Using Dynamic Streaming with Flash Media Server 3.5

Adobe Flash has revolutionized the distribution of video content on the web, we have the Adobe Flash Media Server that helped with this by giving the possibility to distribute content via streaming, including the option to use encryption and features DRM (Digital Rights Management).

Adobe Flash has revolutionized the distribution of video content on the web, we have the Adobe Flash Media Server that helped with this by giving the possibility to distribute content via streaming, including the option to use encryption and features DRM (Digital Rights Management).

O Adobe Flash Media Server 3.5 and Flash Player 10 brings some novelties, among them the possibility to use the Dynamic streaming for content distribution.
Imagine the following scenario, you use a 3G internet limited(my case 🙁 ), glad you’re watching a video and notes of nothing, the video begins to catch, and you’ve used all your available bandwidth and now can only use the minimum that the carrier provides. Another scenario is that the same video can be viewed both via the desktop or any mobile device such as smartphones, which have limited memory, processing power and smaller screen. Flash Media Server can depending on network conditions and client resources, exchange content (audio, video or both) with one that better fits the current conditions of the customer, thus guaranteeing the QoS (Quality of Service).

Flash Media Server can depending on network conditions and client resources, exchange content (audio, video or both) with one that better fits the current conditions of the customer, thus guaranteeing the QoS (Quality of Service).

Dynamic Streaming helps ensure the QoS(Quality of Service)

Dynamic Streaming helps ensure the QoS(Quality of Service)


Adobe recommends that you use dynamic streaming when you find the following criteria:

  • Video with long duration.
  • HD video.
  • Video with larger dimensions, such as full screen video.
  • Content distributed to users who are more susceptible to bandwidth issues, such as home users, rather than corporate users

QoS – Quality of Service – refers to resource reservation control mechanisms rather than the achieved service quality. Source: Wikipedia.

See in detail the use of dynamic streaming in Adobe’s documentation.
See also these two articles devnet with fonts available for download:

Recommended books:
Hands-On Guide to Flash Video: Web Video and Flash Media Server (Hands-On Guide Series)
Flash Video for Professionals: Expert Techniques for Integrating Video on the Web
Introduction to Flash Media Server 2

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