Get Streaming!: Quick Steps to Delivering Audio and Video Online

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Taylor & Francis, 2004 - Computers - 220 pages
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Get Streaming with this fun, easy-to-read guide!

Streaming your audio and video online is inexpensive, easy, and fun. Get the fast results you need with Get Streaming! - a step-by-step, introductory level book that gets you up and running today.

Streaming media technology is growing into an indispensable part of a successful business communications strategy. This book will not only give you a professional boost, it will help you deliver your home videos to family and friends anywhere in the world!

Why slog through a technology tome for weeks when you can start right now with the simple, easy-to-follow procedures in this book. Use the comprehensive glossary of terms with one sentence definitions to lay the foundation for your streaming know-how. You'll take away a practical understanding of streaming media without feeling overwhelmed by confusing detail. Tips and insights from leading streaming pros are also at your fingertips.

Whether you want to stream a corporate video, home videos, or your favorite music for friends - after reading this book, you will:

* Understand the three steps of streaming: Capture, Encode, Broadcast
* Install free streaming software, capture raw media, encode into a streamable file, place that file on a streaming server, and link it all up to the Internet!
* Know the fundamentals of how the Internet works in relation to streaming media
* Build simple, effective streaming applications with free tools
* Learn how to make the right streaming media technology choices, including codecs, for your specific situation
* Understand RealVideo, Windows Media, QuickTime, Flash MX and MPEG-4 software
* Make informed choices from among the leading streaming media content creation tools made by RealNetworks, Microsoft, Apple Computer, and Macromedia
* Master the steps for creating on-demand streaming audio and video files as well as learning about live audio and video streaming
* Understand the computer hardware and Internet bandwidth you'll need for maximum success
* Glimpse the future business and career opportunities in the expanding streaming media field.

- Learn how to stream audio and video anytime, anywhere
- For anyone who likes computers and surfs the web!
- Covers RealVideo, Windows Media, QuickTime, Flash MX and MPEG-4
 

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Contents

1 Get Started
1
2 Get Your Audio and Video Now
45
3 Prepare Your Audio and Video
79
4 Broadcast Your Audio and Video
125
5 Alternative Systems Advanced Topics
161
Resources
191
Glossary
195
Index
205
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About the author (2004)

Joe Follansbee first became passionate for streaming back in 1995, and spent more than five years honing his skills at RealNetworks, the pioneering streaming media company. While there, he managed a quality assurance team for content in RealNetworks' flagship software, RealPlayer. Joe produced and hosted one of the first weekly audio newsletters delivered over the Internet. He has provided technical and logistical support for ABCNews, FOX Television, and MSNBC, as well as helped mom and pop Internet broadcasters put their signals on the Net. He founded a streaming media development company in 2001, and currently works as a freelance writer and consultant.

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