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    IAIB Broadcaster robistech's Avatar
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    Make Your Own CDN

    Hey everyone,
    I do a lot of the tech and video production at my High School, and I'm running into a little challenge with a Live Video Set Up. Essentially we want to do live morning announcements that go out to all the classrooms in the school. The Production end is easy. my setup is basically a FireWire cam, some mics, a mixer, and Wirecast with Live Virtual Sets and a Green Screen. The issue I am facing is what to do about a CDN. Obviously we can't use anything live Ustream, Justin, or Livestream because of the ads. The only other solution as a CDN goes would be Ustream's Watershed, but that's a bit pricy for our budget.

    I tired to do a little research about hosting a local CDN. Anyone know what software we would use and how we would do this? I know Wirecast will stream to an RMTP server, so I did a little looking into Flash Media Server. All we need is a simple video player with audio that we could send the teachers a link to, or embed on a website.

    Any ideas?

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    What about a streaming service like Influxis? They have some pretty reasonable prices if you don't need to stream 24/7.

    You may also want to look at running a Wowza media server. It's pretty much the same as FMS. Also Red5, which is an open source, free streaming media server. Albeit not as polished or sophisticated as FMS or Wowza. But the price would be right.
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    Im a fan of http://www.bitgravity.com/ they work great.
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    I'll look into those. Thanks for the suggestions!

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    Im sorry if this sounds stupid but why would you want pay for a CDN if you can get it for free via /ustream and bambuser

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamesdelfresco View Post
    Im sorry if this sounds stupid but why would you want pay for a CDN if you can get it for free via /ustream and bambuser
    I'm planning to do live broadcasting at my High School. There's no way I can go with a free account from anyone because of all the ads.

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    Bambuser, at least for now, does not have any mid-roll ads. As far as the pre-roll ads, they have to pay the bills.

    If you have the funds, paid bandwidth is the way to go. Take a look at DaCast.
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