Flash Media Server 4.5 from Adobe Brings Flash Video to iOS

Adobe has launched Flash Media Server 4.5 today. The new software makes it possible to view videos encoded in the Flash format although the content that arrives on the iOS device isn’t Flash. We’ll explain below.

Flash Media Server 4.5 has the ability to transcode the Flash video content on the server side and once done, the video content is streamed by HTTP live streaming. What this means is that Flash doesn’t work on iOS devices but that companies who decide to use Flash for video can use the server software to convert and transmit the video with a format compatible on the iPhone or iPad.

HTTP live streaming is an HTTP-based media streaming protocol developed by Apple. It uses H.264 video and AAC or MP3 audio to deliver its media stream. The protocol is supported by QuickTime on Mac OS X and is compatible with the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

It isn’t known how many of the flash video sites will make the switch over to this software, but expect to see more flash heavy video sites begin to work on iOS over the coming months.


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