How to Create Your Own Video Streaming Server with Linux?

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What is a video streaming server?

A Linux-based video streaming service can help stream video with encoded audio, using Real-Time Messaging Protocol (RTMP) or WebRTC (Web Real-Time Communication). Depending on the server infrastructure at your disposal you can control the quality of your playback while curbing streaming challenges, such as latency and buffering.

  1. You can directly generate revenue with independent broadcast content.
  2. It gives you independence over your audience demographic and content preferences.

Step 1- Decide before building the streaming service:

Before building the service, you must consider a few factors.

  • Streaming quality
  • Viewership
  • Storage
  • Access
  • Media recording capabilities

Step 2- The Linux server setup

  1. Download and install Ubuntu and configure it for a static network
  2. Reboot and check for updates with:

Step 3- Setting up the streaming application

  1. Download Open Broadcaster Software for Linux and declare your hardware configurations.
  2. In OBS, click the + symbol under Sources to add your streaming source.
  3. Click File and choose Settings.
  4. In the Stream section, select Set Stream type to Custom, and enter:rtmp://IPaddress/live
  5. Add the IP address of your streaming server in the corresponding field.
  6. Generate a unique stream key.
  7. You can add a recording function to your stream with:



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Arkadeep Deb

Arkadeep Deb

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