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James Marsh is currently doing his 2 weeks work experience at Mydeo. As a project, we got him to set up a live feed using Mydeo’s live streaming solutions which run on the backbone of Limelight Networks’ global Content Delivery Network (CDN).

The live feed was created by utilising Limelight’s Flash Media infrastructure. We connected to the network using Adobe’s Flash Media Live Encoder (FMLE) which is free to use for anyone who wants to create high quality Flash live feeds. Connecting to the CDN is very straight forward but if you would like to see a how to guide, we have a previous blog post that shows you steps: http://blog.mydeo.com/2010/12/16/start-flash-live/.

Once we had the live feed up and running, we needed to create a player to embed on our ‘Watch James’ webpage. The player we’re using is the OSMF player which is an open source, free to use Flash player that can be easily generated here: http://www.osmf.org/configurator/fmp/#. The OSMF player offers all the functionality needed to play high quality flash streams, live or on-demand. You can learn more about the player and how to get set up by navigating to our previous blog post: http://blog.mydeo.com/2013/01/25/flash-video-player-generator/

Finally, the webpage itself is being delivered by Mydeo’s HTTP servers hosted on the Limelight CDN. We achieved this by creating a HTML page containing the Flash player, a hit counter and twitter widget. The HTML page was then uploaded to the Limelight servers using the Filezilla FTP client which is also free to use. All this is being delivered over the Limelight CDN and is available to use by all our customers. Our plans start at £50 per month and for that, you can utilise everything you’ve read here to create your own, high quality flash feed.

To watch the live feed, please navigate to this address: http://mydeo.vo.llnwd.net/o1/http11/James/Flashtest.htm. Feel free to leave a comment using the twitter hash tag: #watchjames.

For more information on our CDN services, please contact us by email: help@mydeo.com or by phone: +44 208 540 2300 and we’ll be happy to assist.

Let’s make James famous!

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We talk a lot about players here in the Mydeo blog but this due to the fact that we get a lot of questions from our customers about what players to use for their content. Unfortunately, there’s never usually a one-stop solution when looking into players but that may be about to change… JW 6 player is the latest offering in the JW player series and it’s packed full of features which we all should be very excited about.

One feature in particular that’s extremely useful is the HLS plugin. As you may already know, Mydeo offers full HLS support and is mainly used for reaching those all-important iOS devices. HLS itself isn’t supported natively within some of the more popular web browsers such as Chrome, IE and Firefox. Customers wanting to reach both desktop and iOS devices will generally stream with both a HLS feed and an RTMP feed. This however, could now be a thing of the past because JW 6 has the functionality to reach all desktop browsers and iOS devices with just a single HLS feed. When JW 6 detects a desktop browser, it uses a functionality called ‘flash mode’ and the HLS feed plays seamlessly within the browser. When it detects an iOS device, it then reverts back to HTML5 mode to play the same stream.

We had customer recently who needed this exact functionality and they utilised JW6 along with Mydeo’s HLS streaming accounts to pull off a very successful live event. This made things much easier for them because they only had to worry about the single feed and the built-in customisation options meant getting the player on their website was a breeze.

The HLS plug-in is only available through the JW 6 premium version but with this you get multi-end device functionality for both your live and on-demand content along with countless other customisation options. Using the built-in skins, you’re also able to integrate the player in a way that matches your existing website styling to achieve an overall professional look.

To find out more about the latest JW player, you can visit their website: http://www.longtailvideo.com/. To find out more about Mydeo’s HLS services, you can call us on: +44 208 540 2300 or email us at: m3@mydeo.com.

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In this article I want to show you how you can quickly create the embed code for a Flash video player. In a previous article, we looked at HTML5 and the <video> tag. We saw that it’s very easy to create a player in HTML5 and the upshot of using it means we get to reach those all important iOS devices. There is a downside however by just using pure HTML5 and this was also mentioned in the previous article. Audiences who are using older systems with out of date browsers might not be able to view your videos if you’re only using HTML5. To prevent this, it’s suggested that you also include a Flash player in your fall back code so that these older systems have something to ‘fall back’ on.

Creating a Flash player from scratch is much harder than creating a HTML5 player so to keep things simple, I want to point you in the direction of the Open Source Media Framework site. They have a neat web application that allows you to create the embed code for your Flash video. You’re able to adjust the height and width along with other standard settings. I can’t begin to tell you how much time this saves and is especially useful when you need to get your videos up on your site quickly. To make use of the generator, click here.

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You should find the generator fairly easy to use, just click the preview button once you’ve entered your URL and settings and the embed code appears under the preview player. This code can be inserted into your HTML5 player from the previous article to enable that all important fall back feature.

One more thing I need to highlight about this application is the fact that it also works with live RTMP publishing URLs. This means that if you need a player for your live Flash event, you can quickly create one here. Remember that Mydeo offers world class live and on-demand video delivery (HTML5 and Flash compatible) at low entry level pricing. For more information about our products and how Mydeo can help you with online video, feel free to contact us by email: m3@mydeo.com or by phone: +44 208 540 2300.

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