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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SoundMixer.computeSpectrum() and RTMP Violations

Same issues as with BitmapData.draw() and RTMP… SecurityError: Error #2135: Security sandbox violation: SoundMixer.computeSpectrum: RTMP content cannot be accessed using this API. I hate to sound like a broken record… and I know there are probably some really good reasons for this- but there should be a way around this RTMP security restriction. Developers want to do all the great things with Flash Media Server as they are able to do with a simple transfer over HTTP. This includes byte-level access to our data streams! To cripple us in this way (however good-intentioned) is bad for Adobe, bad for developers,

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Flash Media Encoder is Nice! *mostly*

Just had a chance to test the Flash Media Encoder and was pretty impressed. We’ve been using Flash Media Server for our VOD materials but have gone to QuickTime for live events. The main problem with FMS with a live stream is that it will only broadcast using the Spark codec and not VP6. FME changes that by allowing a VP6-encoded stream to be bounced off of FMS and broadcast to client apps. We tested a stream from FME capturing both a live camera feed and a DVD source and sending them out to FMS for reception by client machines

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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!

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