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Live Video Streaming

We specialized in the development of live video & audio streaming applications for corporates and education markets. We develop flex / flash live video streaming applications such as video chat, video messenger, video conference, live streaming etc. we work on development of video portals such as justintv.com, livestream.com & youtube.com.

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Audio & Video Streaming

Audios and videos have changed the way that we see the internet.  Now a days we see that more and more companies are trying to reach larger audiences by impelling more audio and video content in the internet thus by creating an edge over their competitors by acquiring large number of customers. With the advent of new technologies audio/video streaming has become one of the most cost effective ways of reaching a large audience.

What is Streaming Media?

Streaming media is delivery of continuous audio & video over the internet. The media is sent to the user from the server as it is being  viewed. With streaming video or streaming media, a Web user does not have to wait to download a file to play it. Instead, the media is sent in a continuous stream of data and is played as it arrives.

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What is required to play Streaming Media?

Streaming media can be played from any client computer with a streaming media player. The user needs a player, which is a special program that uncompresses and sends video data to the display and audio data to speakers. A player can be either an integral part of a browser or downloaded from the internet as there are many players available over the internet to play the streaming videos which are free.

How Streaming Media Works?

Streaming media is transmitted by a server application and received and displayed in real-time by a client application called a media player. A media player can be either an integral part of a browser, a plug-in, a separate program, or a dedicated device.  Frequently, video files come with embedded players. YouTube videos, for example, run in embedded Flash players.
Media is usually streamed from prerecorded files but can also be distributed as part of a live broadcast feed. In a live broadcast, the video signal is converted into a compressed digital signal and transmitted from a Web server as multicast, sending a single file to multiple users at the same time.

Advantages of Streaming Videos / Media

The obvious advantage is that no waiting is involved to see the videos. Streaming media has additional advantages such as being able to broadcast live events (sometimes referred to as a webcast or netcast).

Here are some advantages of Streaming Media:

  • Makes it possible for users to take advantage of interactive applications like video search and personalized playlists.
  • Allows content deliverers to monitor what visitors are watching and how long they are watching it.
  • Provides an efficient use of bandwidth because only the part of the file that's being transferred is the part that’s being watched.
  • Provides the content creator with more control over his intellectual property because the video file is not stored on the viewer's computer. Once the video data is played, it is discarded by the media player.

Streaming video / Streaming media must be delivered from a specialized  dedicated streaming server.

Streaming Video Servers

A streaming media or streaming video server is a specialized application which runs on an Internet server.  Streaming video servers has advantages such as:

  • The ability to handle much larger traffic loads.
  • The ability to detect users' connection speeds and supply appropriate files automatically.
  • The ability to broadcast live events. 

There are two ways to have access to a streaming server:

  1. Operate you own server (by purchasing a license)
  2. Sign up for a hosted streaming plan with an companies who are providing such services. 

File Formats

There are many video file formats to choose from when creating video streams. The most common formats are:

  1. Windows Media
  2. RealMedia
  3. Quicktime
  4. MPEG (in particular MPEG-4)
  5. Adobe Flash

There are pros and cons for each format but in the end it comes down to personal preference. Since flash is having more advantages than the other formats we specialized on working flash based video streaming applications

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