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Thanks to FCNY’er for YouTube AS3 Wrapper

Nov 12, 2008 Author: Lisa Larson-Kelley | Filed under: Tutorials & Code

YouTube’s Flash API are written in AS2, so if you have an AS3 project and want to use their players, it can get pretty tricky.

Matthew Richmond of The Chopping Block (and fellow FlashCodersNY member) has generously created and shared his ActionScript 3 wrapper for the YouTube chromeless player.

Matt has taken the time to not only give us an AS3 wrapper, but to write a comprehensive tutorial as well. Check it out:


Thanks, Matt!

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  • Flash 411 #4: Video Encoding Basics

    Oct 25, 2008 Author: Lisa Larson-Kelley | Filed under: Tutorials & Code, Video Podcasts

    This will likely be my last Flash411 episode for awhile, and it’s pretty meaty. I talk about the basic principles of encoding and show off the new video encoder that ships with Flash CS4 in this episode, which just posted this week:

    [ For a full-size version, visit Adobe.TV ]

    And if you’d like to download the encoded samples, you can find them here:

    Flash 411 #3: Video Players for the Flash Phobic

    Oct 25, 2008 Author: Lisa Larson-Kelley | Filed under: Tutorials & Code, Video Podcasts

    I’ve squeezed in a couple of more episodes of Flash 411 (the baby’s coming soon!)… Here’s episode 3, which posted last week:

    [ For a full-size version, visit Adobe.TV ]

    And if you’d like to download the examples, you can find them here:

    Nuts-and-bolts HD Video Tutorial

    Sep 12, 2008 Author: Lisa Larson-Kelley | Filed under: Tutorials & Code, Video Podcasts

    The illustrious and always-illuminating Tom Green has a great little video tutorial about getting Flash HD video onto your site, on LayersMagazine.com. Check it out:

    HD Video in Flash Professional CS3

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  • Flash 411: Hookin’ up with FMS on AdobeTV

    Aug 11, 2008 Author: Lisa Larson-Kelley | Filed under: Tutorials & Code, Video Podcasts

    Flash 411 Episode 2 Hookin up with FMSThe long-in-coming second episode of Flash411 has just aired on AdobeTV. I talk about what FMS is, how to get started, show you how you can broadcast live with Flash Media Live Encoder (in *about* a minute!) and walk you through a basic 2-way videoconference application.

    Here are the source files for the show, so you can follow along with the example:

    –> flash411_ep2_examples.zip <–

    Enjoy! 🙂

    [10/9/08**NOTE: AdobeTV keeps moving videos around (grrrrr), so if the link above does not work, try a search for “Flash 411” or Larson or FMS to find the show.]

    FlashBelt 2008: “Videophobes” session resources

    Jun 11, 2008 Author: Lisa Larson-Kelley | Filed under: Resources, Tutorials & Code

    Thanks to everyone who attended my session today, “Custom Video Players for Videophobes”. As promised, here are the slides, source files, and links.

    –> Presentation [PDF] <-- --> Source files [ZIP] <-- The pre-built video players I mentioned are:

    Be sure to check out the Adobe Developer Connection for additional tutorials and tools for Flash Video.

    If you missed this year’s Flashbelt, be sure to mark your calendar for next year! This is truly the conference not to be missed… great networking, fantastic speakers, laid-back vibe. Dave, you’ve done it again! Midwest is the best 🙂

    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:



    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


    Adobe Community Professional Author, speaker, developer, geek, mom.

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