Streaming servers and codecs


Article from Issue 77/2007

If you want to use Linux to stream video over the Internet, you might have to fight your way through a jungle of codec alphabets. The available software is anything but intuitive. This article will help you pick the options that best fit your needs.

There are two basic approaches to distributing video over the Internet and also two different streaming variants. On top of these choices, there are also video and audio formats to consider. This article will help you decide what best suits your needs. One video distribution approach is to download the file completely and view the local copy. The other approach is to opt for streaming, which allows users to watch something as soon as the first few packets have reached their machines. The stream can start on demand by the client, or it can start at a fixed time without waiting for the viewers (live stream).

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