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AWS releases ‘Live Connector” for the Chime SDK

Amazon Web Services (AWS), today announced the availability of live connector. This new feature of Amazon Chime SDK allows organizations to add live streaming capabilities to their Web and mobile apps more easily.
The Chime SDK allows developers to add messaging, audio and video capabilities to their mobile and/or web applications. Chime allows users to create a single secure app that allows them to meet, chat, or place business calls. Users don’t have to switch between apps to collaborate. They can easily go from a chat to an audio call, share their screens, invite others, and even join the meeting.
The company stated that developers can use the SDK to create and send video streams from multi-party sessions to streaming platforms for distribution to a worldwide audience. Developers can enhance livestreaming by creating video layouts, combining multiple streams into one stream, and using machine-learning (ML) to improve audio and video quality. You can capture multiple streams into one file for video on-demand (VoD), offline consumption, or archive. Developers can also use live connect to broadcast virtual events, webinars and education classes, as well as product demos for online commerce, games, and sports. The company explained in an email that the live connector feature was being offered to address the rising popularity of hybrid workforces, the skyrocketing popularity real-time video platforms such as Twitch, and the virtual ubiquity offsite trade show audiences.
The company stated that livestreaming is needed to provide a platform for remote workers and audiences to watch and engage together as the hybrid work environment becomes more common. Livestreaming is expensive and takes a lot of time to develop. It can be difficult for developers to budget and allocate the infrastructure. The company stated that Live connector is built on AWS infrastructure, elastically scales and is powered by AWS infrastructure. After the video session is over, VoD files are created automatically in an Amazon Simple Storage Service S3 bucket that has been designated by the developer. Native ML (Native ML) services provided by Amazon Chime SDK reduce echo and background noise without the need for third-party apps.
MICE Platform Co., Ltd. was one of the first to use the live connector feature. Tsuyoshi Suzushi, the company’s chief technology officer, stated that the live connector for Amazon Chime SDK allows multiple remote speakers to join together to present seamlessly and without the need of special software. “With the live connector, we can send video to Amazon Interactive Video Service to stream the meeting. This allows thousands of viewers to attend the event.”
More information is available here.