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By: richard (offline) on Saturday, June 11 2011 @ 02:10 PM CDT (Read 5714 times)  

Over the past 6 years a whole new online industry has emerged - that of live streaming long-term video of wildlife in their native habitat.

From our own involvement in the 2006 live streaming from the eagle nest on Hornby Island and later, the eagle chicks at Sidney, BC on Vancouver Island, to today's huge number of streams from all manner of birds, animals, bugs and other wildlife, this new industry has grown and evolved on an almost daily basis.

Where it took us several weeks to get things setup initially in 2006, bankrupted the distribution company and reached "only" 40,000 people (for 4 months solid) - today anyone with a web-cam and a high-speed connection to the internet can start streaming something within minutes and if their subject is "hot" they can stream to hundreds of thousands of people at once without fear of getting a network traffic bill.

Where we started off with Windows Media Server, today Flash Video is the most common stream format, and tomorrow it might be something else.

Most streams today are barely at the level of analog TV in terms of resolution, and many are at reduced frame rates. Tomorrow they may be full 1080P high-definition. 

How did we get where we are? How will we get to the future? These are the topics for many areas of this forum and web site.

In addition, we've left the door open for extension into other areas of live streaming - things like weddings, meetings, concerts, parties, video blogging, etc. because these too are changing. Again, while almost anyone can set something up to accomplish a basic live stream, there are tips and techniques that can be shared and learned here.

I'm hoping this site will attract a large enough following that we'll all learn from one another. To start with, I'll be moderating and doing most of the answering, and probably a lot of the posting - but over time I expect that others will step up to the plate and volunteer to look after some aspect of the site. 

In the mean time, welcome - come on in and look around - find your favorite subject or ask a question and we'll get on with making live video streams

Richard C. Pitt

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Making better live wildlife video streams through sharing information openly

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