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STREAMING FORMATS AND TOOLS
[net.radio/web.tv beginners guide]

*. to receive or to create live-stream, you need:

- computer with a sound card
- connection to the internet (at least 28.8K for receiving; ISDN or grater for streaming)
- software for playing or streaming
- access to the streaming server

*. most common streaming media (audio, video) formats:

1. REAL MEDIA (audio; video)
http://realnetworks.com
- free basic server and tools (hard to find in website)

-how to start - DIY guide and FAQ:
http://www.irational.org/radio/radio_guide/ (step by step how to start net.radio)
http://service.real.com/index.html

-tools available at:
http://www.realnetworks.com/products/index.html?src=noref,srvrbsc_081800 (products quickfind)
http://www.realnetworks.com/products/basicserver/info.html (free 25-stream real server basic)
http://proforma.real.com/rn/tools/producer/index.html (free real producer/encoder)

2. ICECAST, Mpeg (audio)
http://www.icecast.org
- mpeg based broadcasting technology
- open source system, free tools

- how to start: http://www.icecast.org/getstarted.html
- tools available at: http://www.icecast.org/download.html

* SHOUTCAST, MP3 (audio)
http://www.shoutcast.com
- winamp based streaming system
- free server and tools

how to start: http://www.shoutcast.com/support/docs/
tools available at: http://www.shoutcast.com/download/

!!! MP3
Before you start using MP3 format for your net.radio, go and introduce yourself with new MP3 policies at: http://www.mp3licensing.com
------Broadcasting/Streaming
We do not charge royalties for mp3 streaming or mp3 broadcasting (e.g. Internet Radio) until the end of the year 2000. Beyond this date we anticipate to charge a small annual minimum and a percentage of revenue. However, this model is not yet fully developed because we cannot yet oversee where this new market is going.
------www.mp3licensing.com
!!!

* QUICKTIME (audio; video)
http://www.apple.com/quicktime/
- commercial tools
- free server

how to start: http://til.info.apple.com/techinfo.nsf/artnum/n75002
tools available at: http://www.apple.com/quicktime/products/qtss/
http://www.sorenson.com/SorensonBroadcaster/overview.html

* WINDOWS MEDIA STANDARD (audio; video)
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/en/default.asp
- free tools
- information overflow in the website

- tools available at:
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/en/download/default.asp
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/en/wm7/encoder.asp
http://msdn.microsoft.com/downloads/default.asp?URL=/code/sample.asp?url=/msdn-files/027/000/961/msdncompositedoc.xml

* OOG VORBIS (audio)
http://www.vorbis.com/
- new open source audio format
- tools are under development

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