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You thought Flash was dead? Think again…

Android, Desktop Flash Player, Devices- Cellphones, Devices- Handheld, Flash 10, Flash 11, HTML5, Video Technology May 25th, 2012

Rumors of Flash player being part of Windows 8 metro version have started appearing on more than one blog sites. Apparently Microsoft is in talks with Adobe to include Flash player into IE browser. The reason being given is that ‘there’s still plenty of content on the internet that uses Flash and not having Flash would have been looked at negatively on Windows!!’.  There were reports earlier that Windows 8 metro will not provide plug-in architecture and therefore will not support Flash the way it does on desktop today. But according to the reports, Flash will be integrated with the browser and distributed by Microsoft. ......continue reading

Flash 10.2: what, when, how?

Desktop Flash Player, Devices- Embedded, Devices- Set-top boxes, Flash 10, Flash Enabled Devices, Media players, OS- Embedded linux, Processors- ARM, Rich Internet Applications, Video Technology February 24th, 2011

Everyone seems to be excited about 10.2. If you’ve seen demonstration of the stagevideo features from Adobe web site, then, yes, there’s a reason to be exited. Flash 10.2 is trying to solve a basic problem that differentiates Flash from other media player. Flash 10.2 will essentially allow users to integrate graphics with hardware accelerated video. In the past, Flash video has been all software based. This has not been an issue because most of the previous generation technology did not allow full screen technology and the usage of Flash to view full screen was limited. ......continue reading

Some more news from CES

Desktop Flash Player, Devices- Embedded, Devices- Set-top boxes, Devices-PC, Flash 10, Flash Enabled Devices, Google, Rich Internet Applications, Video Technology January 11th, 2011

Here are some tidbits from CES: ......continue reading

MIPS phones? Tablets?

Android, Devices- Cellphones, Devices- Handheld, Devices- Set-top boxes, Flash Lite ports, Mobile phones, Processors- ARM, Video Technology January 10th, 2011

I was at CES last week and saw many interesting gadgets. I’ll write more on that as I get time but something I thought was a must mention was MIPS based smartphone running Android. MIPS is generally associated with home entertainment and ARM with smartphones. But it seems that everyone is trying to go after the other’s markets these days - if ARM is going after Home Entertainment so why not MIPS? At the MIPS demo suite, I saw demo of a phone running Android 2.1 on MIPS 34Kc class processor. The CPU was manufactured by a Chinese SoC and the phone incidently was also being sold in Chinese market as a low end smartphone. What made a it interesting was that the CPU ran at 400 MHz and manufactured using 0.13 micron technology. The phone ran Android 2.1 and one would have expected that a 400 MHz phone running Android would give mediocre performance. ......continue reading

Flash 10.1 now ready

Desktop Flash Player, Devices- Cellphones, Devices- Embedded, Devices- Handheld, Devices- Set-top boxes, Devices- iPhone, Devices-PC, Flash 10, Flash Enabled Devices, Flash Lite 4, Flash Lite ports, H.264, mpeg and other media codecs, Semiconductors, Video Technology June 14th, 2010

I am sure several of you saw a notice pop-up on your PC in the morning about the latest Flash update from Adobe ….. Yes, that’s right- Flash player 10.1 is now officially available. Adobe Flash player team’s blog lists all the enhancements in fairly detail. A look at comments also gives you a glimpse into joy and grievances of public. The thing about Flash is that it is so powerful that no matter how many enhancements you make to it, there will always be something else to do. Adobe’s team does deserve a big round of applause for releasing FP10.1 on schedule. ......continue reading

H.264 licensing and Flash

Flash Enabled Devices, Flash Lite 3, Flash Lite 4, Flash Lite for digital home, Flash Lite ports, H.264, mpeg and other media codecs, Media players, Video Technology March 10th, 2010

Flash Lite 3 (and now 4) can be customized to support h.264 video but the license for h.264 needs to be purchased separately by OEMs. We often get questions on how much additional costs this is going to incur so I researched and here’s what I found.  H.264 has a different licensing structure for devices and internet users. For non PC type devices, h.264 licenses is free upto 100K units and it costs $0.2 per unit upto 5 million units and $0.1 per unit after 5 million units. They cap the royalty at $5M for 2009-2010. (This information is picked from here). ......continue reading

Youtube debuts url shortner youtu.be

Desktop Flash Player, Devices-PC, Flash 10, Flash Enabled Devices, Rich Internet Applications, Video Technology December 23rd, 2009

Via youtube blog- Youtube has debuted a url shortner for videos. If you used http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdeioVndUhs in the past, you can now replace that by http://youtu.be/FdeioVndUhs. As the link contains the ID of the video, developers can do interesting things such as bring up thumbnails, embed the video directly, or track video usage in real-time. Comments on the blog post range from “Cool” to “what? if you think that something like http://youtu.be/VRqVkuH7BRQ is a short url, than you don’t know what a short url is.” You be the judge and decide if this has any use in developing the applications. ......continue reading

Moonlight 2.0 released by Novell

Browsers, Devices-PC, Flash 10, Flash Lite 3, Flash Lite ports, H.264, mpeg and other media codecs, Mobile phones, Rich Internet Applications, Silverlight, Video Technology December 18th, 2009

Moonlight, an open source version of Silverlight is launched by Novell. Moonlight 2.0 is compatible with Silverlight 2.0 and includes some features of Silverlight 3, such as support for Bitmap APIs, file dialogs, pluggable media pipeline.  Moonlight 2.0 also offers better streaming of multimedia content based on the quality of the user’s connections. Moonlight development now closely following Microsoft Silverlight release. Moonlight 3.0 alpha will be available in Q1/2010. ......continue reading

Smartphones: past, present and future

Android, Devices- Cellphones, Devices- iPhone, Mobile phones, OS- Windows Mobile/CE, Operating Systems, Video Technology December 12th, 2009

Smartphone really meant a cellphone with OS, a few applications and a keyboard. Remember the days of Palm Treo 270 and being happy about having one? Then Windows Mobile came, but the game totally changed when Apple jumped into the fray. iPhone almost instantly re-defined how ’smart’ phones could be. Smartphones of today have bigger screens, powerful CPUs, lots of RAM and storage. They come in all shapes and sizes, and one really has to review all the smartphone specs to find out whats the best match for them.  There are tonnes of applications running on different operating systems. All the different platforms (Blackberry, Windows, Palm, Android….) have their own pluses and minuses. The form factor, keyboard, hardware shortcuts…. the list goes on and on. ......continue reading

Optimized Flash Lite for digital home available for TI platform

Devices- Embedded, Devices- Set-top boxes, Flash Lite for digital home, Flash Lite ports, OS- Embedded linux, On2 and Sorenson/FLV, Video Technology October 30th, 2009

Flash Lite 3 for digital home, is now available for TI platform. The port is optimized for h.264 video and AAC audio using TI Codec engine. This allows you to play Flash video in 30 fps at D1 resolution. The port allows for streaming content using HTTP and RTMP protocols.   We have kept the design modular so that the customers can potentially get the development kits from us and integrate their own libraries if they choose to.The port is tested on TI DaVinci DM 6446 processor and runs on Linux. Of course the port is done on Linux framebuffer as most of the embedded devices require a thin blitting layer. Please email me at anand at joshimail dot net for additional information. ......continue reading

Actionscript extensions for Flash Lite for Digital Home

Devices- Set-top boxes, Flash Enabled Devices, Flash Lite 3, Flash Lite for digital home, Flash Lite ports, Flash Player 7 SDK, Mobile applications, Video Technology August 11th, 2009

Some of you have must have seen the documents published by Adobe on devnet that talk about several details of the Flash Lite digital home platform. One of the powerful features of the Flash Lite for digital home is the ability to be able to extend Actionscript. You can create your own Actionscript commands, define them and implement corresponding logic in Flash Lite code. For example, you can have a command to change volume of TV, or channel or fetch updated data for an ad- etc. etc. This is a very powerful feature and is available for Flash Lite on digital home devices. ......continue reading

HD Video content sites

Browsers, Desktop Flash Player, Devices-PC, Video Technology July 14th, 2009

Very recently HD video sites have started popping all over and this seems to be a trend. Quite a few of them are using Flash as their front end. For example, I came accross a HD video site GreenvileHD.com. The site is specifically designed for Greenville SC area and has a collection of videos on different topics. I happen to click on ‘arts and entertainment’ and sure enough there was a video from local instructor on Salsa which was fun to watch. I was watching it on broadband and the video played just fine. The site has got quite a broad range of topics from jobs to entertainment to shopping to technology. ......continue reading

YouTube video, Silverlight 3, h.264 and Flash

Desktop Flash Player, Flash Lite 3, H.264, mpeg and other media codecs, On2 and Sorenson/FLV, Silverlight, Video Technology July 7th, 2009

I came across this blog which describes how to play Youtube videos in Silverlight. Wow - Microsoft going after Flash bigtime? I mean Youtube and Flash is almost synonomous! This particular silverlight application plays h.264 video from youtube but not the Flash video. So Flash is still required if you want to play older videos, but newer videos are now available in h.264 and can be played using Silverlight. ......continue reading

Microsoft Zune to get multi touchscreen, web browser and HD radio (RF module is next?)

Browsers, Flash Lite ports, OS- Windows Mobile/CE, Video Technology June 2nd, 2009

Microsoft’s new device called Zune HD will have multi touchscreen and a web browser.The device will also have HD receiver.If the device is based on Windows Mobile, even Flash Lite may be there. ......continue reading

Flash Lite to non-Flash Lite Mobile Phones

Devices- Cellphones, Flash Enabled Devices, Flash Lite 3, Flash Lite ports, Mobile applications, Video Technology April 14th, 2009

I came accross this a while ago. KDB Technologies, based in Cambridge, UK, has developed a tool called as EBoda. The tool allows you to run Flash Lite content on any phone that has support for J2ME.  The description on their web site is brief, but says that “EBoda is a lightweight yet powerful JAVA application for running Adobe Flash applications without the need for Flash Lite. Unlike Flash Light, EBoda is designed to run on low to mid-range phones. ......continue reading