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Hardware Encoders

If you’re authoring a continuous live stream, a common solution is to assemble a reliable, dedicated computer with specialized DSP cards. If you’re producing a lot of live Webcasts on the road, another option is to have the aforementioned computer or a standalone hardware product contained in a solid rackmountable road case. Using dedicated hardware can provide much-needed reliability in professional streaming environments, minimizing the common failures with computers that aren’t 100% dedicated to the authoring process.

The process of creating one of these computers or standalone hardware boxes is workable but decidedly nontrivial. To that end, this chapter includes a description and explanation of an off-the-shelf product designed to encode your source audio and send it to your pre-configured streaming server. The Zephyr Xstream (Telos Systems) takes the place of a dedicated MP3 authoring computer offering a simple configuration process to streamline your work.


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