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Wowza Media Systems Releases Wowza Streaming Engine 4.0

Octavian Naicu,
Founder

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AVChat 3, FLVAR, HDFVR, Wowza

Wowza Media Systems just announced their new major Wowza Media Server version: Wowza Streaming Engine 4.0.

Besides the new name there’s a new GUI that allows you to control the server and individual applications. Think Adobe’s Media Server Console on steroids.

Mike Talvensaari, VP of Producs at Wowza,  gives a quick overview of the new product and GUI in this video posted on the new Wowza website.

You can also check out the new GUI by singing up for the online demo. Here are 2 quick screenshots with the Home and Application pages of the new GUI :

Wowza Streaming Engine 4.0 Main Dashboard

Wowza Streaming Engine 4.0 Main Dashboard

Wowza Streaming Engine Application Inspector

The New Application Inspector from Wowza Streaming Engine 4.0

We’re currently testing AVChatHDFVR and FLVAR on the new Wowza Streaming Engine 4.0 to check for compatibility issues. We’ll get back to you with that and a more comprehensive review of thew new Wowza version in a couple of days.

Update on Compatibility with AVCHAT, HDFVR and FLVAR

After careful testing we are pleased to announce that they are no compatibility issues between any of our products and Wowza Streaming Engine 4.0. The reuqirements and installation instructions pages for the above products have been updated.

 

3 Months of Support & Updates Now Available for Purchase for All Our Products And More

Octavian Naicu,
Founder

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Audior, AVChat 3, AVConference, Drupal, FLVAR, HDFVR, Industry News, IP.Board, Joomla!, phpFox, SimplChat, Social Engine, Updates, ZuzuBooth

Over the last 2 weeks we’ve made a few silent updates to the new client areas:

3 Months of Support & Updates Now Available for Purchase for All Products

purchase 3months of support and updates

The major improvement is the ability to purchase Support & Updates for 3 months for all our products: AVChat (including integrations), AVConference, SimplChat, HDFVR (including the SE4 integration) , FLVAR, Audior and ZuzuBooth.

Until now, as a client, you only had the ability to purchase Support & Updates for 1 year. This had its issues with most clients complaining about having to pay upfront for 1 year when they have only a small issue to solve. We were aware of this and we tried not to enforce the Support & Updates limit too much when offering tech support.

We hope these new offering will smooth things out for everybody.

Purchasing “3 Months of S&U” will be a little bit more expensive when considering the annualized price and comparing to the “1 year of S&U” price but that’s mainly because we have to pay 4 transaction commissions instead of 1.

Here’s the price list for 3 months of Support & Updates:

ProductPrice for 3 months S&U
AVChat 3 Lite19
AVChat 3 Basic26
AVChat 3 Standard43
AVChat 3 Big59
AVChat 3 Unlimited119
AVChat 3 Integration Kits (SE, joomla, WP, etc...)14
HDFVR SD29
HDFVR HD37
HDFVR Sources30
HDFVR SE4 Integration Kit14
FLVAR14
FLVAR Sources30
AVConference45
AVConference Sources45
Audior15
Audior Sources30
ZuzuBooth Standalone7
ZuzuBooth for SE49
SimplChat14
SimplChat Sources15

1 Year and 3 Months of Support & Updates for Audior & Audior Sources

Last week we also added the ability to purchase S&U for our Audior product from your new client area. Here are the prices:

Support & Updates for Audior
3 months: $19
1 year: $49

Support & updates for Audior Sources
3 months: $29
1 year: $99

Expect Audior 1.2 to ship in the next weeks as well.

Login With Email And Order Number on http://nusofthq.com/c/

The login page on nusofthq.com is now active. You can login with your email and order number. When you login you will be remembered and the client area will give you the option to log out:

log out

The old direct links sent by email will continue to work.

Our Products Will Soon Ship With 3 Months of Free Support & Updates

Octavian Naicu,
Founder

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Audior, AVChat 3, AVConference, FLVAR, HDFVR

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Starting with the 1st of August 2013 all our products will ship with only 3 months of tech support and updates instead of 1 year as they have until now.

The reason behind this move is the high quality of tech support we’re offering. The quality has been well reflected the entire year in the blazing reviews we’ve received over at socialengine.comjoomla.com and wordpress.org. Unfortunately this level of tech support has a high cost with a very experienced dedicated tech support person offering tech support for 8-10 hours a day.

Audior will not be affected since Audior already ships with only 3 months of free updates & support.

During September we will also introduce the ability to purchase “3 Months of Support & Updates” for all our products. Currently only 1 year packages are available.

 

25% off AVChat, AVConference, ZuzuBooth, FLVAR and HDFVR this week only!

Octavian Naicu,
Founder

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AVChat 3, AVConference, FLVAR, HDFVR, Promotions

Halloween is upon us again this year and we have some special prices this week for you guys.

From today (29th of October) until Friday (2nd of November) we have a special offer for most of our products.

25% off the price of new licenses for the following products:

and all their integration kits.

To get the discount just use the following discount code during checkout: HALLOWEEN2012 .

The discount does not apply to AVChat IM and Audior.

The discount does not apply to services, support & updates and upgrades.

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Video Quality in Flash Video Chat Applications

Octavian Naicu,
Founder

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AVChat 3, AVChat IM (http://avchat.im), AVConference, Flash Media Server, HDFVR, Red5, Wowza

I am going to explain in this blog post how video quality functions in flash video chat apps.

Understanding the steps the video quality goes trough in its travel from the broadcaster to the viewer is vital when trying to raise the general video quality experienced by your users.

This tutorial applies to AVChat, AVConference, SimplChat but also in some extent to HDFVR and AVChat IM.

So, here we go.

The  journey of the video from the broadcaster to the viewer can be imagined as a funnel with 8 steps. At each step the video quality can suffer. To increase the video quality at the end (on the viewer’s side) you can take measures at every step.

Step 1:  the lighting.

The amount of light in the space where the video is being captured is very important for the frame rate and detail a webcam can capture. The more light the better. Lots of natural light works best. Most of the lower end webcams can not capture more than 5fps when just a light bulb is lighting a room.

Step 2: the webcam itself.

Good “HD” webcams can capture video at high resolutions, high fps and high detail.

Step 3: the video settings used to capture video.

Once you have good light (Step 1) and a good webcam (Step 2) you must make sure nothing is lost in the encoding process.

Al0 our products ship with at least 90% picture quality setting and 15fps so if you’re getting low picture quality or low frame rate, something is happening in one of the other 8 steps.

Step 4: the CPU on the broadcaster’s computer.

Let’s say we have good light a good webcam and we’ve setup AVChat to record 400×300 at 30fps with 90% picture quality. Cool!

The limit will now be the CPU on the computer doing the encoding. A slow CPU will limit the amount of frames it can encode/second.

Microsoft recommends an Intel Dual-Core 3.0 GHz or higher CPU for 720p (HD) video calling with the Microsoft LifeCam Studio.

Step 5: the Internet connection of the broadcaster with the media server.

Once the video is properly captured and encoded, it needs to be sent to the media server.

For a live stream the connection bandwidth is vital. If there’s not enough “upload” bandwidth Flash Player will stop sending the video data to the media server and only send the audio data. On the viewer’s end this will be experienced as blocked/choppy video.

Low “upload” bandwidth can be caused by:

  • the “upload” limit of the broadcaster’s Internet connection
  • busy/high traffic network/internet connection
  • the peak bandwidth limit of the media server hosting account (both influxis.com and uvault.com have peak bandwidth limits for their shared media server hosting accounts)

For when doing 2 way video chat the latency is also vital. If the video arrives with delay the 2 way video chat will not be very fluid.

Latency can be caused by any of these factors:

  • broadcaster being connected via wifi
  • media server being far away from the broadcaster (in another country/continent)
  • broadcaster is behind a proxy

We recommend getting a media server as close as possible to your users and without any limit on peak bandwidth if you’re shooting for HD video broadcasting.

Step 6: the media server software

The media server just passes the video stream from one user to another but there are slight differences between the 3 big media servers: Red5, FMIS and Wowza.

There are also differences in what regards the load a media server software puts on the hardware with Wowza and FMIS being more efficient than Red5.

Step 7: the connection of the viewer with the media server

Again we’re hitting the internet connection limit but this time it’s the “download” connection from the media server to the viewer.

If the viewer has a “download” connection slower than the bandwidth/s used by the stream it will get choppy video.

Step 8: the CPU on the viewer’s computer

If you’re broadcasting high quality HD video and it manages to get trough all previous 7 steps without losing any quality, then a slow CPU will transform that beautifully smooth crisp video in’to choppy playback.