Broadcast video and audio to the Internet for sharing it in real-time is becoming more and more popular as more and more people connect to the Internet every day. In this here article I explain 5 different ways through which you can accomplish the task of broadcasting live video and audio from webcam and desktop onto the Internet.
Ustream.tv is a cloud based service where you can login and broadcast your webcam onto the Internet. If your plan is to broadcast your desktop then you will need a virtual camera to do the job: ManyCam, WebcamMax, ScreenCamera, or ScreenCamera.Net, the latest 2 record in high definition and have better features for desktop sharing. UStream.tv is free and you can embed the link of your broadcast inside your webpage on your website quite easily.
LiveStream works in a similar way to UStream.tv but it has a client program called ProCaster that allows the user to either capture video from a camera or from the desktop. It has a nice feature to capture the desktop which is a permanent rectangle that you can change size to zoom in and out on some point of your desktop and you can also move this rectangle around but for serious desktop sharing I’d still stick to ScreenCamera or ScreenCamera.Net because they offer more options and resources and they record high definition copies of your broadcast.
BlogTV is another cloud based service where you can connect your camera and have a real-time broadcasting session ready to start in a few clicks. It works similarly to Ustream.tv and in here also if you plan to broadcast your desktop then you will need a virtual camera like ManyCam, WebcamMax, ScreenCamera, or ScreenCamera.Net, the latest 2 are better fits for desktop sharing because they offer more broadcasting resources and they record high definition copies of your broadcast. BlogTV also allows you to embed the live video feed into your website quite easily.
1AVStreamer is a desktop solution for live video broadcasting. It works with any audio and video source you have on your PC and it also provides the user with an embeddable code to include the live feed into their websites. I has a 5 second delay on receptions due to the fact that it works with QoS ( Quality of Service ) so that the end client receives the broadcast correctly and synchronized. With 1AVStreamer what you have to setup is the speed of your broadcast which must be equal or higher than the speed of your audience Internet connection so that you make sure every client receives the feed perfectly without breaks for buffering.
And finally ScreenCamera.Net which has an option to broadcast live video in a way similar to 1AVStreamer. It also displays the 5 second delay on the audience client in order to guarantee QoS ( Quality of Service ). ScreenCamera.Net can help you broadcast movies, desktop capture, multiple webcams simultaneously; ScreenCamera.Net is full of resources and it works with a layer-by-layer object-oriented frame-by-frame technology that will allow you to broadcast professional like content. ScreenCamera.Net also gives you an embeddable code for you to include the live video inside your webpage.
In conclusion these are 5 options to broadcast your webcam and desktop to the Internet. I recommend ScreenCamera or ScreenCamera.Net for desktop sharing purposes because they have more resources and just work better than the native features found on cloud based solutions. For high quality broadcasts I recommend 1AVStreamer but keep in mind you will find a 5 to 10 seconds delay on the client end. That is it: Happy broadcasting. Over and out.