Archive for April, 2008

The evolution of Flash Video

Andy Plesser and Beet TV came to our San Francisco Office and interviewed me on the the evolution of video in Flash. Aside from desperately needing a haircut, it’s a good point of view from Flash player 6 and Sorenson through Flash player 8 with On2 and now with Flash player 9 and H264. From Embedding to Download to Streaming. This video gives a pretty good high level overview.

The context for this video is here:

http://www.beet.tv/2008/03/adobes-new-flas.html

New Flash Media Server 3 Book released

Long time FMS Guru, Bill Sanders has just released another book to follow his previous Flash Media Server books. This time, its on Flash Media Server 3. I’m really excited for this book because its the first book that demonstrates ActionScript 3 on the Flash client. The book illustrates how to get the best from your streaming solutions, but it really focus’ on developing social community-based applications such as real time chat both for webcam and text-based. Learn how Remote SharedObjects can help you build these rich collaboration solutions on the the best and most ubiquitous platform on the planet… Flash + AIR.

From the Amazon description:

Don’t worry. With Learning Flash Media Server 3 and a little experience with Flash CS3 and ActionScript 3.0, anyone can get up to speed in no time. You’ll learn how to install FMS3, organize your development environment with Apache web server, and use the management console before diving into the whys and hows of:

* Recording and playing back streaming audio and video in VP6 and H.264 formats
* Using the new Flash Media Encoder to stream and record video
* Camera and microphone settings
* Non-persistent client-side remote shared objects
* Two-way audio-video communications
* Broadcasting and server-side bandwidth control
* Working with server-side files: the file class
* Server-side shared objects
* Server-side streams
* Setting up a software load handler using FMS3’s new server-side NetStream
* Bringing in data and working with configuration files

Way to go Bill!

Buy it on Amazon: http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/9780596515904/

First Post

Flash Video has exploded in growth and popularity. The broadband video industry in general is also exploding supporting “Fremium” content monetized by Advertising. New companies are forming that provide innovative new social media experiences built on the Flash platform.

My name is Kevin Towes, and I’m the product manager for Flash Media Server here at Adobe Systems. I’m very excited about starting this blog and letting our community know how we see the industry and what we’re doing to enable the next generation of video experiences online.

I’ll use this blog to share news stories I find interesting, talk about some unique projects that people are working on, and generally open the discussion around what we’re up to. You might even see some sneak peaks here.

I look forward to seeing your comments and sharing this new world of video.

Kevin Towes