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You can stream VIDEO FILES from any server I believe. I have developed a video player a few months back that streams flash videos to my users' desktops. Both the application and videos are stored on the same Windows 2K3 server.
The videos do require being in .flv flash format however. But you don't need a flash media server for simple streaming.
I am not sure about streaming live video from a camera though.
You are referring to progressive download which is not what the OP means.
LuigiL is correct. To end users, streaming and progressive downloads often seem indistinguishable. To web video professionals, however, the terms have specific meanings. Following are two docs at adobe.com explaining the distinctions:
Streaming vs. HTTP delivery in Overview of streaming with Flash Media Server 3 by Lisa Larson-Kelley
Delivery options for Flash video in Flash video learning guide
Minor note, Flex supports only streaming and progressive. Flash authoring, in addition to supporting streaming and progressive, also supports embedding too.
Thanks a lot.
But from my flex application I am unable to stream video files from
Darwin streaming server.What may the reason.
I had written
under the video display container.Tried with rtsp protocol also.
I had used video files of .mp4,.flv format.
Darwin supports QuickTime and MPEG4. Both file types cannot be played within the swf format.
Minor note, Flash Player (and therefore, by extension, Flex/Flash), supports a subset of MPEG4 (so, properly encoded, MPEG4 CAN "be played within the swf format"). Here in Adobe-land we tend refer to this as H.264 video encoding. The great David Hassoun has published a very nice primer on the topic here:
Exploring Flash Player support for high-definition H.264 video and AAC audio
@ Anulucky, I highly encourage you to look at the links I posted yesterday. Flash Player's streaming protocol is RTMP. No, rtsp support in Adobe-land. And all video encoding is not alike.
If you might be up for some deeper reading on MPEG-4 encoding requirements for support by Flash Player, following are two links providing some discussions of the deeper technical details:
QTIndexSwapper AIR Application for Flash Player H.264 files
What just happened to video on the web?