H.264 soon to be supported by Flash Player
Adobe Labs has recently posted a beta release of the Flash Player 9 Update ( http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/flashplayer9/ ) that added a number of significant enhancements to the Flash player. One of which is the support for H.264 video. That means there are now 3 options to encode video: Sorenson Spark (H.263), On2VP6 and H.264. I did a quick test by renaming a 3gp file into flv and set it as the content path for use with the flash video component. And the video played properly in the browser. When I tried the NetStream object, it could even play the mp4 files without having to have the file extension changed. Nice.
As it is so new and video formats and spec are so confusing, I think there is a lot of reading for me ahead.