Red5 – Past, Present & Future

August 19th, 2010 by Dominick Accattato

Red5 is not Infrared5. Many have confused the two or assume it is one entity. Infrared5 was started by some of the original Red5 team, and does focus many services on Red5 development. However, that is where it ends.

Red5 is an open source media server that delivers live video/audio/data to a client application. In most cases that client happens to be the Flash Player, however there isn’t anything stopping a keen developer from streaming to other endpoints, i.e. Java, Silverlight, HTML5. Since the server is licensed under the LGPL, companies have the liberty to use Red5 in proprietary products. The main restriction placed on Red5 is that any modification to the original source code must be donated back to the project. This ensures that the project continues to thrive with patches and helps us deliver a more stable product to the community.
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