Does anyone know the timeline of Akamai platform to support on FLV with H.264 (AVC codec) using Akamai random seeking function?
Akamai random seek is only supported under VP6, not H.264 encoded files. We currently have no specific timeline to support this in the near future.
If customer really need this, what can we do ?
1) Ask customer to change their player and use range get for random seeking ?
2) Ask customer to transcode the FLV before upload it to our Netstorage. However, it may introduce distortion on the quality.
Any best practices ?
We would recommend re-packaging your FLVs into an MP4 container. No need for re-encoding your content.
If you look for "repackage FLV to MP4" in the web, you will find some results like below;
Once you have your content available in MP4 container format including the H.264 codec, then you can make use of the "Random Seek" behavior within the property manager (see pic below).
This standard functionality is available with Download Delivery and "old" Progressive Media Download" services.
The max file size of 200MB is a recommendation. If you should plan using files bigger than 1GB, that can cause issues like failing to seek due to the large moov atom size. Big Files including high quality may also cause buffering and high start-up times. If you plan serving high quality video files, then you should consider making use of adaptive bitrate streaming like HLS, HDS or DASH.
Akamai can help you transcoding your large files with high quality/high resolution into (adaptive bitrate) formats and profiles which can be viewed on any device with different connectivity situations. We can easily help converting your download workflow into a real adaptive bitrate streaming workflow.
What you need?
Let us know, if you want to know more.
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