Flash video n' related stuff

Urgent security update for Flash Media Server

Aug 11, 2011 Author: Lisa Larson-Kelley | Filed under: Announcements, Flash Media Server, Video News

Critical security update to FMS 4.0.2 and earlier

Adobe has identified a critical security issue with FMS requiring an immediate update. If you are running FMS 4.0.2 or earlier (which is pretty much all versions of FMS out there today) a bug in memory handling could be used by an attacker to trigger a denial of service.

Bottom line: update today. Refer to Adobe’s security bulletin for more information about the problem, and a link to download the updater.


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Confused by Flash Media Playback’s Set Up Page?

Jul 1, 2011 Author: Lisa Larson-Kelley | Filed under: Tutorials & Code, Uncategorized

Configuring Flash Media Playback’s general settings

This FREE video shows how to configure Flash Media Playback, Adobe’s free pre-built media player, by using the Flash Media Playback Setup page which generates the HTML “embed code” for you.

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Converting Your Video Using Adobe Media Encoder

Jul 1, 2011 Author: Lisa Larson-Kelley | Filed under: Tutorials & Code, Uncategorized

Converting a video using Adobe Media Encoder

Want to learn how to encode a raw video file using Adobe Media Encoder? This FREE video shows you how to confidently convert your videos into formats that will play in Flash and gives a good foundation for diving deeper into the encoding settings of Adobe Media Encoder.

If you’re new to Adobe Media Encoder, then you’ll love this free, powerful software that lets you quickly and easily prepare your videos for Flash playback.

Get Adobe Media Encoder :: Version 5.5.1
for Mac
for Win64

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Anatomy 101: Flash Video Players Exposed

Jul 1, 2011 Author: Lisa Larson-Kelley | Filed under: Tutorials & Code, Uncategorized

Understanding the anatomy of a video player in Flash

This FREE video will give you a solid foundation for building custom players for Flash and covers the differences between the Flash Player plug-in and a video player built for Flash; what FLVPlayback is and what it does for you; plus much more.

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Just Starting Out with Web Video?

Jul 1, 2011 Author: Lisa Larson-Kelley | Filed under: Tutorials & Code, Uncategorized

Want to build a Flash video player and publish video online, WITHOUT the use of custom ActionScript code but not sure where to begin?

This tutorial is a great place to start:
Publishing Video with the Flash Platform

The course explains video publishing process in distinct projects of increasing complexity. Each project results in a fully-functional video player, embedded into an HTML page and ready to publish online.

Topics include:

  • Converting a video for Flash playback
  • Using the Adobe Media Encoder
  • Adding custom metadata to a video
  • Building a custom player with the FLVPlayback component
  • Embedding video in a web page
  • Adding navigation cue points
  • Publishing with Flash Media and Strobe Media Playback
  • Uploading files to a web server

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CS5.5 announced!

Apr 11, 2011 Author: Lisa Larson-Kelley | Filed under: Announcements, Industry News, Video News

UPDATE 5/2011: CS5.5 now shipping! For more information visit http://www.adobe.com/products/creativesuite.html

Adobe announced Creative Suite 5.5 this morning (usually they ship within about a month after breaking the news). There will be lots of enhancements in this release for those of us who need to design and deploy for mobile devices. They’ve also added two new products to the suites: Acrobat and Audition. (Audition will be replacing Soundbooth as Adobe’s professional audio editing tool.) Performance has been improved for video production and encoding, with new releases of Premiere and the Adobe Media Encoder.

To get up to speed quickly, check out these videos on Adobe.tv:

Improved 64-bit Adobe Media Encoder CS5.5

Integrated audio-for-video workflow

Overview of what’s new in Adobe Audition CS5.5

What’s new in Flash Builder 4.5

Introducing Adobe Flex 4.5 SDK

What’s new in Dreamweaver CS5.5

Mobile development using Adobe Flex 4.5 SDK and Flash Builder 4.5

Introducing Flash Builder 4.5 for PHP

Coding productivity enhancements in Flash Builder 4.5

Introducing Flash Catalyst CS5.5

Understanding the new workflows in Flash Builder 4.5 and Flash Catalyst CS5.5

Definitely some compelling reasons for those of us running CS5 to upgrade, and even more reason for CS3 or CS4 users to get up to speed — especially if you need to deploy to devices (and who doesn’t)?

I wrote a book a few years ago (yikes, time flies!) called Flash Video for Professionals. While still relevant, the landscape of Flash video, and online video publishing in general, is evolving. So I’ve decided to publish a “living book” one that is always current and is influenced by what you, the reader, need to know NOW.

So, if you are just getting started publishing video online, just getting started with Flash, or you’re an old hand at it and just want to keep up with the latest video features, I want to pick your brain.

I want this e-book to be the most useful and comprehensive resource on the planet for publishing video in Flash. To do that, I have to be sure it answers all of YOUR questions. So tell me what they are! Complete this quick 9-question survey:


It’s a short survey, but there is some room for your comments if you have specific recurring stumbling blocks that you want me to cover. But, sorry, I can’t help with those issues with your mother. 🙂

Thanks for your input,
// Lisa

FlashBelt 2010, another incredible success!

Jun 18, 2010 Author: Lisa Larson-Kelley | Filed under: Industry News, Tutorials & Code

Maybe its because I’m from the midwest, or maybe its Dave’s hospitality, but I always feel like I’m coming home when I get to Minneapolis. With an amazing lineup of speakers (in which I was honored to be included) and a friendly, laid-back crowd of talented developers and designers, this year’s FlashBelt was a great experience.

Although my session, “Demystifying Flash Video Delivery,” was up against rockstars Hugh Elliott and Ralph Hauwert, I had a great turn out. Thanks to everyone who attended, and stayed awake for, my preso. 🙂

If you missed the session, or missed any details, you can grab the presentation here in PDF format:


I also promised that a whitepaper on HTTP Dynamic Streaming that I’m working on will be published by Adobe “any day now.” That is still true… watch my blog for an update and a link to the free doc when it’s published.

On Wednesday, June 9 at 11am PST/2pm EST I’ll be presenting an online Connect session to introduce Open Source Media Framework 1.0.


I’ll introduce the fundamentals of Open Source Media Framework (OSMF), give you a head start with some basic code examples, and also show you some quick and easy no-code options for building players on the framework. This session is for beginner to intermediate programmers and web developers who want to gain a better understanding of OSMF, and how it can simplify media player development.

And just for attending, you could win a copy of CS5!

So go register now, and I’ll see you there…

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Getting Started with FMS: Adobe Groups

Apr 19, 2010 Author: Lisa Larson-Kelley | Filed under: Announcements, Flash Media Server, Video Podcasts

6/18/2010 UPDATE: Session recording will be available shortly (I’ll update this post when I have the link). Sample code and assets available now: http://www.flashconnections.com/osmf/OSMF_Launch_Code.zip

I’m presenting an FMS Crash Course tomorrow, online via Connect on Adobe Groups:

Getting Started with FMS . Adobe Groups.

Over 75% of web video today is delivered on the Flash Platform. Flash Media Server (FMS) is Adobe’s streaming server that is powering this content delivery. The latest version of FMS provides robust, scalable live and on-demand streaming, along with powerful features such as real-time interaction, Dynamic Streaming, DVR functionality, smart buffering and more.

Attendees of this presentation will gain a deeper understanding of how the server works, what it can do, and how to deploy streaming media applications that leverage its features. We’ll look at where files go and why, what you can do with server-side ActionScript and what it looks like, and even see how easy it is to create a custom 2-person videoconference. We’ll also look at the pros and cons of various hosting solutions.

You’ll walk away with an understanding of streaming on the Flash Platform, along with an overview of what is possible with FMS — and how to achieve it.

Times by Zone:
9:00am Pacific
10:00am Mountain
11:00am Central
12:00pm Eastern

See you there!

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