Presenting at the VRA Conference

I’ll be presenting my work with Flash Media Server and the DUVAGAII project as part of a panel on March 29th at the Visual Resources Association‘s 25th Anniversary conference. It should be a fairly interesting panel and I will be demonstrating some of the video tools I’ve authored allowing instructors to produce short clips of longer film materials online, at their leisure, for presentation in the classroom and on the web. For anyone interested in using the Flash Platform, Coldfusion, and Flash Media Server for dynamic video delivery, this should be a panel worth attending! A Burgeoning Beyond Restraint: Delivering

Continue reading »

Flash Media Encoder Released

Just picked up the news from Flashcomguru that the Adobe Flash Media Encoder has been released. I’d previously tested the beta version off of Adobe Labs and was very pleased with the results. We had looked into the streaming of live events through Flash Media Server previously, but due to the limitations of the Spark codec had dismissed FMS (for live events) in favor of MPEG4. This is huge!

Continue reading »

Flash Player Security Sandbox is Smothering Me…

I’m currently building a standalone app in Flash/AS2 translated to an execuatable via Screenweaver. What has really been a downer are the incredible restictions placed upon BitmapData.draw(), which is used heavily throughgout the application. The really terrible thing is that we own all of the domains the loaded images and video are originating from, but since a standalone app is not necessarily part of any domain, I cannot use the draw() method on any of the digital objects being loaded into this app. I understand that there is a way around this in ActionScript 3.0 using “LoaderContext.checkPolicyFile”, but we need

Continue reading »

Multiple Application Directories (Flash Media Server)

It’s a dead simple task to set up multiple application directories in Flash Media Server 2. I’ve been trying to figure out exactly how to do this for a while now (on and off) and the simplicity of it is astounding. I was under the false impression that this would require configuring a number of vhosts on the server- each pointing to a separate directory or partition housing many apps. This is thankfully not the case. All that needs to be done is to change the VHOST.APPSDIR entry in ‘fms.ini’ to a semicolon-separated list of directories/partitions/whatever. That is it. I’ve

Continue reading »

First Public Flex Module

I’ve placed my first public Flex module into my portfolio as a feedreader for this website. It’s a very simple module using no ActionScript to speak of and components are being styled directly from within their properties. It’s a good first step with Flex and something that is useful for me, so I view it as a success. The next step for my learning experience will probably be the integration of ActionScript within an app and either styling the components globally, or re-skinning them alltogether. Coming from the Flash/ActionScript side of things, it’s been difficult getting a grasp on Flex

Continue reading »

Zoomify in Photoshop CS3

Doing some quick research at the request of a client and learned that a Zoomify export is actually built into Photoshop CS3 beta! I’ve been using the beta since it’s release yet had never noticed this option till now. While not something I would likely be using- I can imagine this feature would be huge for some organizations looking for a simple way to incorporate a hi-res image zoom tool into their websites without consulting a Flash developer.

Continue reading »

ActionScript 3.0 and the Flex SDK

In my free time (right!) over the past few months, I’ve been working on some basic ActionScript 3.0 projects to familiarize myself with the new version. I’ve been using FlashDevelop linked into the Flex SDK to write and compile my code. While I have no gripes with Flex Builder 2, I find it amazing that anyone can just download the Flex SDK for free and start producing Flash with pure ActionScript. I’ve lately been very focused on keeping my code clean and self-contained. With AS2, I’ve always needed to tie everything to an FLA in the Flash IDE, even if

Continue reading »