Archive for Media Server

MsDewey, a Microsoft’s site in Flash

MsDewey.com design very cool with perfect neat dynamic videos. With Flash media server and high-speed servers, Microsoft could provide a large amount of Flash videos in flexible way.

Still it begin with a preloader, but display a FLV instead of normal progress bars. It’s a nice idea but if you copy the same way, not the deal whatever. And they should use cuepoints for progress points, so you wouldn’t feel bored to wait. While still, it’s funny this time, but it have to be changed if this is a long time service of Microsoft Live Search I guess.

I don’t know why each time refresh there’re something to download, possibly to load a dynamic beginning scene it will be played, or the Flash video of the beginning scene is usually too large to be load more buffer. It pretty interest each time they load a kind of different beginning scene before you can use Live Search. Also, there will be lots of dynamic Flash videos to be played while you’re searching even when you idle. The background is sticked with one image currently.

I like the design, a kind of implementaions of neat Flash ‘film’s, perfect reality. It’s a perfect sample usage of Flash videos. But it have to have big money to support media server clusters, high-speed network speed, as well as lots of video jobs.

Adobe Flash product manager Mike Downey pointed out the response of young lady should be some relatives to your search but not always. I think it’s the job of back-end but, it have to get response very quickly maybe from an existing list of words matrix like Eliza, but not based on the result of search(it need time before the lady could do anything), so it need time for Live Search to go extra miles.

Distributed Media Server infrastructure

Macromedia media server using Edge (cache) servers to distribute media service, some like proxies of origin server. Like cache servers using for HTTP service, the role of edge server is first to collects the requests from a large number of clients and aggregates them into one connection to the origin server, and stores static contents(video streams and shared objects) in cache.

Micromedai Media Server 2

Macromedia released Media Server 2 today, replaced Flash Communication Server. I downloaded the free developer edition to have a look on it. Win32 version only 7M and Linux 10M.

Server default port: TCP 1935 ( registered in IANA) Admin port: TCP 1111

As I tested it, another two port 19350 and 11110 are also used by this server.
Hardware requirements: 3.2G+ CPU, 2G memory, 200M disk space, 1G Ethernet bandwidth. Protocol: rtmp/rtmps (between Flash clients and media server, rtmps actually https) Price: 100 simultaneous connections, $4,500; 5000 connections $45,000. (Update 29 Nov, one more 90-days Interim License for Flash Communication Server 1.5 developers: 2500 simultaneous connections, 25M bandwidth. )