Tutorial: HTTP Dynamic Streaming

Until now, there have been two fundamental ways to deliver video to Flash Player/AIR:

  • Progressive download. Progressive download transfers files sequentially over HTTP from a web server to Flash Player/AIR. Users can’t skip ahead until all the previous content has downloaded.
  • RTMP streaming. RTMP streaming transfers content between Flash Player/AIR and Flash Media Server in real-time (Real-Time Media Protocol). Users can skip to any location without waiting.

Now there’s a third way to deliver content to Flash Player 10.1 and AIR 2:

  • HTTP Dynamic Streaming. HTTP Dynamic Streaming delivers content over HTTP and lets users skip to any location without waiting.

To stream on-demand (recorded, not live) content over HTTP, you can use any installation of Apache 2.2, including the version that installs with Flash Media Server 3.5. Using Adobe HTTP Dynamic Streaming has an end-to-end tutorial that steps you through configuring Apache, packaging content for delivery, and playing the content in the OSMF Player.

Using Adobe HTTP Dynamic Streaming also contains a live tutorial, and detailed information about how this new solution works. To stream live content over HTTP, you need Flash Media Server 3.8.

For more information about the HTTP Dynamic Streaming ecosystem, see Kevin Towes’ blog and www.adobe.com/products/httpdynamicstreaming.