Any serious development of video streaming apps for .NET faces the lack of available tools as soon as anything comes beyond the narrow limits of standard functionality. This is a wide-spread practice when big software companies try to provide ready-to-use solutions making their users more dependent on their products and leaving no place for any further creative extension. Fortunately, independent developers can rely on their peers, who have already overcome the mentioned above limits of the standard functionality and are able to share their advanced tools through external functionally rich streaming libraries.
Every platform, including .NET, has a standard API for a certain set of streaming protocols. Built-in streaming protocols usually provide limited functionality and are not usable in many specific cases. Besides, it means that all those who use these protocols will have very close set of functions in their software products, so if you wish to make your product any different from the other video streaming .NET apps, you need to consider and use something else.
Built-in streaming protocol can’t be extended. That’s one more reason to leave them behind.
Finally, the worst part of it is that you depend on a clumsy update mechanism. Say, if you notice a bug in a built-in streaming protocol, then it’s not possible to fix it in general. It could be fixed only in one of the next software updates, but as we all know, it may take years or may not even happen at all.
As it’s been mentioned above, there is a way out of this problem. If a standard library can’t meet your project requirements, it is a time to pay attention to external streaming libraries, developed with taking into account peculiarities of certain protocols and .NET framework. Such an external streaming library, specific for a certain streaming protocol, is much more functional and flexible.
External streaming library can be easily upgraded by adding new functionality reflecting peculiarities of your specific task. Just update your app, and all your clients will get the latest functionality. By this way you can respond to the changing market demands in a faster and more adequate way.
External streaming library can be easily fixed if a new bug is found. No need to wait for someone else, now you are able to keep control over the code.
All the mentioned above advantages can be easily related to VASTreaming streaming libraries for .NET. Let’s overview the most important features for developers:
1. VASTreaming streaming libraries for .NET are very light-weight, robust and reliable. They have no 3rd party dependencies and are fully self-sufficient.
2. VASTreaming streaming libraries provide a wide variety of the streaming protocols including such popular protocols as RTMP client for .net, RTSP, RTP and HLS, so that you can make the most of their features providing your apps with smooth streaming under .NET.
3. dinVASTreaming implements all the minor and obscure features of the streaming protocols providing you the ability to adjust the library to any specific installation or configuration.
4. VASTreaming team offers various supporting libraries for easy integration of their streaming libraries. Among such supporting functionality, you can find media capturing, encoding, decoding, playing, writing to a file, and reading from a file.
5. Extensive support for developers and quick-to-help service to answer any question arises while the VASTreaming library use. You can get even a full-scale supervising over the integration of streaming libraries into your projects.
In fact, the standard libraries for .NET should not cover all possible functional nuances of video streaming. That’s not the point of their use. Standard libraries are only for standard functions of standard apps. If video streaming is your profession, you are in need of professional tools, which would stand you aside from the crowd. VASTreaming streaming libraries for .NET are tools of this kind.