Teradek VidiU Pro - The Must Have Tool for Professional Live Streaming
[Dec 23, 2017 update] Many videographers and companies are now delivering Live Streaming of events, sports, weddings, plays, graduation ceremonies, training sessions, news reporting and promotions. With free or very affordable CDNs like YouTube Live, Facebook Live, UStream, Twitch LiveStream, Wowza or any RTMP server you can easily deliver your live content to any number of people, all over the world. All you need is a camera, an encoder and an internet connection.
But what about when you don’t have a good internet connection? Maybe you are in the middle of a ball field or shooting at an outdoor gazebo behind the chapel or you find yourself in the bleachers of a high school football field for graduation? What if you get to the recital hall or auditorium only to find that there isn’t wired internet and/or the WiFi coverage is sketchy at best? Maybe you arrive at the church only to find that someone changed the IP address for the server or the settings on the firewall?
What do you do?As the saying goes - the show must go on. The Teradek VidiU Pro is the essential tool that solves all these problems and makes sure that you can deliver your live stream as promised, regardless of the internet connectivity issues the location may hit you with. With Teradek’s latest ShareLink™ technology and VidiU Pro, you guarantee the bandwidth needed to stream your HD content from anywhere, to everywhere. ShareLink lets you use up to 4 iPhones and other internet connections to deliver the combined bandwidth you need for Live HD streaming, even with poor cell service.
How Does it Work?The ShareLink allows you to achieve maximum bandwidth and ultimate reliability by bonding multiple internet connections, from different sources, into a single connection. Bonding is a technology that broadcasters have been using for years to upload and deliver their content. They use expensive gear costing many times more than the VidiU Pro. Teradek products like the Bond II and Cube use cellular bonding in broadcast environments, so these guys know how to do it right. With the robust connectivity of ShareLink™, you can be sure that your HD live video feed will get to your audience every time. Let’s use as an example that you are on a ball field with no internet connection. With a single iPhone you can deliver low quality video streams. By bonding a second iPhone you can double your bandwidth. Utilize up to 4 iPhones together and you can create a big fat streaming pipe able to handle 720p HD streams.
- Tech Note 1: Videoguys recommends 720p as the optimal streaming resolution for all workflows. For internet based content delivery you always want to choose progressive over interlaced. While you may have a pipe capable of supporting 1080p, we’ve seen that only a fraction of your audience will ave the bandwidth to watch 1080p. By going with 720P you give your audience a great quality HD stream, that you can have confidence in being delivered to their computer or mobile device.
- Tech Note 2: Cellular bonding works best when the iPhones are on different cell carriers (ie Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile) so they are not competing for the same cell service and bandwidth.
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