What is HLS Streaming and When Should You Use It? [2020 Update]

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In the past, Adobe’s Flash video technology was the main method of delivering video via the internet. In recent years, however, there’s been a major shift in the world of online video. Specifically, online video delivered by protocols like HLS streaming and played by HTML5 video players has increasingly replaced Adobe’s Flash protocol. For both […]

What is a Video Content Management System (CMS) and How to Choose one for Your Business

video content management system (cms)

In the ever-evolving digital landscape, businesses are always looking for new ways to create interesting, informative content that people will pay money to access. Video is increasingly becoming a major part of the online content landscape, and its influence on overall online user behavior grows annually. For example, YouTube boasts that one billion hours of […]

HD Live Streaming for Professionals: How to Broadcast High Quality Video

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There are several aspects that set professional broadcasting apart from amateur productions. The presentation of your content is more important than the content itself. Two major aspects are audio quality and streaming video resolution. Today, we’re going to focus on the latter.  Video resolution is an essential feature of any video-watching experience. Live-streamed video content […]

Best Live Stream Encoding Software Options [Updated for 2020]

Live Stream Encoding Software Options

The quality of your live stream can make or break your audiences’ experience. Lagging video and shaky audio becomes a distraction from the message you’re trying to share. Encoding your video content—or converting the raw video file into a digital one—is one of the best things you can do to maintain professional quality. This requires […]

6 Drawbacks to Rolling Out Your Own Live Streaming Server

Live Streaming Server

Taking a DIY approach to streaming and setting up your own live streaming server may sound like a simple approach to broadcasting live. The fact that everything can be done in-house and on your own terms can be incredibly appealing. Unfortunately, there are a few serious drawbacks to rolling out your own live streaming server. […]

How to Use Multi-Bitrate Streaming for On Demand Video Upload

Multi-Bitrate Streaming

Providing your on-demand video viewers with the best user experience should be a priority. Making sure your viewers can stream your content in the optimal quality for their internet speed is a must. Multi-bitrate streaming is a video hosting tool that allows you to do just that. Multi-bitrate streaming allows your audience to access the […]

Encoding Software: Everything You Need to Know in 2020

Encoding Software

One essential element for live streaming is functional live stream encoding software (or hardware). Encoding software is a tool that transcodes video from one format to another. An encoder allows you to capture video content coming from a source you previously selected (your webcam, a camera, or your phone). Then the encoder allows you to […]

AVOD: The Definitive Guide to Ad-Based Video on Demand

AVOD ad-based on demand video monetization

Video content plays many roles in the professional world. Some businesses and organizations use videos for sales and marketing, and others use it to host remote events or training sessions. Since trends in online video streaming are on the rise, many businesses and professional content creators are monetizing on-demand videos. There are a few types […]

Top 5 VOD Platforms for Online Video Hosting in 2020

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Video On Demand, or VOD, is exploding. More and more people want to watch their online videos when and wherever they desire. One recent report found video viewing on VOD platforms “[is] up 155% year-over-year, with an average viewing time of 17.1 minutes per session.” Businesses are taking advantage of this. The video streaming market […]

5 Expert Tips for Engaging, Safe Virtual Meetings

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We are relying on technology now more than ever to host virtual meetings. But let’s be honest, not all of us were born event tech experts, and that’s why we decided to share some tips with Smart meetings to ensure you are making the most out of your virtual event, in the following article: