Flash comes to the iPad via RipCode

Steve Jobs may not want Flash on the iPad, but thankfully, a company called RipCode does. As pointed out by Slashgear, the Texas based company has announced a new "clientless Flash video codec" that will allow Flash content to be streamed on Apple's iPad. This would include sites like Hulu and YouTube, assuming the respective companies don't find a way to block it.

According to RipCode's press release, the TransAct Transcoder V6, as it's being called, captures the iPad's request for Flash content and converts it into a special format that the device accepts and plays. This is all done without a local client or user intervention.

"RipCode's Transactional Transcoding platform enables an alternate and immediate solution to this issue, opening up video content to users without requiring the content hoster to move to HTML5 or pre-transcode entire video libraries from Flash to an iPad-accepted container format. By transcoding the content 'in the cloud', it is essentially analogous to a network-based Flash to MP4 or MPEG-TS video adaption layer."

It will be interesting to see how AT&T reacts to this news. After all, they're the ones who will be providing unlimited 3G coverage for the iPad. From the press release alone, it's unclear how a user will be able to enable this on his or her specific device. This question will likely be answered when RipCode shows off the technology at NAB 2010 this week in Las Vegas.

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but we don't need flash, mr jobs has told me so. he says flash is evil, and that everyone should already be using html5!! lol @ those who want to get rid of flash right now with no other alternative near being completed.....

would this happen to extend to the iphone too? both run iphone OS, so if that means flash on the iPhone, that would be great

Anyone with a web server and VLC could do this.
What we want is access to flash applications not videos.

There are countless online conversion tools available already which will take a flash url and convert it into the format of your choice then make it available for streaming/download.

Jase said,
One small step for man.. One Giant Leap for Mankind

Neil Armstrong: Yippy, the world can now watch my YouTube footage on their iPad =]]. You see, apple ?

nkaHnt said,

Neil Armstrong: Yippy, the world can now watch my YouTube footage on their iPad =]]. You see, apple ?

YouTube has worked just fine on iPad/iPhone.

Xenomorph said,

YouTube has worked just fine on iPad/iPhone.

Yes but they have had to transcode all video into something the iPad/iPhone could accept. Either that or you use their program to play the video...

The phrase "clientless Flash video codec" is awful and very misleading.
You can watch flash videos without having the flash client installed, yes.
But it is not a "clientless Flash video codec". (Whatever that should be)

Kosh said,
The phrase "clientless Flash video codec" is awful and very misleading.
You can watch flash videos without having the flash client installed, yes.
But it is not a "clientless Flash video codec". (Whatever that should be)

It'll probably make sense in layman's vocabulary...

kraized said,
Errm, so in reality. Flash isn't on the iPad then.
Pretty much. Same thing Microsoft was doing with Silverlight. Transcoding the videos online and delivering them in a playable format. If they want to sure, as long as Flash isn't running on my device I'm happy.

Although I'd still prefer native HTML5, but I'm assuming you wouldn't be able to notice.

Hopefully services/programs like these are banned and restricted. They are only going to slow the adoption rate of HTML 5, IMO.

spacer said,
Hopefully services/programs like these are banned and restricted. They are only going to slow the adoption rate of HTML 5, IMO.

This HTML 5 nonsense really needs to stop. The specification IS NOT EVEN FINALIZED yet.

People want a device that can render the Internet of TODAY. Not a device for Internet so far into the future, that they'll likely have replaced this device altogether by the time that technology catches on.

And don't kid yourself; Apple isn't trying to do the consumer any favors by restricting Flash. They are merely trying to prevent any application development outside of their ecosystem.

spacer said,
Hopefully services/programs like these are banned and restricted. They are only going to slow the adoption rate of HTML 5, IMO.

this has to be a troll

Hot said,

This HTML 5 nonsense really needs to stop. The specification IS NOT EVEN FINALIZED yet.

People want a device that can render the Internet of TODAY. Not a device for Internet so far into the future, that they'll likely have replaced this device altogether by the time that technology catches on.

And don't kid yourself; Apple isn't trying to do the consumer any favors by restricting Flash. They are merely trying to prevent any application development outside of their ecosystem.

+1, people are so worried about the future. While it's great that companies are embracing future technology and preparing for it (and they need to continue to do so), they need to realize that we kinda live in the present.... HTML5 is far from being finalized and fully implemented, and sites can't just fully switch over to it since the majority of users still use HTML4 browsers and flash.

It's not a troll and it's not stupid to try to code for the future. The new HTML standard hasn't been finalized yet, but it's still important to start preparing for it now.

Maybe I should have qualified my original post by saying that this type of work around for today's platforms is fine, but overall these things need to be kept from becoming mainstream because it will affect the rate at which newer technologies are incorporated.

spacer said,
It's not a troll and it's not stupid to try to code for the future. The new HTML standard hasn't been finalized yet, but it's still important to start preparing for it now.

Maybe I should have qualified my original post by saying that this type of work around for today's platforms is fine, but overall these things need to be kept from becoming mainstream because it will affect the rate at which newer technologies are incorporated.

Your reasoning makes no sense. You're essentially saying that the internet of today is good enough for the vast majority of people, so the only way to make everyone change to the internet of tomorrow is by crippling the present.

Generally speaking, if HTML5 is inherently superior to today's internet, we wouldn't HAVE to cripple anything, and HTML5 would win purely on its own merits.

You seem to think, however, that HTML5 cannot do so. It must be difficult championing something you think so little of.

spacer said,
It's not a troll and it's not stupid to try to code for the future. The new HTML standard hasn't been finalized yet, but it's still important to start preparing for it now.

Maybe I should have qualified my original post by saying that this type of work around for today's platforms is fine, but overall these things need to be kept from becoming mainstream because it will affect the rate at which newer technologies are incorporated.


Meh. If HTML5 is so much better than the existing solutions, there should be nothing to worry about. And if it isn't, why should HTML5 be pushed? Bans suck - let competition work out the best technology for us instead.

Edited by Northgrove, Apr 13 2010, 5:15pm :

spacer said,
It's not a troll and it's not stupid to try to code for the future. The new HTML standard hasn't been finalized yet, but it's still important to start preparing for it now.

yeah right, like a device's lifespan is more than 6 months nowadays...

spacer said,
Hopefully services/programs like these are banned and restricted. They are only going to slow the adoption rate of HTML 5, IMO.

Another one jumps the html5 bandwagon.
Funny how hardly anyone was calling out the death of flash before Steve Jobs slammed it. Now suddenly html5 is the new messiah.

Thinking about the future does not mean you have to ignore the present.

Edited by k7of9, Apr 14 2010, 10:53am :