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by mblair

Created

November 24, 2008

Connecting Connect Pro to the telephony world at large

I’m working on a particularly exciting initiative for the Connect Pro team at the moment.
Right now when it comes to audio/video integration Connect Pro is kind of land locked in many respects. We take advantage of some cool native capabilities of the Flash Platform, a streaming protocol, RTMP and an audio codec NellyMoser to provide the built in VoIP and streaming capabilities, unfortunately these capabilities are not broadly supported outside of the Flash Platform ecosystem.
There is nothing wrong with RTMP or NellyMoser, in fact both capabilities have helped the Flash Platform become what it is today, a ubiquitous rich client platform. However the audio / video communication industry has begun to converge around a set of standards which are generally referred to under the umbrella of a single standard, SIP. The reality is a little more complex and convoluted but not the subject of my blog post.
So for Connect to collaborate in this ecosystem of interoperable audio / video communication software platforms and devices we needed to bridge the Flash specific protocol of RTMP with SIP (one of two common presence specifications) and RTP (a common streaming protocol for VoIP) and enable transcoding between NellyMoser and G711 (the most widely adopted audio codec for VoIP).
The exciting news is that’s what we’ve done, we’ve built a gateway between Flash Media Server and the VoIP world that bridges protocols and transcodes audio. Further more we’ve integrated that with Connect Pro so you can communicate using Connect Pro and SIP based audio platforms.
Last week we launched these technologies in an early beta, specifically we have two beta’s available to participate in
1. A beta of the gateway to Flash Media Server, you can use this with SIP audio platforms to integrate between Flash based applications and the SIP infrastructure. This includes a process, API and documentation. You’ll need a licensed or developer version of Flash Media Server, a Flash development environment and some Flash and SIP skills
2. A beta of the integration into Connect Pro on Adobe’s hosted platform. You’ll need a Connect Pro Hosted account and you’ll be able to make US toll free calls from Connect Pro meetings.
If you are interested in participating please drop me a note, my email address is mblair at adobe dot com

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COMMENTS

  • By Juergen Hornung - 7:01 AM on December 1, 2008  

    We have a very high interest of integrating Adobe Connect via SIP into our H.323/SIP Videoconferencing Platform. At our side there is a 100 concurrent license connect server running.
    Do you need additional informatons?
    Regards
    Juergen Hornung

  • By Carmelo Floridia - 2:12 AM on December 12, 2008  

    We have a very high interest of integrating Adobe Connect via SIP into our H.323/SIP Videoconferencing Platform. We have an installed version of breeze and we’re evaluating to update to Adobe connect pro
    Best Regards
    Carmelo

  • By Jaro Cech - 2:36 AM on December 17, 2008  

    Hi, how it looks with connecting FMS with SIP environment? Will be your development limited to Acrobat products only – or will it be available in FMS directly? We noticed real demand from variour industry segments to have such a solution …

  • By Mark Blair - 1:46 PM on December 17, 2008  

    Juergen, we are not ready to communicate our go to market strategy for the media gateway outside of Connect Pro. But watch this space as I’ll be publishing more information when we reach that point.

  • By Francesco - 11:05 AM on January 16, 2009  

    Hello Mark,
    I’ve seen Adobe release a new version of FMS with VOIP capabilities.. It’s already possible to integrate SIP with New FMS? New FMS version has this gateway by default?
    Thanks