Flash Media Server 3.5 and Flash Media Live Encoder 3 now available!

Today we released Flash Media Interactive Server 3.5 and Flash Media Streaming Server 3.5. You can now download the FREE Development server right now and try it out for yourself from http://www.adobe.com/go/fms/! We have also released Flash Media Live Encoder 3.0 with support for multi-bitrate encoding plus DVR functionality. You can download FMLE3 for FREE from http://www.adobe.com/go/fme/.

Over the past 12 months we’ve been working very hard to build on the success of version 3.0 which introduced standardized H.264/AAC codec support and new content protection mechanisms. Adobe Flash has become the defacto standard way to deliver media around the world. With companies including BBC, NFL, CCTV, NBC, Hulu, Amazon, Disney and MLB making the choice to leverage the ubiquity of the Adobe Flash Platform as the principle way to deliver rich and interactive media experiences.

This latest release includes significant improvements found in Flash player 10/ AIR 1.5 around the quality of delivery through Dynamic Streaming. New technology for live media using network-based DVR and also server-side archiving of H.264 content all help deliver interactive high-quality content. Thank you to the hundreds of you who participated in our pre-release program and to those of you who tested, and shared insight into the product and dedication towards its future.

This release will help improve the user experience for both Live and VOD content, and help you introduce new experiences for video over the web. The built-in web sever will also make it easier to deliver the complete experience from a single server, and help you experience the efficiencies streaming can provide. We have a brand new case study video available; check out how UStream.tv uses Flash Media Server to deliver interactive live experiences today.

The new Adobe Flash Media Live Encoder 3 (note the new name) now supports live multiple bitrate encoding. This means you can capture a single live source and encode up to 3 different bitrates from a single instance. The live encoder also has a new “Start DVR” button, but you’ll have to wait a couple more weeks for some new server side code to enable it. The button requires a new FMIS application called DVRCast. This application will be available for free in early February from our new Productivity Tools for Flash Media Server page on Adobe.com. We’ve also added several other enhancements to improve the encoding experience. You can download the FREE Flash Media Live Encoder today from here http://www.adobe.com/go/fme/.

We also released today, a new Productivity Tools section for Flash Media Server (http://www.adobe.com/go/fms_tools). The free set of tools and sample code will help you become more productive with Flash Media Server and reduce your development time. Starting today you can download a new FLVPlayback 2.5 component that can be used in Flash Professional CS4, we’ve even made this available for the Flex SDK! Also the new component has full support for Dynamic Streaming and DVR – we’ve also fixed numerous bugs to make the component more stable with streaming.

A new Dynamic Streaming ActionScript 3 class is also now available within the Productivity tools that will make it easier and fast to develop applications with improved delivery quality. We’ve also made available the FLVCheck tool and the FMSCheck tools.

Over the coming months, we plan to add more tools and sample code to this page including a new DVR server side application that will help you deliver scalable network DVR solutions for your live events using Flash Media Interactive Server 3.5.

Today, on our Flash Media Server Developer Center we’ve published new articles by David Hassoun, Tom Green and Abhinav Kapoor. These authors have produced brand new articles that will help you understand how to use some of the new features – whether you are a beginner or a seasoned professional. These articles will cover details about FLVPlayback 2.5, Dynamic Stream ActionScript classes and also new video encoding guidelines that will produce a seamless transition for multi-bitrate delivery for both live and video on demand. The updated Flash Media Server 3.5 docs page also has new information for server deployment and development.

We’re excited to see what the world will look like with higher quality video and the new opportunity for interactive live experiences with DVR technology. We’re always looking for ways to improve the platform, and drive new experiences in media over the Adobe Flash Platform – send us your ideas today!