Earlier this month, I created a survey on what online service people use to bring a live video stream into Second Life. I have produced a number of live video events in Second Life, so knowing what other people use is of personal interest, and hopefully of use to others interested in doing live streaming.
While I didn't get a huge response rate ( 20 total ), the clear winner appears to be the web-based streaming service uStream. A couple noted that "uStream Producer" gave them a high level of control over the video stream, while others liked that the basic service was free.
Here is the breakdown of the responses:
- uStream: 8 votes
- Livestream: 4 votes
- Quicktime: 2 votes
- Adobe Connect 1 vote
- Elluminate: 1 vote
- Justin.tv : 1 vote
- Wirecast: 1 vote
I recommend trying out different systems to see which one works best for our particular event and audience. But with embedded media being supported by all the major SL clients, the ease-of-use of most web-based streaming services, and the increased audience of streaming to the web, a web-based solution seems far superior to the older Quicktime broadcaster model.