The NetStream() object makes your Macromedia Flash player the most widely distributed streaming player in the world. This object allows you to receive live streaming video and audio from anywhere in the world. You can send synchronized messages within the stream to control elements or text (think closed captioning) within your Flash movies. If that wasn't enough, you can also send (or publish) live streaming video and audio from any device that supports Flash Player 6! It's like the best of an instant messenger and a great media player all rolled into one.
This chapter will introduce you to one of the most powerful live streaming video tools you have ever seen. Not only will you learn about the technology, but you will also review some basic concepts of video production and media streaming.