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.

Link to player

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 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:

http://words.transmote.com/wp/20090618/flarmanager-v04/

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.

 

Link to article

July 2, 2009No Comments

Pitch Shift in Flash

Lee Brimelow and Andre Michelle got together this week to actually do something we've only hypothesized about: enabling pitch-shift in Flash. We talked about it - they did it. I'm completely in awe... THANK YOU!!

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(theflashblog.com) This is an extension of the example that can be found in the documentation for the Sound.extract method. Now this example does adjust the pitch but it also speeds the song up as well. This is because you need to skip some samples in order to increase the pitch. Now there are ways to increase the pitch of sounds without speeding them up but I have no idea how to do it. Do you?

 

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(blog.andre-michelle.com) Pitching MP3 (Not PitchShift!) is possible since Flash10s new Sound API. Today I saw Lee Brimelow's post about doing so, providing some source code. Cause we spend a lot of time to keep things running more smoothly in the AudioTool, I created another version with has some advantages.

  • No objects are created in runtime (memory usage)
  • The SampleDataEvent is receiving a static blocksize (steady latency)
  • Linear interpolation (sound quality)
  • Speed can go down to zero
  • July 2, 2009No Comments

    Schematic's Flash / Flex Multi-Touch Wall

    Behind the scenes of the Schematic multi-touch wall from Serge Jespers on Vimeo.

    (webkitchen.be) Microsoft has (rightfully) gotten a lot of attention with their Surface multi-touch table. Schematic has now raised the bar. In Cannes at the Cannes Lions festival, they were showing a 3.5m (12ft) x 1.5m (5ft) multi-touch/multi-user intelligent wall which puts the Surface to shame.

    The massive display gives attendees instant access to the complete festival program, 3D maps of the event and surrounding area, and information on local restaurants and bars. The Touchwall also helps delegates schedule meetings with each other and trade contact information via email. The presentation layer is built with the Flex 4 framework and runs on Flash Player 10.

    Link to blog post

    April 8, 2009No Comments

    Now a Co-Manager for SilvaFUG North

    As I've stated in the past, I've ranted far too much on my blog about Adobe and felt it was time to step up and be part of the solution. I've volunteered to be co-manager for SilvaFUG North, a Flex/Flash user group based here in San Francisco.

    For those who are stumbling upon my blog for the first time, my background is Flash/Flex development and design, but my views are predominantly design-centric. I hope to bring to the table a much-needed voice for clarity and simplicity in the Flash Platform.