with one-ticket fees covering multiple events

Expert technology ensures optimal stream capture and broadcast:

  • Enable higher quality video and better coverage with multi-network bonding
  • Ensure smooth streaming with FEC, acceleration, load balancing, and  adaptive bitrate encoding

Check out how easy it is to start streaming. Sign up now at Vazzt.com

Streaming is growing. Did you know that even the 2012 Summer Olympics will be streamed live?

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Live Video Streaming

Find the HD 1080i Sweet Spot

When sending compressed video over a network, there is a general area to aim for, economically and from a visual and audio standpoint. After a number of field trials with a major carrier this fall, we’ve determined a sweet spot range for both economy and quality. Today’s rule of thumb is for compression to be applied to a 1080i video stream with delivery on bandwidth at less than 10 Mbps.

We use encoders in live streaming coverage products that appear to yield that happy place – a sweet spot – within a range between three to eight Mbps, though many factors surely affect these results.

As purveyors of this cutting edge technology, our in-house product is the IBIS DMNG – a digital mobile news, pocket-sized wireless camera system for video professionals, available for use wherever there is wireless service. As part of our Vazzt VOTM Pro System, it is built for when you’re on the road. It will deliver a 1080i stream in the sweet spot.  A cameraperson attaches the IBIS Appliance to his/her camera and you’re ready to roll. With its friendly touch screen technology, quality and clarity are easily within reach.

 

The IBIS SERVER APPLIANCE

The IBIS uses 3G/4G aircards to create a bonded network path from the live camera feed to the Central Hub, where the video feed is received into an EdgeSpan Appliance and processed by the IBIS Studio Software. Up to four simultaneous camera feeds can be handled by a 1-rack unit EdgeSpan, which can then output in SDI format any one of the four feeds. It has an intercom (Interruptable Feed Back, IFB, feature), a tally light to alert the cameraperson and the reporter when they are live on-air, a memory card slot, and Ethernet port to off-load locally captured video files to a laptop for field editing, and it can transmit edited files back to the Central Hub.

With today’s increasing bandwidth of 3G and 4G networks, portable production studios can easily jump on advanced HD technologies and get the benefits.

Read the full article by KenCast Inc. CEO Bill Steele:

What Do We Mean Today When We Say HD at 1080i?

Read more about the IBIS

 

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Camera Modes for the Non-Camera Person

We use cameras to test.  A lot.  But we’re constantly having to reference what EXACTLY all the camera modes mean and when to use them.  The terminology can get a bit confusing.  So we created a quick reference table for our Panasonic AG-HPX170P:

Table of Panasonic AG-HPX170P Camera Modes

Panasonic AG-HPX170P Camera Modes

This tables allows us to quickly see what mode we should set our IBIS DMNG to based on what mode the camera is set to.

It’s also interesting to note that unless we’re trying to be artsy, we really shouldn’t be using any of the 24* settings.

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Bonding 3G & 4G and WiFi with KenCast Products

When using bonded 3G/4G networks, you need flexibility to find, use and pay for only the wireless bandwidth you need, and to get exactly the redundancy you need.

KenCast has 5 products for live streaming coverage (http://www.kencast.com/products/live-votm) that all use bonded 3G/4G networking, one of which is the IBIS device with our partner, AVIWEST.  KenCast’s VazztCaster software provides local real-time graphics that let you see how each 3G/4G network in the bonded pipe is performing and allows hot-swap removal/addition of USB modems with continuous live streaming.  Users of the IBIS Device and the VazztCaster program can select/change which modems to bond in real time without unplugging the modems or pausing the streaming.  They can also plug in modems for additional bandwidth without pausing the streaming.  Adaptive Bitrate Encoding enables the live stream to continue during & after hot swaps.

The IBIS and VazztCaster do not come with a fixed USB modems configuration.  They automatically detect the modems you select and set appropriate default parameters, which can be manually over written.  Therefore you can operate with one set of 3G/4G modems in one location (e.g.,USA) and dynamically switch to a totally different set at another location (e.g., Europe orAsia).  We build and regularly update automatic detection modules in the IBIS and VazztCaster detection libraries for the USB modems from the manufacturers who sell to the carriers.  For cards we have not yet added to our library on the IBIS and VazztCaster, you can manually configure them.  Latency is also configurable.

You can try these features online at no cost with the VazztCaster by creating a Producer’s Free Channel at www.vazzt.com.

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To Bond or Not To Bond

I’ve been witnessing the debate happening in the social networks regarding whether Network Bonding is actually beneficial or not, and can’t help but think of the numerous experiences I’ve had where Network Bonding was not only beneficial but a requirement. 

When people ask me what wireless network carrier is the best, I always have to answer “well, it depends….”.  It depends on where you are, it depends on what type of card you have, it depends on what type of latency you expect, it depends on the thousands of other people fighting for the same bandwidth as you.  I would never say a particular network is better than another – but I always say it’s best to have all the networks available to you.

I’ve been rather impressed with Verizon’s LTE upload speed, but even over it’s short life-span, I’ve noticed the upload speeds drop.  As more users consume more bandwidth and stream more video, the wireless networks are going to be more constrained.  The simple fact is no network will ever guarantee low latency guaranteed bandwidth.  If they did they could be charging satellite transmission rates (http://www.groundcontrol.com/US_Canada_Satellite_Internet.htm).

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Live Video Streaming, Network Bonding