Ripcode. According to the company, its latest product is a server-side solution for websites that want to get their Flash-based content onto Apple's iPad and iPhone.For websites that find themselves stuck in the middle of the ongoing feud between Apple and Adobe, there might be another way out of the mess -
The somewhat futuristic sounding "TransAct Transcoder V6 can intercept Adobe Flash-based file or live video" and translate the video into a format compatible with both the iPhone and the iPad. As the company points out in its blog post, Flash is used in a number of settings, especially live streaming of news and sports and other video content. And while HTML5 is one solution, it is not yet widely adopted. The company's transcoding service offers an immediate and seamless solution.
The transcoder is a completely server-side solution, meaning it does not have to be installed by users or pass by Apple's scrutiny to get into the app store. Instead, it runs on the website server and detects the requesting platform and transcodes the video as needed.
"The 'Flash on iPad' dilemma is really just the latest in a long line of speed bumps on the road towards 'any-content, any-time, any-place, any-device' that we all desire. Fortunately, our technology removes this barrier in a way that is attractive to content hosters, a key device manufacturer, a key video player provider, and the end user alike," RipCode CEO Brendon Mills says in the company's blog.
The best part of this solution, as far as it relates to both Apple and Adobe, is that it has nothing to do with either. And rather than having to swap out services and modify your whole website, a simple server-side install handles the issue entirely, outputting the appropriate video format for whatever the device.
The service supports a number of formats and will be demonstrated this week at the NAB 2010 in Las Vegas.