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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CamStudio 2.5 “Beta” Released

CamStudio 2.5 is a screen recording application I’ve been using to author screencasts for the online courses I teach. These types of tutorials are really useful when teaching new users how to go about building things in Flash. It includes the option to output in FLV as well- so that is just perfect. I kind of missed the release of this by a week or two. For some time, the website wasn’t updated and I had thought the project abandoned. Glad I was wrong- apparently this is considered a beta because 2.6 is on the horizon. Strange reasoning for a

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New Short: “Window View”

I’ve completed a new short film called “Window View” which can be viewed at The Memoryspiral. [IMAGE MISSING] “A scene from within a house- looking out at events in the backyard.” I’m very happy with both the concept and the final realization. There were some technical considerations I was able to get around with the tools in Premiere CS2… specifically using a garbage mask to remove props I left in frame on one shot- oooops! Haven’t had a look at the new version yet, but do want to give it a try after the full trial is released to see

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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 CS3: New Video Export Features = NICE!

While the new, robust import of Photoshop and Illustrator files in Flash CS3 seem to be getting a lot of attention, often overlooked are the great improvements to the export of video from Flash. Older versions of the Flash IDE allowed export to Quicktime, but nested symbols could render strangely and most importantly, no ActionScript-generated animation would render out at all. I recently had the opportunity to create a compilation DVD of all my short films over the past decade or so and these did include some lengthy animations. I had a very difficult time transferring the animation to video

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New Version of CamStudio on the Horizon

It was reported a few days ago that we will finally see a new version of CamStudio screen recording software! This is great news as the program has not be updated in a few years now. I’ve tried to run version 2.0 on Windows Vista and it unfortunately will not record anything but some chunky multi-colored fuzz. If 2.5 remedies this- that will be wonderful. As for any other new features, we will have to wait for an official announcement. Very exciting news.

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CamStudio: Premiere/After Effects Solution

CamStudio 2.0 is a free screen capture tool that can be used in the creation of tutorials, demos, and such. You can configure it to either output a SWF or AVI file. I prefer AVI because it enables me to edit, add title screens, and do general production tasks before outputting to FLV for delivery. CamStudio gives the user quite a bit of flexibility in choosing the codec used to compress the video. One such codec is the “CamStudio Lossless Codec v1.0” which does a fine job of maintaining high frame rates, while preserving small details and even rendering gradient

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