A new IRL Encoding system

Let’s talk about IRL streaming. It’s a relatively new idea that has seen massive growth among platforms like Twitch and Youtube. The easiest way to go live is to get a phone, download an app, setup your streaming destination, and boom! You can stream to an almost unlimited number of people. But what about reliability? With just a phone, you may move into a dead zone and all of a sudden your connection is lost. You are completely disconnected from your awaiting audience. So you go out and you get yourself a Gunrun backpack (https://www.gunrun.tv/). It has 4 modems and they are all bonded to increase reliability, but how do you add your donation alerts and live chat? The answer is to get some kind of system setup to act as a “middle-man” between you and the platform you stream on. This system can take the raw and unprocessed video feed from your phone/backpack and add graphics, while also being automated and flexible enough to handle the connection instability of backpacks and phones.

Multiple systems exist already, and I am in no way trying to say that they are bad. I simply saw these systems, and I believe that I can make a better one. I have a background in server infrastructure (think datacenters and crazy expensive servers), hardware design (I have designed and even hand-soldered SSDs before), and broadcasting (think video switchers and fancy cameras). I have had the opportunity to help several large Twitch streamers, and when they both decided that they wanted to get Gunrun backpacks, I wanted to see what I could build. A simple script to change an OBS scene when bitrate drops has evolved into what I’m now announcing.

I will be releasing a new service for IRL streaming. This service is not like the others. My highest priority is making the job of the streamer the easiest it can be. This is why I have designed my system to have a wide range of features, like the ability to easily give people access to controlling their server, or the flexibility to bring your own ideas into reality like no transcoding service has done before. I invite you to join my Discord community if you would like to get more updates and information. There you will be able to find updates, request features, read the docs, or discuss your current system with other members.

Check it out HERE

(P.S. I’m also going to be attending PAX South, so if you would like to hang out or even just chat about IRL streaming, send me a message through discord. tt2468#2468)

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