Cloudflare offers streaming video solution

Excerpt from: Cloudflare

Cloudflare turns seven years old today. We launched on September 27, 2010.

It was only a few days after our launch that we got our first request to support video streaming. Yet, until today, we’d avoided it.

Why? Simply put: the video streaming market is screwed up. While there’s a lot of money spent on video, there are only really about 1,000 customers that do any meaningful level of streaming.

This is in large part because it’s technically far too complicated. If you want to move beyond just uploading your videos to a consumer service like YouTube, then you have to use at least three different services. You need someone to encode your video into a streamable format, you need someone else to act as the content delivery network delivering the bytes, and you need someone else still to provide the player code that runs on the client device. Further, since video encoding standards keep evolving and vary across generations of devices, it becomes challenging to ensure a consistently high quality experience for all visitors.

And if that sounds like a technical mess, the business side is even worse. Encoding companies charge based on CPU usage, which is driven by the length and quality of the video and the number of streaming formats it’s converted into. Traditional CDNs then charge different rates for each region of the world based on the number of bytes delivered. Finally, player vendors charge at tiered levels based on the number of views.

Read more at: https://blog.cloudflare.com/introducing-cloudflare-stream/

Recommended Webcam & Microphone for Simple Live Streaming – Fall 2017

Webcam

Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920
> Purchase on Amazon.ca

Excerpt from: The Wire Cutter

Logitech HD Webcam C920
Logitech HD Webcam C920

After researching 19 top webcams and testing six, we think that if you need a webcam for video calls, streaming, or recording, you should get the Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920. It takes better pictures and video than any of the other models we tested, beating even newer and more-expensive models. It has sharp, 1080p video at 30 frames per second with fast autofocus and quick, accurate auto white balance; it’s simple to install and use; and at around $60 it doesn’t cost much more than lesser budget webcams.

Microphone

The Blue Yeti
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Excerpt from: PC Gamer

Blue Yeti Microphone
Blue Yeti Microphone

There are a lot of things to like about the Blue Yeti. It’s easy to set up and has a comparably low price next to other microphones with this level of audio quality—and, of course, it sounds great. But its best trait for live streaming is its adaptability. Your distance from a mic and whether or not you are speaking directly towards it can have a massive impact on sound quality, but the Yeti performs well even under less-than-ideal conditions. The foam padding on the bottom of the base didn’t do much to deafen desk vibrations, but the shape and size of the Yeti meant I could generally find a suitable place for it without a hassle. And no matter where I put it, the Yeti performed fantastically.