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    Default on the fence

    I think I would be best suited for the middle column on the sales page, the $55 a month option. I have been streaming 1080p through twitch.tv/levolent and lately just too many complaints of lag and no transcoding option. I just want a clearer and non-pixelated video with no stuttering. Also having 720p and 480p transcodes would be nice. I'm not sure exactly the best way to go about this. I already have a site up at levolent.com but it's a shared linux server and I've heard it would not be a good place to actually stream the video from.

    I didn't see any mention of traffic, or data caps or anything like that. It is all unlimited? I would imagine the strain on your servers varies hugely between a small guy like me and someone with 1000s of regular viewers.

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    Wowza is the software that you use for streaming your video content. You would run this on your own server, so that's an extra cost, as well as having to manage it.

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    You might have to tune the server down if there is very low ram and core count:
    http://www.wowza.com/forums/content....ormance-tuning

    If your demand is less than server and network capacity it will work for you.

    Richard

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    Quote Originally Posted by rrlanham View Post
    You might have to tune the server down if there is very low ram and core count:
    http://www.wowza.com/forums/content....ormance-tuning

    If your demand is less than server and network capacity it will work for you.

    Richard

    Hmm there may have been a misunderstanding then. On another site, I was asking about how to do my own transcoding in this shared linux server and a guy said "check out wowza media servers, you're going to overload that shared server with this" so it implied you were a hosting provider. If this is simply software that streams, I don't understand the high prices and monthly subscriiption fees even charges for single instances of broadcasts in some cases... if there isn't already an open source alternative there will be soon I'm sure. For example I paid for premium Xsplit and it turned out to be complete crap compared to Open Broadcaster Software.

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    Wowza is just sells software, but you can use Wowza on EC2

    http://www.wowza.com/forums/content....ck-start-guide

    Richard

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    Quote Originally Posted by rrlanham View Post
    Wowza is just sells software, but you can use Wowza on EC2

    http://www.wowza.com/forums/content....ck-start-guide

    Richard
    I don't understand the need for this software. I stream to twitch.tv at 720p using the free Open Broadcaster Software. All I really need is a 2nd computer to view and rebroadcast this at 480p to twitch.tv

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    Wowza Media Server is streaming video server software. Wowza does not offer hosted services, however we have Wowza customers that do listed on our Partner's page. Wowza does not restrict the number of client connections, that is limited by your setup and bandwidth. If you use a second computer to send the stream to twitch.tv then you will not have adaptive streaming because the streams will not be aligned. With Wowza Transcoder AddOn, the newly encoded streams are keyframe aligned offering adaptive bitrate streaming which gives the best possible viewing experience given the user's device and bandwidth.

    -Lisa

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    Quote Originally Posted by lisa_w View Post
    Wowza Media Server is streaming video server software. Wowza does not offer hosted services, however we have Wowza customers that do listed on our Partner's page. Wowza does not restrict the number of client connections, that is limited by your setup and bandwidth. If you use a second computer to send the stream to twitch.tv then you will not have adaptive streaming because the streams will not be aligned. With Wowza Transcoder AddOn, the newly encoded streams are keyframe aligned offering adaptive bitrate streaming which gives the best possible viewing experience given the user's device and bandwidth.

    -Lisa
    What do you mean the stream will not be aligned? There is about a 5-10 second delay, so the 2nd stream would have a 10-20 second delay. I don't think that will matter too much. It will just mean a small delay between me and the the chat responses on the lower quality stream. Higher quality viewers are a priority to me anyways if I had to choose one.

    Tell me more about the transcoder addon like if there's additional charge, etc. Is there a way to get the transcoding only? My goal is to simply get more than 1 viewing resolution from my existing twitch.tv stream. They do transcoding for twitch partners only.

    I would be interested in adding mobile device embeds to my site (see username) but I don't know how to set that up.

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    Hi
    The prices for the Wowza transcoder AddOn can be found here,
    http://www.wowza.com/pricing

    Click on "AddOn pricing" for the relevant Wowza licence you have.

    Also the configuration guide for adding the transcoder can be found here,
    http://www.wowza.com/forums/content....live-streaming

    Jason

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