No, it's not the latest B-rated horror film (although it should be). Rather it's the name of the Chicago Tribune's load testing program. This tool leverages AWS to spin up EC2 instances to bombard an application, similar to a denial of service (DOS) attack. Bees With Machine Guns was originally created to test the Tribune's website. That means it was designed for HTTP, so after we forked it, we had to modify the source code to support our specific live streaming video protocols: RTMP RTSP WebRTC Basic Functionality Each Bee program runs an "attack" on a server. It does this…

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More Than Low Latency

Despite what we would have you believe, there's more to life than low-latency. I mean, obviously, there's scaling too. Perhaps you are streaming out a live concert to millions of fans, or broadcasting an international political summit to thousands of concerned citizens from all across the world. Do you think a single, scrawny little server is going to handle all of that? Of course not. So that's why you need to scale your application. Better yet, you can scale automatically with Red5 Pro's autoscaling cloud solution. When using Google or AWS hosting platforms, you can set-up a cluster that is…

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The Fourth of July is more than just a day in which Americans will launch 200 million pounds of fireworks and eat 150 million hot dogs, it’s a day where we celebrate the values that established our country. Among the founding principles, one primary theme ties them all together: freedom. As a Boston-based company, we built Red5 Pro with that essential value in mind. We want to enable developers to live-stream however they see fit. That is why we do not tie you down to any specific platforms. Live-streaming video can be hard, so we do most of the…

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March is traditionally the month where people start breaking their New Year Resolutions. Not Red5 Pro. We've persevered to reach our goal of improving the performance of our WebRTC implementation. While some abandoned their treadmills, we slimmed down our CPU usage to make Red5 Pro more scalable. As home gyms (still unassembled) were hidden in closets, we strengthened our security features by adding connection parameters to secure your streams. Of course, we set the bar pretty high for ourselves so we didn't stop after improving WebRTC. We added support for setting framerate Android devices and implemented shared objects with iOS…

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The new year is all about self-improvement and looking forward. As such, our developers caught the spirit and churned out a new release for both server and mobile SDK. They improved the performance of our autoscale solution and load balancing stream manager, added Flash to HLS audio support (so you can video call your parents more often this year), and updated the mobile example applications. Having already started down the path of self-improvement, it's time to continue looking forward to future improvements. What do you want to see added to Red5 Pro? Let us know! Release 2.1.0 -…

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