Convert Flash flux into standards-compliant video

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by Cubytus, Feb 15, 2014.

  1. Cubytus macrumors 65816

    Mar 2, 2007
    Hi there,

    as everybody knows, many channels offer streaming on their websites. However, they almost universally rely on Flash. As we also know, it's proprietary, but more important, a notorious performance hog and big security risk, especially on Macs.

    However, these channels usually work fine on iOS, without Flash.

    Here, I want to know if:
    1. what mechanism is used by the iPad to play these streams
    2. Is there a "rebroadcasting" service on the web (either paid-for from big hosting companies or free) that would take a Flash input and convert it to standards-compliant video? I know it already exists from Flash to Flash, as Peer-Stream does.
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    The source for those Flash embedded videos are normally just video files using the H.264 codec, either .mov files or .mp4 files.
    YouTube did a changeover to using the H.264 compression some years ago, around the introduction of the iPhone.

    Online and offline converters though are capable of using different formats and codecs to transcode to Flash embedded videos though.

    Anyway, the iPad access the H.264 video on the servers of such video sharing websites, if they offer those, but YouTube and several other sites, including those porn sites everyone does not talk about, do so.
  3. Cubytus thread starter macrumors 65816

    Mar 2, 2007
    Well I don't have access to these files, as real-time broadcasting probably takes places as the video is encoded on the fly.

    I'm not sure to understand your last sentence, however.

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