I’ve been using PRISM for about a month now. But since PRISM isn’t the only platform I used during the time, I’d like to lay out some thoughts by comparing it to other platforms. Here comes my honest review for all the other streamers out there.
Today I brought some technical point of view. It’s a must-read article for everyone who wants to be a streamer.
Restream.io vs PRISM. Which one’s better at simulcast?
If you’re loaded with cash, go on with Restream.io. But PRISM has the video quality unmatched by any other platforms. When you search simulcast on some of the most popularized Twitch community websites, you can see a list of relative posts mentioning X.264, a codec for video encoding into H.264.
Restream.io uses H.264 as their video guidelines for every platform they support. And look at the sentence underlined red in the picture above. It says it could cause a problem if your stream has higher parameters than H.264.
Then Why Does Codec Matter?
That’s because the bitrate is just as important as the resolution in streaming higher quality videos.
Let me break this down one at a time. The bottom line is that we, as streamers, all want to transmit videos in higher quality. But to do that, you need a high level of bitrate, which means a high quality streaming necessarily requires a higher bitrate.
Bitrate is more affected by the “codec” than it is by one’s internet speed and computer performance. So if the bitrate is the same, then the better the performance of the codec, the more stable the transmission can be, which means H.264 is better than H.263, and H.265 is better than H.264.
PRISM provides the live service in HEVC codec, which is a high video-quality format that achieves better compression efficiency than H.264 codec, resulting in 3–40% higher video resolution in live-streaming.(ASIATODAY)
PRISM LIVE STUDIO, however, is by far the only platform that supports H.265(HEVC) codec for free for the first time in history. Therefore, it’s safe to say PRISM is the best in terms of transmitting the highest quality videos.
Of course, there are a few methods to stream high quality videos without the help of PRISM as well. You can use two separate computers; one for the content, the other for streaming. Or you can use NGINX (a web server software), which obviously isn’t for free. Either way, you have to choose wisely. (one more thing to add; Restream.io does NOT support mobile service)
TikTok vs PRISM. Which one has more effects?
Effects for TikTok. TikTok has the most video effects than any other applications in the world. I’m sure you’ve seen many funky clips from TikTok users too. Hands down, TikTok also surpassed YouTube in the number of video downloads last year.
But unfortunately TikTok doesn’t support a live-streaming service. Since TikTok is more about short clips than live-streaming, I guess it just chose to highlight those video effects.
As I demonstrated in the previous post, PRISM also covers a series of many different video effects. Lesser than TikTok, but surely more than enough for live-streaming.
What about the Transmission Speed?
What else would be there to consider? The transmission speed. The transmission speed plays as much a crucial part as the video quality does in live-streaming. If there’s a delay of 30 seconds in live-streaming, it’s unlikely that you can enjoy watching it. So here’s a comparison.
With the constant development in technology, most apps’ latency time is under 10 seconds nowadays. But the real difference lies in the following. From the very well known YouTube, Twitch, AfreecaTV, and Facebook, to barely known WOWZA, Switchboard, Dacast, and Limelight, there are so many softwares you can use in the market that provides a live-streaming service.
However, only a few of them support simulcast. And the video transmission specifications of them are as follows.
I couldn’t cover ALL streaming platforms out there, but most of them are using ULTRA LOW Latency technology. Obviously payment required.
I mean, they all offer you a free trial month, but after some time you have to pay 40–80 dollars a year. PRISM Live Studio, however, is the one and only platform that supports H.265 codec AND simulcast in ULTRA LOW Latency FOR FREE. Free or not, the choice is all yours. But if you’re a new streamer, I think it’s reasonable to first start with a costless service.
The choice is entirely up to you.
In the last 8 posts, we’ve looked into all the features of PRISM Live Studio and its streaming service. The choice is entirely up to you. But for the long run, especially if you’re new, I recommend you start with an easy, convenient, and free one.
So this is it. I’ll see you in the next one with a different topic. And if by any chance I got some information wrong, you let me know in the comment section below. Thank you so much for reading.
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