I do live streaming of an annual 2 day conference. It is coming up again, and each year I look for new ways to do it better. The last couple of years I have used Wowza Streaming Engine on Amazon EC2, and it has worked well. This year, I see that the Wowza Streaming Cloud is now available, and may simplify things for me. One thing I’m particularly interested in is the automatic transcoding into various bitrates from a single source stream. This should enable me to finally do HD, without worrying about those with lower speed connections.
However, this conference is for a non-profit organization, and I need to keep costs minimal. Is this option also available on the Streaming Engine AMI for EC2? (It hasn’t been in the past.) If so, that may still be the cheaper route.
Also, has anyone tried using this feature with Roku? I haven’t tested that part yet, but I have been able to manually change the bitrate when testing on a Windows PC. I actually need to be able to stream to iOS, Android, PC (Windows, Mac, and Linux), and Roku.
And while I’m asking questions, I also discovered vMix this year. I’ve used FMLE along with Xsplit in the past, but this vMix looks like it’s far superior, although not as user-friendly. Does anyone have experience using it with Wowza?