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Live streaming with Amazon Web Services allows you to use the features of Adobe Flash Media Server version 4.5, including live video streaming where your live video is delivered by a series of HTTP requests from the player that is controlled by manifest files. Flash Media Server 4.5 supports two HTTP file formats: HLS (HTTP Live Streaming) for iOS devices and HDS (HTTP Dynamic Streaming) for Flash applications. You can stream high-quality media using the free Flash Media Live Encoder desktop application either for Windows or for Mac OS.
Video is broken up into a series of smaller files (called segments or fragments) that are cached in the CloudFront network for improved performance. The live streams are then delivered to both Flash Player–compatible and iOS devices through standard HTTP caching and network infrastructures using the integrated HTTP server as an origin service in Flash Media Server 4.5. To review the new capabilities of Adobe Flash Media Server 4.5, go to What's New in Flash Media Server 4.5 on the Adobe website.
This tutorial provides an overview of how to integrate CloudFront with Adobe Flash Media Server running on an Amazon EC2 instance. For more information about how to manage and secure your Amazon EC2 instance, refer to the Amazon EC2 documentation. For more information about Adobe Flash Media Server options not covered in this tutorial, see Adobe Documentation.
To set up live streaming with Amazon Web Services (AWS), review the system requirements for Adobe Flash Player at http://www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer/systemreqs/. Then perform the procedures in the following sections:
For frequently asked questions, see Frequently Asked Questions.
For links to additional Adobe and AWS documentation, see Additional Documentation.
For information about the Adobe Flash Media Server features available on Amazon Web Services, see http://www.adobe.com/products/flashmediaserver/amazonwebservices.