Video streaming over websockets using JavaScript-ThrowExceptions

Exception or error:

What is the fastest way to stream live video using JavaScript? Is WebSockets over TCP a fast enough protocol to stream a video of, say, 30fps?

How to solve:

Is WebSockets over TCP a fast enough protocol to stream a video of, say, 30fps?

Yes.. it is, take a look at this project. Websockets can easily handle HD videostreaming.. However, you should go for Adaptive Streaming. I explain here how you could implement it.

Currently we’re working on a webbased instant messaging application with chat, filesharing and video/webcam support. With some bits and tricks we got streaming media through websockets (used HTML5 Media Capture to get the stream from our webcams).

You need to build a stream API and a Media Stream Transceiver to control the related media processing and transport.

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The Media Source Extensions has been proposed which would allow for Adaptive Bitrate Streaming implementations.

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It’s definitely conceivable but I am not sure we’re there yet. In the meantime, I’d recommend using something like Silverlight with IIS Smooth Streaming. Silverlight is plugin-based, but it works on Windows/OSX/Linux. Some day the HTML5 <video> element will be the way to go, but that will lack support for a little while.

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