Learning Flash Media Server 3
Publisher: O'Reilly Media / Adobe Developer Library
Final Release Date: March 2008
Pages: 273

If you're interested in recording and streaming media using Flash Media Server 3 (FMS3) and Adobe's Real-Time Messaging Protocol, this unique 267-page PDF-only book is the perfect primer. It is not a reference, but a systematic guide to developing FMS3 applications using ActionScript 3.0, with chapters that focus on specific aspects of the server and how they work.

FMS3 is very different from regular web servers. Because its open-socket server technology stays connected until users quit the application, you can stream audio, video, text, and other media in real time. FMS3 is also quite different from previous versions, a fact that web developers familiar with Flash Media Server 2 or Flash Communication Server 1.5 will quickly discover.

Don't worry. With Learning Flash Media Server 3 and a little experience with Flash CS3 and ActionScript 3.0, anyone can get up to speed in no time. You'll learn how to install FMS3, organize your development environment with Apache web server, and use the management console before diving into the whys and hows of:

  • Recording and playing back streaming audio and video in VP6 and H.264 formats
  • Using the new Flash Media Encoder to stream and record video
  • Camera and microphone settings
  • Non-persistent client-side remote shared objects
  • Two-way audio-video communications
  • Broadcasting and server-side bandwidth control
  • Working with server-side files: the file class
  • Server-side shared objects
  • Server-side streams
  • Setting up a software load handler using FMS3's new server-side NetStream
  • Bringing in data and working with configuration files


At the heart of every chapter is a core set of code that shows the minimum requirements needed for different procedures. Beyond that, Learning Flash Media Server 3 provides you with plenty of options for using FMS3's different versions -- the full-feature server, the streaming-only server, and the limited-user development server. It's a whole new world of media, and this book puts you right at the doorstep. Ready to enter?
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    Comments about oreilly Learning Flash Media Server 3:

    Most books about "Flash Video" will mention and sometimes have a chapter or two with a direct reference to Flash Media Server. These books may even have projects that directly utilize Flash Media Server, or FMS just to throw another acronym into the jargon soup bowl. There are many on-line tutorials, blogs and other detailed information about specific FMS functions but pulling them together into a comprehensive understanding is a daunting task. William Sanders delivers a complete and solid foundation to build a thorough working knowledge of FMS upon. His method of introducing the core or "minimalist code sets" to make it work, then expanding to include class, component and suggestions of more sophisticated elements makes it easy to grasp for a newbie and exposes the intricacies of more advanced possibilities. I would recommend this "book" to anyone involved with delivering streaming and interactive content from a server - client platform.

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    Best Book for FMS 3.x

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    Great way to tackle FMS 3

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    Flash Media Server 3 by Willam Sanders is an excellent resource for getting started with this technology. I am working on a new Flex project and needed to get up to speed with FMS 3 right away. This book provided good examples for lots of different scenarios that allowed me to string together my own example and get working on the project fast. It walks through all the different aspects of FMS 3 from shared objects to streaming audio and video. Its breadth of topics really allowed me to get a better understanding of what was available with FMS 3 and how it could be utilized within the scope of various projects. I would highly recommend this book for anyone who is struggling with the concept of FMS 3 or someone who just wants to know how to handle all of the server events.

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