April 4, 2011No Comments

Weekend Project: vj.tv leanback player

Following up on my Wallflower project, I spent a few hours this past weekend creating a basic leanback player for vj.tv. You can watch on your desktop computer but it looks best when it’s hooked up to a HDTV. Simply select a channel from the Leanback Player menu on vj.tv, kick back, and enjoy.

The channels are based on existing Vimeo groups and channels. Many are vj.tv channels on Vimeo, but I added a few popular ones including VJs UnitedVJ Showcase, and Accentfeed. These groups receive new videos every day so they should be really interesting to watch often using the player.

I’m hoping to release this as a general purpose player soon. There’s a major technical upgrade in the works known as StageVideo which should help with dramatically reducing CPU usage by HD video. Vimeo has added hooks for this but I’m waiting on a formal release from Adobe to implement it.

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October 12, 2009No Comments

Best of MAX ’09 on Adobe TV & Max Online


This year's MAX was a blast. Lots of great announcements (but not many releases) from Adobe on what's in store in the coming year. The best part: almost all of the sessions are now available as videos on Adobe TV and  MAX Online.

The big announcement was Flash-based app development for the iPhone which came as a great surprise for everyone. I'm very surprised how close I came in calling it in my pre-MAX blog post. If blogging was pool, my post would count if we're playing "call pocket" and not "call shot". Read more

July 29, 2009No Comments

360° Video in Flash

By using a Google Streetview-like camera, a system with six lenses, not as a photo but as a video camera, an all-encompassing picture is captured. […]
From the point where the images were recorded, the viewer can look in any direction, let his eyes wander through the crowd, or stare at the ground or the air, which makes viewing a video an experience without boundaries.

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(via Hacker News via Karagos)

July 21, 200926 Comments

Flash on Twitter – 100+ essential people & topics

This is a list of some of the most influential and interesting sources on Twitter. It's somewhat California-centric, but includes major Flash events, evangelists, and pros from around the world. It's not absolute nor complete. But I did make a point of finding people that are active and often on topic.

Update: I'll update the list over the next few days for accuracy and add/remove names if requested. I also created an Addendum for 15 19 new names & sources (added on Wed), so if you've already gone through the list, you don't have to guess what's new. Read more

July 18, 2009No Comments

We Choose the Moon


(nytimes.com) ...for the next several days a remarkable replay of the audio is allowing any Web user to experience the momentous 1969 space mission as it happened.

The as-it-happened audio feed between mission control and the Apollo 11 spacecraft is being streamed on WeChooseTheMoon.com, a presentation of AOL and the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum.

I was less than one year old when the real first-landing occurred, and by coincidence my brother was born exactly one year later (so I always remember the date), so this reenactment is very exciting and personal for me.

I managed to catch stages 4, 5, and 6 "as they happened" and have been following the audio at work (people thought I was listening to a police scanner *heh*).

[Update] Stage 7 was on Sunday...

This Monday, July 20 will be the big finale: stages 7 8 through 11, aka the orbit around the moon and actual landing. I recommend tuning in.

I could only imagine ten years from now a complete and virtual reenactment ;-)

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July 6, 2009No Comments

Flash Augmented Reality via FLARManager

(createdigitalmotion.com) Reader Eric Socolofsky writes to share a framework he’s created that makes it much easier to work with the Flash-based, open source FLARToolkit, called FLARManager. Version 0.4 is just released:


FLARManager has a number of features that improve upon the existing work done by FLARToolkit:

  • Building the apps themselves is easier. Fire up the framework with Flex Builder (or Flash, or Eclipse, or FlashDevelop), and you have access to all the libraries you need, so you can start playing more or less out of the box. Hello, world, indeed.
  • You don’t have to rely on Papervision if you don’t want to. Papervision, the faux-3D library for Flash, is included with the distribution. But marker tracking is decoupled from Papervision, so you don’t have to use it if you don’t need it.
  • Better event management. Marker adding, updating, and removal, multiple pattern detection and management, and the like are all extended in FLARManager.
  • Great documentation. Eric has taken the time to read some fantastic getting started tutorials, all accessible from the site above so you can go play.

Now, you wouldn’t pick Flash for speed - that’s not the idea.


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