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Mixer [Site] Streaming with FTL Protocol

Hey there guys,

Checking in to see if there's interest from others about having Mixer's FTL encoding/streaming protocol added to Wirecast. While Mixer is primarily a video game site (formerly known as Beam, and acquired by Microsoft in August 2016), I can imagine Microsoft possibly spinning off separate sites using the same FTL streaming/encoding protocol for other uses.

FTL (Faster Than Light) is a protocol that they created using WebRTC (same technology that allow for low-latency video sharing via webcam/screen sharing in things like Google Hangouts and Skype). It offers less than a second delay from what's being encoded/displayed by the streamer, to what's shown on their website.

Why is this nice? For the interaction aspect of close to real-time chat and engagement. Questions and polls are answered in real time, you don't have to wait for 9-25 seconds for questions to be asked on stream to see answers in chat, but they come in almost immediately after being asked. 

Here's more info on their FTL stuff. https://watchbeam.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/209659623-FTL-Faster-Than-Light-streaming-protocol-

They've currently created their own branch of OBS to handle FTL streaming, but other streaming programs have integrated FTL on their own now too (XSplit and Lightstream). I also know that Gameshow, the game-centric version of Wirecast has expressed interest in adding support for Mixer (and possibly FTL?), but not sure if that means it would automatically already come to Wirecast, as Gameshow is kind of a branch of it, or if it's completed branched off by now.

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  • It sounds interesting. WebRTC related stuff may be of interest to the developers.

    LP may want to log this for you.

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  • CraigS Developers are interested in WebRTC. Request documented in engineering database. 

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  • LP Thanks for that.

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  • I found this by doing a search for Mixer and FTL. Wirecast still has no Mixer options in the dropdown selection, let alone any FTL info. This is available as an option in OBS, but I find the application clunky and not as feature-rich and powerful as Wirecast. I hope they consider adding this option. I've had to switch to OBS in the last couple of days to take advantage of the benefits of FTL.

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  • Frank McCright Absolutely make the feature request by filling out the feature request form. Note that OBS has this.

    Wirecast Feature Request Form

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  • CraigS I did just that after I made the post. Let's hope they implement it.

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  • Frank McCright Thanks for doing that. The number of requests can impact development priority. They'd want to ensure this would be a widely used feature to prioritize it.

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