Future of HTTP Streaming – Ready for testing


Adobe server technology is the delivery foundation for much of the video content you experience today online.

We are looking for organizations to help test project code named “TIGERCAT”, the next generation media streaming technology including significant enhancements to Adobe’s HTTP Dynamic Streaming, Content Protection, Communications and the much anticipated support for HLS to Apple iOS devices previewed in April 2011.

If you have video libraries, or live events or want to deliver video to multiple devices using HTTP, you are invited to help us test and provide feedback.

Please visit our Adobe Beta registration site, and tell us a little about you.


To be considered, please ensure you select “Flash Media Server” from the list.

BBC HD Streaming trials for Wimbledon using HTTP Dynamic Streaming

Today, Andy Armstrong a technical architect from the BBC posted a blog discussing their public trials of Adobe HTTP Dynamic Streaming for the Wimbledon Tennis tournament.


Andy does a really good job describing why this technology is important for the BBC, and for large live events like Wimbledon an how the technology improves the quality of service using adaptive bitrate and deliver to mobile devices. If you are in the UK, you can watch the event in HD up to 720p, and if your network or wireless connection becomes limited, your stream will shift in quality down as far as 416kbps.

BBC is looking for testers – if you’re interested you can follow the instructions here:


Adobe Flash Media Server on Amazon Web Services – now available in all regions


I’m happy to announce that Flash Media Server Amazon Machine Image is now available in all regions! You can now operate your FMS instance in EMEA (Ireland) and US-West (Northern California). This completes the implementation across all of Amazon Web Services data centers.

Amazon Web Service Regions include

  • United States East (Virginia)
  • United States West (California)
  • European Union (Ireland)
  • Japan (Tokyo)
  • Asia (Singapore)

We have also released Flash Media Server version 4.0.2 both for the shipping product, and on Amazon Web Services. This new release improves performance, improves security options with a dynamic SSL model plus corrects issues in numerous areas of the product that improve the performance and reliability of the server running on Windows and Linux.

Customers have full access to both FMS4.0.1 and FMS4.0.2 AMIs in all regions with a single subscription.

To update your installation to Flash Media Server 4.0.2 click here

To access the new AMI for FMS4.0.2 on Amazon Web Services, log into your Amazon Web Services account, select your region (any region) and search for “adobe” in the AMI list. You can subscribe to FMS on AWS here.


e-Seminar tomorrow: Deploying video to multiple screens

With a plethora of devices and platforms on the market today, delivering video content across multiple screens is a critical issue to address in your streaming media application. How can you best deliver video content to users on their chosen screen in a way that makes the most sense from a development and business perspective?

Jeff Tapper of Digital Primates will be discussing this topic with the Flash Media Server Users Group for our May meeting. He’ll share perspectives from multi-screen video development projects that he’s worked on and suggest some practices that you can bring to your own projects.

This will be a live meeting, so you’ll have the opportunity to ask Jeff questions about deploying video across multiple screens.

Speaker: Jeff Tapper

Tuesday, May 24 at noon Eastern / 9am Pacific

RSVP: http://fms.groups.adobe.com/index.cfm?event=post.display&postid=36146

The world watched the Royal Wedding thanks to Adobe Flash and blew out all previous online video records

english_20flag.jpgIn case you missed it – there was a major event last Friday in the UK. The UK’s royal family had a wedding, and the entire world was watching, literally.   

While Catherine and William were taking their nuptials people were tuning in via TV and online through multiple traditional and online broadcast outlets including, YouTube, ABC, PBS, BBC, Fox, AP, CNN, MSNBC, ET and E! just to name a few. This event has blown out previous online live streaming records previously set by the Obama Inauguration (2008), Michael Jackson Funeral (2009) and the FIFA World Cup (2010) . Much of the live video was streamed using Adobe Flash Media Server’s RTMP streaming technology through live streaming providers such as Akamai, UStream, YouTube Live and Yahoo. Sandvine reported a surge of 100% increase in RTMP traffic from normal levels (equating to 4% of the all internet traffic) and global video streaming traffic grew by 26% overall while traditional non-live Flash video streaming in comparison only grew marginally.

Yahoo reported record traffic with 50,000 requests per second (an increase of 21% from the Michael Jackson funeral) with 27 million video streams and 2.6 million live streams from Yahoo sites. UStream.com (responsible for PBS, CBS and ET) had 1.5M unique viewers, and Akamai delivered 2.9M streams (equating to 2X the volume from the FIFA World Cup last year).

The Wall Street Journal also reported on the significance of this event from an streaming media industry perspective.

We at Adobe are very excited to see the commitment by publishers and broadcasters to leverage our technologies including Flash Player and Flash Media Server to deliver a consistent video experience to millions of viewers. Adobe is committed to developing technology in runtimes and our server technologies to continue changing the way the world’s population experiences and publishes video.

I am personally blown away with these numbers where just 5 years ago the ability to access live video on the web was a cumbersome and difficult process, not just to publish, but also to playback. Together with key industry partners, technology vendors and publishing systems supporting Adobe Flash Platform, broadcasters have more options to deliver rich video experiences to the absolute widest possible audience.

Here are some more reasons why publishers continue to choose Flash to deliver their video content. Flash Player brings innovation to the online media industry, as we all know 99% of internet-connected desktops support Flash player, but what is most important to realize is that within weeks of updating Flash player, we have significant adoption – Flash Player 10.2 released earlier this year had over 50% penetration after just 6 weeks! By the end of this year Adobe Flash Player will be available on over 132 million smartphones and over 200 million tablets will be addressable by Adobe Air. And for devices that do not support Flash player, Adobe will be supporting delivery from a future version of Adobe Flash Media Server (see my previous post).

So… being Canadian as I am, with the Queen as our head of state, I feel the need to congratulate the new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and thank all of the broadcasters who did such a great and respectful job covering the event across all mediums.

Live Streaming now available on Amazon CloudFront – powered by Adobe Flash Media Server


I’m really excited about today’s announcement by Amazon to support live streaming through Amazon CloudFront CDN using Adobe HTTP Dynamic Streaming technology. This is an important announcement because it enables developers and media broadcasters with more control over their live video streaming origins and the variable costs associated with live streaming.   

This enables a live event broadcaster the ability to create a custom live streaming ingest points using Flash Media Server on Amazon Web Services backed by the power and reach of the Cloudfront CDN. Because this is powered with Amazon Web Services, live broadcasters have no contracts to sign and no commitment – simply launch an FMS AMI, follow the setup instructions and start streaming. When the event is over – turn off the FMS AMI Instances, and when you’re ready to go again, start them up – easy.

You can set up multiple FMS AMI instances to support failover and even have them in different regions. Use the free Adobe Flash Media Live Encoder to create high quality, multi-bitrate streams with failover support. Because the broadcaster controls the Flash Media Server instance, lots of interesting things can be done such as linear streaming from a VOD stream, metadata injection, dynamic Ad insertion or create unique live video experiences such as video switching.

Having such control over the origin has never been offered before and provides media publishers more opportunities to innovate on the live video experience. Because Flash Media Server 4 on Amazon is being used, you can choose your protocol or deliver to multiple protocols such as RTMP, P2P Multicast (from the FMS AMI directly) or HTTP Dynamic Streaming through CloudFront.

Read Jeff Barr’s Amazon Web Services Blog Post

Learn how to Get Started with the tutorial

Sneak Peek: Future Adobe technology for HTTP streaming across multiple devices

We began previewing new video streaming technology today at the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) Conference in Las Vegas. Built on the Adobe Flash Media Server these new capabilities are another demonstration against our vision of helping content publishers stream protected video to more mobile devices, including the Apple iPad 2, Samsung TVs, and the Motorola Xoom tablet and Atrix smartphone.

We are in the midst of another revolution in video delivery as we see video consumed on more devices than ever before. The complexity faced by broadcasters to reach these devices with a high quality of service and content protection can be overwhelming. Adobe is committed to developing technologies that simplify broadcast workflows to make it simpler to reach a fragmented lineup of devices.   

We introduced HTTP Dynamic Streaming (HDS) last year for the Adobe Flash Platform. HDS leverages the MPEG-4 fragment container format using H.264/AAC codecs. The file format (F4F) is used today by CDNs such as Akamai and is benefiting broadcasters with greater reach and quality of service. It enables us to continue optimizing and innovating the HTTP delivery format for the best possible user experience and additional monetization opportunities.

As we continue to evolve this technology we will be adding support for another format, HTTP Live Streaming (HLS). HLS is an MPEG2 transport stream (container) used by devices such as the Apple iPad 2. By adding support for HLS within the Flash Media Server, Adobe is reducing the publishing complexity for broadcasters who need to reach browsers supporting HLS through HTML5 (such as Safari) or devices where Adobe Flash is not installed. Where Flash is installed, Flash Media Server packages the stream using MPEG4-fragments (F4F) to deliver video over HTTP to Flash

We also began previewing the next version of Adobe Flash Media Live Encoder, which can capture a live broadcast stream and publish out to multiple devices including Android, Apple iOS and Samsung TVs. Using the Matrox M02 or Blackmagic capture devices, you can see the complete broadcast workflow at work. We are also previewing content protection to the Motorola Xoom tablet and the Samsung connected TV using Adobe Flash Access.

It’s a busy week at NAB and we hope you get by the booth where you can experience firsthand these exciting additions to our streaming capabilities:

  • Monday, April 11 at 12:00 noon
  • Tuesday, April 12 at 12:00 noon
  • Wednesday, April 13 at 5:00pm
  • Thursday, April 14 at 12:00 noon

You’ll also be able to dive into the just announced Creative Suite Production Premium CS5.5. For those not able to visit us at NAB, you can see the demo of live streaming to Apple iPad 2, Motorola Xoom and HTML 5 above.

Our vision to continue simplifying the publishing and protection workflow for multiple devices is well underway. We hope you agree and look forward to hearing what you think.

First Live 1-take live music video recording

This is really cool, TODAY at 4pm PST / 7pm EST, tune in at YouAreATourist.com to watch the first live, scripted, one-take music video shoot to be streamed in real time via the web! Take a few minutes out of your day on Tuesday to witness this precedent-setting live music and film event….

“You Are A Tourist” is the lead single from Death Cab for Cutie’s seventh studio album, Codes And Keys (out May 31st). Listen to the song here… YouAreATourist.com!

Acoustic Echo Cancellation in Adobe Flash – now in preview

Today we released Flash Player 10.3 Beta with some exciting new features including Acoustic Echo Cancelation. This has been a long requested feature to enable much richer experiences for voice and communication applications. Think about this feature as enabling true voice capabilities for collaborative applications such as multi-user games, voice over IP, video chat or even a help desk application.  

Developers can take advantage of acoustic echo cancellation, noise suppression, voice activity detection, and automatic compensation for various microphone input levels. End users will be able to experience higher quality audio facilitating smoother conversation flow, without using a headset.

Developers can leverage this feature in combination with Flash Media Server 4 with peer assisted networking to develop applications without the high infrastructure and bandwidth costs associated with multi-user applications that involve media. The feature can also be used with RTMP.

Also – this version of Flash Player now includes “Media Measurement” that integrate directly with Adobe Site Catalyst with API’s for developers to easily integrate video analytics over all the video delivery protocols including RTMFP, RTMP, Multicast and HTTP. This embedded functionality supports real time and aggregated reporting to understand how video content is distributed to what audience and how much of your video is played.

This is another exciting release that builds on video features released in Flash Player 10.2 just last month.

Give it a try today, click here to learn more!

Flash Player 10.2 – Bringing Beautiful Video to the Stage


Today we announced an update to the Adobe Flash Player runtime that includes support for full hardware accelerated video rendering, called “Stage Video“. Video encoded using H.264 codec will be able to take advantage of hardware acceleration including support for Microsoft Internet Explorer 9. Hardware acceleration makes video playback look better while using much less power which improves battery life, and playback performance that is up to 34 times more efficient.   

Hardware acceleration sets the stage for full 1080p HD video playback consistently on both MAC and Windows computers with about 1-15% CPU utilization. Developers can now start to optimize video experiences in Flash – if you are a DEVELOPER, you can see more information here to learn how to take advantage of this new functionality.

Today, companies including Vimeo, Brightcove, Epix and YouTube have started to enable support for hardware acceleration. If you want to see the difference, check out our showcase – after you have updated your Flash Player to version 10.2 – DOWNLOAD FLASH PLAYER 10.2

Experience the difference of Hardware Acceleration today

Adobe Flash Player 10.2 also adds advances in Full Screen video allowing you to watch a full screen video on 1 monitor, and multi-task on a secondary monitor.

For full details on the Flash Player 10.2, read the Flash Player team’s blog.