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The following clip from my company, Tooner, LLC outlines the success we've had integrating Red5 Pro Server into our tooner® Android application. The clip was screen captured directly in the Android Studio IDE while running the app on a Samsung Galaxy S5, and features multiple subscription streams being served from Red5 Pro on a single remote Linux server, in addition to some VOD and 360 degree background imagery. The video features live stream publishing from the Dell Venue 8 tablet and two Samsung Galaxy Notes, the 2 and the 5, all on the same wifi network as the subscribing S5.…

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So...what exactly is IoT and what is the fundamental purpose of such technology? The Internet of Things is one of those buzzwords people like to drop into conversation for effect, even though most probably don’t know what it means. After a bit of searching myself, I found this Forbes article which provides a spot-on definition: "Simply put, this is the concept of basically connecting any device with an on and off switch to the Internet (and/or to each other). This includes everything from cell phones, coffee makers, washing machines, headphones, lamps, wearable devices and almost anything…

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We had an amazing time last week at #SMEast 2016 and wanted to provide a quick recap on the conference. Along with meeting a number of great companies in the live streaming space and getting a ton of inbound interest at our booth, we had the chance to hear a number of insightful presentations by leaders within the industry. ![](https://d1inz2xpofm0ao.cloudfront.net/2016/May/CiGe5P5WwAAxQCE-1463588679535.jpg) NBC Today Show's Mario Armstrong made a great speech on key reasons behind the rapid growth of live streaming: Live streaming growing faster than pre-recorded video 42% vs. 34% Average viewing time: 20…

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Red5 Pro Release 1.1

In the interest of continually improving Red5 Pro, we just put up a new version of the SDKs and Server. This release has bug fixes and major performance enhancements. We recommend that you update your servers and your apps with the latest to take advantage of these gains. Stay tuned for the next release with enhancements to cloud based clustering. To upgrade, please sign in to your account and download here. Cheers, and happy coding to all! Android: Stability improvements Pixelation Issues Fixed - prior when filming quick movements, discoloration and pixellation would occur this has been fixed Fixed a…

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On Tuesday afternoon, video blogging pioneer, writer and startup investor Steve Garfield and Red5 Pro's very own Chris Allen (with his stallion of a greyhound and fan favorite, Rye-Guy) did a Facebook Live session to discuss the trends and implications of the live streaming revolution. Among many topics discussed, Chris and Steve covered everything from the democratization of live streaming to emerging mobile apps to a number of intriguing use cases coming from Red5 Pro's customer base. Take a look at their discussion on Facebook or simply click on the embedded video below. Just as a note, the steam transitions…

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As Twitter and Facebook duke it out for live streaming dominance with their apps, there are other, more niche players that are showing tremendous promise. We took a look at what’s out today, and which ones have the potential to make it big. The trend we are seeing is that niche markets and highly specific applications are the ways that these new apps are distinguishing themselves. Within this trend, we have noticed two key differentiators: 1. streaming apps targeting actual "needs" or consumer pain points, such as providing easy live access to international soccer matches, and 2.…

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I know what you are thinking. We probably couldn't have picked a worse day (April Fools Day) to release. But we aren’t letting that stop us. While Google literally and figuratively dropped the mic today, we instead have actually improved the mic with echo cancellation for Android. Not only that, we've improved performance on both iOS and Android and fixed a ton of bugs. We also did a bit of dropping our selves. We dropped the CPU usage down on both iOS and Android by 85% which improves battery life and heat issues. While there aren’t a lot…

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This past Saturday, Chris Allen, Co-Founder and CEO of Red5 Pro and live streaming guru Ryan A. Bell, founder of the Periscope Summit and partner at the video consulting firm Backlamp, hosted a Blab broadcast discussing the democratization of live streaming and the huge implications of future use cases. Here are the five key trends Chris and Ryan believe will shape the future of live streaming. Mobile Dating Apps Live streaming could provide existing non-video applications with an additional layer of virtual interaction. They noted there is an obvious use in adding a video component to the wildly popular dating…

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We wanted to let you know that we have just released some big updates to the Red5 Pro Server and Streaming SDKs! We've included the release notes, the Server and SDK downloads, and the link to our Github repos with the updated examples and sample apps. We hope this will help overcome some of the issues you were seeing, and we are here if you have any questions! Release Notes Server 0.3.0: Re-buffering streams - allows for graceful degradation of streams for client connections that have too low of bandwidth to support the publisher's stream quality: Provide messaging…

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HLS, or HTTP Live Streaming is a video streaming format first introduced by Apple in May, 2009. It’s a format that breaks streams into small file-based segments made available for download over HTTP. It now is a widely supported format for viewing streams in almost real time. I say almost only because the protocol, by its very nature, introduces a lot of latency. We’ve been getting a lot of questions and inbound interest from our customers about HLS. What are the advantages of using it? What are the disadvantages? How does HLS compare to WebRTC? Will Apple approve…

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Reflecting on 2015 and what we’ve built over the last couple of years, I started thinking about Red5 Pro and the reasons why we built it in the first place. So I figured I should write a post. Why did we spend so much time and energy building this thing? Not only did we see that there was a trend of people wanting to make new mobile experiences based on live streaming like Periscope and Meerkat, but we also weren’t happy with the developer tools available to build these kinds of experiences. We saw two approaches towards creating…

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A lot of developers have been asking us detailed questions about recording streams using Red5 Pro. The one thing that comes up most frequently is how to create an MP4 file for easy playback on mobile devices. While you can use our SDK to playback the recorded file as is (Red5 records in FLV format), this requires that the user always use your native app, and sometimes it would just be nice to provide a link to an MP4 for progressive download. So with that, here’s a quick guide to get you up and running with a custom Red5…

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We have been working hard on a number of features that we are super excited about including clustering and HLS support. You can get the new release here. Make sure to be signed in with your account first. Also, expect new SDKs to follow soon as well. Cheers! RED5 PRO SERVER 0.2 RELEASE NOTES This release has two new features our customers have been requesting. CLUSTERING This version of the server allows for configuring servers together to achieve infinite scale. This is the first version of the feature and is limited to round robin style load balancing of Edge…

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Interested in getting up and running with our client-side SDKs? Our CTO Dominick Accattato just finished a great video tutorial on how to set up iOS streaming with the Red5 Pro server in six easy steps, all within a matter of minutes. In this example Dominick demonstrates how to stream from iOS to the web and then from the web back down to iOS. Was this video useful? We’d love to hear your feedback on how we can continue to enhance our user support!…

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Don’t take this the wrong way; while we are thrilled about WebRTC and its potential to open up live streaming and communication within browsers, we want to pose the following question: do you actually need WebRTC for your use case? After much analysis, what we’ve found based on talking to our customers is that the answer nine times out of ten is no. Adobe Flash I know what you are thinking. Flash is dead: it’s a memory hog, it has terrible security flaws, and it’s an antiquated relic that should be banished from every browser on…

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With live streaming becoming increasingly prevalent in 2015, developers are focused on creating applications to address the public’s fascination with streaming media. Periscope is the prime example of such an application and the sheer size of Periscope’s user base and class-leading engagement metrics validate its dominance in the space. But what does it take to build a live streaming and communication platform such as Periscope, with the capability to broadcast to one hundred thousand or even one million subscribers? What if I told you that you could build a live streaming application with Periscope-like functionality and scalability in…

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Good afternoon! A new iOS SDK is now available: it includes a critical fix for the latest iOS devices which covers the iPad Pro, iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. This build also involves a few updates with new examples, including how to create a custom R5VideoSource and how to publish using the Swift language. Full release notes are below. Release Notes: iOS SDK v0.8.41.1- iOS streaming SDK has been loaded up on Red5Pro.com. Updates in this SDK include: fixed a memory leak in publishing fixed issue with new iOS devices (A9 chip) creating bad streams…

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Today Clutch published its first report highlighting Top Boston App Developers and we are extremely pleased to have been included on this list. It’s an honor to be included among these top app development shops, and as we transition our focus to Red5 Pro, we look forward to collaborating with all of them as well by helping developers create awesome live streaming experiences. Check out Clutch’s post on Infrared5 and the other winners here: Here’s what Ryan Stevens, Senior Analyst at Clutch had to say about the mobile app development landscape in Boston and New England more…

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Unlike some other streaming solutions, we don’t just focus on the server side or the client side–we provide the whole stack. While this provides a tremendous amount of power and flexibility, it does make it more difficult to set up. A few of our customers were confused on how to get started, so we consolidated four of our guides in one place to make it more streamlined and simple to follow. This guide will get you quickly up and running with the Red5 Pro server and the client-side SDKs. Get the new Quick Start Guide and we look…

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Dealing with the complexities and all the options of Amazon Web Services practically requires a PHD in Cloud Hosting, so we put together a quick tutorial on how to efficiently install Red5 Pro on an AWS EC2 Instance Configuration. The following guide should get you up and running quickly and without the headache. Enjoy!…

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He’s BAAAaaaack!

Why on earth would anyone choose to rejoin a company where they previously worked? In retrospect, the answer seems quite simple, though of course, taking the plunge is always a daunting task. I assume the statistics do not favor a return to a previous workplace after an extended hiatus, but I could certainly provide a plethora of reasons why I returned to Infrared5 when presented with the opportunity to do so. For me, and in any and all endeavors, the work has to be both intellectually stimulating and challenging. Software development can often be repetitive and monotonous, but fortunately that…

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To the community, Happy Friday! We are super excited about our latest and final beta release for Red5 Pro. Our next version will be the 1.0–something we have been looking forward to for quite some time. We have just released some great updates to the Red5 Pro Server and Streaming SDKs, and wanted to provide some details on whats included. First off, none of the updates are critical, and the updated server is backwards compatible with the previous SDKs (unless you want to use the new security parameter feature). Below you will find: the release notes, the Server…

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I just got back from the Intel Innovators Summit in Santa Clara, CA where I serve as a current Intel Software Innovator. Intel brought together some of the top programmers, makers and creative technologists from around the world to show us some of the innovative things they are working on. While I can’t share many of the details of what was presented, to me, the most valuable aspect of the summit was having the fantastic opportunity to connect with so many talented developers in one space. During the event, Intel split up the topics between RealSense and IoT. RealSense,…

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The Times They Are A Changin’ As you might have noticed, we recently updated our website to better reflect our new direction at Infrared5. We are now focused on the Red5 Pro Server and SDKs for iOS and Android that enable developers to build experiences like Meerkat or FaceTime in a matter of minutes. Yes, you read that correctly – the ability to create mobile streaming applications in minutes. We originally started this company because of the tremendous reception and interest in the Red5 Open Source Media Server. For those that aren’t familiar with the project, our initial team, composed…

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WebRTC

What is WebRTC In the world of disruptive technologies, WebRTC has quickly caught the attention of the web development community. WebRTC at its core provides real-time communication between browsers. The following represents the group’s mission statement: WebRTC is a free, open project that enables web browsers with Real-Time Communications (RTC) capabilities via simple Javascript APIs. The WebRTC components have been optimized to best serve this purpose. Our mission: To enable rich, high quality, RTC applications to be developed in the browser via simple Javascript APIs and HTML5. Why was WebRTC created WebRTC has humble beginnings but grand expectations based…

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