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Compression, Codecs, Keyframes, and the Basics of Stream Quality

Posted by Corey Taylor on Jul 10, 2017 4:42:51 PM

A/V technology, particularly as it relates to streaming, has come a long way in a relatively short amount of time. In the last few years, shooting high-quality video has gone from an investment in particularly expensive capture equipment to something achievable by much more practical and affordable equipment, while still producing a high-quality product. However, this great quality has some downsides, including the fact that high quality translates to a very high data rate (or bitrate), with some as high as 5TB an hour! These files are too large for most user’s internet connections, even those who may have incredible download speeds, and most devices your viewers are watching your stream on aren’t designed to play these videos in the format in which they are shot. The solution to all these problems? Video compression.

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Topics: Faith-Based Streaming, Live Streaming Overview, streaming basics, buffering

"Why Should I Live Stream?" A Biblical Perspective

Posted by Ryan Campbell on Nov 14, 2016 12:26:14 PM

As Operations Manager at StreamSpot, the number one question I hear from houses of worship is a fairly basic one: “Why should I stream?” It’s a question that all streaming providers in the industry are asked, and from a technology standpoint, we all mostly answer it in a similar way: in addition to discussing the ability to stream in today’s world, we speak about reaching out to those who cannot make it to services, due to difficulty or distance: those who are sick, homebound, traveling, and cannot make it to services. These are all great reasons, but I recently felt compelled to look deeper as to the “why,” not only why from a practicality standpoint, but from a biblical one. I reflected on the underlying question, “what does the Bible say about live streaming?”

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Topics: Faith-Based Streaming, Live Streaming Overview, streaming basics

"WFX Insider" Covers Launch of StreamSpot ONE Encoder

Posted by Laura Duerring on Oct 28, 2016 1:04:40 PM

Subscribers of the popular WFX Insider e-newsletter caught a glimpse of exciting news that surrounded the StreamSpot booth at the Worship Facilities Expo a few weeks ago: the launch of the StreamSpot ONE encoder.

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Topics: Insider, Church Live Streaming, New StreamSpot Features, streaming basics, hardware

Bit Rates and Live Streaming: What is the connection? How to choose?

Posted by Ryan Campbell on Dec 22, 2015 6:35:37 PM

Take a look at bitrates and how they affect playback during a live or on-demand broadcast.

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Topics: Live Streaming Overview, streaming basics