Have you ever wanted to live stream a concert or a sporting event? Live streaming services provide the perfect platform for broadcasting live events. When someone wants to live stream an event, they can send out information about the live feed through social media channels and other online entities. They may also use web pages that have been built specifically for this type of broadcast. These websites will often offer text chat as well as video chat so that those who are watching the live feed can interact with each other in real-time!
What is live streaming, exactly?
Streaming is the method of data transmission used when someone watches a video on the Internet. It is a way to deliver a video file a little bit at a time, often from a remote storage location. By transmitting a few seconds of the file at a time over the internet, client devices do not have to download the entire video before starting to play it.
Live streaming is when the streaming video is sent over the Internet in real-time, without first being recorded and stored. Today, TV broadcasts, video game streams, and social media videos can all be live-streamed.
On A Technical Level, How Does Live Streaming Work?
The following are the most important stages in live streaming:
- Raw video data, or the visual information acquired by a camera, is the starting point for live streaming. This visual information is represented as digital data within the computing equipment to which the camera is connected — in other words, 1s and 0s at the most fundamental level.
- Next, the segmented video data is compressed and encoded. The process of compression removes redundant visual information from a sequence so that it takes up less space on disk or memory cards – which can result in significant savings for streaming services that have been charging extra due to their clients’ growing usage.
- Streaming videos can be a lot more difficult than other types of files due to the amount and size complexity. Most streaming video will take around 3-5 minutes before it becomes available on your device while downloading one would only require about 20 seconds or less! This is because when you’re visiting certain websites such as YouTube TV (a site where they offer live programming), all requests must pass through CDN servers located at various locations.
- The live stream must be distributed to ensure high quality with minimal latency for viewers around the world. A CDN is necessary because it distributes content fast across different locations, ensuring that all of your potential clients can enjoy their experience without any interruption or lag time during playback. The first step in live streaming over the internet is segmenting and compressing this data before encoding it into a MPEG-4 file format which takes just seconds per frame on average even when streaming 1080p videos at 60 frames per second. A CDN will also cache – temporarily save – each segment of the live stream, so most viewers will get a more fluid experience from this cached data instead. This actually makes it closer to real-time even though there may be some seconds where things are out-of-date because RTT for streaming has been cut by an order or two due to its caching abilities in comparison with having all segments come directly through their servers.
- The CDN sends the live stream out to all users who are watching. Each user’s device receives, decodes, and decompresses video data as each segment is needed before playing it back on demand with media player apps or within browsers for viewing later at your convenience.
Every stage of live streaming is important, and the quality of your video production will affect how well it performs. If you want to make sure that your event or content stands out in a positive way for all viewers across social media channels, contact Spring Forest Studio today. With years of experience in working with leading virtual studio set designers and visual effects specialists, we can help turn any idea into reality. For more information on our services or testimonials from satisfied customers, feel free to reach out anytime!