Sites like Stickam make broadcasting with your webcam simple. But the process is actually complicated. Here's a bird's-eye view of how Stickam delivers live streaming video.
First, you start with the video source. Let's say you've written a song and you're itching to share it with the world. Begin by setting up your webcam and logging in to Stickam. Next, you choose to go live, activating your camera feed.
At that point, your webcam uploads the video feed data through your Internet connection to Stickam. Stickam encodes the video feed into a streaming format. Stickam's servers send the encoded video feed to anyone viewing your Stickam feed. The video player within each person's Web browser is a decoder -- it accepts the encoded data and converts it back into a video format.
Of course, you can adjust your video settings when you go live to suit your connection speeds. If your video seems to lag or has other problems, you can choose a lower-quality setting. This will decrease the size of the video player on your account and reduce the frame rate.
If the people viewing your video have their own cameras active, you'll be able to see their video in your profile window, too. They'll also be able to see one another within the chat environment. As the moderator, you can choose to mute users or allow them to talk. If you want to be the center of attention you can opt to mute everyone and deliver a lecture. Or you can create a group conversation around a topic and host a free for all.