Do you enjoy waiting? Of course not. Nobody does. Which is exactly why no one likes latency. Before we get too far, what is latency? Latency, according to how we like to define it, is the time it takes video (captured by the camera) to travel across the internet to actually appear to the person watching that video. As one can imagine, there are all kinds of transcoding, encoding, recoding and otherwise-ing happening from the first point of capture to the point of viewing. Accordingly, we’ve gone to tremendous strides to bring this amount of time as low as…

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Low-Latency: So What?

Slow Engine - Slow Product. Running an application with high latency is like putting a moped engine in a race-car. No matter how well the body is built, it will be going all but nowhere. The effort required to overcome inferior building materials will be costly and time-consuming. Even worse, it just won't work as well as it could, no matter how well designed. Unfortunately, putting a lot of work into something doesn't automatically make it a good product. When it comes to live-streaming, the inside of application is what matters most. You wouldn't build a new home out of…

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Latency is a big deal to us, but why should it matter to you? Red5 Pro has a latency under half a second while everyone else has a 2+ second latency; so why all the fuss over 1.5 seconds? With communication as fast as it is, latency matters more and more. It may not sound like much, but if you really think about it, a lot can happen in a second or two. When it comes to trying to capture live events, every second (and partial second) counts. If you took two seconds to react to everything going around…

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You've done all your research, analyzed the match-ups and laid out your perfect lineup. Your fantasy team roster is looking great! No frenzied, last-minute shuffling of players for you. All that remains is to sit back, grab a beverage of choice and watch your games as the roster deadline ticks down. Then you see it. Scrolling across the bottom of your screen, a breaking news update alerts you that your star player has been injured in a freak accident. Instead of scoring you points the athlete will be sitting on the bench. Your rock-solid strategy has been broken wide open.…

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Alright, fine. We admit it. Our assertion that low, near real-time latency, is always better has been proven wrong. Apparently, Facebook Live's latency is so long that a band called The Academic recorded a song incorporating the seconds long delay to loop one of their songs. The multiple layers create an increasing complex song that's really entertaining to listen to. With a little creativity, even high latency can be a good thing... at least in this literally exceptionable case. If you think about it, this actually makes latency pretty cool.…

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