We want to purchase FMS but are in dilema because of flash streaming protocol is being depreciated. My question is what will happend when new HTML5 protocol will become standard for Android, IE, Mozilla, etc (like HLS is now for iOS)? Will we just upgrade the FMS? What if WebM format will become standard? So my question is about the future...If we implement our video infrastructure with your FMS, would we need to abandon it after a year or two or will Adobe apply future protocol streaming standards for HTML5?
Thanks for interesting question.
FMS has never depreciated the rtmp (flash streaming protocol). It is just that, it has embraced the new HTML5 streaming protocols like HDS and HLS to go along with the fast moving changes in the video streaming technology.
There are still few good points that might force you to still stream your video on rtmp rather than HTML5 protocols.
If you have read about the FMS 4.5 and 5.0 releases, they were majorly on the front to provide best streaming support for the HLS and HDS tecnology. We understand the need to provide the best support for the protocols that are required by our customers to stream their videos.
It already. Though we have rebranded it to AMS (Adobe Media Server)
Now i'm a little confused.
1. whats the difference between the two?
2. i can't find the AMS 5.0 in the store.
Our company's goal is to create a video gallery with tutorial, conference, help, interview, etc videos for our customers to watch on our portal.
We already have 1000+ videos in wmv format which we would convert to MP4 and display them to customers with every browser, device and platform.
I've already setup FMS 4.5, added a JW player and stream rtmp, hls, hds test videos which display well on: IE, FF, Chrome, Opera, iOS, Android, etc.
My question was just about the future of Adobe's media streaming if we deploy our gallery on FMS 4.5. Will we be able to upgrade FMS 4.5 when new standard's arrive?
Should we go for AMS 5.0?
Currently AMS 5 (Linux) is available via FLP channel only. However you can always get an Amazon Web Service Access to AMS 5 through this link
Thanks for answer about AMS 5. I think it does not suite us in this phase.
What about my questions about the differences between FMS 4.5 and AMS 5.0?
And more important question i've asked: Will we be able to upgrade FMS 4.5 when new standard's arrive?
Some clarification on the responses to this thread:
1. HLS is currently implemented in iOS (ipod, ipad, iphone), Safari for Mac, and -some- versions of android, but not all (mainly 4.0+), and the android implementations are spotty at this point. HLS does not work on other browsers via the HTML5 <video> tag.
2. HDS is only supported by Flashplayer and Air, and will not work using an HTML5 <video> tag in any browser.
3. Adobe has discontinued the Flashplayer for Android, and will remove it from the play store as of August 15. What this means is that an android device that doesn't already have the flashplayer installed, and does not support HLS cannot receive streams from FMS unless they are served as progressive download via Apache, which will work only for VOD and not for live streams. In this scenario, if you want live or streaming of VOD, you're stuck with RTSP, which is currently not supported by FMS.
@lukalev2 - Keep in mind that the landscape of video technologies is changing rapidly, and regardless of what solution or workflow you choose, you'll be making changes in the coming years... there's no getting around that.
Regarding the difference between FMS 4.5 and AMS 5 please see this excerpt from Product Manager's blog post
Adobe Media Server 5 extends the innovation around Protected HTTP Dynamic Streaming (“PHDS”) which allows you to not worry about protection, just enable the encryption and protection and let Adobe do the rest. This release introduces Protected HLS streaming (“PHLS”) which uses the protection system to deliver the content license to the native IOS app without requiring a license server! So now you can deliver HTTP content to both native apps running on Apple devices and Flash-enabled devices using the same powerful Adobe Access client but without the Adobe Access license server. This technology is perfect for live events, news, sports or concerts, or if you just want to protect your video content without a complicated setup. We have juiced up the server with a much higher performing dynamic packager and encryption system that supports on demand and live streaming over both HDS and HLS that will power some of the most impressive events in 2012 that will change the way we think of multi-screen video. We have also extended the server’s utilities for offline media packaging to include HLS segmenting and encryption so you can prepare all your content in advance.
Regd upgrade query, do you already have FMS 4.5 or were planning to buy one? AMS 5 is also available through Value Added reseller channel even now
see the VAS list here - http://www.adobe.com/products/flashmediaserver/fmsp/var.html
I'm currently using the Cloudformation template to bring up FMS 4.5 instances. I don't see one for AMS 5. Would I be better off creating an EC2 instance with the AMS5 AMI, or does FMS 4.5 work just as well at producing HDS and HLS streams simultaneously? (All I need to do is provide live streaming to PC, Android, Apple, and Roku devices.)