Media Servers – Dust Off Those Old Tapes

Deploying a media server technology will provide a sense of control, knowing that most of these technologies are future proof.

Media Servers – Dust Off Those Old Tapes
Deploying a media server technology will immediately optimize your streaming workflows. You will find yourself spending more quality time on production and less managing the complexities of live and VOD distribution channels.
Media Servers – Dust Off Those Old Tapes
Deploying a media server technology will immediately optimize your streaming workflows. You will find yourself spending more quality time on production and less managing the complexities of live and VOD distribution channels.

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Worship Facilities Magazine, November-December 2017
The November-December 2017 issue of Worship Facilities Magazine offers a review of the 49 New Product Award entries this year, as well as those entries up for Solomon Awards in 2017.
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Does your church have a media archive room? Thinking back over many years of working in church video production, I am reminded of the miles upon miles of video tape we generated recording television programs, Sunday services, special events, and ministry support projects.

Many years ago, the church I served at provided us with a poorly equipped, awkward side room, near our production facility, where we literally stacked Betacam tapes by the dozens. We would scribble the service date on the cassette using a Sharpie, and stack the tape for posterity.

The process of uploading and curating a cloud service channel can become very costly.

For all I know, they’re all still right where we left them.

While the medium of magnetic video tape has long since passed, we all still have thousands of hours of media archived on hard drives, optical media, network storage and cloud servers. The media lifecycle begins with much rehearsal and planning. Eventually, the production commences with a live stream or broadcast, hopefully viewed by many, and then it is set aside somewhere, on a real or virtual shelf, where it may never be viewed again.

As media professionals, I think we put out a great deal of energy and passion in the media preparation and execution process. The anticipation of delivering an exciting, thoughtful media presentation, live, drives us to achieve. Unfortunately, with some exception, we tend to toss used media aside, where it’s difficult to access.

I know what you’re thinking: Services like YouTube and Vimeo already do this.

What more do I need? True, however, even the process of uploading video and curating a cloud service channel can become very costly, even growing into a full-time project – ain’t nobody got time for that!

In addition, to do it right, these services need to be managed, and they’re not always going to be there with service constantly changing and emerging. At a later date, we will cover the value of hosted streaming solutions, however, the intent of what will be covered here is to help you discover a practical, inexpensive, on-site solution that simplifies and optimizes video distribution and archival.

A media server is a piece of software that lives on a computer or server. Its job is to keep track of live and video on demand (VOD) streaming assets (files and streams). This means it will receive a stream from an encoder (the device that converts an HDMI or SDI video signal into a network protocol) where it can be recorded, distributed to players and devices, and even pushed to live content distribution networks (CDNs).


More About Tim Dougherty
Tim Dougherty is a Senior Solutions Engineer with Wowza Media Systems, based in Golden, Colo. A user technology expert, with more than 20 years of experience in IT, network administration, video production, and project/program management, Tim serves Wowza by helping customers visualize and integrate effective streaming media solutions.
Get in Touch: tim@wowza.com    More by Tim Dougherty

Latest Resource

Worship Facilities Magazine, November-December 2017
The November-December 2017 issue of Worship Facilities Magazine offers a review of the 49 New Product Award entries this year, as well as those entries up for Solomon Awards in 2017.


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