US firm claims it can bring Flash to iPad
An American firm claims to have created a clientless “Flash video codec” that will allow users to watch Flash video on the iPad.
Apple has barred Flash on its devices, and has banned developers from translating Flash into iPhone/iPad friendly languages when creating applications.
According to developers RipCode, the TransAct Transcoder V6 captures a request for Flash content and converts it into a format that devices such as the iPad will accept “by transcoding the content in the cloud”.
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
The codec will support resolutions ranging from QVGA to 1080i/p, and offers a wide range of video delivery options including QuickTime, MP4 and MPEG-TS, as well as the RTSP and Silverlight platforms that are also blocked on the iPad.
“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,” said RipCode’s CEO Brendon Mills.
He added the codec will “remove this barrier in a way that it’s attractive to content hosters, a key device manufacturer, a key video player provider, and the end user alike,” as it means they will not have to move their content to HTML5 for the iPad or “pre-transcode entire video”.