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I would like to introduce a brand new site, sti-media.com, that has been put together to showcase and teach about media based development and design. This is the third tutorials site I have put together in the course of my business and in time will replace fmsguru.com.
When originally starting Solid Thinking Interactive, we also registered the domain sti-media.com. Pretty much up until this week though, nothing was every really done with it other than to create a basic blog that then got turned into the business blog as you see it now. That was years ago and it has been dormant since.
STi Media came back into existence primarily because fmsguru.com has become outdated in both name and purpose. I originally started fmsguru back in 2007 when Flash Media Server was at v2. As I was concentrating a lot of learning materials around Flash Media Server and Flash Media Services, it made sense to grow under the fmsguru branding and it worked really well at the time.
While the site grew in size and community, and due to technology and politics of this technology, more and more into Wowza Media Server based tutorials, it slowly started to make sense to not use fmsguru as the brand to grow the materials under anymore. In time the amount of material to post about dwindled and desire waned due to the narrow focus the name implied as the work being done to teach from didn't fit.
As our projects have grown beyond a couple of different technologies, and more importantly, platforms, it has become apparent that teaching under a single technology umbrella name isn't going to work. As my company is called Solid Thinking Interactive, I'm really excited to rebuild a community site under the umbrella of "media" with a simple abbreviation of "STi" before it. Between Flash, HTML, video, Wowza Streaming Engine, Adobe Media Server, streaming, mobile devices with AIR or Xcode or Java, there are just too many technologies and ways of doing things.
I really feel like this site is going to last through time. FMSGuru had a good run with over 6 good years and 80 tutorials and the forum was busy and there have been over 100 thousand views on the tutorials that were up. For something I did in my spare time, that's a success and I can hope for that and more for the new site.
Anyways, as I post on STi Media, I'll make sure to point out the tutorials on my twitter account and some will be here on FMSGuru. Tutorials will be going up in good frequency and I'm really looking forward to growing out even further than I ever have in the past.]]>2014-03-17T12:00:00+0900here, the quickstart guide is here and you can grab the software itself from here.]]>2014-02-11T12:00:00+0900Willow for Wowza Media Server. We're hard at work at adding in more features and getting requests on a regular basis. Again, thanks everybody for the input, Willow only gets better because of it.
From version 2.1, it's now possible to setup email notifications for certain events (as can be seen in the screenshot above). Very helpful when you need to know when something goes on while you're not around that you want to monitor. For this version it will be possible to get notifications for when an admin user logs in, fails to log in, when a particular connection count over the server has been reached and/or when a particular bandwidth limit has been reached.
Along with that, there was a small bug that was squashed in the connection tester video player for the mute button and we have moved the live log line count setting to the Application.xml so it will persist. ]]>2014-01-28T12:00:00+0900
Willow v2 has a few new features in the desktop version to note, but more importantly we now have a mobile version of Willow available for the iPad and can be downloaded right now for free from the Apple app store. The mobile version of Willow allows you to monitor your Wowza server's bandwidth, connections, memory, applications and instances and streams from your iPad in realtime. We will be putting up an Android version shortly and I'll post up again when that is done. I personally use a Nexus 10 as my primary so I absolutely see it as a priority to get it up. It's close.. let's put it that way.
For new features in the desktop version, we have our new multi-server monitoring area.
This allows you to view more than one server at a time to see what the bandwidth and connections are doing, and then if you want to find out more then you just click button to do so and you are in the regular monitoring view of that server. Powerful and convenient.
Other improvements include a more detailed connectivity testing area, layout and design improvements and some overall performance based adjustments. We have some underlying framework in place for some future functionality as we have big plans for v2 and on to v3 as well.
For the remainder of this week and weekend we will be keeping the price at $149 but that will increase to $159 from next week so I encourage you to get in while the getting is good if you're on the fence, or even if you are not! Willow is by far the most advanced realtime monitoring software you can purchase for Wowza Media Server at this time and we consider an absolute requirement for development and production.
If you have purchased Willow and did not get an email then please let me know. Either way though, you can just go and login to the client area and download the latest. Installation is simple with three files to copy and one change to make for the mobile version.]]>2013-12-04T12:00:00+0900Willow for Wowza Media Server today putting the version at 1.7.
In this version we have added in the ability to create not only just a basic application on your Wowza server but also to get in to the advanced settings without having to touch the Application.xml file or create folders manually. Willow makes it incredibly simple to create applications with any settings you want with just a few clicks.
We have also introduced the ability to change the language of the user interface. The default is English but it can be changed to German with more languages to follow.
There are a few UI changes and we moved the login username and password change area to the new settings tab where it better fits overall.
Find out even more about Willow for Wowza Media Server here. A screencast of the changes in 1.6 and 1.7 is here.]]>2013-08-21T12:00:00+0900Willow for Wowza Media Server, has made some very good progress and is very much on it’s way to being on sale very soon. Final touch ups and checking is going on with minor changes in design for a version 1 release. There are lots of details on our main blog which is here: http://www.solid-thinking.com/details-on-willow-for-wowza-media-server-management/
I'll definitely be working to get a couple more tutorials out before the end of the year though, so don't wander too far away! ]]>2012-12-15T12:00:00+0900
We do a lot of work with Wowza Media Server now. When first starting out, there was a huge void that needed to be filled for me in trying to understand what is going on in an application or the server in general. That mainly got taken up with logging lots of stuff. Build an app, test it, find out what is going wrong by checking the logs or watch the console run by. While that worked ok, there was still a need to be able to see much closer what is happening with bandwidth, connections, applications running and so on.
To tell the truth, I can't say I have talked to anybody that doesn't feel that way. From what I understand, most of us do what I do, check the logs and use the console, you can inspect the Java runtime too but it's not very visually oriented.
This void is about to be filled by a new product we hope to launch in the next few weeks.
Willow. Wowza Media Server management made easy and intuitive.
We have been in testing for quite some time now and feel that the feature set for version 1 is a great start. Like a willow tree, we plan on growing fast and improving on a regular basis. This will go faster with continued feedback, which is why we are going to also create a dedicated page for feedback to send off anything our clients want to say to us. Good or bad. All requests will be considered of course, and like all of our products, as long as we are still in the same major version number, updates will be at no cost.
I'll update more as we make progress so please keep an eye on the blog for more info. At this point, the most I can say is that by using this application, you will have a much better understanding of what is going on within your Wowza Media server, from connections to bandwidth to memory usage and down to each application.
I know I'm excited as this has been a long time coming!
The main issue at the moment in that area is that it's VERY busy in the consulting and development world. There's a very good reason I put out a call for developers a while back there and both positions have been filled and I'm thinking of opening a third soon. Being that as it is, it's hard to take time out to put some tutorials together as it takes about 3 times as long as the actual tutorial is to create it.
That said, I definitely want to get more tutorials up fast. I've got a whole bunch of ideas and concepts to get out there that can be useful for all sorts of situations and should assist all learners here in their development process. Anyways, I'll post up again soon with some content and further news as to what is happening here. I just wanted to get something up to make sure that everybody knows I'm still here and keen to get on with showing some new stuff. Again, if you have any specific requests, then just hit me up on the forum in the request tutorial section and I'll do my best to accommodate!
Thanks for visiting!
First up, thank you everybody for the visits, compliments, comments and sometimes work that you have brought when coming to check out what we have here. Product sales have improved year after year (so have the products I think) and there are tons of requests for mods and new products altogether. I can tell you that we are working as hard as we can in that area and more. Every little bit and piece that improves this small niche community is really important, so once again, thank you very much.
2011 saw a total of 34 new free video tutorials. That's pretty good at 2.8 per month! Just under one per week essentially.. I plan on improving on that this year for sure. There is so much information to be put out as both Flash Media Server and Wowza Media Server are growing all the time and new techniques get figured out on almost a daily basis.
Just in case you missed the last two tutorials of the year, I managed to get one out on both servers:
2011 brought a brand new website too. We're going into the 4th year for FMSGuru.com and it was about time a facelift happened. In conjunction we also released a new product, STi Video Recorder for Wowza Media Server HD Edition v3 , a very cool video recording application that works on Wowza. With those out of the way we can definitely concentrate on more free video tutorials, articles and of course product updates and new products altogether. We have a lot of ideas and a lot of requests coming in on almost a daily basis. We listen to them all so please don't hesitate to ask if we have done or can do something. We probably have done it or are going to!
2012 is going to bring all kinds of new tutorials, articles, product updates and products. I fully expect the community to grow as the demand for this particular technology continues to grow out of control, there has never been a better time to be involved in live media/communication and streaming video. It's amazing.
So stay tuned for some more updates soon!
Graeme]]>2012-01-02T12:00:00+0900 We're also keen to get somebody who can take on some server duties with an involvement also in Amazon's EC2 system and setting up AMI's with load balancing etc. Again, a fast learner and self driven individual will get bonus points around here because that's what we are too.]]>2011-12-12T12:00:00+0900Installation and the Basics of Flash Media Server 4.5
In this tutorial we talk about the basics and installation of Flash Media Server 4.5 on Windows. The machine the software is installed on already has a previous version of FMS on it so the upgrade path and things to think about are talked about a bit as well. If you have no clue of what FMS4.5 is then this will help and if you have any doubts on how easy or hard it is to install then watch this tutorial and see how easy it is. There are a few items to think about if you are upgrading, but it's straightforward for the most part.
In this tutorial we cover the details on how to get both Flash Media Server and Wowza Media Server to run at the same time on one machine. This can be very handy for development machines when you don't want to run two computers to test between both services. While it's best to use two different IP numbers to accomplish this task, it's quite possible to just set the ports differently which causes one or the other to run on a different port than the other.
Thanks for visiting!
Graeme]]>2011-11-24T12:00:00+0900 With that, we've also got a brand new product launch at the same time, STi Video Recorder for Wowza Media Server HD Edition v3. This is our latest version of our Video/Audio recording application that runs right in the browser through the Flash Player. You have the option to choose to record between three different sizes, review your recording and even save it if you want in a list to view later. It's like a mini video content management system of all your recorded videos. Once recorded the application provides a simple way to link to the page where the bonus video player (included in the package if you want to use it) where the video can be played back. There is also an option to embed the player in a web page or blog.
We have promo pricing going on until the end of the year and after that will see a price raise to properly reflect the cost of this very cool application. So don't delay! Pick it up now as all updates are free until v4.]]>2011-11-13T12:00:00+0900 Anyways, here are those tutorials links just in case you haven't seen them on the tutorials page yet:
Tutorial #68: Flash Development - Back to the Basics Part 13]]>2011-11-11T12:00:00+0900Back to the Basics with Flash is a product we released a while ago and I thought that it might be a nice gesture to release it into our free tutorials list. There are another 7 to go and I'll get on with releasing those this week along with new material on both Flash Media Server and Wowza Media server. Stay tuned! It's going to get interesting.
Tutorial #61: Flash Development - Back to the Basics Part 6]]>2011-11-07T12:00:00+0900one of our products actually that we released a while ago and I thought that it might be a nice gesture to release it into our free tutorials list. There are another 10 to go and I'll get on with releasing those next week along with new material on both Flash Media Server and Wowza Media server. Stay tuned! It's going to get interesting.
Anyways, it's coming along really well, there are still a few things to work out and I'm also waiting on some design for a brand new product too. More on that soon! We'll be breaking this redesign out with a bunch of new tutorials and articles, it should be a bit of information overload if all goes well. Stay tuned!
As always, thanks for visiting
Lots of items will be coming with this update and I can't wait to show everybody. I realize content update has been a bit slow but with that it's important to note that latest tutorial on Setting Up Flash Builder 4.5 for Flash 11 and AIR 3 Apps is important. One of our products definitely takes advantage of that latest software update and future tutorials will too. Anyways, stay tuned for more updates on the update.
With this release comes a huge amount of updates and performance gains. The addons alone are well worth the upgrade with each one having a license required to add on to the original software. There is also a trial version for 30 days that allows you to use the software with everything and a developer version that is free to use for 180 days.
With all that I have to say that we've got a huge update coming to FMSGuru soon. I've been working hard on the backend and making the site work better and faster. Searches should be more precise and even this news piece has been put in place with the new system. All built in Flex which means I've got lots of tutorials material to show. We also have Adobe's FMS 4.5 just out and now Wowza 3, exciting stuff and as soon as the facelift happens here you're going to see so much new material that you won't know what to do with it!
There are both more tutorials and articles on the way. On the functionality side, we have improved the ability to find tutorials that you might want to check out based on what you are watching at the time. On each tutorial page we have now listed some related tutorials that may answer your questions on your current topic. If you scroll down past the video then you'll see the list.
We have many more updates to the site coming including a complete redesign which I know I'm very excited about. So stay tuned!
With that, I do plan on getting more tutorials in the future about security with FMS, I think it's important to also cover security with Wowza Media Server. Of course I have a whole list of ideas for tutorials that I just have to find the time to get on with.. not just dry security of course.
Last but not least there is a new FMS Usergroup meeting coming up on August 24th, check that out here.
We've got more coming up soon, so stay tuned!
With that I'm proud to announce a mutually advantageous partnership with Wowza Media Systems to assist in getting some of their teaching materials updated in a new format. More on that soon!
For now though, please stay tuned, I do plan to put up a few shorter tutorials working with Flash Builder/Flex and Wowza. I put up a quick poll on whether or not anybody cared if we did more Wowza or FMS stuff here but no responses just yet. Check that out here if you're interested in letting me know. It does help me decide on content to put up, otherwise I just put up things that I feel like doing :)
]]>2011-08-05T12:00:00+0900Working with Shared Objects with Wowza and Flex