Quick Guide to install Red5 Pro on AWS

November 12th, 2015 by Jamie Maynard

Dealing with the complexities and all the options of Amazon Web Services practically requires a PHD in Cloud Hosting, so we put together a quick tutorial on how to efficiently install Red5 Pro on an AWS EC2 Instance Configuration. The following guide should get you up and running quickly and without the headache. Enjoy!

 

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He’s BAAAaaaack!

November 10th, 2015 by Paul Gregoire

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Why on earth would anyone choose to rejoin a company where they previously worked? In retrospect, the answer seems quite simple, though of course, taking the plunge is always a daunting task. I assume the statistics do not favor a return to a previous workplace after an extended hiatus, but I could certainly provide a plethora of reasons why I returned to Infrared5 when presented with the opportunity to do so. For me, and in any and all endeavors, the work has to be both intellectually stimulating and challenging. Software development can often be repetitive and monotonous, but fortunately that never was (and still isn’t) the case at Infrared5. Of near equal importance are the workmates that surround me; without a high quality, collaborative and generally pleasant team, even the most stimulating work can lose its shine.

So to that end, here is a short checklist I used when making the decision:

1. Do I enjoy my interactions with my teammates? Check!

2. Do I have respect for them and their abilities? Check!

3. Lastly, Infrared5 wanted to pay me to write code all day and work on Red5! Well that’s a no brainer–count me in!

While working for another company, I had joined the Red5 Pro beta just after it was announced on Twitter. A “Pro” version or Red5 was something Dominick and I had chatted about on a few occasions back in the day–there may or may not have been beer involved. Despite the casual conversations, we both thought there could be immense long-term value in providing the Red5 community with what they were always asking for and talking about on the users list and social media. Providing the ability to stream from any device to any device has always interested me. Alas, I had the desire to turn intrigue into application by helping to create a software which could do just this. Red5 Pro offers Flash streaming, HLS streaming, and RTSP streaming; these technologies are still in-demand and are not interoperable on existing platforms, except on Red5 Pro.

In the near future, the public can expect some major disruption on the streaming media front from Red5 Pro. It should come as no surprise to the community that we’re adding the new hotness of technology, WebRTC, to our existing stack. If this addition isn’t “For the Win,” I don’t know what is. I have no qualms about saying that the suite of tools which comprise Red5 Pro will help shape the future of the streaming market–and I couldn’t be happier with my decision to return.

-Paul

 

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Final Product Release For Red5 Pro Beta!

November 6th, 2015 by Matt Angier

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To the community,

 

Happy Friday! We are super excited about our latest and final beta release for Red5 Pro. Our next version will be the 1.0–something we have been looking forward to for quite some time.

We have just released some great updates to the Red5 Pro Server and Streaming SDKs, and wanted to provide some details on whats included. First off, none of the updates are critical, and the updated server is backwards compatible with the previous SDKs (unless you want to use the new security parameter feature).

Below you will find: the release notes, the Server and SDK downloads, and the link to our Github repos with the updated examples and sample apps.

As always, we are here if you have any questions, and don’t hesitate to let us know how we can help!

-Matt@infrared5.com

 

Release Notes

Server version 0.1.72-PROD:

  • Contains a new, improved server interface for the webapps examples which include server build version, documentation, and more
  • Addresses a problem of the webapps examples not being able to identify public IPs of some cloud-hosted servers (notably, AWS), and allows the user to update the IP address displayed via the interface.
  • Addresses a problem with a carriage return in the LICENSE.KEY file not being read as a valid license
  • Supports setting connection parameters, which can be used to secure streams

 

Streaming SDK (iOS and Android) version 0.8.38:

  • Supports setting connection parameters, which can be used to secure streams

 

Sever Download

SDK Downloads

Github Repositories

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First Annual Intel Innovators Summit

November 5th, 2015 by Chris Allen

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I just got back from the Intel Innovators Summit in Santa Clara, CA where I serve as a current Intel Software Innovator. Intel brought together some of the top programmers, makers and creative technologists from around the world to show us some of the innovative things they are working on. While I can’t share many of the details of what was presented, to me, the most valuable aspect of the summit was having the fantastic opportunity to connect with so many talented developers in one space.

During the event, Intel split up the topics between RealSense and IoT. RealSense, for those who don’t know, is a platform built around 3D depth cameras. As mentioned above, due to an NDA I can’t share everything Intel is up to, but much of what they are doing has been released publicly, and there are public SDKs that anyone can download to start thinking with the devices. As a quick aside, here’s a link to a video that Infrared5 put together for a contest on perceptual computing (which is actually the basis of RealSense) as a catalyst for a truly immersive game play experience at the 2013 Intel Ultimate Coder Challenge. While the front-facing cameras on Windows PCs offer quite a few interesting options for Minority Report style input and games, I find the rear/world-facing r200 cameras on Android devices much more intriguing. The possibilities surrounding the combination of the devices with IoTs are enormous; Imagine unlocking doors just by a camera recognizing your face, or creating wearables that interact with the world with 3D data.

In retrospect, IoT was really the topic that got me excited at this event. Though I don’t consider myself a Maker, Infrared5 has engaged in a significant number of projects with internet connected sensors. Our customer SICK, for example, utilizes Red5 for live streaming of data coming from their sensors. I’m really excited to get my hands on an Intel Edison board after seeing firsthand how the device can seamlessly enable live streaming across a variety of products.

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The fact that it’s so small–and relatively powerful– introduces all kinds of exciting use cases beyond mobile phones. Rest assured, we will be experimenting and sharing with you guys what we and the other Innovators do with Red5 Pro and these devices.

One of my favorite activities of the summit was the little contest Intel ran called the Spark Tank, which was undoubtedly inspired by the hit TV show Shark Tank. Intel kicked off the exercise by splitting the Innovators up into groups with the task of inventing a project which we then pitched to the judges. The judges consisted of the Intel Innovator program as well as executives from the company. I must say, all the teams came up with compelling experiences–everything from doors that scanned your face in order to allow entry to stuffed animals with medical sensors embedded within.

Our project consisted of a military application to improve communication within squads and leveraged the Red5 Pro platform with the Edison board. Each team had to do a skit or a spontaneous commercial for their product and present on the benefits of their concept. For ours, we ended up cutting out cardboard rifles and paper goggles and then taped together gesture/motion control MYO armbands that let you wirelessly control connected devices. It was rather dramatic, as we had our team get shot and die on stage. While we won the “Most Likely to Get the Blind into the Military” award, we clearly should have won funniest skit for the most serious topic.

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It’s fantastic to be a part of such a talented group of developers, and I’m honored to be able to represent Infrared5 in the Intel Innovators group. Kudos to Intel for having one of the best developer outreach programs out there! I’m excited about all the possible collaborations that will emerge from the Intel Innovator’s Summit, and of course, we can’t wait to see what these guys do with live streaming and Red5 Pro.

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IR-Top-5: Top 5 Apps Our Team Loves to Use

December 13th, 2013 by admin

App StoreWith Apple’s App Store approaching their one-millionth app to be released in the app store this week, we figured this would be a great opportunity to share which apps our guys’ love. The boundaries were limitless as far as games, mapping tools, news sources…whatever. If any readers have some great apps they would like to share, we want to hear about it.

Kyle Kellogg, Software Developer - any.do – Cal - An advanced version of a calendar app tying in your system’s calendars, integrates with your contacts and navigation apps to easily add others to events or get directions to your next meeting. You can even jump directly from Cal to Uber to call a car to bring you to your next appointment.

Adam Doucette, Business Development Director - talkto.com – Talkto is a messenging app that allows you to text businesses. You never need to be left on hold to find out if a place iS open or whether a store is all out of a certain product. Businesses can choose to have messages sent to text, email or live chat, making it convenient for all parties involved.

Elena Ainley, Designer, Square – Although Elena claims this may not be the most exciting of apps, she is a huge fan of the Square reader app as she describes “My friends and I seem to never carry cash, so when we’re all ordering food I can just put pizza on my card and have everyone pay me back via Square app.”

John Grden, Software Developer - NFL Fantasy Cheat Sheet (2013) – To speak to how well this app works, John is the only guy in his league that uses it and he won the league last year and is 10-3 this year.  It uses its own calculations for predicting line ups and makes news easy to sift through for your players specifically.

Jes Palmer, Project Manager – Quell Momento - This is the latest game that has caught the attention of our resident gamer Jes Palmer. Beware, this is a challenging puzzle game that is easily addictive. To sum up this game, the review from its site tells it all “Don’t know if it’s because I have an essay to do or this game is actually fun. Either ways I’m still playing!”

Where Art and Technology Meet

November 25th, 2013 by admin

This past Sunday, the Boston Globe  added some Infrared5 flare to their paper as the Sunday On the Job section profiled our own Art Director Aaron Artessa. On The Job profiles interesting careers and captures an in-depth view from the profiled participant’s eyes on how they succeed in their work. We are excited Aaron is getting some much-deserved attention as we have known for a long time his work is top-notch. Click here to access the article.Screen shot 2013-11-25 at 11.58.04 AM

UXFest and My Talk on Second Screen Experiences

October 11th, 2013 by Chris Allen

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Last week I presented at a really well attended and inspiring conference here in Boston called UXFest run by design firm Fresh Tilled Soil. I spoke to a packed room of UX enthusiasts that were interested in what I had to say about the direction of user experiences in video games and how these designs can play out in other industries. I got quite a few requests to post my slides from the talk, but given that I tend to take the approach of one image per slide with little-to-no text, that simply wasn’t going to work. For example a slide that shows nothing but an iPhone followed by a photo of a remote controlled helicopter wouldn’t make much sense without some context. So with that, here’s a summary of my talk in blog form. Read the rest of this entry »

The benefits to working in an Agile process

October 7th, 2013 by Jes Palmer


Here at Infrared5, our team of designers and developers have dedicated a lot of effort to fine-tuning a process that works most effectively and efficiently for both the client and our team. We want to share why we feel working in an Agile process has not only been successful on our projects in the past, but also want our future clients to have an understanding of how this works in their benefit on upcoming projects. Read the rest of this entry »

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An Artist’s Perspective On: From Paper to Pixels

September 25th, 2013 by Rosie

Last week Infrared5 held the first annual ‘From Paper to Pixels’ (FP2P), an art show featuring ten pairings of traditional and new media artists, working collaboratively to create one-of-a-kind interactive experiences. I had the honor of experiencing the show as both an artist involved and an employee at Infrared5.

Several months ago, Rebecca Allen told me that she had an exciting idea for a show she wanted to curate. The potential for collaboration between traditional artists and developers seemed endless. Rebecca has a unique capacity to see potential in others, and I feel that FP2P was a perfect venue for that ability. I was thrilled to be paired with Aaron Artessa, our Art Director at Infrared5. Aaron and I have had many conversations about the experience of living with chronic pain, and I knew he would be uniquely qualified to work on this project with me. After only a brief exchange about how I think of my images, Aaron created an incredible interactive experience by rendering my figure as a touch screen experience. As you push the trigger points represented by triangles on the figure, energy expands revealing its path throughout the body. The more trigger points you engage, the more agitated the figure becomes; speaking to the cognitive effects of undergoing chronic pain.

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“From Paper to Pixels” interview featured on Intel blog

September 5th, 2013 by Adam Doucette

Recently our own Rebecca Allen, CEO and Creative Director at Infrared5, was featured in an interview by Wendy Boswell of Intel to discuss perceptual computing and the upcoming From Paper to Pixels event. Also featured in the post are two of the artists participating in this year’s event Anna Kristina Goransson and Rob Gonsalves. Follow the link and stay tuned for more details regarding the event, which will be held on September 21 & 22 here at the Infrared5 offices from the hours of 11:00 – 6:00.

Check out what Rebecca had to say!

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