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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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  • Big win for FMS: NFL Sunday Night Football

    Sep 5, 2008 Author: Lisa Larson-Kelley | Filed under: Flash Media Server, Industry News

    Adobe announced yesterday that NFL has chosen Flash as their platform of choice to broadcast Sunday Night games. Dubbed Sunday Night Football Extra, they’ve developed a “rich, interactive environment that will include interactive extras such as alternative camera angles, picture-in-picture technology, in-game highlights, live statistics, and interactivity.” And, unlike the Olympics, will feature audio commentary, and even interaction with the announcers via a “live blog”. (Not sure if they mean live chat, here… which would be more compelling.)

    For more info, see the official press release.

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  • FMS3 Sample Applications

    Feb 13, 2008 Author: Lisa Larson-Kelley | Filed under: Flash Media Server, Tutorials & Code

    Brian Chau has graciously offered up some sample apps to get you started with FMS3 (they are exercises for his upcoming class). These come set up to run on FMS3 running locally (the free Developer edition would work for this).

    He’s got some interesting apps in there, that take you a step further than the sample apps that come bundled with FMS3:

    • VOD/LIVE player (with playlist) – AS3 SWF, and an AIR app
    • Video Recorder
    • Multi-user Game
    • Flash Lite 3 video player

    Thanks, Brian!

    FMS on Lynda.com!

    Feb 11, 2008 Author: Lisa Larson-Kelley | Filed under: Announcements, Flash Media Server, Tutorials & Code

    Last fall I presented “Fun with Flash Media Server” at Flash Forward Boston. For those of you who weren’t able to make it to beantown, Lynda recorded the session and has added it to the Lynda.com library! If you’re not already a member, it’s just $25/mo. for unlimited online tutorials (on a wide range of subjects, not just Flash). If you are a member, here’s the direct link to my talk:



    FMS “Uncensored”

    Jan 31, 2008 Author: Lisa Larson-Kelley | Filed under: Flash Media Server, Resources

    Last night I gave a talk about the new FMS3 to my friends at FlashCodersNY. (“uncensored” refers to the fact that last time I talked about FMS3, a few weeks ago, I couldn’t talk about most of the details!) I basically outlined the new features, what I thought about them, and how they might be helpful/valuable. I included a bunch of info from the upcoming whitepaper I wrote for Adobe, which should be publishing to the Developer Center shortly. (Will let you all know when it does!) In the meantime, here is the preso for reference.

    I exported this to a SWF from Keynote, so you’ll have to click to move forward through the slides, and there’s no back button (grr). But anyway, here it is. 🙂

    Flash Media Server 3 Released!

    Jan 25, 2008 Author: Lisa Larson-Kelley | Filed under: Announcements, Flash Media Server, Industry News

    Today’s the day… FMS3 is here! In response to market pressures and lots of feedback from the developer community, Adobe has broken FMS3 up into three different editions:

    Flash Media Interactive Server (FMIS) – $4500
    Featuring full functionality of FMS, with customizable server-side code, Origin-Edge configurations, access control APIs, redirection support, server-side video recording, distributed core processing, and more. FMIS is ideal for large-scale deployment, developing custom video and communication applications, or enhancing your live or on-demand streaming apps with interactive functionality. It features everything we are used to in FMS2, and more.

    Flash Media Streaming Server (FMSS) – $999
    FMSS is the most economical if you just want to stream and protect your video. It comes pre-configured with live and ondemand applications, or ‘services’ as they are now being called. These are non-customizable FMS applications that allow you to stream content, right out of the box. Everything you need to stream video is included, such as H.264 support, high performance, enhanced seeking, encrypted streaming, multiple bitrate, and advanced tracking and reporting.

    Flash Media Development Server (FMDS) – FREE
    Available for free, this edition allows you full server functionality for developing advanced streaming or social applications. (There is a capacity limit of 10 simultaneous inbound connections.) FMDS can even be used to leverage the new multi-point publish feature which allows you to create a live publishing point, inject metadata into the stream, then push the video up to a content delivery network! Did I mention it’s free?

    All three editions of FMS3 feature a wealth of new features such as:

    • New real-time encrypted communication channel (RTMPE Protocol)
    • Enhancements in content caching
    • Connection throttling
    • Stream data access (allows you to take snapshots from a stream)
    • Authorization plug-in API for stream security
    • Better quality of service for live streaming with data keyframes
    • Better DRM framework of encryption and access control
    • New File adapter API, allowing for remote content caching
    • New support for mobile streaming to Flash Lite 3
    • New AMF3 support to send complex data to clients
    • New IPv6 support
    • Complete support for legacy FMS2 applications
    • Easier to deploy, with new services, improved documentation, and pre-configuration
    • Significantly optimized server performance

    And best of all —

      So go download your FMDS (as soon as everyone else is done…) and try out the new features for yourself. I’d love to have your comments here about the new editions, and how they are working out for you.

    Digital Media Festival Sydney a success!

    Nov 15, 2007 Author: Lisa Larson-Kelley | Filed under: Flash Media Server, Resources, Tutorials & Code

    I just had the pleasure of presenting at the Digital Media Festival, an annual festival geared toward animators, digital effects artists, and video professionals. There was a great turnout on the exhibition floor, often with standing-room only attendance for the numerous free sessions at the Adobe booth. The masterclass sessions were also well-attended; I presented full-hour sessions on Flash Media Server, Flash video basics, and a session on Flash video: beyond the basics which explored the possibilities of alpha channel compositing, metadata and cuepoints among other features.

    It was truly a pleasure to be working with Adobe to present intro sessions at their booth, as well as being a part of this diverse conference. As promised, I’ve uploaded copies of my presentations for reference, as well as all of the source code for examples shown.


    Thanks to everyone; I hope you found the sessions inspirational as well as informative!

    Now, I’m finally off to my honeymoon for a couple of glorious weeks “down under.” Have fun, and keep Flashing!

    cheers // Lisa

    Flash on the Beach 2008 is a wrap!

    Nov 9, 2007 Author: Lisa Larson-Kelley | Filed under: Flash Media Server, Resources, Tutorials & Code

    What can I say about FOTB08… John Davey knows how to put on a conference. It was a solid 4 days of workshops, sessions, networking, commiserating, and drinking of pints. Lots and lots of pints.

    The speaker lineup was stellar. It was truly an honor to be a part of it this year. So when I say DON’T EVEN THINK about missing it next year, I mean it! It’s planned for late September, so watch http://www.flashonthebeach.com for official info soon.

    Thanks to everyone who attended my session, Fun with Flash Media Server. And oh boy was it fun… especially when we all lost the internet connection when it was time to demo my app. Ah well, gotta live life on the edge, right?! So to help make up for that, I’ve left the demo app running for you to play with; just please be kind to my server. 🙂

    You can also download the source files for the application. Just remember to change the NetConnection URI to your own FMS server. (If you don’t want to set up your own version of FMS, the code is also compatible with other streaming servers such as RED5 or Wowza; or you could sign up for a dev account with Influxis). The presentation itself is available for reference as well, as promised.
    See you next year (or sooner, if you happen to be in Sydney… that’s where I’m headed next. Will be arriving there this Sunday for the Digital Media Festival)!


    // Lisa

    Flash Forward Boston: Fun with FMS!

    Sep 23, 2007 Author: Lisa Larson-Kelley | Filed under: Flash Media Server, Tutorials & Code

    Whew. Just getting back from Boston and taking a breath. Wow, what a whirlwind conference!

    This year’s FF was sold out, with a fantastic line-up of speakers and informative and entertaining sessions. I was honored to be a part of it, with my session, “Fun with Flash Media Server.”

    As promised, here are the source files for you to play around with.

    [ Fun with FMS : Source ]

    Note that the connection string will have to point to your own server running the free FMS developer edition (running on your local machine), or using a third-party FMS hosting service such as Influxis. (As an helpful alternative for Mac users, you could run RED5 locally and connect to a default application file you name funwithfms, to test.)

    Please post any comments or questions, and I’ll keep an eye on this space. Now go have some fun with FMS! 😀

    Chris Hock on the Future of Live Video

    Aug 31, 2007 Author: Lisa Larson-Kelley | Filed under: Flash Media Server, Industry News, Video News

    Chris Hock of AdobeBeet.tv’s Andy Plesser recently interviewed Chris Hock of Adobe about the momentum building around live video on the web. With the free tool Adobe Flash Media Encoder, alongside the Flash Media Server, more and more opportunities are opening up to easily deploy live video using Flash. From this interview, it seems that live streaming is a real focus for Adobe, so expect more developments in this area in the future.

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