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Chapter 7. STEP 7: Streaming Video with ... > Streaming Video and Bandwidth

Streaming Video and Bandwidth

A popular feature of the Communication Server is its native ability to stream audio and video. Flash Player 6 supports video prepared using either Macromedia Flash MX's built-in Sorenson Spark audio/video compressor or the external, third-party tool, Sorenson Squeeze. The Squeeze product includes a “professional” upgrade to Sorenson Spark, called the Sorenson Spark Pro codec. Higher quality video and bandwidth optimization are just two key benefits. Using videos encoded with either technology, you can natively embed video or dynamically load video (SWF or FLV files) from a remote server using the Flash MX loadMovie() method with no Communication Server.

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Sorenson is the company that developed the compressor, or codec algorithm, for Macromedia. Sorenson made its name supplying the codec used by Apple QuickTime. A codec (short for code/decode) is required to encode a video from one format to another. Every player that can play a video format requires the decode codec. The only codec supported by the Flash player is Sorenson Spark. For more information on the codec visit http://www.Sorenson.com.



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