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What Is a Video Stream Server? 07 February 2022

Video Stream Server

Advancements in streaming technology have made it easier for broadcasters to set up their streaming services and deliver a wide variety of audio, video, and live content to a global audience base. Over the period of 2021 to 2026, the online video hosting market is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 12.4%. 

In this blog, we’ll discuss what a video streaming server is, who needs a video streaming server, and how to build a video stream server.

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Video streaming servers use codecs and transcoding tools to catalog and store video files and distribute them when requested by users.

A video streaming server has made it possible to stream videos on the viewers’ devices without them being downloaded. To facilitate the transmission of large video files over the internet, first, the video file is encoded into transmittable file packages, then sent to the client and decoded again into a viewable video on the user’s video player. It allows the users to be able to view the video at the very second the file transfer starts from the server to their device.

Anyone can use a video streaming server to deliver video, audio, and live content to their targeted audience. With a streaming server, you get the end-to-end credibility of your streaming and can deliver high-quality buffer-free video to users watching your content from any corner of the world.

 Now that we have discussed what a streaming server is, let’s have a quick look into how your business can benefit from deploying a streaming server –

  • A streaming server allows your viewers to watch videos and listen to audio anytime, anywhere with a stable internet connection. No more waiting for downloads!
  • As with any streaming server, all the streaming files are stored and processed through the cloud, there is absolutely no worry about memory space.
  • Better security with password protection, tokenization, IP restrictions, and built-in CDN.

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How do you build your video streaming server?

Building a video streaming server from scratch requires strong technical knowledge and demands time and effort. The following DIY steps will give you an idea of how to start with your streaming server. However, you will still need a professional streaming server solution to get the best performance out of it. Let’s quickly begin with how to build a video streaming server.

1. Select an open-source project –

The first step to building an open-source streaming server is to choose your open-source project. There are tons of video streaming open-source projects available over the internet. You can choose anyone based on your streaming requirements and preferred protocols.

2. Streaming software Installation –

Now that you are ready with the setup, use Open Broadcast Software (OBS) as your streaming solution. Install the OBS software. Once installation is done, go to stream settings and set the service, server and stream key. Once the configuration is done, click on “apply”.  

3. Build CDN –

For the streaming business, CDNs have different advantages. CDN will improve the users’ viewing experience as the content is delivered from the nearest source to their device, delivering a faster loading time. To set up your CDN, you need an origin server, an ISP, routing, caching software, and points of presence. Or else, you can also take the help of open-source CDN providers like Cdnjs, JsDelivr, Google Hosted Libraries, and Microsoft Ajax CDN.

Apart from that, you will also need transcoding, ABR technology, high-end streaming security, etc. 

Wrapping up-

No doubt, building a video streaming server with experienced and skilled developers is easy. However,  if you want the same in a cost effective, no devops team  needed way, then the best alternative is to go for an online video streaming server provider like Muvi Flex. Its all-inclusive features like seamless integration, faster encoding, massive scale transcoding, analytics, and security help broadcasters easily handle their day-to-day streaming activity effectively.

To learn more about Muvi’s cloud-based video streaming server, we encourage you to take a 14-day free trial of Muvi Flex and explore the infinite opportunity of delivering the best streaming services to your audience on a fixed budget.

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Amita Kumari
Amita is a content writer with Muvi marketing team. She has over 5+ years of experience in content creation and development. Passionate by heart, she likes to cook, write, sing and do yoga to pass time.

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