Tascam has released a firmware update for its VS-R series video streamers/recorders which increases the number of concurrent RTMP streams from one to three. This means users can now stream simultaneously to up to three online video platforms that use the RTMP or RTMPS protocol, which include YouTube, Facebook, Twitch, Wowza, Vimeo, Boxcast, DaCast and many others. RTMP can also be used to stream to education platforms such as Planet eStream and Panopto. With multiple RTMP streams available, VS-R264 and VS-R265 can now send one stream to the main server URL and send a second stream to a different URL for a backup, something that many online platforms provide for extra resilience.
With the new v1.1 firmware, the total number of video streams that a VS-R264 or VS‑R265 can deliver at the same time is increased to eight: 3 × RTMP/RTMPS, 1 × RTSP, 1 × HLS, 2 × RTP/UDP Unicast and 1 × RTP/UDP Multicast. The VS-R also records directly to SD cards or USB storage media at the same time and can automatically upload recorded files via FTP. Moreover, the VS-R’s decoder can simultaneously receive a stream in one of several formats and transfer the decoded signal to a screen via HDMI or to a sound system via balanced and unbalanced outputs.