Live video streaming services allow you to broadcast live any video content from your computer to any number of viewers connected via the Internet. In this guide to the best live video streaming tools you can find all of the available free web video broadcasting services compared and put through their paces.
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To stream live video online, the key requirement is having a good upload bandwidth. 384Kbps would be an acceptable minimum, with 500 Kbps or more providing the best results and video quality. Unfortunately many Internet providers offer plenty of download bandwidth to Internet subscribers, but keep the available upload bandwidth to a very bare minimum. This is why it is a good idea before you get excited about video conferencing that you do check your effective upload bandwidth from the computer and connection you plan to be using.
There are many free tools that can help you gauge your effective upload speed. I use the one from my provider, which is at http://test.ngi.it but there are a ton of other good ones starting from these ones listed here: best tools to test your Internet connection speed.
One thing to keep in mind when testing your upload speed is from where this is being measured. If your speed test uploads a test file to a relatively close by server, you may likely see upload speeds as high as your provider promised, but considering that when you video conference with someone, your other party may likely be across the ocean, it is always a good idea to use a speed testing service that can measure your upload speed from different locations around the world.
Whether to stream your life 24/7 or to create a professional daily show that integrates pre-recorded clips and multiple cams, you have also lots of live video streaming services at your disposal to broadcast yourself in real-time.
All of the top video streaming services allow you to easily embed and re-distribute your video channel to multiple sites and social media, generally providing also a way for users to comment back, rate, and even chat back to you during your live transmission.
Advanced features include automatic recording of your video performances, auto-distribution of your live video to popular video-sharing sites like YouTube, the ability to invite and display video co-hosts who connect from separate locations just as news reporters do during the news, or event the option to switch between multiple live cams connected to your own computer.
In the comparative table that follows I have collected and compared the more important key traits and features for all of the best live video streaming services available out there. While I was testing and reviewing these tools, these were the most important criteria I did identify to put these services through their paces:
Originally prepared by Robin Good and Daniele Bazzano for MasterNewMedia, and first published on July 27th, 2009 as "Live Video Streaming: Guide To The Best Broadcast Services To Stream Your Video In Real-Time".
Originally written by Robin Good and first published on MasterNewMedia.Robin Good -