Re: [Videolib] Flash!

Gary Handman (ghandman@library.berkeley.edu)
Thu, 1 Mar 2007 11:17:22 -0800

Hi

Flash is an Adobe program that was initially developed to animate graphics (all
those anoying splash screens that come up on commercial web sites). Adobe
subsequently figured out a way to compress and stream video using this program.
The cost of the encoding software is fairly steep, but it may be worth it.

Check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macromedia_Flash

Gary

PS...you aren't really thinking about streaming a feature film are you?
Say "no" or Jessica will be on your case shortly...

Quoting Ciara Healy <cmhealy@waketech.edu>:

> Dear Gary,
> I am very, very interested in this Flash business as a way to stream video.
> I just had a conversation with an instructor who was, I think, trying to use
> the fallacy of appeal to pity on me to authorize copies of films for his
> musical theater class. His students couldn't watch Fiddler on the Roof AND
> discuss it all in the course of the three hour class. They can't be expected
> to watch the reserve copies in the library either because it is so long.
> There are not enough copies for them to each have one all week. Also, I don't
> check out my NetFlix rentals to students. I really think he wanted me to make
> copies for the students. In turn, I wanted to ask him how come he structured
> his class this way every semester....
>
> Anyway, I mentioned this fascinating Flash thing I read about this morning.
> He loves the idea ov video on demand through his courseware. Could you say
> some more (in a very general way) about how Flash works to stream media and
> how you keep the copyright nannies off your case?
>
> Ciara
>
>
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