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Live Streaming with Flash Media Live Encoder

Our support staff just wrote a great post on our Labs blog on how to stream live video using Influxis and Adobe's Flash Media Live Encoder. Read it here:

http://labs.influxis.com/?p=1854
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  • Do you know of a good way to show multiple cameras on the same stream at the same time using Adobe Flash Media Live Encoder?
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  • Unfortunately, FMLE does not support multiple camera inputs - it accepts only one. You could have multiple installs pulling from multiple cameras on one machine, but the resource costs and limits of the USB bus would make it untolerable.

    What you can do is use Wirecast. They allow multiple inputs and you can reshape, resize them and output that as one stream together. I've seen it used multiple times such as a during Nascar races they have multiple boxes showing different angles.

    Wirecast costs a few hundred dollars, however they do have a trial. I would suggest starting with the trial and seeing if that fits your needs well. The hard truth is - if you want a good live encoder with a lot of features it will cost a pretty penny.

    Here's the link where you can start your trial of Wirecast:

    http://www.telestream.net/wire-cast/o...
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  • How would you compare the video quality of using FMLE vs your Video Broadcaster App?

    I have been using the VB app and while it is great, I still get some pixelation. Using FMLE and encoding the video on my PC would there be an improvement of video quality...keeping apples to apples say 320x240 stream at 30fps.

    Thx
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  • K, i tested it myself and FMLE is awesome compared to Broadcaster (makes sense too why).
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  • Hello Brian,

    Yes FMLE will be better because it can directly access your hardware and provide robust encoding support. The flash encoder, however, which you use with Video Broadcaster, is a shadow of what FMLE can do. With flash player 11, the Flash player itself can access the hardware now so it has unleashed much more potential for flash-based encoding. As the months go on and developers master the new tools providing in Action script with the flash player update, you will see flash applications become much more adept at not only VP6 encoding, but H264 as well.

    -Matthew Wall
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