AMS User Group Meetup: 24-7 Live File to Live Playout Using AMS

What: "24-7 Live File to Live Playout Using AMS" with Kevin Johns and David Hassoun
When: Tuesday, May 21st
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. MDT
RSVP: http://ams.groups.adobe.com/index.cfm?event=post.display&postid=46243

Summary:
This will be a co-presentation between Kevin Johns from Level 3 and David Hassoun from RealEyes. Join us for this online session hosted by the Adobe Media Server User Group to learn how Level 3 is utilizing Adobe Media Server for 24-7 live linear broadcasting from VOD assets.
Level 3 has been working to create cost-effective, file to Live playout solutions for adaptive bit rate HTTP delivery. Level 3 will share their experiences in building an end to end IP playout solution based on the Adobe Media Server platform.
Then, meeting attendees will get a look under the hood with the basics for Server Side ActionScript (SSAS) and Adobe Media Server 5.0 as we walkthrough the key concepts from a server side application development perspective. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and learn from the best in the business, this meeting is not to be missed!

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HLS Best Practices for AMS 5.0 with Sarge, Tuesday 28th August

Adobe Media Server User Group Meeting Tuesday, August 28th

RSVP: http://ams.groups.adobe.com/index.cfm?event=post.display&postid=43945

Topic: HLS Best Practices for AMS 5.0

Speaker: Sarge is a Senior Applications Engineer on Adobe's Video Solutions team. Formerly a FMS Technical Account Manager working with the top tier CDNs, Sarge has years of experience developing, deploying, and supporting Flash video solutions on FMS.

Agenda: Adobe added Apple's HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) to its technology stack with FMS 4.5 a few years ago as a continued investment delivering immersive on-demand and live video experiences over standard HTTP connections to Apple (iOS & MacOS) devices. This technology has been deployed at CDNs such as Akamai, Limelight, and Level 3, and used by broadcasters like the BBC for the London 2012 Olympics. Adobe updated its HLS workflows in Adobe Media Server 5 -- adding an offline packager, updated Just-in-Time encryption, and DRM support for iOS devices using and new Adobe Access 4 (AXS) technology. Come learn the recommended best practices for deploying HLS with AMS 5.0 from Sarge, Sr. Applications Engineer for Adobe Video Solutions.

Encode high quality video mezzanine MP4 files and deliver them in real-time simultaneously through RTMP, HDS, and HLS.
Configure HLS settings to optimize HTTP caching.
Add DRM to your iOS publishing workflows.

Sarge walks you through the changes to HLS in AMS 5.0, including:
Just in Time packaging (JITP) encryption
Offline packaging with the HLS Segmenter
iOS DRM

http://ams.groups.adobe.com/index.cfm?event=post.display&postid=43945


Multi-Bitrate and Multi-Screen Streaming With Flash Media Server 4.5

The newly renamed Adobe Media Server User Group has an interesting online meeting coming up in July.

Multi-Bitrate and Multi-Screen Streaming With Flash Media Server 4.5

Date and Time:
July 17, 2012 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (GMT-7 Mountain Time US & Canada)

Address:
Join via Adobe Connect: http://realeyes.adobeconnect.com/amsug

Call-in Details:
Join via Adobe Connect: http://realeyes.adobeconnect.com/amsug

Speakers:
Lisa Larson-Kelley - owern of LearnFromLisa.com and Adobe Community Professional, specializing in Flash media technologies.

Agenda:
The latest edition of Flash Media Server supports multi-bitrate streaming over a wider variety of protocols -- not only to Flash Player and AIR, but to iPads and iPhones as well. New features in FMS 4.5 such as server-side HLS transcoding and adaptive bitrate (set-level) manifest support provide more flexibility than ever. In addition to introducing you to new features and best practices, this session provides you with examples of cross-platform video players that put them into action -- detecting the viewer's bandwidth and operating system and delivering the appropriate format stream at the optimal bitrate.
Link: http://realeyes.adobeconnect.com/amsug


Tomorrow: Getting Familiar with Flash Media Server

Joseph Labrecque will be presenting 'Getting Familiar with Flash Media Server' tomorrow (Tuesday, March 13th) at the FMS Online User Group.

FMSUG is thrilled to have Joseph Labrecque, Adobe Education Leader and Adobe Community Professional presenting at our March meeting.

Date: Tuesday, March 13
Time: noon EST, 11:00am Central, 9:00am Pacific
RSVP: http://fms.groups.adobe.com/index.cfm?event=post.display&postid=41402
Attend: http://realeyes.adobeconnect.com/fmsug

This presentation will provide an introduction to Adobe Flash Media Server 4.5 and the use of streaming video with the Flash platform. We will have a look at a number of topics, including; setting up a local development server instance, testing RTMP, HDS, and HLS streaming with sample files, using the Flash Media Server adminstration console, extending HDS/HLS to tap into the applications directory to share RTMP-ready streams over HTTP, have a look at a variety of playback options including Strobe and the OSMF, provide some pointers on encoding tools and settings for video, examine some extended uses for Flash video playback through real-world application development scenarios.

This is a real-time meeting, so you'll have the opportunity to ask Joseph questions so that you can get more familiar with Flash Media Server.

RSVP: http://fms.groups.adobe.com/index.cfm?event=post.display&postid=41402
Attend: http://realeyes.adobeconnect.com/fmsug


Web Video Workshops for Multi-Screen Delivery in New York - Now with 10% Discount

If you are in or near New York City on April 10th 2012 and are interested in web video then this one day workshop by my friend and co-author Jan Ozer and fellow developer Lisa Larson-Kelley is for you. What's more, you can use the discount code SLC10 to get 10% off the ticket price. The code is valid through March 15th.

Attendees will learn encoding, server configuration and player development for playback in Flash, HTML5, iOS, Android and OTT.

The mobile video market is expanding rapidly. The wide range of devices with varying platforms and capabilities makes reliable video playback on mobile costly and time consuming. Mobile compatibility has three elements; appropriately compressed and formatted files, a properly configured streaming server and an intelligent player that can detect the capabilities of the remote viewer and connect the viewer to the correct files. This requires extensive knowledge of the playback capabilities of a wide range of devices, a deep familiarity of various compression technologies, plus Flash and Javascript development.
Until this workshop, there literally has been no single resource that pulls this information together and presents it in a cohesive way.

To assist websites seeking comprehensive mobile compatibility – as well as compatibility with HTML5 and OTT devices – Web Video Workshops announces a one-day seminar entitled Encoding, Serving, and Player Development for Multiple Screen Delivery. The workshop will be held in Manhattan on April 10, 2012, from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM.

The workshop is presented in two 3-hour sessions. Compression expert Jan Ozer, author of Video Compression for Flash, Apple Devices and HTML5, will present Encoding for Multiple-Screen Delivery. Web video consultant Lisa Larson-Kelley, author of Flash Video for Professionals and the producer of Lynda.com's Publishing Video with the Flash Platform and Up and Running with Flash Media Server 4.5, will present Video Serving and Player Development for Multiple-Screen Delivery.

The cost for the full one-day workshop is $395, or each session can be taken individually for $220. The workshop will be held at the Learning Tree Education Center located at One New York Plaza. For more information on the workshop, or to sign-up, visit webvideoworkshops-ny2012.eventbrite.com.

Web Video Workshops is a joint venture between the Streaming Learning Center and LearnFromLisa.com. The Streaming Learning Center's Jan Ozer covers video encoding and Lisa Larson-Kelley illuminates video delivery and player development – providing end-to-end knowledge to achieve the best playback across desktops and devices.


HDS Best Practices for FMS 4.5

Want to know more about HDS (HTTP Dynamic Streaming) support in Flash Media Server 4.5? Look no further as this upcoming online event on December 13th will cater for you.

HDS Best Practices for FMS 4.5 with Sarge

Date and Time: December 13, 2011 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (GMT-7 Mountain Time US & Canada)

Address: http://realeyes.adobeconnect.com/fmsug

Call-in Details: VOIP Provided through Adobe Connect
http://realeyes.adobeconnect.com/fmsug

Speakers:

Sarge is an Application Engineer on Adobe's Video Solutions team. Formerly a FMS Technical Account Manager working with the top tier CDNs, Sarge has years of experience developing, deploying, and supporting Flash video solutions on FMS.

Agenda:

Adobe introduced HTTP Dynamic Streaming (HDS) a few years ago as a way to deliver immersive on-demand and live video experiences over standard HTTP connections. This technology has been deployed at CDNs such as Akamai, Limelight, and Level 3, and used by broadcasters like BBC (Wimbledon 2011) and AEG Digital Media (2010 MTV Teen Choice Awards). Adobe updated HDS in Flash Media Server 4.5 adding new features and enhanced security. Come learn the recommended best practices for deploying HDS with FMS 4.5 from Sarge, Application Engineer for Adobe Video Solutions.

Encode high quality video mezzanine MP4 files and deliver them in real-time simultaneously through RTMP and HDS. Configure HDS settings to optimize HTTP caching. Sarge walks you through the changes to HDS in FMS 4.5, including:

Just in Time packaging (JITP)
Set-level Manifests
Configuration updates

Attend the event at http://realeyes.adobeconnect.com/fmsug on December 13th.


What's New in FMS 4.5 with Steve Allison

UPDATE
There is now a second, identical event on the same topic:
Date: Tuesday, October 18 AND Tuesday, October 25
Time: noon EST, 11:00am Central, 9:00am Pacific
RSVP: http://fms.groups.adobe.com/resources/574

The Flash Media Server Users Group is hosting an event titled "What's New in FMS 4.5 with Steve Allison" on October 18th 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (GMT-7 Mountain Time US & Canada).

This is an online event which you can attend at http://realeyes.adobeconnect.com/fmsug and will be hosted by Steve Allison, Senior Technical Evangelist for Adobe's video delivery technologies.

From the event summary page:
Deliver media to multiple platforms - including Apple iOS devices with native HLS - with a choice of powerful protocols that can save significant bandwidth costs and lighten network load. Encode once and deliver across platforms with on-demand media packaging. Deliver exceptional media experiences with protected delivery and real-time encryption for your high-quality content. Steve Allison will talk through the changes with FMS 4.5 that can put some more powerful video tools in your arsenal including:

· Origin Cache Architecture
· Just in Time (JIT) capabilities
· PHDS Configuration
and more new FMS 4.5 features

Mark your calendars now.


Future Of Web Apps, London - Save 15% On 2-Day Ticket

I've only attended the Future of Web Apps conference once before, and I recall having a great time there back in 2008. The quality of sessions was second to none and there are not many conferences in the UK (or anywhere else for that matter) where you can see such a great line-up of top level speakers.
The conference takes place from October 3rd to October 5th (that's next week!) in London, with Monday 3rd being taken up by workshops, and the main conference happening the following two days. Should you decide to go then please use the discount code FLASH to receive 15% off a 2 day conference pass.
I'll be attending on Tuesday the 4th, and maybe the 5th as well if I can pry myself away from the desk for that long :-)

Some of the sessions I am really looking forward to include Alex MacCaw's session on Spine, a light-weight MVC framework for JavaScript, the Lean Product Development session by Dan Martell and of course Dave McClure's '10 Tips for Web App Success and Profitability'.

I hope to see you at FOWA next week.


Introduction To Amazon Web Services

Yesterday afternoon I presented at Flash on the Beach 2011. The title of the sessions was 'AWS(omeness) - An Introduction to Amazon Web Services.
Overall the session went pretty well and I had a good number of bums on seats despite going up against the awesome Jared Ficklin, the inspiring James White and legendary Keith Peters who was presenting in the Influxis lounge.

The conference itself was immensely interesting, and even though at one day it felt as if we were laying Flash to bed, the next day was the resurrection with elevator pitches that showed so much creativity and skill that I felt that Flash has little to worry about - there's just too much talent and diversity in this community. But only time will tell. Personally I enjoy being part of it all, whether it lasts or not.

Ok, enough of that, here are my slides (also available as PDF - 4.8MB).

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Speaking At Flash on the Beach 2011

I'm happy to announce that I will be speaking at Flash on the Beach this year, and for a change my session will not be directly about Flash but about my experience with Amazon Web Services (AWS) over the last few months. During my work on Scribblar.com I have learned to love AWS and think that many of my fellow developers would find it very interesting and useful.

The plan is to give attendees an overview of AWS and then take a closer look at its main products such as EC2 and S3. I'd like to cover things such as setting up a static site directly in S3, and go into some more detail about EC2's capabilities when it comes to building highly available and scalable websites. If time allows I will also cover options for running your database on AWS. No previous knowledge about AWS is needed.

I'm very excited to be back at FOTB again this year having previously been there once as a pseaker and twice as an attendee. I hope to see you in Brighton in September.


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