Adobe Flash Media Server 4: Video Delivery and Interactivity

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Barb Mosher Zinck avatar

Adobe (newssite) launches the latest Adobe Flash Media Server and if you think it's only all about the delivery of flash-based video, think again.

Adobe is at the IBC 2010 Conference in Amsterdam today announcing the availability of Adobe Flash Media Server 4. If you are one of the numerous organizations who have video and real-time communication outlined in your strategy, you are probably going to look closely at what this latest version has to offer.

A Video Solution for Every Customer

This is actually a family of products, broken into three different solutions based on customer type:

  • Flash media Streaming Server 4: Designed for the SMB, it includes basic video streaming, Live and on demand, content protection and advanced playback. Price per server is US$ 995.
  • Flash Media Interactive Server 4: This version includes the ability to provide video/text based chat fostering multi-way communications. It also supports IP Multicast, HTTP Dynamic Streaming, the ability to cache content and integration with LDAP/AD for authentication. Price per server is US$ 4,500.
  • Flash Media Enterprise Server 4: The enterprise version supports the RTMFP (real time media flow protocol) for improved real-time delivery. Along with IP multicast and peer to peer delivery you can also combine Multicast Fusion. For pricing you need to contact Adobe.

More Than Streaming Video

As organizations look more to delivering video based communication to their employees and customers, it has become important for vendors like Adobe to step up their solution offering from more than simply streaming video.

In a discussion with Kevin Towes, Senior Product Manager for Adobe, he talked about how video has become a persuasive communications tool that can be social and collaborative. So it's about delivery and interactivity. For Adobe it's also about delivery the best quality despite the channel or device. 

Learning Opportunities

Towes said that Flash Media Server (FMS) makes it easier for publishers to centralize the video distribution point. New capabilities such as IP multicast, HTTP dynamic streaming and multicast Fusion (application multi casting) within FMS help make this vision possible. Multi-casting is used on internal networks to help reduce the network load when streaming live video.

Using FMS, video can be delivered to the desktop using Adobe AIR along with the Flash Player that runs in the browser. And if you are one of the many with a growing number of mobile users, these runtimes are also available for the mobile device (sounds like a little redevelopment may be in order though).

Want to Learn More of Flash Media Server?

If you are at the IBC Conference, Adobe is debuting the Flash Media Server 4 during a live event tomorrow (Sept 10) at 9:30 PST. For those of you not there, they will be live streaming the event at Ustream: http://www.ustream.tv/adobe2010. Also check out the IBC website for a listing of keynotes and sessions Adobe is participating in.