Video Streaming Technology

by Steffen Morsh on Jun 24, 2010

Online videos technology has come accross a long way. Gone are those day when we had to sit back and had to wait for the videos to download thoroughly. It was the real test of our patience. The time has changed and brought many changes too. Nowadays video streaming technology and live streaming have become one of the most popular and affective forms of technical sucesss accross the internet. Among those, people are more familiar with the term video on demand (vod). It just simply lets you watch your favorite videos right through your browser where downloading and broadcasting of the video can be done hand in hand. Streaming benefits, its types and its importance we are going to discuss next. So here we go - TYPES OF STREAMING Live streaming ”“ Live streaming as can be predicted via. its name, is availbale at a particular period of time. For example a football or cricket match. It can be seen when the event is being broadcast directly from the source location. Video on Demand (vod) ”“ This technology is being invented by keeping the viewrs flexibility in mind. video for web cateres the needs of media, web promoters and entetainment arena. Today the technology offers a lot alternatives for the people so that they could view their favorite movies, games, songs and videos 24X7. The video streamed are recoreded and kept in a huge datbases and could be retrived on the request of the viewer. On video request a progressive download initializes, but clip can be watched only after a fixed portion of files are being downloaded. STREAMING OTHER THAN INTERNET Televsion is one of the finest examples of initial video streaming trends where the movies or programmes are recorded and broadcasted later for the viewers. Here, video data transfered from one medium to another which is steaming. Even most of the DVD players today, offer alternatives , terms of burning a video to create a new file, in order to watch them later on. This again, can be termed as a part of video streaming. Online videos are offsprings. PROCESS TO VIEW STREAMED FILES A large number of softwares are available and multimedia video players are available to play streamed files. Some of the most common and the most popular ones are - windows media player, Macromedia Flash, Apple quick time, Real viewer by Real networks or MPEG (in particular MPEG-4). But the smoothness of the videos might depend on many factors like internet speed, busy servers, qualty of the videos themselves. That mean it is not possible to get zero loading time always. DOWNLOADING STREAMING VIDEOS Most of the people have this misconception that all the live streaming and online videos are downloadable. Yes, internet is an excellent medium of interacton but has many restrictions too. Non avaibility of downloading of streamed videos pointing towards copyright laws and privacy of the video creaters or makers. Some websites allows downloading options and others don't. Well ! All for the sake of security. All the forms of media, entertainment and business understands the significance of video streaming, videos have always been the sources of real attractions for marketing purposes and entertainment seekers.

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Source: Auther have beeen in the business of video streaming industry for almost a decade. He has written many articles on video for web development and video publishing.
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