Archive for February, 2011

Case Studies : Streaming Media

Hi All,

During the last few months, I have found that the awareness regarding the Video Streaming and other delivery models and the functions and details of the Flash Player framework is very less amongst the  students (graduates and graduating) of technical colleges. No surprise if some of the IT professionals are also not much aware of the Flash Player and all of its uses, especially the Video delivery.

So I thought to do my bit, in making an effort to make available those resources and processes that help in knowing more about the things around us, better !

Streaming Media (Adobe)
Streaming Media (Adobe)

In this series, we would provide different case studies, which are to be taken one by one, and you are expected to understand and answer the questions for each of the case studies. While trying to work on each one of these, you may want to form into groups of three or four enthusiastic students and then approach with a co-ordinated effort. Document all your findings, observations, resources and importantly, your queries and pain points.

Hope this helps, some of you, at least.

Case Study : tv.adobe.com

  • What is/are the complete workflow(s) that is being implemented in the Case study ?
  • What is the underlying technology that is being used for video and audio delivery ?
  • What are the different components and their design that are used in the Portal given for Case Study ?
  • What alternatives can you know/think of ?
  • Is it a good way of doing ? Do you find any issues/vulnerabilities/concerns ?

Case Study : ustream.tv

  • What is/are the complete workflow(s) that is being implemented in the Case study ?
  • What is the underlying technology that is being used for video and audio delivery ?
  • What are the different components and their design that are used in the Portal given for Case Study ?
  • What alternatives can you know/think of ?
  • Is it a good way of doing ? Do you find any issues/vulnerabilities/concerns ?

Case Study : webcast.gov.in

  • What is/are the complete workflow(s) that is being implemented in the Case study ?
  • What is the underlying technology that is being used for video and audio delivery ?
  • What are the different components and their design that are used in the Portal given for Case Study ?
  • What alternatives can you know/think of ?
  • Is it a good way of doing ? Do you find any issues/vulnerabilities/concerns ?

Case Study : youtube.com (this is the most tough one as it has a mixture of many technologies, if I am not wrong)

  • What is/are the complete workflow(s) that is being implemented in the Case study ?
  • What is the underlying technology that is being used for video and audio delivery ?
  • What are the different components and their design that are used in the Portal given for Case Study ?
  • What alternatives can you know/think of ?
  • Is it a good way of doing ? Do you find any issues/vulnerabilities/concerns ?

Overall, at the end of your study, you should be able to have answers for the following :

  • What are the different streaming methods that you are aware of ¬†?
  • What does each streaming method does in principle ? (which is equivalent to asking, what is streaming ? )
  • Who are the different players (companies/solutions) that offer streaming technologies ?
  • What is a Flash Player and how does it Stream audio and video ! ?

Thank you !

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