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Google and Yahoo Roll out Flash Search

Adobe has released code to search engine giants Google and Yahoo! that allow them to index content ins SWF files, including metadata about Flash Video embedded in the SWF file.
Tues., July 1, by Tim Siglin
Featured Articles, Posted 01 Jul 2008

Cracking the H.264 Codec

H.264 is undoubtedly the hottest codec around, but there are inherent market forces that complicate producing files that meet the needs of your target playback device or player. These include the fact that there are multiple H.264 codecs available, each with different configurable parameters, and that each H.264 encoding tool reveals a custom set of compression options.
Featured Articles, Posted 23 Jun 2008

Under the Hood: File Analysis Tools for Streaming Video

For the most part, streaming files provide a pitiful amount of useable data, which makes programs that provide insight to the content of these files invaluable to compressionists. Depending upon your needs and operating system, there are a number of programs—most free, some at a price—that may fit the bill quite nicely. In this article, we look at a several such programs, including Apple’s QuickTime Pro, Steve Greenberg’s GSpot Codec Information Appliance, Inlet Technologies’ Semaphore, Jerome Martinez’s MediaInfo, and Sliq Media’s WMSnoop.
Tues., June 17, by Jan Ozer
Featured Articles, Posted 16 Jun 2008

Review: Rhozet Carbon Coder 3

"Impressive" turns out to be a good adjective for the version 3.0 update in general, which significantly improves an already highly competent product. Rhozet has made several useful streaming-codec-related improvements, enhanced watch-folder functionality, and improved the program's interface. Encoding trials immediately revealed that Carbon Coder remains highly tuned for fast, multiprocessor efficiency.
Featured Articles, Posted 15 Jun 2008

Tutorial: Wowza Media Server Pro

Wowza Media Server Pro offers a cost-effective alternative to the Flash Media Server, and this tutorial can help you get started using it.
Featured Articles, Posted 15 Jun 2008

Apple's 3G iPhone Adds Increased Speed and Video Capabilities

At Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference 2008, Steve Jobs promised the new iPhone is twice as fast at about half the price. Other announcements included a revamp of QuickTime, while Sling showed off its new SlingMobile across the street.
Tues., June 10, by Tim Siglin
Featured Articles, Posted 10 Jun 2008

Commentary: Microsoft Should Embrace H.264

Streaming Media East was abuzz with rumors that Microsoft would add H.264 playback to Silverlight and Windows Media Player. The official word is that no such thing is in the cards, but there are plenty of good reasons why it'd be a great idea.
Fri., June 6, by Jan Ozer
Featured Articles, Posted 06 Jun 2008

Streaming Media Podcast #18: Microsoft's New Video Tools

Tim interviews Chris Knowlton and Charles Finkelstein, both with Microsoft, regarding the new Expression Encoder 2, Silverlight 2 and IIS 7's ability to handle multiple video formats.
Mon., June 2, by Tim Siglin
Featured Articles, Posted 02 Jun 2008

Blasts From the Past: A Decade (Almost) of StreamingMedia.com Headlines

As part of StreamingMedia.com's tenth anniversary, we've gone through the archives and compiled some of the most interesting news stories and commentaries that have appeared on the site.
Mon., May 19, by Eric Schumacher-Rasmussen
Featured Articles, Posted 18 May 2008

Streaming Media Podcast #15: NAB Day Two

Tim Siglin interviews two more companies at the National Association of Broadcaster's show (NAB) in Las Vegas: Akamai talks about its partnership with transcoding companies, while Wowza talks about competing with Adobe on a whole new price-point playing field.
Fri., April 18, by Tim Siglin
Featured Articles, Posted 18 Apr 2008

Adobe Media Player Now Available

The new player—called AMP for short and first announced almost a year ago—will let viewers watch Flash Video content while online or offline, and lets content owners apply Flash Media Server Rights Management rules to their video.
Wed., April 9, by Tim Siglin
Featured Articles, Posted 09 Apr 2008

Alternative Flash Servers Follow H.264 Path

Last week Wowza introduced live H.264 capability in a preview version of Wowza Media Server Pro; Red5 promises live H.264 to come in an upcoming release of Red5 Server.
Tues, March 25, by Tim Siglin
Featured Articles, Posted 25 Mar 2008

Adobe Offers DRM with Flash Media Rights Management Server

New product offers protection and controls for FLV, F4V, and H.264, as well as attendant graphics and advertising, both online and offline.
Wed., March 19, by Tim Siglin
Featured Articles, Posted 19 Mar 2008

Operation MySpace and Kulabyte Bring Live HD Flash to the Web

The MySpace webcast of a concert for U.S. troops in Kuwait marked the debut of live HD Flash streaming. It wasn't perfect, but as a first test of Kulabyte's live encoding, it was an almost unequivocal success.
Tues., Mar. 11, by Tim Siglin
Featured Articles, Posted 11 Mar 2008

Apple’s iPhone Courts Enterprise, Disses Flash

The good news this week is that the APIs in the iPhone SDK boost audio and video options. The bad news is that it still won't support Flash.
Fri., March 7, by Tim Siglin
Featured Articles, Posted 07 Mar 2008

Adobe Ships Flex 3; Microsoft Shines Light on Silverlight 2

Things are heating up in the run-up to NAB, as Adobe completes the trilogy of Flash, Flex 3, and AIR , while Microsoft talks about what’s in Silverlight 2.
Tues., Feb. 26, by Tim Siglin
Featured Articles, Posted 26 Feb 2008

Building Video Apps With Adobe AIR

With Adobe AIR, skilled and novice developers have the tools to move from creating web-only services to delivering video-rich desktop applications. As a powerful, easy-to-use, cross-operating system application runtime, AIR lets web designers and developers take RIAs created in HTML/CSS, Ajax, Adobe Flash, and Adobe Flex and quickly deliver them as desktop applications.
Fri., Feb. 22, by Lee Brimelow
Featured Articles, Posted 22 Feb 2008

More Flash Brings More Light

Undoubtedly the biggest news in online video for 2007, the Silverlight/Flash battle is one that finds both Microsoft and Adobe significantly shifting their fundamental approaches, although in both cases, there’s historical precedent.
Featured Articles, Posted 15 Feb 2008

CES 2008 Keynote: Bill Gates' Last Hurrah

Microsoft’s chairman reminisces on the past, pokes fun at the present, and pushing streaming as part of the company’s future—including a partnership with NBC to deliver video of the 2008 Summer Olympics with Silverlight.
Mon., Jan. 6, by Tim Siglin
Featured Articles, Posted 07 Jan 2008
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