Enough noise! Let`s get visual!

After the really great campaign “Adober, make some noise” by Andre Michelle, Joe Ebert and Kai-Philipp Schöllmann I think it is now time to look at long missed important update to the flash video capabilities.
There are basically two thing that I really miss (for a long time now :-()

1. Accessing raw video data . Accessing the bytes and setting the bytes of a video stream is really needed. Something similar to the new SampleDataEvent and extract methods of the Sound class. I would love to generate and manipulate videos in memory and give the resulting ByteArray directly to the Video object.
Until now I have to load the flv twice, One time to load it as a Byte stream to manipulate the bytes and then another time to play it. There are hundreds of use cases for me. The two most important are: Video editors and dynamic language support for videos.

One post of Tinic Uro makes me confident that they`ll look into this. He said:
“What’s missing? Unfortunately some features did not make it into Flash Player 10: Extracting audio data from a microphone and extracting audio from a NetStream object. We are aware that both features are highly desirable, but for various reasons it was not possible to make this happen in this release.
Tinic Uro May 14 2008

So yes opening NetStream would be exactly what I need.

2. The second big feature I want in the Flash Player (or only AIR??) would be screen sharing. This is something that currently can exclusively be used by Adobe (see Connect) but is not accessible by the normal developers.
This discussion is going on for years now and I think it`s finally time to come up with a solution. I know that one of the problems is that you need the connect addin but this should be solvable. I mean pacifica will also need an addin so why should this not wotk for screen sharing? Or even if they just enable it for AIR apps only I would be happy.

Any news on these topics would be great!
And if you also think this is a needed feature please vote here: https://bugs.adobe.com/jira/browse/FP-5

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6 thoughts on “Enough noise! Let`s get visual!

  1. Hey Benz

    Have a look at cocomo at Adobe Labs, they basically give you the possibility to use some components of connectNow. Didn’t had much time to look into though..

  2. Hey Tiago,
    Yeeah Cocomo is nice but it does not contain the screensharing bits :-(
    Already talked to the team but it does not seem to be easy. They need to find a way to add the addin to the player.


  3. Totally agree Benz! No way to create a real video editor without it. Hopefully RichFLV has made some noise as to the possibilities.

  4. I totally agree with you. Accessing the raw video data is probably the most important thing that i missed. Great article, good food for thought!

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