Advanced Flash Media Server Techniques

Now that you know the basics of Flash Media Server, it’s time to move on to more advanced features, most of which are focused on improving the user experience. For example, I will detail how to deploy a bandwidth-detection routine that enables you to serve an appropriately encoded FLV video targeted at a particular connection speed, matching file bandwidth to connection speed. You will see this routine working in ActionScript, without the use of a playback component or SMIL file.

Next up is Flash Media Server’s virtual keys feature, which allows you to serve a video that fits the user’s Flash Player capabilities, and in particular to match the VP6 codec to Flash Player 8+ while serving users with ...

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