Entertainment is a necessity! And thank god we belong to digitalage when almost all our needs are readily available right in comforts of our own home.
And now that Internet is here, focus is not merely on issue of merely supplying information to users but giving them choice to pick only kind of information they are most interested in, when to obtain these information, where to extract these information from and of how these preferred information should take form.
Imagine using your computer in watching your favorite NBA match, your watch your favorite television show or evening newscast and listen to live concerts and Webcasts through Castdial. Imagine just sitting in front of your computer screen while searching for articles on hottest political issues rather than going through those pile of newspapers or magazine archives in your local library.
Streaming media is a technique that allows users to view audio and video contents while they are still receiving it. Or as others perceive it, an audio and video file that plays as instantly on a text based content as when a Web page downloads on your browser. And unlike downloading a video or audio file to be played later, it flows to your computer screen enabling you to view its contents simultaneous to process of downloading.
So, how do you stream something into Internet? Especially video?
Here are basic steps:
First, in order to stream a data in video form, a person must use a 30-frames-per-second analog video that is fed by a VCH or video camera to a video board within computer. This must then be converted from an analog wave form into binary data. This representation is stored in computer hard disk and further reduced in size by video compression software. The video compression software then scans each of frames of video file and distinguishes which are redundant. The redundant ones are erased. Only needed data are retained.
A user can then watch a file by clicking on an HTML tag embedded in a website. When he does this video streaming software on remote server is released and a steady stream of data begins to flow. But before he gets to watch this, he must have an interface or a "player" installed in his computer. If he has this, he can then watch file he requested through website's remote server.