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Review of Live Broadcasting Services

Review of Live Broadcasting Services

YouTube has recently entered the market of live streaming and online broadcasting, In addition to already being known as the most versatile online platform for streaming videos, YouTube is backed by its own infrastructure making it possible for them to offer all these services, completely free of charge, forcing other companies to think twice about their current price plans. In this article we are reviewing the top online live broadcasting services and the differences between these services. If your interested in using YouTube Live don't forget to check out our "Why YouTube LIve is BIG deal" post.

YouTube Live

Offering pretty much all the features which other services provide with no charges or obstructive advertisement is what YouTube does best. Where other companies would ask for money, YouTube has offered all of their services for completely free in an attempt to grow the Google network of services.

Let's simply take a look at the features that YouTube offers while comparing it to other services at the same time. However, before we begin, let's take a look at a common term in the market, "VH" or Viewer Hours, it's basically a number which denotes how many hours worth of bandwidth has been used and you'll see it used on nearly any premium streaming service.

Regardless of whether your viewers are watching your stream at HD or a lower quality, it counts towards the same number, 10 viewer hours can be anything from 10 viewers watching for an hour or 600 viewers watching for just a minute each.

LiveStream

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Comparing Crestron's Surface Hub Packages

Crestron is a strategic partner of Microsoft Surface Hub solutions and with a partnership that has lasted over 2 years Crestron has just announced the release of their brand new CrestronRL systems. They offers some exciting new hardware solutions to give the best user experience for the Microsoft Surface Hub and Skype for Business. The Microsoft Surface Hub is a large touchscreen device designed specifically for businesses and conference rooms with video conferencing and collaboration in mind. It allows more collaborative work and interactive meetings online through Skype for Business, Office 365 and just about any other video conferencing service. Crestron offers a four integration packages to complement the Surface Hub and increase user experience which we will review in this article.

CrestronRL Integrator Kits

Crestron offers two integrator kits independent of the Surface Hub. This gives users the flexibility of buying a Surface Hub display from any reseller or authorized distributor. The integrator kits includes different devices that help create a collaborative environment in the conference room. Both integrator kits come with base devices that include:

  • 1.A DigitalMedia Presentation System
  • 2.A tabletop touchscreen device
  • 3.A scheduling touchscreen
  • 4.Crestron Connect II (Crestron Fusion) Software

Integrator Kit #1

The integrator Kit 1 features Crestron's 3-series DMPS3-4K-150-C presentation system which is a 4K presentation switcher with fully automatic operation and DigitalMedia connectivity. It supports up to four Crestron's tabletop devices and ten simultaneously applications.

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Crestron RL Microsoft Surface Solution

Crestron RL Microsoft Surface Solution

At its Windows 10 event, Microsoft introduced two extraordinary devices – HoloLens and Surface Hub. Surface Hub is a large touchscreen display with integrated computer and stylus support. It is designed specifically for businesses and can be utilized in video conference meetings. The Surface Hub is an ideal solution for group collaboration during meetings allowing a more interactive session across the members.

Microsoft Surface Hub offers dozen of features to the users enhancing the virtual meeting environment. Some of its features are:

Engaging and productive meetings

The Surface Hub allow users to join a Skype for Business meeting with a single tap. Users can share meeting notes, productivity content and communicate on the work displayed.

  • Scheduled or spontaneous
  • One-touch meeting start
  • Easy to share content
  • Engaging for everyone

Best way to create and brainstorm with others

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Why YouTube Live is a BIG deal!

Why YouTube Live is a BIG deal!

Hello USB Pros!
Today we are going to review the latest YouTube Live details including how to get setup with a simple webcam broadcast all the way up to a professional RTMP stream. Streaming to YouTube Live is easier than ever. In this review we take you through the entire YouTube Live and Google Hangouts on Air process from start to finish. This review talks about the major solutions step by step so you can get a visual on how all this works. YouTube LIVE is going to change the broadcasting landscape. Once again Google is going to be giving professional tools to the masses for free. Google Hangouts was the first rendition of free video services but now YouTube Live is going provide a combination of Google Hanouts and YouTube with all new professional options!

Simple Hangouts on Air

Hangouts on Air are basically live broadcast's in the Google Hangout suite. So once you have your YouTube Live Event scheduled and ready to broadcast you have the choice of a "Quick Set Up" which will launch the Hangout's on Air suite. This set up assumes you are going to be using a USB webcam and microphone connected to your computer like you would for a regular video conference call. We really like this set up because you gain all the Google Hangout functionality such as Screen Share. You also get a function called "Live Control Room" where you can tweak some of the settings for what will be shown on the YouTube side. 

So in a nut shell Google has combined Google Hangouts with YouTube in the most straight forward way you could imagine. Google Hangouts on Air uses the simplistic WebRTC video conferencing which simply opens in the web browser your using (Preferably Google Chrome). I think this is a genius way to get more people into live broadcasting and opening up the possibilities for small schools who might want to broadcast a play, bars who want to share a video stream of a live performance or churches who want to share the service. 

In the next section we are going to talk about using a USB video mixer and even a RTMP stream. These are preferable technology solutions because they will allow technicians to include multiple cameras and microphones from existing broadcast set ups. But it is amazing that Google has simplified the process of video broadcasting down to a USB webcam and microphone for the masses. As you can see from slide 3 above users can even use "Hangouts on Air" to broadcast directly from your smart phone!

Using a USB Video Mixer

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Top Video Conferencing Android Apps

Top Video Conferencing Android Apps

Top Video Conferencing Apps on Android Video conferencing is growing at a rapid pace and more than 200 million people use it as a tool for communication every day. Organizations are making VTC as their primary mode for communication and with the introduction of various business VTC platforms it has grown immensely. General public is already utilizing video conferencing or video calls for long distance communication. Since the introduction of smartphones, voice and video calls over the internet have increased by more than 500% and many developers have introduced their own video conferencing apps on both Android and iOS. Let's take a look at some of the most popular video conferencing apps on Android:

Lync 2013 (Skype for Business)

Professionals are already aware of Microsoft Lync because it is one of the most popular communication tool used in organizations. Microsoft has updated Lync to Skype for Business but its Android counterpart is still waiting for an update. Microsoft Lync is used by more than 80 million professionals in their offices. The Android version, Lync 2013 is gaining popularity but at the moment there are roughly 5 million users. Lync 2013 requires Lync server setup which is integrated with the Android app for use. Without Lync server, the Android app is useless for an average user because it requires credentials from in-house office setup to log-in.

It is an excellent tool for video conferencing since it is connected with your professional contacts and you can join any meeting while you are away on vacation. It allows instant messaging, video calls, voice calls, call forwarding from the enterprise number and enterprise grade security. 

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