It’s that time again, Adobe has finally released a new version of Flash Media Server. Lots of information on their product page but I thought I would give the skinny a bit here from my own perspective and viewpoint.
So we’re up to version 4, what’s changed? First up is that there is a new member to the family that is probably priced completely out of your budget unless you are some rich CDN or major hosting company. Or maybe you won the lottery.. It’s called Flash Media Enterprise Server. This thing comes with all the bells and whistles.
Bells and whistles you say? Well let me tell you what is new here for those that won the lottery:
- Fusion Multicast : this is essentially P2P.
- RTMFP : The protocol that enables the Flash player to do P2P
These two items are what were going to be the most attractive thing about the new Flash Media Server, unfortunately it seems they’ve been left out of the $4500 Interactive version.
With that, there is the following in the Interactive version:
- HTTP streaming
- Dynamic bitrate streaming over HTTP
- Live HTTP streaming (that’s cool)
- Full 64 bit support (finally)
- Better timecode matching for syncing up videos together
- Efficiency updates and bug fixes and a few other developer based enhancements to improve playback and make it easier to deploy.
I can’t even list the amount of things that we all wished they did but didn’t, maybe we can wait until 4.5 to get those though, like screensharing, mic enhancements to reduce feedback and echo, a decent debugging interface and an IDE to do development for FMS.
Pricing hasn’t changed at all, still 1000 bucks for the not so useful streaming version and 4500 bucks for the interactive version.
So there it is, a new version. Great job Adobe! Keep up the good work.
One thing that is slightly new and great if you want to get in on things quick is if you download the developer version then there is a a limit of 10 simultaneous RTMP connections and 50 simultaneous RTMFP connections, and time limits for IP multicast (10 mins) and live HTTP Dynamic Streaming (30 mins). That should give you an idea of how to get in on that RTMFP action so you can encourage your rich uncle to buy a license or two for you.
Last link of the day is the comparison page (aptly named, “help me choose”) for each version to give you a good idea of what is going on.
Oops, one more: If you happen to catch this post in time then check out the event on ustream going on at 9:30am PST on the 10th of Sept 2010.