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Virus warning: Fake Flash Player

Jan 15, 2009 Author: Lisa Larson-Kelley | Filed under: Announcements

A fake Flash Player upgrade is being used to cloak a nasty piece of malware.

Be on the lookout for email that looks like a news item linking you to a video. The page then prompts you to download an ‘updated’ version of the Flash Player.


Information here: http://www.snopes.com/computer/virus/obamaspeech.asp

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  • Flash Media Server 3.5 and FMLE 3 have arrived!

    Jan 13, 2009 Author: Lisa Larson-Kelley | Filed under: Announcements, Flash Media Server

    Yes, the day is finally here! Flash Media Server 3 and Flash Media Live Encoder 3.0 have been officially released.

    Download Flash Media Server 3.5 (free developer version)

    Download Flash Media Live Encoder 3.0 (FREE)

    Flash Media Server 3.5 offers some powerful new features such as improved H.264 performance, “DVR” functionality, Dynamic Streaming, and HTTP delivery (Apache server built in). For more info, visit http://www.adobe.com/go/fms.

    The licensing costs have stayed the same, at $4,500 for Flash Media Interactive Server and $999 for Flash Media Streaming Server. The Developer edition is still free, and allows 10 simultaneous connections (can be used for commercial deployments).

    Flash Media Live Encoder has also been upgraded, with support for multiple bitrate encoding (to take advantage of Dynamic Streaming in FMS 3.5), an updated user interface, enhanced auto-adjust capabilities to accommodate fluctuation in your connection when encoding, and improved file and stream management including file “chunking”.

    Big day for Flash media — happy downloading!

    Announcing: Leela Grace Kelley!

    Dec 4, 2008 Author: Lisa Larson-Kelley | Filed under: Announcements, Inspiration

    You may have noticed I’ve been pretty scarce for the past few weeks; as you may have guessed, Leela Grace has finally arrived. I went into labor on Wednesday, November 12th (good thing I decided not to attend FlashCodersNY that night!) and gave birth to “little” 8lb. 3oz. Leela at 4:33am. Everyone’s healthy (though sleep-deprived) and I plan to return to “active duty” early in 2009. I’ll try to keep up with comments and questions, but if it takes me a bit longer to reply, you’ll know why!

    p.s. Yes, that is an Adobe t-shirt… finally found a use for all those Xtra large shirts, hehe.

    Google getting their video on

    Nov 12, 2008 Author: Lisa Larson-Kelley | Filed under: Announcements, Video News

    Google has made a couple of big announcements in the past few days, all relating to new video features.

    Gmail Video Chat
    Today they announced that Gmail will now support a free, cross-platform “standards-based” voice and video chat. You need to install a custom plug-in, and the feature only works with Gmail in your browser.

    The most interesting part to me is their use of H.264 encoding. We’ve been trying to get Flash to support that (or at least VP6) for some time now, but Adobe’s been reluctant to increase the size of the Flash Player to accommodate it.

    More info: http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/2008/11/say-hello-to-gmail-voice-and-video-chat.html

    YouTube Live
    They are also working on live streaming on YouTube (possibly using a related plug-in?) This looks like it’ll be a service that competes with sites such as Justin.TV, Stickam, etc. The official launch is set for Nov. 22, so stay tuned for more info!
    Post on AlleyInsider: http://www.alleyinsider.com/2008/11/youtube-plans-to-launch-live-streaming-november-22

    It’s official: Flash on the Beach 2009: Miami!

    Oct 27, 2008 Author: Lisa Larson-Kelley | Filed under: Announcements

    The big news out of FOTB Brighton: they’re headed over the pond in 2009 to the warm and sunny beaches of Miami!

    And I’ve had the honor of being asked to speak… It should be my big re-entry into the world after having this baby (any day now, they say….) so I’m really looking forward to it. John Davey knows how to put on a great conference, and I’m certain the US version will be no exception!

    Check out the site, get in on the early-early-early bird ticket pricing when they go on sale in November. I’ll keep you posted about any details as the date gets closer. In the meantime, save the date: April 6-8, 2009.

    Calling all FMS devs: get in on FMS beta!

    Oct 15, 2008 Author: Lisa Larson-Kelley | Filed under: Announcements, Flash Media Server

    Kevin Towes announced yesterday that he’s opened up the beta for the next version of Flash Media Server, looking for some good torture-testing feedback.

    This is a great chance to see what’s next for FMS, get a jump on the next version, and let your voice be heard.

    Details and application form link on Kevin’s blog:

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  • Steve Wolkoff – Gone too soon.

    Jun 24, 2008 Author: Lisa Larson-Kelley | Filed under: Announcements

    Steve Wolkoff, formerly of Adobe’s Flash Media Server team, was involved in a tragic accident this past weekend. A drunk driver took his life, and critically injured his girlfriend, Cindy.

    He leaves behind a legacy not only in the lives he touched with his open heart and good nature, but also in Flash Media Server, the project he fostered while at Adobe.

    Steve’s memorial page on Freewheel: http://www.freewheel.tv/

    Memorial page on Doubleclick: http://doubleclickalumni.org/2008/06/22/sadness-yet-again.aspx

    News coverage of the accident: http://www.insidebayarea.com/sanmateocountytimes/localnews/ci_9661670

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  • Flash 411 airs on Adobe TV!

    Jun 19, 2008 Author: Lisa Larson-Kelley | Filed under: Announcements, Video Podcasts

    I’ve been working with Adobe on a series of video podcasts about working with video in Flash — the first episode, “Video in Flash: Crash Course,” has just posted. There are lots of other useful and interesting ‘shows’ there as well, so be sure to stop by AdobeTV to check them out.

    In the meantime, here’s Flash 411, for your viewing pleasure!

    Coming back to life…

    May 16, 2008 Author: Lisa Larson-Kelley | Filed under: Announcements

    As you may have noticed, I’ve been a bit scarce lately. I haven’t posted in awhile, I have yet to discuss yesterday’s big announcement about Flash Player 10, and I actually missed Flash in the Can! “What the heck happened to Lisa?!” you might be asking…

    Well, I didn’t run off to Aruba… I’m expecting, and the little one has been very, very demanding already! I’m finally able to eat again, and have been able to leave my apartment for more than 10 minutes at a time, so I will be rejoining the living now. Expect more posts and updates from me, and responses to the backlog of comments and questions I’ve received. Promise. And I WILL be presenting at FlashBelt in Minneapolis in June!

    Baby Kelley!

    FitC Toronto 2008 is coming up…

    Mar 11, 2008 Author: Lisa Larson-Kelley | Filed under: Announcements

    … and you don’t want to miss it! I’m presenting a new session “Flash Video Voodoo“:

    For everyone who’s ever struggled to create a full-featured video player, or to just get a darn video to play back in Flash, this session is for you. Lisa will share her collection of tips, tricks, secrets, and little-known facts about working with video in Flash; hopefully making your life a little easier — and your video projects a bit flashier!

    Flash in the Can is always a vibrant, information-packed conference, and this year promises to be better than ever. (It’s also reasonably priced, which is a plus!) Here are the details… hope to see you there!

    5/5/08 UPDATE
    My apologies to those who were looking forward to my talk at Flash in the Can. For those of you who attended, you know I couldn’t make it this year. For more details, see the next post…


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