State of Live Streaming in 2019: Last 5 Years + Next 5 Years

January 02, 2019

In this post, we'll reflect on the major trends in live streaming over the last five years. Then we'll make some predictions on how the industry will continue to develop into the future.

In 2018, BoxCast celebrated its 5th Birthday 🥳 !

It's been a wild ride so far. The live streaming landscape going into 2019 barely resembles that of 2013. It's a fast-paced world, but that's what makes it so exciting.

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SD vs. HD vs. 4K: Live Streaming Video Resolutions Explained

December 26, 2018

This post is an overview of live streaming video resolution. We talk about standard-definition (480p + 480i), high-definition (720p, 1080i, + 1080p) and 4K video resolutions. It's the main post in our series on HD Live Streaming.

The video world is advancing quickly. It's tough for us all to keep pace with increasing standards and qualities.

Video resolution is only one aspect that affects the quality of a live stream. Alongside frame rate, it's the feature most top of mind in determining video quality.

If you're responsible for your organization's live streaming strategy and need to wrap your head around the advancement of video resolution, you're in the right spot.

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What Upload Speed Do I Need to Live Stream?

December 14, 2018

This post explores identifying upload speeds required for broadcasting, finding your current bandwidth, and troubleshooting potential connection issues. It's the main post in our series on upload speed for live streaming.

Most broadcasters recognize the critical role of network connections in creating great live video.

As a result, one of the most common questions we hear at BoxCast is, “What internet speed do I need to live stream?”

Our answer— to the frustration of our inquirers is almost always, "It depends."

Unfortunately, the response involves more intricacy than a simple calculation. This post provides the information, context, and tools needed to estimate the network speeds you require for a high-quality broadcast.

 

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The Best Video Cameras for Live Streaming

November 29, 2018

This post talks about some of the best video cameras that we have found for live streaming at every level. It's part of our series on live streaming equipment.

As every broadcaster knows, the most important piece of equipment in your production arsenal is your camera. (The second most important piece is your encoder). Viewers won’t watch something that’s poorly captured, so as you develop your live streaming strategy, be sure to dedicate proper resources to finding the right camera.

We've done the legwork to make your search easier. Below you’ll find a list of our favorite cameras for live streaming at the consumer, prosumer, and professional levels.

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Hardware vs. Software Encoders: 6 Reasons Hardware Encoders are Better

October 24, 2018

This post addresses the benefits of using a hardware encoder vs. a software encoder in your live video streaming setup. It's part of our series on video encoders.

Hardware or software encoder? The battle rages on. Well, battle is a strong word, but there are important distinctions to point out between the two.

When it comes to live video streaming technology, the decision between hardware or software encoder will inevitably come up. The goal of this post is to arm you with information so that you can make the right choice that best fits your streaming needs.

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The Best Live Video Streaming Equipment for Every Level

March 29, 2018

This post is a guide to the cameras, tripods, and video switchers that we find to be easy, reliable, and professional at every level. It's the main post in our series on live streaming equipment.

So, you’ve decided to start live video streaming.

Or you’ve at least started to do your research. As you’ve probably already discovered, choosing equipment can be challenging and time consuming. 

Let us help. Though BoxCast works well with all sorts of different cameras and production equipment, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorites to help you get started. Whether you’re just getting started or a professional videographer, this post is for you.

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