2011 has already been an exciting year in the world of online video. Fabio’s battle with the Old Spice Guy, the realization of TV Everywhere, user-generated videos and the Arab Spring (not to equate the importance of any of these!) – these all testify to online video’s ability to resurrect careers, entertain, and literally change the world.
As online video evolves, the technology that supports publishing video must follow. With that objective in mind, I am very proud to announce the release of OSMF and Strobe Media Playback 1.6. Over the past several months, you have provided us with valuable feedback, and that became the foundation for this release.
Mobile: Video usage on smartphones and tablets continues to grow rapidly. Just today, Knowledge Networks published that video viewing on mobile devices among 13 to 54 year olds has doubled over the last year. As part of the 1.6 release, we have included new features that will help you bring your content to mobile devices.
- OSMF: Stage Video support for hardware-accelerated video presentation (requires Flash Player 10.2+)
- Strobe Media Playback: Smartphone and tablet optimized chrome for Flash-enabled devices
- Strobe Media Playback: HTML5 video player for non-Flash devices
Enhanced Viewer Experience: One of OSMF’s core objectives has always been to enable you to create engaging experiences for your viewers. Towards that end, we have released the following features.
- OSMF: DVR rolling window support, which allows you specify how far back from the live point viewers can rewind (requires the newly released FMS 4.5)
- OSMF: Late-binding audio for providing viewers with multiple audio track options, e.g. additional languages, director’s commentary, and “home” v. “away” coverage
Core Framework: Beyond new functionality, we continue to improve the existing core framework. In OSMF 1.6, we have made improvements to HTTP Dynamic Streaming as well as the ability to better manage bitrate profiles with multi-level manifests.
Documentation: We have made the first major step in improving our documentation with the launch of a completely revamped wiki for OSMF and Strobe Media Playback. We hope this will make finding information and resources on specific topics easier, and I encourage you to bookmark it for future reference.
We look forward to hearing your feedback on this latest release. As always, you can reach me at ckwon at adobe dot com. The developer forums are also great venues for discussion, and the team regularly monitors these as well.
Thanks for your continued support!
Cathi, OSMF Product Manager