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Adobe launches Flash Media Server 4.5, complete with iOS video solution

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 10 Sep 2011 3:43 User comments (3)

Adobe launches Flash Media Server 4.5, complete with iOS video solution Flash Media Server 4.5 will set the stage to expand online content libraries and give audiences more choice and access to the content they want, Adobe says.
RTMP delivery through Flash Media Server has supported the largest live events in the world such as Obama's Presidential Inauguration, the World Cup and the Royal Wedding, and with Flash Media Server 4.5, HTTP streaming will help broadcasters and content providers scale to meet the demands of more video online.

HTTP streaming is the focus of the new release. While iOS does not support Adobe Flash, it does support HTTP Live Streaming (HLS). When Adobe's Media Server encounters an iOS device (or any that do not support Flash), it will provide the streaming video in a supported container through HLS.

This will allow for publishers using Adobes server software to offer their content to iPad and iPhone users. It does not, however, provide a solution for flash games, just for video.

Key New Features inside Flash Media Server 4.5
  • Same Source Video delivery to Apple Devices and Adobe Flash (single workflows to reach both platforms)
  • On Demand video packaging / segmenting for HTTP video delivery (no need to pre-package your content)
  • Set-level F4M Manifests and Variant M3u8 playlist support
  • Simple and robust content protection workflows for HTTP streaming (as easy as saying on or off)
  • Live PVR/DVR support for Apple Devices and Adobe Flash with Disk Management (dont miss that special moment in live)
  • Support for Studio-approved DRM with Adobe Flash Access 3 (robust DRM that exceeds your requirements on Desktop and Android)
  • Multicast SSM and ASM, with Multicast re-broadcast
  • SIP Device support for communication
  • P2P support in Flash Media Interactive Server
For more info, or to download, go to: http://www.adobe.com/go/fms/

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3 user comments

110.9.2011 7:11

Quote:

it will provide the streaming video in the MPEG-2 format through HLS.

LoL...really? MPEG-2? Why don't they just send out a laserdisk? I am not a big fan of limiting a device to HTML5 with no Flash, but if you are going to market to a device like that, use HTML5...using MPEG-2 just makes Adobe look bad because iOS users think, "This looks like crap and a 2 minute clip just used up all my data for the month...Flash sucks"


210.9.2011 10:05

Originally posted by KillerBug:
Quote:

it will provide the streaming video in the MPEG-2 format through HLS.

LoL...really? MPEG-2? Why don't they just send out a laserdisk? I am not a big fan of limiting a device to HTML5 with no Flash, but if you are going to market to a device like that, use HTML5...using MPEG-2 just makes Adobe look bad because iOS users think, "This looks like crap and a 2 minute clip just used up all my data for the month...Flash sucks"
Sorry, that's actually a bit misleading. I didn't mean they encode it to an MPEG-2 video file and send it, it's how the content is wrapped. Of course, the media server software will still send an AVC/H.264 video stream to an iOS device, it just can't do so in the FSF container because iOS doesn't support it.

The reference to MPEG-2 is actually avoided completely in the press information, though its reported by most media (ZDNet, Newsfactor etc.) but ye I'll change that so it doesn't make people think Adobe software is going to convert a 1080p H.264 video stream to MPEG-2 video and try send it to their iPhone ;-)
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 10 Sep 2011 @ 10:05

310.9.2011 11:30

And for all you IOS Users...... WEB OS Rocks!!!! LOL

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