Live Video Feed Test
I got to be the one last week to try out our Red 5 server’s ability to show streaming video. Not just any video though, I had to use live video. So Googling, I went until I found a demo that would do what I needed and also come with easy-to-follow and understandable instructions for those who may not understand all the server jargon (yours truly). Interestingly enough, the one that met my requirements had English instructions, but had all the code using Spanish variable names. This could become pretty confusing for me if I would need to modify the code seeing as I don’t know what any of the variables mean, but it was just to be a test.
So for once in a blue moon, one of the cameras was moved into my room and set up to show some web video. I navigated to the test page that I had set up and voila, it was working. In person, I could see the brief delay from my movements to what showed up on screen as the gets transferred from camera to computer to server to web page, but for someone watching from another computer it would look amazing. The video quality was superb, probably because it was from an HD camera, and there was no weird motion blurs or jumpiness. Live video feeds on the Internet have certainly come a long way in these past years.
Using this streaming Flash server, DDA will be able to provide many top-notch services that can compete with any other company out there. The highest quality live Webcasts, streaming video with no needed buffer time, flash animation websites with high volumes of visitors, and large scale multi-player flash applications. All of these things are possible with our Red 5 server, which is the free equivalent of the Flash Media Server.