Adobe has made available a great new application for delivering realtime audio and video through the Flash Media Server –the Flash Media Encoder  and it is available now in beta form from http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/fme/ . It supports the On2 VP6 CODEC for high quality video streams of live audio/video events. Best of all its targeted to be free for those with valid FMS licenses.
I’ve been working on a lot of Flash Media Server applications recently, and undertaking a new big project next week and this application holds a great deal of potential for what I’ll be doing.
Once again I find it really refreshing that Adobe is pushing out products through the labs site  – its a great way to get a chance to see what is coming and plan around it. I feel that in particular sharing previews/betas of server based applications and solutions that require more commitment and architectural backend issues from Adobe’s customers, is important to ensure buy in, adoption and critical feedback to make sure things are 100% solid when shipped. Kudos Adobe!