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11/05/2003 Archived Entry: "Project We Say Tomato: Audio Samples"

The audio contributions to Project We Say Tomato have been streaming in steadily (pun intended) and they are terrific! Listen for yourself:

Project We Say Tomato: Play Samples
Project We Say Tomato: Play Samples

(Free Flash 6 Player or higher required.)

[Update: Nov. 14, 2003--I've added a second batch of contributions today.]
[Update: Nov. 24, 2003--I've added a third batch of contributions today.]
[Update: Dec. 05, 2003--I've added a fourth batch of contributions today.]
[Update: Feb. 15, 2004--I've added a fifth batch of contributions today. The earlier batch folders have been removed. Those entries are now only found in their respective "Native" or "Nonnative Speaker" folder.]

Replies: 3 comments

great project .. 'let's call the whole thing off'

Posted by michael chalk @ 11/09/2003 11:32 PM PST

Great porject Jim. I like the way you can list recorded samples in folders etc. What about a forum type thing with recorded voice??


P.S. Looked into recording voice with a combination of php and action script. It seems that the data captured from the mike is not available in actionscript at the client to send to a server script. It is only available to Flash CommServer.

I would be interested in experimenting with FlashComm Server in the future to use for ESL projects. Could you tell me what kind of license you have for it and how much that cost??


Posted by James Pratt @ 11/12/2003 07:01 PM PST

Thanks, Jamie. I'm actually using an external XML file to control the folders and sound files. This way, I can add and revise entries in this XML formatted text file without having to recompile the main presentation Flash file.

Creating voice and video based forums is not difficult. However, you have to be prepared to cover the bandwidth costs that this would entail. Of course, video-based applications will require a lot more bandwidth. While audio-based applications require far less bandwidth, you have to plan for the amount of traffic that your project is likely to receive and budget accordingly.

Right you are, FlashCom Server is where *all* the recording takes place. It is not possible (at least, not yet) with ActionScript along with any other server side solution.

As for costs, I moved from FlashComStudio yesterday (they went out of business with no warning!) and am currently using the hosting services of influxis.com. They have a number of affordable plans that offer what I need. Right now, I am using their "voltage plan." At $20 per month, it's very affordable. But, I have to manage my usage wisely as the account is limited to 20 concurrent connections, 100 MBs of disk space, and 5 GBs of throughput per month.

Of course, this amount is way more than adequate for the needs of "Project We Say Tomato". In fact, the $10 per month account would more than suffice for that. However, I have developed and am using other applications with my own clients that involve video conferencing, so have a need for a slightly larger load.

In fact, the account I had previously with FlashComStudio cost about a dollar more and only allowed 10 concurrent users, 50 MBs of disk space and 1GB of throughput per month. So, I should be happy that they went under. Then again, they just closed down suddently and without a word, deleting all my files in the process. Arghhhhh!

Anyway, to answer your last question, FCS hosting services are affordable as long as you design things appropriately. For more on costs and to compare fees among a variety of hosting services, see the link to the FlashCom Wiki in my reply to a question of yours that appeared in a previous comment to this blog entry:


Posted by Jim Duber @ 11/13/2003 11:04 AM PST

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