Lo and behold, high quality HD video recording over slow connections is finally possible with Red5. But 1st… some history. Video recording with Red5 has been plagued for a long time by various issues. All this time developers and their clients had to resort to rather expensive Adobe Media Server and Wowza licenses to add quality video recording to their website. Here’s a recent excerpt from a discussion on the Red5 mailing list about it’s recording capabilities: From: Angry Red5 User & Developer Subject: Does anybody succeed in recording valid FLV videos in ANY version of Red5? Date: Feb 13 2014 I am fighting with Red5 recording from about 2-3 yers. And the sad truth is, that it propably NEVER worked. Dont achieve simple[…]

We have released HDFVR 1.2.2 update. Newly Added Functionality The latest version (build 636) of HDFVR addresses a specific issue of Internet Explorer 10 and 11. Both versions present the same issue: SWF objects are still kept in memory even after they are removed from the web-page or the browser tab is closed. This IE bug caused HDFVR to keep the web-cam active.   To prevent this, we’ve implemented a mechanism inside HDFVR that shuts down the connection to the media server and then HDFVR removes itself from memory when a browser tab is closed. This API is by default called automatically via Javascript, but it can also be called manually. The newly implemented API callback function is disconnectAndRemove. Other changes include a new[…]

We have released HDFVR 1.2.1 update. This release (build 630) adds full compatibility with the latest Wowza Streaming Engine Manager as it is now possible to fully monitor the HDFVR app in the new GUI. This is made possible by an updated version of the Application.xml file. The build also includes a small bugfix for Internet Explorer 10, that resolves an issue with modal windows (loading settings, uploading…, etc.) being partially shown in the top left corner. You can download the latest build from your private client area.

HDFVR 1.2 (build 627) adds the possibility to record video directly from your mobile device. This is made possible by using HTML Media Capture. Recording Video on Mobile Devices Directly from the Browser Now whenever you access HDFVR directly from your mobile device you will be presented with the option of recording video. The actual recording is done using the device’s native recording app which is invoked by the HTML Media Capture API when the [Choose File] button is pressed. After the video has been recorded, it can be saved by using the default [Upload] button. All the videos recorded on mobile devices will be stored by default on the web-server. Recorded videos can be played back, also directly from the browser. Regarding the format of the videos, Android devices will save the videos in[…]

Hey everyone, We love hearing from users of our products, when features aren’t working the way you think they should, we want to help. It frequently happens that you guys have issues with flash content on the Chrome browser. Sometimes it goes as far as crashing or freezing your browser. A couple of years ago, in 2012, Google started shipping Chrome with a “safer and more stable” version of Flash Player. This version is usually called Pepper Flash because of it’s reliance on their new PPAPI for interacting with the browser (as opposed to the old NPAPI). This Flash Player is supposed to be more secure and stable, however we found quite a few bugs specific to this version of Flash Player, bugs[…]

Signaling the entry in the year 2014, we have released a new HDFVR update that brings a heap of improvements and functionalities. Pause/Resume During Recording Recordings can now be paused and resumed anytime needed. HDFVR will automatically put together the recordings so that the final produced video file will contain all the recordings made, as one single recording with no pauses or interruptions. This functionality is controlled by the newly added setting: enablePauseWhileRecording. The JS API has been also updated to reflect this new functionality with the following methods: btPauseRecordingPressed  and btResumeRecordingPressed. Important to note : pause and resume works only on AMS/FMS and Wowza. Red5 does not support this kind of functionality, and, if paused during recording and resumed, only the first[…]

Today we’re releasing a new version of HDFVR which was made primarily to fix the black boxes issue. however, during development, it quickly grew into something bigger. Here are all the changes explained in great detail: 1. We’ve implemented the H264+AAC recording to MP4 using the Wowza Transcoder AddOn in the main build (until now we had a separate build – build 508- that had to be used for that). This means: we’ve added the Wowza+Transcoder AddOn option (h264_w_t) to all the video quality .xml profiles we’ve tested it with Wowza 3.0.3+patch,3.0.4, 3.1.0, 3.1.1, 3.5 and 3.6 the Wowza server-side files now contain the hdfvr_play app (used only with h264_w_t) and the hdfvr.xml transcoder template we’ve updated the Recording MP4[…]

5th of June 2013 update: Build 567 of HDFVR ships with the .NET files included. This article will show you how to run HDFVR on .NET web servers. The last stable build of HDFVR, 505,  ships with only PHP and classic ASP support.  In the next build we will add .NET support, but until then you can use the following guide to run HDFVR on .NET web servers. Here’s the archive with all the .NET files needed :.NET HDFVR files Installation tutorial: Download the archive with all the .NET files Copy all the files from the archive to the root folder of HDFVR on your webserver Open the “VideoRecorder.html” file from your HDFVR root folder, in any compatible editor edit[…]

If you are using Wowza Streaming Engine (Wowza 4.0) or newer just follow the steps from the documentation. This article is relevant only for versions of Wowza up to 3.6 Introduction With the launch of Flash Player 11 (4th Ocotober 2011) Adobe introduced the H.264 video codec in Flash Player for video encoding. For those of you who don’t know yet what H.264 is, it is a standard for video compression, and it is currently one of the most commonly used formats for the recording, compression, and distribution of high definition video. The final drafting work on the first version of the standard was completed in May 2003. The  Problems: There are 3 major media servers on the market: FMIS, Red5[…]

Today we’re making available for purchase the AS3 Client Side Source Code for our video recorder HDFVR. Price: $199 Requirements: Standard HDFVR license, Flex 4.6 SDK, Flash Builder . Future clients can buy it from: http://hdfvr.com/buy-now . Previous clients can buy it from: email us at contact@hdfvr.com for the link . What’s it made of: zip archive containing the Flash Builder project ready to be compiled AS3 source code for all HDFVR classes AS3 source code for all used libraries all image assets used in the HDFVR Use use FLEX SDK 4.6 to compile it How to set it up in your Flash Builder workspace: Download the hdfvr_sources.zip archive from your client area (once you purchase it) Start Flash Builder[…]