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Adobe Media Server Updates

We are glad to share the below updates.

Support for WebVTT Captions in HLS Streams ( Video On Demand workflows )

AMS 5.0.7 provides capability to stream captions available in WebVTT files. WebVTT files provide captions or subtitles for video content, and also text video descriptions, chapters for content navigation, and more generally any form of metadata that is time-aligned with audio or video content.

Timed Metadata in RTMP Streams available in output HLS Streams as ID3 tags

Now you can provide additional metadata with the video streams and it will be available to your player applications as ID3 tags. ID3 is a metadata container most often used in conjunction with the MP3 audio file format. It allows information such as the title, artist, album, track number, and other information about the file to be stored in the file itself.

Fixes for Security Vulnerabilities including Shell Shock Vulnerability (CVE-2014-6271 and CVE-2014-7169) and POODLE (CVE-2014-3566).

We have updated the version of OpenSSL to 1.0.1j to patch the severe security vulnerabilities recently reported. We have disabled SSL 3.0 on the server. The successor protocols to SSL3.0- TLS 1.0,1.1 and 1.2 can be used for secure communication.

We would recommend to update to AMS 5.0.7 to prevent attacks leveraging these vulnerabilities.

Update for certificates for Protected Streaming workflows – PHDS/PHLS/PRTMP

Adobe Media Servers comes with certificates to support Protected Streaming workflows with various protocols. These certificates are available under <AMS_INSTALLATION_DIRECTORY>/creds/static

The certificates in the earlier versions are due to expire on 5:30 AM April 6 2015. The refreshed certificates in this version have an expiry date of 5:30 AM September 24 2016.

Availability of New Generation instances on Amazon Web Services Marketplace

The AMS AMI on the Amazon Web Services Marketplace now supports a few Current generation instances (m3.large and m3.xlarge). We plan to add support for more current generation instances in the coming quarter.

Availability of Annual Pricing option for Adobe Media Server on Amazon Web Services

Customers using AMS on Amazon Web Services can get additional savings by subscribing to an Annual software pricing.

We are also discontinuing the support for Adobe Media Gateway and it is no longer available with the AMS package. Adobe Media Gateway was used to connect Flash based applications to SIP enabled devices (telephones).


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Adobe Media Server on Amazon Web Services Marketplace

We are glad to announce the availability of Adobe Media Server on Amazon Web Services Marketplace. This launch enables our customers to use marketplace features like

With Reserve instances you  can save up to 65% of your EC2 usage cost.  The availability of EBS volumes for booting would provide additional agility to applications to store their data and configurations. It also provides low latency and scalable storage required for video streaming applications. You can also add additional layers of security by hosting your applications in an Amazon VPC.

The AMS 5.0.3 AMI available on CentOS 6.3 can be searched on the Amazon marketplace or launched directly from here . The underlying software remains the same allowing you to do HTTP Streaming for your Live and Video On Demand events. You can also use the server for P2P communication using the RTMFP protocol.  Different Amazon EC2 instances come with pre-configured RTMFP connections as detailed here.

Adobe Media Server on Amazon Web Services Marketplace


Older Versions

The AMIs for older version like FMS 4.0 will not be available as these versions have reached the End of their official support timeline.

AMS 5 offers features like Protected Streaming, Closed Captioning and Support for Multiple Language Streams besides several enhancements in HTTP Streaming and P2P communication workflows.

All new AMIs for Adobe Media Server will be made available only on the Amazon Marketplace platform.

The Devpay AMIs are also available currently and we invite our Amazon Devpay customers to take the benefits of Amazon Marketplace.


Adobe Media Server on AWS Marketplace Subscription

Getting Started Guide for Amazon Marketplace

Old Devpay Subscription Link

Happy 2013

2012 was a fantastic year as Adobe Media Server completed 10 years and our streaming technology powered key Live events across the world. We got a lot of fantastic clients across US, EU, Russia, APAC and Australia.

This year at Video Solutions in Adobe, we look forward to launch Primetime as our flagship product for Premium Broadcasters to monetize their content across devices with our proven publishing and content protection technologies.  You can read the latest update on Primetime player here

Adobe Media Server will continue to innovate and enable simplified Video Streaming workflows. Here are a few updates as we start rocking  2013.

  1. A product update  AMS 4.5.5 is available for the version 4.5. It provides key fixes elaborated in the Release documents 
  2. Amazon editions for AMS 4.5.5 and AMS 5.0.1 are available now. The list of AMI’s can be checked here . If you are a new user the details of our AWS edition can be read here and you can order a subscription here

( Note – These AMI’s are on CentOS 5.5 and we look to upgrade them to newer versions this year)

We are also excited to share the below contribution to the IETF community –

Michael Thornburgh, Sr. Computer Scientist at Adobe, has recently submitted a specification for Adobe’s Secure Real-Time Media Flow Protocol (RTMFP) to the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) Internet-Drafts repository ( ) along with a disclosure of and grant of essential intellectual property rights under royalty-free terms ( ).

RTMFP is a low-level endpoint-to-endpoint data transport protocol designed for real-time and peer-to-peer (P2P) communication. It presents a unified and holistic solution to a number of Internet communication problems, including security, NAT traversal, congestion control and prioritization of parallel media and data flows, variable transmission reliability for messages, and IP address mobility.

We look forward that we continue to delight you in 2013.

Announcing Adobe Media Server 5.0.1

Today, we announce the launch of Adobe Media Server 5.0.1 – a product that has completed a successful decade in the Video Streaming industry. Adobe Media Server is  targeted for Broadcasters, Enterprises and Governments across the world for their video on demand and live Streaming initiatives. It  enables adaptive bit rate streaming to desktop and mobile devices along with content protection. It has features to enable DVR, IP multicast, Application multicast, Media origin configurations that are useful in global video streaming workflows.

In the communication space, Adobe Media Server supports scalable P2P communication like in Online Games, many to many Video Chats on Social networks and in Collaborative Web Conferencing.

Our recent success stories include Streaming of BBC Olympics and landing of NASA Mars Rover Curiosity.

Adobe Media Server Logo

Adobe Media Server Logo

Adobe Media Server 5.0.1 brings to you – Closed Captioning compliance, DRM protection for millions of iOS Devices and Playback Support for Multiple Language Audio Tracks. Before we detail these features – let us tell you about a few goodies.

There is a Starter edition that is free for you to try out the various features. Adobe Media Server 5.0.1 comes bundled with Adobe Media Gateway – a powerful technology to connect SIP telephony devices to flash based applications.  The Sample Player that gets in the bundle and the Flash Media Live Encoder together provides a comprehensive suite of technologies to jump start your Video Streaming initiatives. There is a Closed captioning plug-in which helps you to play HDS and RTMP closed captions. And there is Adobe Access iOS library written in Objective C for your HLS DRM players.

We have simplified the product upgrades pricing from the earlier versions.  The product has also been re-branded to reflect our reach beyond Flash devices.  We would explain the features now.

Closed Captioning

Closed captioning allows the content provider to display text overlayed on the video content thus providing

Adobe Media Server enables Closed captions compliance as per FCC regulations

Adobe Media Server enables Closed captions compliance as per FCC regulations

additional information about the video content to the consumers. The term “closed” in closed captioning indicates that the captions are not made part of the video by default. Hence, the captions have to be decoded/extracted by an external tool.  Adobe Media Server supports  CEA-608 (also called Line 21) and CEA -708 closed captions in video files containing H264 video codecs. This plays in HLS, HDS and RTMP Streaming protocols.

Additionally, the timed text track defined by Apple for Quicktime movie files is also supported. AMS provides a tool to convert videos with timed text tracks to videos with captions embedded in H264 video codecs.

Adobe Media Server 5.0.1 also provides support to embed your content programmatically while encoding the content via an AMF message. This works for RTMP and HDS techniques. More details can be read in our User Guide. The Closed Captioning  feature provided by Adobe Media Server will help the US broadcasters achieve FCC compliance.

AMS Player playing a video with Closed captions

AMS Player playing a video with Closed captions

Support for Multi Language tracks

Adobe Media Server 5.0.1 has support for including multiple language tracks for HTTP video streams, without requiring duplication and repackaging of the video for each audio track. This feature, called as “late” binding of audio tracks allow content providers to easily provide multiple language tracks for a given video asset, at any time before or after the asset’s initial packaging. The initial packaging of the video asset can include an audio track, and the publisher can still choose to provide one or more additional audio tracks for the video. The OSMF framework based Strobe Media player provides support for allowing the viewers to switch between audio tracks either before or during playback. Read Details here.

Content  Protection for HLS Streams

Adobe Media Server offers both stream and content protection across HLS, HDS and RTMP protocols. It also enables DRM protection using the Adobe Access DRM license server.

In this release, we added the ability to provide Adobe Access DRM protection to HLS streams. Now, Adobe Media Server can dynamically segment, encrypt, and deliver standard MP4 assets using the HLS format with Adobe Access DRM policies on native Apple iOS applications (using the Adobe Access Objective-C library for iOS). This would enable broadcasters using our Adobe Access DRM  to secure their streams to millions of iOS devices

Adobe Media Server 5 also supports a light weight content protection of HLS video streams using Adobe Access protection but without requiring a separate license server. This technique is called PHLS ( Protected HLS). Here  the content encryption key is sent via a metadata that has the license files and the access rights are negotiated between the player and the Adobe Media Server instead of a license server.

Please check out the Release notes for the  list of bugs that have been fixed. There are new documents being made available on Developer Centre. So check that out as well. Product Features, Pricing and Edition comparison can be done on the Product pages. If there are any queries – you can always reach us out on our Forums.

If you are new to Adobe Media Server – we hope you get started using the Free Starter edition.

We are committed to deliver awesome features that simplify your Video Streaming flows. So stay connected and  expect more action from us in the coming months.


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Success Story: Adobe Media Sever and Monterey Bay Aquarium

Today – We are super-excited to share Adobe Media Server and Adobe Access success story with Monterey Bay Aquarium with all of you.

Adobe has partnered ( and licensed rights) to broadcast a 24×7 live and on demand video stream to bring the Open Sea exhibit at Monterey Bay to your living room. 

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is one of the world’s leading ocean conservation organizations and consistently ranked top in the United States for its innovative exhibits and unsurpassed visitor experience. The Open Sea is the Aquarium’s largest exhibit (one million gallon), a place where tunas and sharks speed past, sardines swarm in huge, glittering schools, and sea turtles swim lazily across the 90-foot window.

The Live and VOD streams are powered and protected using Adobe video publishing technologies (Adobe Media Server and Adobe Access).  At the Aquarium, inside the exhibit there is a full HD camera sunk underwater. We encode the stream live at the aquarium, and push using RTMP to Adobe Media Server running on Amazon Web Services where it is converted to HLS and encrypted then its delivered to the iPad through Amazon CloudFront CDN (the same technology that powered the London Games for BBC and the Mars Rover mission). 

You can check this out with the Ipad App called SeaTV.  The iPad app is a native IOS app developed using the new Adobe Access client library for IOS. What is special about this app is that it has been build using Adobe IOS DRM client library and the very first app to be on the app store with our DRM operating on it – the VOD video is protected with Adobe Access and the Live stream is packaged and encrypted using Adobe Media Server with  AES128 bit encryption, but will soon be moving towards PHLS. When you start it up, you will notice how fast both the live and VOD streams begin – this is a great example how fast our HLS and DRM technologies operate to produce a great experience for the end user.  

We are happy to bring this learning experience to your home. Enjoy and we are sure that you will love the turtles and the tunas.

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