25 August 2010
You can deploy digital video in Adobe Flash Professional in several ways:
When you stream video, each Adobe Flash Player client opens a persistent connection to Flash Media Server and a controlled relationship exists between the video being delivered and the client interaction. Flash Media Server uses bandwidth detection to deliver video or audio content based on the user's available bandwidth. This enables you to provide different content for users based on their ability to easily access and download content. For example, if a user accesses the video content with a dial-up modem, you can deliver an appropriately encoded file that doesn't require too much bandwidth.
Flash Media Server also provides you with quality of service metrics, detailed tracking and reporting statistics, and a range of interactive features designed to enhance the video experience. As with progressive downloading, the video content (FLV or F4V file) is kept external to the other SWF content and the video playback controls. This lets you easily add or change content without having to republish the SWF file.
Streaming video with Flash Media Server (FMS) or Flash Video Streaming Service (FVSS) provides the following advantages over embedded and progressively downloaded video:
Adobe partners with content delivery network (CDN) providers that you can work with to deliver streaming video. To get more information, visit the Flash Video Streaming Service home page.