Adobe unveils Flash video control

The new software should also allow video to be played offline, whether on computers or portable devices.

Flash is used on websites such as YouTube, the Google-owned video sharing site dogged by rows over the use of copyrighted material. The launch comes as Microsoft took the wraps off its own competing online media platform, Silverlight. The product - formerly dubbed WPF/E - also includes copyright protection. The software giant has long wanted to take on Adobe's dominance of online video, and has signed up several content providers including Netflix and Major League Baseball.

Flash - originally developed by Macromedia, a firm then bought by Adobe - has been the biggest player in online video for some time. Its dominance has been secured by the huge popularity of both YouTube and dozens of other video sharing services. Although there are programs and services available to pull content from such sites and convert them to be viewed offline, this is the first time Adobe has launched its own dedicated piece of software to make it possible.

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nice? typical MS ...........

also includes copyright protection.

Knowing MS this will not merely protect copyright but also copying the videos .. playing them on different machine... basically they'll remove all decent functionality and shoot themselves in the foot again (like they did with Vista DRM)

You are complaining about MS and Vista (which doesnt even have DRM like you think it does, there is no such thing as "Vista DRM" ) but yet Adobe included DRM in this also! "But the big seller for Adobe is the ability to include in Flash movies so-called digital rights management (DRM)"

GoatOfMendez said,
nice? typical MS ...........

Knowing MS this will not merely protect copyright but also copying the videos .. playing them on different machine... basically they'll remove all decent functionality and shoot themselves in the foot again (like they did with Vista DRM)

How many BadVista propaganda blogs did you read to think you'd be treated seriously here?
The whole article makes NO mention on MS at all. And if you were actually in the loop, MS is also trying to make distributable media and better interactive experiences through its new Silverlight app.

TheNGTV said,

How many BadVista propaganda blogs did you read to think you'd be treated seriously here?
The whole article makes NO mention on MS at all. And if you were actually in the loop, MS is also trying to make distributable media and better interactive experiences through its new Silverlight app.

Actually, the article does mention Microsoft in the 2nd or 3rd paragraph... it takes about MS creating a competetor to flash with the Windows Presentation Framework / E and it does talk about their DRM... but besides that I also hate all this Vista is DRM BS people are passing around that is not true at all..

Why didn't Microsoft get it's own article? WPF/E or "Silverlight" isn't even the same as this "video player"! Come on Neowin!

Edit: Silly me, I just realised that this was a rip from the BBC's equally wrong article.

It should be interesting, but I'll probably just stick to firefox and some addons to rip the flash off of websites, unless these tools are considerably easier.

Silverlight (WPF/E) can do Vector and is for web applications also.

I agree that Flash is the standard, Microsoft uses it for their video service SoapBox (I hope Soapbox grows because the video quality is better than YouTube right now but the number of videos is very small)

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