A popular encoder is the Adobe Flash Media Live Encoder, which is easy to setup and free.
Even better, USTREAM provides a downloadable XML configuration file, which the encoder can simply load, and you are ready to stream.
If you don’t have a more expensive HD firewire camera available, an upgrade to a higher webcam is a great move to improve the quality.
The Live Streaming If you don’t have a budget to pay for your own CDN, services like USTREAM and Livestream provide the full infrastructure to deliver video content to your viewers.
And more importantly, if ads are acceptable, they offer the basic service for free.
Both Livestream and USTREAM have comparable offers, it depends on the individual requirements. The Encoder USTREAM offers a browser based encoding service, but the quality is relatively basic.
Fortunately USTREAM has support to stream from higher quality third party encoders.
The quality difference is literally night and day compared to the Mac Book Pro webcam.
One advice would be not to mimic my setup on the right though, it was experimental at best, and certainly adds a certain level of stress.The New Years Eve Times Square webcam was a USTREAM live stream setup for a couple of hours.What used to be an expensive effort, is now an easy and affordable process.The last challenge is the quality, obviously HD quality would be nice, and is not supposed to be part of the basic package.Here are couple of best practices, if you decide to setup your own live stream.The Webcam Although you can find webcams included in almost every laptop and mobile phone, the quality of the camera is normally mediocre under low light conditions.