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Flash is proprietary authoring software that can be used to create vector graphics-based animation programs.

Flash animations download quickly, are typically of high quality, and look the same on all browsers. Flash is used for interactive graphics for websites, as well as desktop presentations and games.

Utilizing Flash in Video & Audio Streaming

Flash Communication Server MX (FCS) and Real Estate Websites provides web developers with the means to add rich, interactive audio and video features to their sites.

Programming Flash Communication Server gives developers a leg up on this potentially intimidating technology. It explains how FCS can facilitate video on demand, live web casts, video chat and messaging, real-time collaboration, and much more.

Whether you're interested in preparing or recording sound or filming video for your real estate, web, Flash, or web design in general, It will help.

Flash version 6 has really revolutionized the way audio and video are streamed online for multimedia purposes. 

Streaming is based upon the FLV file format that controls the video part of the flash as well as the streamable content.  This provides for an on-demand player incorporating a storage area for the content to be played.

The FLV stream only has one video and audio stream.  The flash component also has support for formats like ADPCM, MP3 and proprietary Nellymoser audio codec. 

In version 6 Macromedia from flash, only the Sorenson .263 video codec was supported (which was incidentally a slightly modified version of the open H.263 standard).  However, the version 7 Macromedia came out with a second video format that is the “Screen Video.”  This new feature is specifically developed for screen capturing.

One of the easier ways to create FLV files is to convert audio and video with FFmpeg, a software project for converting such files to various formats.  FFmpeg uses Sorenson H.263 video formats for encoding video data. 

However, there is no support for Screen Video format right now.  Nevertheless, Sorenson’s H.263 is a multipurpose video codec with great compression rates, which is mostly used for encoding motion pictures due to the high-end quality.

Another way to work with FLV streams is to use libflv.  Rather than create the FLV, libfly works with the stream, and alters it to satisfy the user’s needs.

Flash is a very flexible tool to use on your real estate web site because there aren’t many constraints to the look and feel of the player and its integration into your web site design. 

One way to do this is to use MING, which is an open source library that is able to create flash files with Action Script, sound and video support, as well as many other flash features. 

MING also contains language bindings for many script and programming languages.
The new trend in flash is to fill it with flash objects called characters.  Different methods can be used to move, resize, rotate or remove an object. 

In addition, different buttons can be created to let the user control what he’s viewing, including the ability to pause.  Please Contact me if this is all confusing to you and I will make sure you have a better understanding to my post or maybe upload or convert some files so they fit your screen.


John El Hanafi, REALTOR®, ASP®, IAHSP®
      Keller Williams Main Line Realty,
             720 W Lancaster Avenue,
                  Bryn Mawr PA 19010

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