Flash is King

There is really no denying it at this point for anyone who was seriously contending. Flash has the crown and is in no way giving it up. After seeing what Alchemy can do at the keynote today, P2P multicast video, Durango, and Server-Side ActionScript (!) during Sneaks this evening… Good God… what an awesome time to be a Flash Platform developer. I’ve seen more than enough in the past two days to validate all that I am doing, professionally. I neglect to even mention Flash Catalyst or Gumbo in all this- that’s just ‘normal’ stuff compared to what is coming

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Adobe Not to Blame for Amazon Exploit

I had heard about a security concern over Amazon’s video streaming service a few days ago with a lot of people (including some at Amazon) blaming Adobe for the security hole.  Apparently, there is an exploit in their (Amazons) player that allows stream-ripping a full video. I’ve read the documentation on FMS3 security features and have used quite a few myself.  Knowing these features, I could not understand how the Flash Player security model could be at fault- it seemed much more likely that the developers simply didn’t cover all their bases. Whenever I read something like this, I am

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Client.videoSampleAccess False-Negative

In past versions of FMS, developers were barred from accessing raw audio and video data over RTMP and had to resort to a number of hacks and proxies to get around the restriction.  As time went by and new versions of the Flash Player were released, a lot of these loopholes were blocked as well. With FMS3, there is Client.videoSampleAccess: a property of the Flash Media Server 3 that allows direct access to raw stream data for video use (“audioSampleAccess” for audio).  This can be used for things like producing visual audio spectrums or grabbing a still from a video

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Flash Media Interactive Server 3

We’ve been running Flash Media Interactive Server 3 for over two weeks now on one of our media servers and I couldn’t be happier with the results. I was going to put off the upgrade from FMS2 for a few months while testing and waiting on a point release, but after having so many issues with FMS2 and with the security patch released last week, decided to just push ahead. I’d recommend anyone having weird issues with FMS2 to upgrade as soon as you possibly can. It only takes about 15 minutes and will preserve all your current applications. I

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Flash Media Server 3 Announced

I really, really hope that one of the improvements is a better security model when it comes to RTMP security restriction when accessing byte-level data… PLEASE, Adobe… Allow developers to access RTMP streams via BitmapData.draw() and SoundMixer.computeSpectrum()… please! Features important to my projects include: Improved performance H.264 and AAC streaming support New security features Improved live video support Tracking Read more at the FAQ: http://www.adobe.com/aboutadobe/pressroom/pdfs/FMS3FAQ.pdf

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Red5: Nice Alternative to Flash Media Server

I’ve put off experimenting with Red5 until today as I’m quite happy with Adobe’s solution (Flash Media Server) and Red5 is still deep in beta-land at the time of this writing. I was able to install the server on Windows Vista and had a custom FLV stream piggybacked in a preconfigured sample application directory running in about 40 minutes. The structure is not entirely different from FMS, but is drastic enough to cause me a bit of confusion. For example, with FMS applications, you have an application directory within which are normally a “main.asc” file to configure the app, and

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Juggling RTMP Stream Data Via Proxy

I’m working on a way to proxy stream data from Flash Media Server to client applications on separate domains. There should be a simple mechanism in place to take care of such security restrictions, but since there is not, my plan is to create a proxy SWF that lives on the same domain as FMS and deals with the collection of BitmapData and ByteArray object data which is then able to be accessed by the parent SWF. Not sure if this will work or if the security sandbox prevents access to RTMP data unconditionally. I know this method has been

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