That’s what we thought here at TokBox when Adobe Flash Player 11 galloped into the land of OpenTok last week. From a distance, the stranger looked like a bandit, triggering an old hardware acquisition bug that threatened to break the OpenTok API. But we squashed that bug right quick. After the dust settled, we realized that Flash 11 was actually one of the good guys. There was a new sheriff in town—and Flash 11 was gonna use his H.264 revolver to bring justice and a new dawn for OpenTok video quality. Thanks to Flash 11, the OpenTok API now offers beautiful images that are clearer, crisper, and sharper than ever before.
Okay, I just realized I’m still stuck at my desk and galloping my fingers on the keyboard so let’s get back to nerd world. Flash 11 provides the capability to encode at H.264, which is the standard codec for high-def videos such as Blu-ray, and most mobile devices natively support this codec. What does this mean for OpenTok? Well, you can see for yourself by looking at the images below.
Clearly, H.264 brings sharper video quality, whereas the old Sorenson Spark (H.263) generates a blurry, blocky video especially when motion is involved.
Still don’t believe us? Check out the transition between the two images below.
We like our new sheriff so much that we’ve tricked him out with variable encoded video resolutions, video bit rates, and frame rates. To top it off, these bells and whistles are dynamically optimized based on each client’s available bandwidth.
The bottom-line: our video quality is dramatically improved.
Now that you know you’re on Flash Player 11, try out a live video session for yourself.