Use Case
January 2019

10 ways to stream live video into Bambuser


Think of Bambuser as your company’s realtime video intranet, with workflows that make your team excel at reliable, low latency, HD video streaming, without having to worry about all the minute details under the hood.

You can ingest content in numerous ways, whether the purpose is online archiving, company-internal sharing, live public embedding on your website, or forwarding in real time to other live or VOD platforms.

Let’s look at how to ingest live video into Bambuser: Here are 10 example scenarios that illustrate what’s possible today.

1. The live streaming SDK:s

The tech Bambuser is known for – mobile first, low latency, adaptive video streaming – is now available for use in your own app through our SDK:s for iOS and Android.

Developing an app? Check out the getting started guides to learn the basics and get your first broadcast up and running within an hour.

2. The live streaming app

Not a developer? Or want to see the tech in action before you dive in?

Our turnkey broadcasting apps for iOS and Android are ready to go without any upfront work on your part. Reliable, adaptive, low-latency mobile streaming just a few taps away.

They also support uploading of pre-recorded videos and photos. Perfect for team collaborations – see the success stories for some inspiration!

Download the app, then get a trial and try it out!

3. Live from your web browser with WebRTC

Laptops usually have cameras too. Back in 2007 when we created the initial version of Bambuser for mobile phones, we soon realised that we did not want to leave you out if you brought a computer to field instead of a mobile phone. A browser-based broadcasting tool built with Adobe Flash was born.

These days WebRTC is the proper took for the job. Bambuser Dashboard is equipped with a handy “Go Live!” button on the content page. Click it and grant camera permissions to stream live without installing anything!

4. Live streaming with 3:rd party desktop applications like Wirecast

Wirecast is a favorite in the event producer’s toolbox: hook up all your cameras to your computer and produce a multi-camera show. Overlays? you bet. Desktop sharing? No problem! Check out our Wirecast guide for details.

They are not the only option for desktop: XSplit Broadcaster is a popular choice for live-streaming of games and OBS Studio is a potent open-source alternative.

5. From 3:rd party mobile apps

There are other mobile apps out there capable of streaming over RTMP, which often means they can be used with Bambuser.

Switcher Studio and Teradek Live:Air are two examples of apps that turn your iPad or iPhone into a mobile live mixing rig. If you have more than one device, you can let one of them be the producer that uploads the master stream to Bambuser and let the rest of the devices share their cameras to the master device, as long as they are on the same WiFi network. Check out the guide for details

6. From an action camera

Action camera manufactures are adding RTMP streaming in the companion apps to their current generation lineup. Strap your GoPro 7 or Xiaomi 4K to your chest or helmet, forward its stream using your phone which is safely tucked away in your jacket packet and shere your skiing or running session live with the world.

7. From a hardware box

When building the ultimate professional camera rig you want to reduce the potential points of failure, by streamlining, simplifying, and possibly by using dedicated hardware.

Teradek, Newtek, Epiphan, Hauppauge and SlingStudio are examples of hardware manufacturers that lets you take traditional video input sources like HDMI and SDI, encode them using H.264 and broadcast into platforms like Bambuser over RTMP, with dedicated portable hardware solutions.

8. From online video platforms

Just about any online video platform with RTMP forwarding built in should be able to forward content to Bambuser. Look for custom RTMP out or a live CDN forwarding option.

Conference call platform Zoom supports Bambuser by choosing custom live streaming.

So does AWS Elemental, a broadcaster-grade toolkit by Amazon. Our AWS Elemental quickstart guide demonstrates how you can pipe a Bambuser video into AWS Elemental, add a logo overlay using their tools, and then feed it back to Bambuser, all in realtime.

9. From a Drone

You can even live stream from drones these days.

DJI for example, supports live RTMP streaming from their current lineup of stabilized camera drones. See our guide for a closer look

10. From a Raspberry Pi

The last five examples have all used the same ingest protocol: RTMP, which is supported by the swiss army knife of video in the Open Source world: FFmpeg. In other worlds, you can ingest from any sufficiently capable Linux machine, including the maker community’s favourite pocket-size board computer, the Raspberry Pi: it has flat-cable interface specifically for cameras, but some USB cameras also work.

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