Monday, December 22, 2008




This blog article demonstrates how any users using Adobe Creative Suite CS4 or Adobe Flash CS4 Professional can create Interactive H264 Video for Flash player 10 to be viewed by any web browser supporting Flash Player 10 or higher. The following Software (part of Adobe Creative Suite CS4 or bundled with Adobe Flash CS4) as well as a third party Software called Activideo will be used in sequential order.

1) Adobe Media Encoder CS4 or Adobe Media Encoder CS5

2) Adobe Bridge CS4 or Adobe Media Encoder CS5

3) Third party products such as Activideo (used in this article) or Adobe After Effect CS4 ( and finally

4) Adobe Flash CS4 or even Better Adobe Flash CS5 which support live preview of video on the designer stage

Users don't have to be familiar with Adobe Media Encoder to generate the XMP data but must be familiar with Action Script 3.0 to create the interactive experience inside Flash CS4 or Flash CS5. They can incorporate XMPData Event exposed by the NetStream player class. You must be familiar with mouse click event in Action Script 3 and really fast mouse hit test detection and finally you must be able to execute additionnal Action Script 3 functions.

Interactive user mouse click over specific areas in the video can provide useful web analytic data for the content provider streaming the videos, or lead the user to third party web site, or be able to jump to another position in the same video or a relative FLV or F4V video...

On android OS 2.2 with Flash Player 10.1 user could pause the video and display a popup to jump to various web site.

The time to produce an interactive video can vary from 5 minutes to few hours depending on variable parameters which have more or less impact on the time to complete the interactive presentation.
This time didn't include the encoding time of the H264 Video.
Software with motion tracking engine such as Adobe After Effects will also
facilitate the production of your interactive hot spots.

We are going to focus on one use cases. The first use case will show you step by step how to turn a logo within a Music Video Clip into a functional HyperLink to lead the user to the Television Company Web Site or a landing web page focused on the artist within the Television Company Web Site.

Why Interactive Video

1.Produce interactive banner ads using Flash and H264 F4V Video with persisted link in the Video so that syndicators can target ads for higher returns.

2. Same content used on TV and on the web and now on devices running Android 2.2 OS

3. Produce music or video clip which can lead the user to the content owner or artist web site so that they can earn more revenue.

4. Be able to increase search accuracy of H264 video content for search engine based on URL attached to specific object in time.

5. Provide “hidden” web analytic feedback to company to help them know which object were clicked in the Video by a user when and how many times.

6. Lead the user to other video or segment of the same video when the same object appears.

Music Video Clip Use Case

Step 1 Launch Adobe Media Encoder CS4 - Select Video Source and add to Batch

Step 2 Adobe Media Encoder CS4 - Insert Event Cuepoint for Interactive Sequence SMPTE Time In,

This step is no longer require with the updated version of Activideo. Activideo will generate an XMP file which can be embedded immediately in the Video (no need to merge)

The first step consist of using Adobe Media Encoder CS4 to encode your Video Source into H264 video and provide a list of marker matching each video segment related to each interactive sequences you are willing to produce. In our sample we will only create one sequence so for this manner you just have to provide two event markers.
We pick an mpeg one video clip of an 80's band Europe for there hit The Final Countdown. The reason we are doing this step is to produce a video with embedded XMP track. You can avoid this step if you are using latest version of Activideo (July 2010) but this is better to merge the XMP metadata exported by Activideo with additional Cue Points parameters with the XMP Metadata produced by Adobe Media Encoder.

When you add the source video file to Adobe Media Encoder CS4 batch list you can double click on the preset to be able to open the export settings window panel. From there you can provide in and out cuepoint. You can use the slider to be able to visually detect the beginning of your sequence. In this particular case when the VH1 classic logo appears.

For convenience give each in and out CuePoint a name which will help you associate each interactive sequence during the merging operation. The reason for doing this is that when Adobe Media Encoder will encode the video some XMP Metadata will be inserted in the Video Clip.

Adobe broaden XMP as the standard for embedded metadata to be used for internal and external workflow. In our use case XMP metadata will be used for external usage.

What is XMP ?

1. XMP is based on XML hence grammar can be extended at anytime

2. XMP is used across all Adobe Product for a better workflow

3. XMP can help users to work and collaborate on the same project thanks to the merging capability of XMP Data.

4. Using XMP provide indexation features for triple store engine once XMP data is converted to RDF hence web crawler can perform indexation of any files tagged using Adobe tools or thanks to the public version of XMPCore SDK

5. XMP is embedded in the Video File and remains in the video even if the content is moved or copy from one server to an other.

6. Video and its private data can be delivered in a single connection from Flas Media Server using RTMP protocol as well as from any HTTP server used to provide progressive download and playback mechanism to Flash Player.

7. XMP can be parsed using for x loop in Action Script 3

Step 3 Adobe Media Encoder CS4 - Insert Event Cuepoint for Interactive Sequence SMPTE Time Out

Using the video slider, look for the specific time where the logo will disappear and create an other Event Cuepoint. Once you have set both in and out Cuepoint to define the interval for your interactive sequence, you can Encode the video. To proceed to the next step you will have to wait for the F4V (H264 Video) to be fully encoded. The encoding time will vary based on your CPU speed. It is highly recommended to do
H264 encoding on Multi Core Computer or really fast single core CPU. It is also highly recommended to encode using Adobe Media Encoder for a valid interactive video use case. Doing that will ensure that correct XMP data will be embedded in the Video and this will also reserve some space in the beginning of the video to be able later on to merge Interactive XMP data with XMP Data previously embedded in the Video.

Step 4 Adobe Media Encoder CS4 - Encode F4V H264 Video for Flash Player 10

Encoding Process. All encoding and scrubbing for In and Out time code tasks to reserve Cuepoint entries for Video footage can be done by one person while an other person will generate the Interactive Data aimed to be merge at the end of encoding workflow.

Produce Interactive Sequence for a static area using Activideo

When it comes to generate fast interactive sequences for static area I really like to use Activideo. But don't get me wrong here, Interactive Sequence don't have to be static. Activideo is a software created by a small company Actimus which can help you generate all what you need to produce the raw data needed for an interactive video experience. For more information about Activideo visit and to see how it work visit Some video tutorials are also available to explain you how to use Activideo

Activideo is a fast and easy way to turn your videos into interactive presentations thanks to the export of well known Adobe XMP Metadata container. Activideo adds interactive hot spots (also called overlay sequences) to your videos. It is a simple but powerful concept: user-created hyperlinks within the video at various intervals and for specific areas in the video the same way hypertext is used on the Internet. These hyperlinks and interactive hotspots are exported into Adobe XMP RDF XML file format. Activideo could also produce Adobe Flash CS4 Action script 3 file along with a FLA and HTML template to be able to build your custom SWF with Adobe Flash CS4 thanks to a Plugin SDK.

Input Formats:

Activideo supports many input video file formats mostly any file format supported by the Direct Show software stack. Today, it currently supports MPEG1, MPEG2*, MPEG2-TS* transport streams including HD (720, 1080), DivX*, Microsoft AVI, Microsoft WMV* and WMV-HD * and Blueray * m2ts file. Activideo never modifies the original source video neither encode a Video. This tasks is left to Adobe Media Encoder and Adobe Bridge CS4 bundled with Adobe Flash CS4 Pro


The outlining of the overlay sequences is very precise because Activideo supports polygons with up to 100 vertices within a sequence. It performs linear interpolation of each vertex to transition smoothly from one shape to another. While the video is playing into Activideo, the user can move the current polygon location with the mouse visually to match any portion of the video associated and covered by polygon (and polygon are not visible on top of the final encoded Video. This is a human intervention process but it can be automated if the user doesn't plan to move the object on screen thanks to a very functional Wizard well suited to create a unique sequence and for example turn a logo encoded in the video into an hyperlink. To ease the overlay authoring process, a static logo sequence can be generate using the Creation Wizard.


With Activideo, users can add interactive hotspot to their videos. Since the XMP data can be embedded into the Video using Adobe Media Encoder CS4/CS5 or Adobe Bridge CS4/CS4 the hyperlink will always moved whenever the Video is duplicated acting as a watermark for your video. It also provides a way to publish interactive Ads Banner using FLV or H264 video. Activideo will not encode video but just export XMP file using Adobe Flash CS4 FLV Cuepoint RDF grammar. The generated XMP metadata can be merged and embedded into FLV or F4V Video using Adobe Media Encoder or Adobe Bridge CS4. FLV or H264 Video can be encoded using Adobe Media Encoder or Elecard converter studio.

Demo version:
Yes : Export of XMP
No : Project saving.
Yes : Wizard to create an interactive sequence available.
21 days of evaluation.

It will take you 2 minutes to generate a simple interactive sequence for a static logo but you can create complex sequence to match moving objects in the video.

Full version:
Yes : Export XMP
Yes : Access to self registered COM Export Plug-ins available through Export As Menu
No activation required.

Although this use cases is focused on demonstrating how XMP can be used in H264 video for hyperlinks, Activideo can also provide Manual selection and on screen positioning of shapes on top of the video while the video is playing usefull when object are moving. Activideo support linear interpolation between shapes with the same amount of vertices set by default for all the sequences.

When you launch Activideo you will browse for the same Video Source you used to produce an H264 Video with Adobe Media Encoder CS4. Note that this use case will work only if the Video Size of your Encoded Video is the exact same size than
your Video Source. This is mandatory because we want all the Interactive Sequence coordinate in pixel to match the source and encoded video as well in term of duration and dimension.

Step 5 Activideo - Using the New project Wizard Option from the File Menu

Step 6 Activideo - Browse Video Source

Step 7 Activideo - Provide Basic Metadata

Step 8 Activideo - Interactive Sequence Generator

Provide a unique Name for your sequence to easily identify each interactive Sequence in your exported XMP file.

Provide an hyperlink. This can be relative path, absolute link to a fully qualify domain name URL or can be some sort of data which could be executed or interpreted using Action Script 3 code.

Provide a default location for your interactive hotspot. This is where you provide the default initial location of your hotspot. This position don't have to be accurate but this will accelerate the sequence tuning process.

Provide the initial size of your interactive hotspot.

Provide the number of key frame that you want for your interactive sequence. Since your hotspot is not going to move two keyframes are enough but you can insert more key frame if needed. Adding keyframe at this time is not really helpful since you want a keyframe to be set/added whenever the object within the sequence is likely to move in a different direction than the direction between two consecutive keyframes surrounding a specific frame within the sequence.

Step 9 Activideo - Click on Finish to Generate the Sequence

Step 10 Activideo - Adjust the sequence SMPTE In Time Code to Match Adobe Media Encoder SMPTE In Time Code

Use the video slider to locate the position where you set the In Event Cuepoint in Adobe Media Encoder. This time didn't have to be exactly perfect but close enough to be able to merge correct 2D spatial information in the XMP Data embedded in the H264 version of the video.Once you found the location you can select the overlay polygon move it right on top of the logo and adjust the size of the polygon using the right click button of your mouse to scale down or up the polygon. Finaly click in the toolbar on the trim before button. This will insert a keyframe and remove all keyframe prior to the current position.

Step 11 Activideo - Adjust the sequence SMPTE Out Time Code to Match Adobe Media Encoder SMPTE Out Time Code

In this frame you noticed an other block of data showing the Name of the Band, the track title and information related to the right owner of the content. A valid use case would be to create hyperlinks sequence for all of the content listed earlier to lead the user to multiple unique URL's.

For this ending sequence position select the trim after button in the toolbar. This will insert a keyframe and delete all following keyframes.

Step 12 Activideo - Export Adobe XMP

This option let you export the interactive video sequence into an Adobe XMP file

Adobe Bridge CS4 - Exporting and Merging XMP

Step 13 Adobe Bridge CS4 - Exporting XMP From F4V

There are several places where you can merge XMP Metadata using software installed with Adobe CS4 professional. The easiest way is to use Adobe Bridge CS4. Once you launch Adobe Bridge CS4 select the folder where you encode the H264 Video and right click on the F4V logo and choose File info...

Select the property sheet page named Raw Data. This is where the XMP Block is display in its RAW form. The highlighted text correspond to the AME Track for the unique interactive sequence matching the logo. Export the complete XMP data as a file to disk.

Step 14 Adobe Bridge CS4 - Merging XMP Data between Activideo XMP and the XMP data encoded earlier in the F4V Video.

The best free tool to merge XMP Data that I like to use is called WinMerge. It provides the ability to merge left or right using a double paned window view but notepad can be good enough :) in our example. A commercial version called araxis merge is also really good.

You want to merge the selected bloc in the left notepad window to the right bloc under the selected text in the right notepad loading the previously exported XMP. Don't forget to include the marker as well. Do this for every cuepoints. Once done saved you new XMP file. If you want to compel with XMP you can insert new saving history entry to show in the XMP File that a new software has been used to generate interactive hotspot. This is not a bad idea at all for workflow and tracking purposes.

Step 15 Adobe Bridge CS4 - Re-import XMP Data into F4V video file encoded by Adobe Media Encoder CS4

Because we merged manually we can choose the clear existing properties and replace with template properties.

Step 16 Adobe Flash CS4 - Create Interactive FLA Project file and generate SWF

While I understood that Activideo software has a plugin model which should provide solutions to export XMP the way you want I decided to create a FLA project and Action Script 3 code to quickly manipulate the XMP data to do something with the interactive XMP track.

1 Create an Action Script 3 project and saved the project to activideo.fla

2 Create two customs mouse cursor in order to change the mouse cursor when the mouse will be over a hotspot and one cursor when the mouse will be outside

3 Write some code to load XMP data in memory and last but not least

4 Write very fast polygon hit test detection code in Action Script 3 to detect when the mouse is in a Polygon.

The idea behind the scene would be to write an activideo plugin to generate a FLA which should be attached with a separate Action Script file and a separate XML file. The separate XML file could be used by the action script code to load the video source (local or relative path next to the SWF, http URL or rtmp URL). You can also export various interactive video related parameters specific to the Interactive Video Flash experience you want to deliver to your audience. An interactive video playback control must be self contained and the SWF must be as small as possible.
For ads you should not need any FLVPlayback Component Skins at all.

Actimus LLC is currently working on expanding JW Player and add support to parse XMP data describing Interactive Hotspot. This is a great move since many users want to experience the end result. Since JW player has been embedded in millions of Web Pages this is a great move for Activideo.

Step 17 Adobe Flash CS4 - Publish Setting

Make sure your publish setting is targeting Flash Player 10 since XMP Data is only available in Flash Player 10. If you target Flash Player 9 flash player 9 won't be able to pre-load the embedded XMP Data but your SWF will still work. This is what i like with Flash. A SWF generated for Player 9 will still be rendered with Flash PLayer 6. You are just going to miss few elements on screen.

Step 18 Adobe Flash CS4 - Publish SWF

The onXMPData is the Action Script Event Handler which will receive the XMP Raw Data when the Video will be playback. At this point you can build your SWF and test your movie. Make sure that the video is copied next to the FLA and by extension next to the SWF after publishing time unless you provide a custom path in an XML file or in your Action Script Code at runtime. Finally Test your Movie. The custom cursor are build in the FLA project. You can import your own cursor using the Photoshop Importer feature in Flash CS4. You can import transparent PSD and convert each graphic object into a movie clip. When you test the movie, the cursor will show an interactive cursor (hand cursor) when the mouse will be over the interactive hotspot and a standard cursor when the mouse will leave the hotspot. From now on do what you want when clicking in the hotspot !

Good Practice. You can edit the Action Script Code and add some code to auto loop your video (good for ads), you can add some code to turn Audio Off in order not to playback any audio from the Video and decide that you just want to render the video useful for interactive banner.

Actimus is working on a custom FLV and F4V Playback component which will support embedded interactive XMP sequences.
If you are interested in helping writing custom Playback Component send me an email through the following web site

Step 19 Adobe Flash CS4 - Test Movie

Outside Interactive Hotspot

Inside Interactive Hotspot

Step 20 Adobe Flash CS4 - Publish to the web

You will have to upload the F4V next to your SWF or change the local remote path with an http URL.

Publish and stream with FMS 3.0

You will have to change the local file path with an RTMP URL

Finally last but not least the beauty of XMP is that data can be injected on demand
straight into Flash Media Server, rather than having XMP permanently encoded into
the video this is why having the XMP as a separate file is also a valid use case.
On the other hand you can use a naming convention for each Key/Value Pair you want to add at the end of an XMP block in order to support multiple language or multiple condition. The only important thing is to make sure to append custom key/value pair string after the list of coordinates for each polygon belonging to an interactive sequence at a specific key frame. You can also keep the XMP files separate from the video if you want too by just exporting the XMP from the video after it has been added. You could use Flash remoting solution to deliver XMP as AMF objects from a web server using ColdFusion and PHP for instance :)

A new article to explain how to convert XMP Cuepoint time into Millisecond

Adding Google Analytics

Google Analytics Hook into your SWF very usefull to report analytics when user click on an interactive hotspot in the video

var tracker:AnalyticsTracker = new GATracker( this, "UA-111-222", "AS3", true );
playGame.addEventListener( MouseEvent.CLICK, onButtonClick );
function onButtonClick ( event:Event ):void

In the following example, a movie clip called playGame exists on the stage. A new tracking object called tracker is created along with an event handler that listens for a mouse click. When the button is clicked, the onButtonClick function is called. For each click, the trackPageview() method increments the pageview count for the virtual page /myGame1.

Enjoy !

More reference about interactive video at Adobe and third party tools



Flash CS4 Video Playback

Interactive Hotspot using After Effect

How to receive XMP data using FLVPlayback Component

FLV and F4V


Xcitex Pro Analyst Motion Tracker

Free Action Script 3 Interactive "FLVPlayback" Component for Flash CS5

Thursday, December 18, 2008

How to detect if Visual Studio 2008 SP1 is installed on a machine

You can also determine the service pack level of a more general, larger scope by reading a REG_DWORD registry value named SP from under :


VSTD for Visual Studio 2008 Team Edition
Look for SP or SPIndex DWORD key 1 means installed 0 means not installed

Turn off intellisense in Visual Studio 2008

While writting a complex macro is one thing, the quickest way to turn intellisense off forever is to rename C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 9.0\VC\vcpackages\feacp.dll to feacp.dll.old. Seams to work fine with the VC++ IDE

If you want autocompletion purchase Visual Assist which is doing an awesome job for C++

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Setting Flex builder 3 to debug your swf with Flash CS4 and Flash CS3 installed

When you want to debug your application using Flex Builder 3
and if you have Flash CS4 installed as well as an older version of FLash CS3
you will see a dialog saying that C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Flash CS4\Players\FlashPlayer.exe is not the version suitable to debug your SWF.
To fix this issue exit Flex Builder, backup your C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Flash CS4\Players\FlashPlayer.exe and C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Flash CS4\Players\Flash folder then copy C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Flash CS4\Players\Debug to C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Flash CS4\Players\.

Flex Builder 3 didn't map the right path to Debug\FlashPlayer.exe

Monday, December 08, 2008

Christmas bash party 2008 playlist

- Music Sounds Better With You - Stardust
- Hey Ya - OutKast - Speakerboxx the love below
- One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer John Lee Hooker 20th Century Masters The
Millenium Collection
- Get This Party Started - Pink
- I Want to Hug You - John Lee Hooker - Mr Lucky
- Sing It Back - Moloko
- Sister Sledge - We Are Family
- 4 minutes - Madonna feat justin timberlake and_timbaland
- Business Time - Flight of the Conchords - The Distant Future
- Here Comes Santa Claus - Elvis Presley - Elvis Christmas Holiday
- Talk Is Cheap - Toasters - The Skaboom!
- Drop You Off - Dimmer - I Believe You Are a Star
- Frosty the Snowman - Jimmy Durante-20th Century Masters The Millennium Collection Season's Greetings (Box Set)
- Don't stop Believin - Journey
- Tell Me 'Bout It-Joss Stone - Tell Me 'Bout It - Single
- Better - Guns n' Roses
- All summer long - Kid rock
- Don't Stop The Music - Rihanna
- All Night - Damian Marley & Stephen Marley - Welcome to Jamrock
- Short Skirt Long Jacket - Cake - Comfort Eagle
- Silver Bells - Dean Martin - Christmas With Dino
- Angel - Shaggy & Rayvon - Hot Shot
- Keep Hope Alive - The Crystal Method - Vegas
- Rudolph the Red - Nosed Reindeer - Burl Ives - Have a Holly Jolly Christmas
- Mysterious Girl - Peter Andre
- Can't Get Used to Losing You - The English Beat - Beat This The Best of the English Beat
- Do That There (The Young Einstein Hoo-Hoo Mix) - Lyrics Born - Same !@#$ Different Day
- Lose Yourself - Eminem - 8 Mile (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture)
- White Christmas (1947 Single) - Bing Crosby - White Christmas
- Doors of Your Heart - The English Beat - Beat This The Best of the English Beat
- Roll It Up - The Crystal Method - Tweekend
- Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town - Alvin & The Chipmunks-Merry Christmas from the Chipmunks
- Blue Christmas - Elvis Presley - Elvis Christmas Holiday
- Drop You Off - Dimmer - I Believe You Are a Star
- Walk This Land (Lock Stock Full Length Mix)- EZ Rollers - Storm from the East
- Mambo No.5 (a Little Bit Of...) - Lou Bega
- It Wasn't Me - Shaggy - Hot Shot
- Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow - Michael Bubl‚ - Let It Snow!
- Shake It Off (Bad Dream Part II) - Same !@#$ Different Day
- Where Do I Begin - The Chemical Brothers - Dig Your Own Hole
- Santa Claus Is Comin To Town-Frank Sinatra - The Polar Express
- Part Of The Process - Morcheeba
- Shake It Baby - John Lee Hooker - 20th Century Masters The Millenium Collection
- A Holly Jolly Christmas - Burl Ives - Have a Holly Jolly Christmas
- Children - Dave Dorell
- Luv Me, Luv Me - Shaggy & Samantha Cole - Hot Shot
- Wonderful Night - Fatboy Slim - Palookaville
- America, F__k Yeah - Team America - Team America - World Police (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture)
- Mercy - Deffy
- Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer - Jack Johnson - This Warm December Brushfire Holiday'sVol1
- Save It For Later - The English Beat - Beat This! The Best of the English Beat
- Long Train Runnin' - The Doobie Brothers
- Disturbia - Rihanna
- Ring of fire - Johnny Cash
- Temperature - Sean Paul
- Kelis - Milkshake
- Gimme The Light - Sean Paul
- Jingle Bell Rock - Straight No Chaser - Holiday Spirits (Bonus Track Version)
- Short Change - EZ Rollers - Weekend World Dance
- If this aint love - Spiller groovejet
- Tequila - Alt and the lost civilisation
- Night Train - Alvino Rey Bachelor Pad Royale Ultra LoungeVol4
- Short Change - EZ Rollers - Weekend World
- Supermassive Black Hole - Muse-Black Holes and Revelations
- The Bay (Feat. C. Holiday and the Poets of Rhythm)
- Callin' Out Remix (Feat. E-40 and Casual)
- Feel Alright - Albino! - Rhino World
- The Beast - Milt Buckner - Bachelor Pad Royale Ultra LoungeVol4
- World Hold On (Extended Radio Edit) - Bob Sinclar - Bob Sinclar
- Superstar - Jamelia
- Steady As She Goes - The Raconteurs - Anywhere Anytime Outdoor Conditioning Alternative
- What Makes The Monkey Dance - Chuck Prophet - No Other Love Rock
- Demon_days - Gorillaz
- Son Of A Preacher Man - Dusty Springfield - Pulp Fiction Soundtrack
- Where Do I Begin - The Chemical Brothers - Dig Your Own Hole Electronic
- Peace On Earth Little Drummer Boy - Bing Crosby & David Bowie-Bing Crosby - Christmas Classics
- Should I - Rihanna
- If You're Into It - Flight of the Conchords - The Distant Future
- The Champs - Tequila
- Ms Jackson - Outkast
- It Must Be Love - Madness - Madness Ultimate Collection
- Jingle Bell Rock - Bobby Helms & The Anita Kerr Singers - 20th Century Masters -The Millennium Collection Season's Greeting (Box Set)
- Return of the mack - 4 strings feat mack
- Sleigh Ride - Ella Fitzgerald - Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas
- Stand By Me - Ben E. King
- Just A Gigolo - David Lee Roth
- Chumbawamba - Tubthumping
- Winter Wonderland - Tony Bennett - A Swingin' Christmas (feat. The Count Basie Big Band)
- La bamba - Los Lobos
- Play that funky music - Wild Cherry
- I m So Excited - The Pointer Sisters
- Merry Christmas Baby - Sheryl Crow with Eric Clapton
- Sex bomb - Tom Jones
- Lose Yourself - Eminem - The Single Box Set
- Without Me (Album Version) - Eminem - The Singles BoxSet
- Girls got rhythm - ACDC
- Crazy Seal Cover - Alanis Morissette
- White Wedding (Part 1) - Billy Idol - Greatest Hits
- Block Rockin' Beats - Chemical Brothers
- Music Sounds Better With You - Daft Punk and Stardust
- Every You Every Me - Cruel Intentions - Placebo
- One More Time - Daft Punk
- Fergie - Glamorous
- La La - Ashlee Simpson
- Santa Baby - Cynthia Basinet
- Madonna - Hung Up (Radio Version)
- Monkey Business - Black Eyed Peas - Pump It
- Et c'est parti - Nadya
- Promiscious - Nelly Furtado Ft Timberland
- So What - Pink
- Shut Up and Drive - Rihanna
- Maria Maria (Wyclef Remix) - Santana - Maria Maria
- All Summer Long - The Rock Heroes

- Preservation Hall Jazz Band From New Orleans

Flash CS4 to Flash Media Server 3 publication for RTMP

If you have not worked with Flash before you will probably find that using the Flash Media Server (FMS) is not as easy. Because FMS provides a full-blown application development environment based on Flash there are a lot more options you can choose.
The following tutorial will illustrate a very simple, stripped-down method to publish a video via FMS and should not be taken as the definitive way you should publish your content. For the purposes of this tutorial you should have:
• Licensed copy of Macromedia (Now part of Adobe) Dreamweaver 8 (or higher)
I now recommend Flash CS3 or Flash CS4
• Licensed copy of Macromedia Flash and Flash Video Encoder (version 8 or higher) bundle with Flash CS3 or Adobe Media Encoder bundle with Flash CS4
The basic process for encoding and publishing your video files is:
1. Request an application directory on the servers for your project.
2. Encode your video or audio into the Flash Video format using the Flash Video Encoder. Other tools may work but are beyond the scope of this tutorial.
3. Copy the encoded file(s) to the content directory
4. Publish the URL(s) to your content so clients can find it.

There are two use cases. The most common use case is to request an application directory on the media server(s) the video is supposed to come from. In most of the case team managing Flash Media Server are remote from the development site. In this case most of the time application directory are provided through email or web services which provide HTTP and/or FTP access to upload and later on deliver your files through HTTP or RTMP protocol. Generally, the path will look something like:
This is the UNC path to your area and in some cases for company using inter office extranet can be accessed via Windows Explorer or SMB. You can even map a network drive letter to it if you'd like. The portion of the above path is a unique name given to your project and will be used to refer to your content later.
The second use case would be to upload to a local FMS in case you are running Flash CS4 and FMS on the same production machine

Generally speaking.
The first step is to encode your video files. This is done using Adobe Media Encoder in Flash CS4 and this operation is done during the the import video wizard process or running Adobe Media Encoder in stand alone mode.
Open the application and add a new video file to the queue by dragging the source video to the queue window. Then click Settings for each batch entry in case you want to change the video encoding profile.
Finally, you should click the Start Queue button to begin encoding your video(s). Depending on the size and quality of the video and the speed of your computer the encoding process can take a very long time. Once the encoding process is finished you can close Adobe Media Encoder.
Now that your video is encoded most of the time you create a new project, insert an FLVPlayback Component on the stage and then associate a video URL to the video component. This path can be a local path, an http URL or an RTMP url.

Every file should be copied to the application directory on the streaming media server (local test server) as well as remote server.
For this tutorial you should copy the file using a path structure similar to this:
You will need to create the streams and 100k directories before you can copy the video file (testvid.flv in this example).
Once you have created the directory structure and copied your video file to the FMS server, you need to create a special file called main.asc at the root of the application directory to tell the FMS server how to serve your content.

The easiest way to do this right now is to use Macromedia Dreamweaver to embed a Flash player into a web page and let it create the main.asc file for you. To do this, open Macromedia Dreamweaver 8 and create a new HTML page:
The most important fields on the Insert Flash Video window that you need to change are:
Video Type: Change this to Streaming Video. If you fail to change this to Streaming Video the .flv video file will be streamed from a web server and not the FMS server. This is called progressive streaming and is not the same as using FMS.
Server URI: rtmp://wms.myfullyqualidieddomainname.zzz /myappdir/100k . This is the base URI that the Flash video player will use to construct the path to the video. Do not add the streams portion of the path to the URI. For example, the physical path might be
\\wms.myfullyqualidieddomainname.zzz /myappdir/streams/100k/myvideo.flv
but the correct rtmp path would be
Adding the streams portion of the path to the URI like this
rtmp://www.myfullyqualidieddomainname.zzz /myappdir/streams/100k/myvideo.flv
would be incorrect.
It is very important that you use the correct URI or else the stream will not work.
Stream name: This is the name of the video file (vidtest.flv in this case).
The other fields can be left blank or modified as you see fit.

Save the file.
By using Dreamweaver to insert the video player all the hard work of creating the embedded video player and the main.asc file has been done for you. Now all that remains is to copy the main.asc file to the root of your FMS application directory:
\\myfullyqualidieddomainname.zzz \wmsroot$\myappdir\main.asc
and publishing the Dreamweaver site to a web server of your choice (www.myfullyqualidieddomainname.zzz).

The main.asc file is a simple template Flash Action Script document that helps FMS to feed the video file to the client when a request comes in. It must exist at the root of your FMS application directory in order for streaming to work correctly.
You can do a lot within the main.asc file such as security checking and automatic bandwidth detection. Using these advanced features require programming and are beyond the scope of this tutorial. A good place to start looking for further information would be the Adobe Flash Media Server Developer Center. Now all that remains is for you to open the HTML page from your webserver and check that the Flash video plays correctly. If you entered everything correctly and placed the files in the right places then you should see an embedded flash video player in your browser window with your video playing within it. If all you see is a blank HTML page then it's likely that you mistyped the rtmp path or file name incorrectly.

Finally if your Flash Media Server is running under Windows Server 2003 make sure to open port 1935 and port 443.

When the Flash Player encounters the connect() method, it attempts to connect to your FMS following a very specific pattern. It first attempts to connect over port 1935, then port 433, then port 80 and then it automatically attempts to tunnel through by sending rtmp data over http also called RTMPT it turns out the automatic sequence of attempts is fine for many situations however you may find that some users can't make a connection (well , the NetConnection can't) because their firewall (hardware) blocks data from traveling through port 1935. If those users can connect to any website surely they can use port 80 and even if their setup blocks rtmp surely they can use RTMPT over port 80 because its really just plain http ...

To force the flash player to try to connect through a specific port other than the defaults as specified above.....write rtmp as ....my_nc.connect("rtmp:://;

Note for Flash Media Server:

It is possible that the default Adaptor.xml file has port 19350.
You can change this port but be carefull not to take
1935 which may result in conflict with the external port which clients (FlashPlayer) uses to connect to FMS, which is also 1935 by default

To change this port goto C:\Program Files\..\"Flash Media Server 3"\conf\_defaultRoot_\adaptor.xml and change 19350 to an other prot

Finally make sure you open this port locally in you FireWall and 1935 from outbound to inboud traffic

The change in adaptor.xml can be done around the following block :



Stop Flash Media Server and Restart the server.

Remember that a user might not connect remotely if the server hosting Flash Media Server is blocking port 1935

If you want to play an MP4/H264 MOV or F4V make sure you add mp4: before the video file name EG:

You may be interested to read more about interactive video in Flash CS4 as well

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

MFC and Standard CRT Runtime Conflict

When linking an exe with many dependencies one useful thing to do to make sure the links paths are correct is to
add /verbose:lib under the Project Property Page under Linker in the Command Line Additionnal Options text field (Visual Studio 2008). Doing this will output the full path of each library loaded by the linker when the linker will build your final binary (EXE, DLL for instance).

It is also important to make sure not to mix MFC and non MFC runtime. Many time even if you are not using MFC you can generate a static library using the MFC runtime in order to avoid those anoying nodefault library line.

A LNK2005 error occurs when the CRT library and MFC libraries are linked in the wrong order in Visual C++
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o Solution One: Force Linker to Link Libraries in Correct Order
o Solution Two: Locate and Correct the Problem Module
o Steps to Reproduce the Problem in Visual C++ .NET

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When the C Run-Time (CRT) library and Microsoft Foundation Class (MFC) librarie...
When the C Run-Time (CRT) library and Microsoft Foundation Class (MFC) libraries are linked in the wrong order, you may receive one of the following LNK2005 errors:
nafxcwd.lib(afxmem.obj) : error LNK2005:
"void * __cdecl operator new(unsigned int)"(??2@YAPAXI@Z) already
defined in LIBCMTD.lib(new.obj)
nafxcwd.lib(afxmem.obj) : error LNK2005:
"void __cdecl operator delete(void *)"(??3@YAXPAX@Z) already defined
in LIBCMTD.lib(dbgnew.obj)
nafxcwd.lib(afxmem.obj) : error LNK2005:
"void * __cdecl operator new(unsigned int,int,char const *,int)"
(??2@YAPAXIHPBDH@Z) already defined in LIBCMTD.lib(dbgnew.obj)
mfcs40d.lib(dllmodul.obj): error LNK2005: _DllMain@12 already defined in
MSVCRTD.LIB (dllmain.obj)
mfcs42d.lib(dllmodul.obj): error LNK2005: _DllMain@12 already defined in
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The CRT libraries use weak external linkage for the new, delete, and DllMain fu...
The CRT libraries use weak external linkage for the new, delete, and DllMain functions. The MFC libraries also contain new, delete, and DllMain functions. These functions require the MFC libraries to be linked before the CRT library is linked.

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There are two ways to resolve this problem. The first solution involves forcing...
There are two ways to resolve this problem. The first solution involves forcing the linker to link the libraries in the correct order. The second solution allows you to find the module that is causing the problem and to correct it.

Note The following steps are based on Visual C++ 6.0.
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Solution One: Force Linker to Link Libraries in Correct Order

1. On the Project menu, click Settings.
2. In the Settings For view of the Project Settings dialog box, click to select the project configuration that is getting the link errors.
3. On the Link tab, click to select Input in the Category combo box.
4. In the Ignore libraries box, insert the library names (for example, Nafxcwd.lib;Libcmtd.lib).

Note The linker command-line equivalent in /NOD:.
5. In the Object/library modules box, insert the library names. You must make sure that these are listed in order and as the first two libraries in the line (for example, Nafxcwd.lib Libcmtd.lib).

To set this option in Visual C++ .NET, read the "Setting Visual C++ Project Properties" online help topic.
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Solution Two: Locate and Correct the Problem Module
To view the current library link order, follow these steps:

1. On the Project menu, click Settings.
2. In the Settings For view of the Project Settings dialog box, click to select the project configuration that is getting the link errors.
3. On the Link tab, type /verbose:lib in the Project Options box.
4. Rebuild your project. The libraries will be listed in the output window during the linking process.

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This behavior is by design.
This behavior is by design.
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When you use the MFC libraries, you must make sure that they are linked before...
When you use the MFC libraries, you must make sure that they are linked before the CRT library is linked. You can do this by making sure that every file in your project includes Msdev\Mfc\Include\Afx.h first, either directly (#include ) or indirectly (#include ). The Afx.h include file forces the correct order of the libraries, by using the #pragma comment (lib,"") directive.

If the source file has a .c extension, or the file has a .cpp extension but does not use MFC, you can create and include a small header file (Forcelib.h) at the top of the module. This new header makes sure that thelibrary search order is correct.

Visual C++ does not contain this header file. To create this file, follow these steps:

1. Open Msdev\Mfc\Include\Afx.h.
2. Select the lines between #ifndef _AFX_NOFORCE_LIBS and #endif //!_AFX_NOFORCE_LIBS.
3. Copy the selection to the Windows Clipboard.
4. Create a new text file.
5. Paste the contents of the Clipboard into this new file.
6. Save the file as Msdev\Mfc\Include\Forcelib.h.


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