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06/30/2004 Entry: "Camera/Microphone Permissions and Flash Communications Server Applications (Demo)"

If you've tried any of my recent FCS-based demo applications, you've no doubt noticed a dialogue box that pops up and asks for permission to access your camera and microphone. This is a privacy feature built into the Flash player by Macromedia, the company that produces the Flash player and authoring tool. The purpose is to let you know that a Flash application is trying to access a camera or microphone that may be connected to your computer. It gives you the opportunity to allow, deny, or even delay that request. As soon as the Flash application closes (generally, when you go to a new web page), the session is closed. So, when you return, you are asked again for permission to access your camera and microphone.

In several projects that I've worked on recently, the clients wanted to give their users a way to avoid this extra step of having to allow the access request for every separate recording session. This is relatively easy to do from a coding perspective--it's basically one line of code:

System.showSettings(0)

which tells the Flash player to open the dialog box with the proper panel selected among the four tabs available.

The hard part is to write instructions that are easy enough to follow because this code can only display the privacy request panel. The user must make two changes to the settings there: (1) make sure to select the option to "Allow" the access request; and, (2) make sure to check the option to "Remember" this setting in between sessions. They can then close the dialog box and skip the permissions step whenever they return to the site and are asked to record FCS-based audio or video.

Click here for a Media Settings Demonstration
(Free Flash 6 Player or higher required.)

After choosing to "Remember" to "Allow" this website to access your camera and microphone, you will now be able to skip that step when you return to my other FCS-based applications, including my "Voice Mail" demo and my soon-to-be released AV Guestbook demo.


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