Posts Tagged ‘virtual’

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

Claus Wahlers has a great post on some lower level Flash handling for shapes.  He posts about a tool called as3swf which helps to look into the raw shapes and vector drawing calls in the flash engine.

The output of this tool gives the raw machine code/assembly like procedural output that is very similar to other rendering engines. It actually makes me think of OpenGL a bit in the output switch based, procedural flow except this if for vector drawing rather than raster.

Sample output

[83:DefineShape4] ID: 1
    [1] [SWFFillStyle] Type: 0 (solid), Color: 666666
    [1] [SWFLineStyle2] Width: 200, Color: ff0000
    [SWFShapeRecordStyleChange] MoveTo: 400,400, FillStyle1: 1, LineStyle: 1
    [SWFShapeRecordStraightEdge] Horizontal: 2000
    [SWFShapeRecordStraightEdge] Vertical: 2000
    [SWFShapeRecordStraightEdge] Horizontal: -2000
    [SWFShapeRecordStraightEdge] Vertical: -2000

It is always good to know what is going on in lower levels to better code for projects that perform well.  Another great post on this is the Elastic Racetrack of the AS3 and AVM2 virtual machine which describes how the AVM2 handles drawing those low level shape calls in addition to handling script.

Friday, December 12th, 2008

Adobe stratus sounds pretty interesting for flash client to client communication much like peer to peer networks for small numbers of people.

Want to build a video chat application, multi-player games or voice-over-ip applications for the Flash Player or AIR without worrying about setting up a server infrastructure? Stratus (which we showcased at MAX) is your new best friend.

Stratus is a beta hosted rendezvous service that helps establish communication between Flash Player or AIR clients. Once two clients are connected to Stratus, they can send data directly client to client. The APIs in Flash Player 10 and Adobe AIR 1.5 allow for point-to-point communication between a small number of subscribers. Publishers have to send data to all subscribing clients, so the number of subscribers is limited to the available bandwidth on the publisher end.

This must be one of the first Real-Time Media Flow Protocol (RTMFP) protocol usage programs from Adobe?  Basically this protocol is adding better UDP or broadcast support which allows for larger sets of users and is common in large scale real-time games.  Here it seems to be more of a peer to peer usage rather than authoratative approach (maybe flash media server will have large user set support with this) which limits to about 15 users or the lowest latency in the group with anything close to real-time syncing. Stratus seems like more of a matchmaking middle man to help with nat punchthrough and then it relies on peer to peer.  But more fun in store checking it out.

P2P like this can’t really be used for games due to cheating unless one client is the independent server but this works great for small file sharing apps, whiteboards, chats, watching videos at the same time, etc.

Saturday, June 21st, 2008


3D models from basic video… This can be huge in all sorts of ways.  For exponential growth you need to go virtual.

  • This is a technology called VideoTrace from Australia
  • The Siggraph paper describing VideoTrace is available here (pdf 6MB)
  • Larger videos available here, with a more compressed version here.
Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

Vladimir Slepnev, Moscow, Russia creates Photosynth in Flash called OpenPhotoVR.

It appears that the files are uploaded and attached manually. But it mimics Microsoft Photosynth pretty well. You have to give it time to load and prepare the views but it is probably under heavier traffic from reddit. is a pseudo-3D photo browser, a free analog to Microsoft Photosynth. Users create photo albums by uploading pictures and linking them together by hand.