HLS adaptive streaming crash course

How to HLS adaptive streaming

You want to learn how to setup HLS adaptive streaming on your site? We give you a crash course of around 30 minutes via Screen Sharing.
The process may be a little daunting at first, but once we have guided you through it, you will see that it isn't that difficult. The advantage of teaching via screen sharing is that you learn how to do it yourself while a multimedia expert guides you through the process.

In order to play an HLS adaptive streaming video, you have to break the video into segments in various bitrates so that visitors have a smooth playback experience.  Then you need to generate m3u8 playlists to serve the video on your site. While the video plays, the player automatically serves the best bitrate version according to the internet connection speed. It works like this: When the connection is unstable (without dropping completely), the player serves a resolution version that best corresponds to the bandwidth of the visitor. The player "adapts" each time there is a difference in bandwidth and as such guarantees that the video plays without  hiccups.
HLS adaptive streaming can also circumvent corporate firewalls as opposed to RTMP streaming.
Since JW Player version 7, modern versions of Android tablets/mobiles are supported as well, which was a problem in previous versions.

What do you learn with this crash course?

We teach you in real time how to create m3u8 playlists, how to break up the video into segments using 4 different bitrates and finally embed the video on your site. As such, you have an HLS adaptive streaming video up and running at the end of the course.
Finally, you will a receive a step by step tutorial in PDF format as a reminder how to repeat the process for the next videos.

What do you need?

There are a couple of things you need to prepare upfront:

  1. Create a Amazon Web Services account (AWS)
  2. Get JWPlayer 7 (Premium license)
  3. A ready made video in MP4 format.
  4. A web site (any type)

NOTE: This course works only in conjunction with AWS and JW Player. AWS is the most convenient and cheapest "cloud" streaming option around.  JW Player is the industry standard video player which is the most advanced you can find. HLS Live streaming is NOT included in the course.

HLS adaptive streaming crash course: $79 USD 

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