- What is Windows Media
& Flash Audio/Video?
- Where can I get more information and
- Who can listen/watch the webcast?
- What PC and equipment do I need to
- What software do I need to webcast?
- Where can I see others currently
using Flash or WMS to webcast?
- Don't I need a high-speed
high-bandwidth connection to the internet to
- What is a 'Streaming server'? Why
do I need one to webcast?
- Do you support any other webcast
- What are 'User Streams'?
1. What is Windows Media & Flash Audio/Video?
A live video or audio stream is a file or live
broadcast containing sound and video encoded in Windows Media or
Flash system format. These formats are highly
compressed to deliver the best possible sound /
picture over a limited-bandwidth connection. In
order for you to receive audio or video
programming over the internet, a piece of
software called a player needs to be installed on
your PC. This player then interprets the data it
receives over the internet and presents it to the
listener or viewer in a format you can enjoy on
your computer. By far the most popular players
installed on most PCs world-wide are the 'Flash player' by Adobe
and the Windows Media player from Microsoft. Webcasting using the
system that utilizes this player insures maximum
audiences are reached. High transmission
reliability, broadcast scalability and flexible
modes of delivery have made these
webcasting systems market leaders for
professional live and on-demand streaming media
on the internet. To learn more about Flash and their products,
visit their website.
To learn more about Windows Media, go to www.windowsmedia.com
2. Where can I get more information
WebcastWarehouse offers many low-cost packages at
ranging prices to suit webcasters needs. For a
full breakdown of our products and prices, click here. If you have specific needs or require
clarification, please contact us.
3. Who can listen/watch the webcast?
Any Internet user! A webcasting session with
WebcastWarehouse does not require your audience to
have any special PC equipment. Depending which format you have
chosen to use, your audience can 'tune in' with Flash, Windows
Media, or MP3 player and can enjoy
your webcast with a simple mouse click. Your
webcast is not region-specific either, and so
your programming can be received anywhere around
4. What PC and equipment do I need to
PC equipment required depends on whether you
intend to webcast audio only programming, or
audio and video programming. A standard
multimedia PC is generally adequate for any audio
webcast. In general, any device that supports Video for Windows
can be used. Almost ANY video capture device will work - even a
basic USB desktop webcam like Logitech or Microsoft webcam can give
very good results, if it is configured properly! Professional users may want to use a digital
capture card such as a Hauppauge, Pinnacle or Osprey card. These
cards are quite inexpensive and yield great results.
5. What software do I need to webcast?
is needed on your system to encode your
programming feed into compressed data for
transmission over the internet to the streaming server at our
location. The software you use depends on which format you
intend to webcast in.
- RealProducer Helix: for webcasting in Real format to
- Windows Media Encoder 9: guess what.. for Windows
- Winamp with Shoutcast DSP: for MP3 and MP3Pro for
Winamp and MP3
This encoding software is
free, and is the only software required. WebcastWarehouse can show
you where you can download the software and guide you through
6. Where can I see others currently
using the RealNetworks system to webcast?
A good place to start is Realguide This is a comprehensive website listing
many net radio & TV stations, along with other multimedia
websites using Flash & Windows Media systems. You will need to
have a 'player' installed on your system.
Download it from here if it's not already
installed. Discover the reasons
for this system's global success as a webcast
7. Don't I need a high-speed
high-bandwidth connection to the internet to
If you were to webcast on the internet directly
from your location, you would require a server
at your location, and a bandwidth connection
to the net to enable you to send out multiple
'streams' of your webcast to your audience - each
listener requires a separate 'stream' of data
sent to their computer from a streaming server. This
bandwidth can be very costly - get your ISP to
quote you! Using WebcastWarehouse, you send a single
stream of your webcast over the internet via a
standard internet connection with your local ISP
to us. From there, a streaming server sends
your webcast to the world via our multiple internet backbone connections. No costly connection charges - your
local ISP connection is all that's required.
8. What is a 'Streaming server'?
Why do I need one to webcast?
A server is a computer with specialized internet
broadcasting software installed, connected 24hrs
a day to the internet via a high-speed
high-bandwidth connection, capable of delivering
multiple 'streams' of data (your webcast) to
internet users on demand. Flash
Windows Media and Winamp
MP3 produce the most popular
internet broadcasting server software for
9. Do you support any other webcast
WebcastWarehouse also supports webcasting for Quicktime. We can also provide support for live streaming in MP3
or MP3Pro format. Please contact
us for further information.
10. What are 'User Streams'?
The number of 'streams' or 'users' is the number of people
allowed to listen or watch your webcast live at
any one time - the number of simultaneous
listeners/viewers. WebcastWarehouse offers many
packages at ranging prices to suit all webcasters
needs. Visit our Products & Prices for further information or
F.A.Q. is updated to reflect the most common
questions sent to us by email. You are welcome to contact
us and let us deal with your