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gamist
11-30-2002, 11:48 AM
Why would they use flashcom for this video presentation:

http://www.macromedia.com/desdev/mx/flashcom/articles/odopod.html

Couldn't you use just flash mx?

gamist

psychlonex
12-02-2002, 09:16 AM
hmmm... good question. I haven't been through that article in a while, but my guess is a few reasons:

1. Obviously to showcase the flash communication server.

2. The comm. server allows a bit tighter control over the video quality/bandwidth usage. It also let them create one swf, while still providing a high-bandwidth stream as well as a low-bandwidth version.

3. Firewall testing! Macromedia is currently working pretty hard to get the comm. server working through most corporate firewalls, and this gives them a chance to do some testing I'm sure.

But, you are right. It could very well have been done without the comserver. One nice thing with netStreams however, is that you can also record "data" into the stream. I'm guessing this is how they synced the animation to the video.

Psx

gamist
12-02-2002, 05:51 PM
Those are all good answers.

It seems like a lot of work; I wouldn't have thought to use Flashcom this way.

gamist

vrtmedia
12-03-2002, 08:59 AM
Flash MX chokes on large video files, flashcom enables flash to broadcast larger vid files.


(Improved memory management of Flash MX 2 would be a very welcome improvment)

psychlonex
12-03-2002, 11:08 AM
vrt - very good point! I completely forgot about that one!

Psx