Smooth Streaming is a fairly new way to stream your video clips at an adaptive rate giving your audience the best possible watching experience. Smooth streaming is able to pick out the most appropriate bit-rate to display your video at by determining the available bandwidth. This way you don’t have to settle for the lowest common denominator in order to ensure that that all your viewers will have a sleek viewing experience.
Smooth Streaming dynamically finds local bandwidth and CPU conditions and seamlessly changes, in near real time, the video quality of a media file that a player is provided with. Consumers with high-bandwidth internet connections can enjoy high definition (HD) quality streaming when others with smaller bandwidth speeds receive the proper stream for their connectivity, enabling users all over the board to enjoy a entertaining, consistent streaming experience and alleviating the need for media firms to accommodate to the smallest common denominator quality level inside of their clients base.
Organizations are now in a position to improve brand recognition as well as advertising revenues by improving the average viewing times through higher quality true HD experiences. With Smooth Streaming organizations also benefit from greater network scalability under distributed HTTP based Web servers and are also capable to supply better quality to their customers.
Smooth Streaming is actually quite simple to conduct. For instance if you are an person then you won’t require to do anything other than have Silverlight installed on your Computer or Mac. As a content creator you will also be expected to upgrade your encoding software as Smooth Streaming requires a certain encoding software.
Hosting providers will require to install IIS Media Services on their machines in order to stream media assets to customers. IIS Media Services should be set up on the origin servers only. You may need to manage your edge cache/proxy structure as well in order to correctly pass through Smooth Streaming URLs.
Application developers will need to add Smooth Streaming playback support to their Silverlight applications. This can be done by using the Silverlight player templates bundled in the Expression encoder or by using Silverlight Media Framework with Smooth Streaming Client.
If you are looking to create Smooth Streaming presentations you will need to encode the videos in a particular way. The same source content may likely need to be encoded at various bit-rates with each bit-rate being one complete file. But instead of the user managing thousands of ‘fragments’ the server will create ‘virtual fragments’ and is able to move between which complete file it is delivering. The Microsoft Expression Encoder will easily be able to help you create Smooth Streaming presentations.
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