FITC Amsterdam 2011 was great!

I was very happy when Shawn Pucknell asked me to do a session at FITC Amsterdam half a year ago. It was already 2 years ago that I spoke at FITC so I was more then ready for it !!

So last monday we left Belgium driving to Amsterdam (2.5 h drive) for another  great FITC event !

We we arrived at the venue to do some tech testing on Monday, the first thing that I realised was that the venue was really really big if I compare it to the previous venue from last years! Maybe the new venue is just a little bit tooo big …

But as always at FITC events, the atmosphere is really crazy and the fun at the parties is great ! This year I also hang out a lot in the brand new Influxis voodoo lounge which had a lot of very cool sessions aaaand FREE Beers🙂

On Tuesday around noon, I did a duo session with my Happy Banana partner Wouter Verweirder and we decided to do a talk about the interaction possibilities that the Flash Platform has to offer. Because we both had a lot of client work to do last weeks, we still had to really finalize the demos of our presentation the weekend before the conference and actually also the night before the presentation (actually we didn’t sleep at all the night before).

We wanted to tell a story that gives an overview of the different input methods for a Flash Platform project; going from sound, to camera, images, to mobile devices as controllers  and also MS Kinect.

Some Kinect demos of our presentation were filmed by @_Driezzz and it gives you and idea how much fun we had during the session ! For this demos we used AS code to combine  AS3TUIO with OSCeleton, so we can translate skeleton joint information and use skeleton joins as touch points. This way, you can use the standard multitouch events. This code is ready for you to be downloaded at wouter’s blog if you want to try it out yourself: . Let us know if do something cool with it🙂

Here is the presentation of the session :

FITC was really great to meet up with a lot of my flash community friends. I also met a lot of new cool people which I hope to see again somewhere in conference land😉.

I hope everybody liked the session, feel free to give some feedback and cu all soon!

Multi-Mania, Europe’s biggest multimedia fest! Save the date!

Multi-Mania is the event  where more then 1500 multimedia developers, designers, entrepreneurs, multimedia students and educators gather to share knowledge, get inspired and build community. Attendees learn from industry leaders, catch up on the latest possibilities and find new energy and inspiration for their work. New business relationships are formed, new products and solutions are found, and employees and students connect with employers and schools.

So make sure to be there ! Today the date of the event was announced, so ….do not wait to save the date !


Multi-Mania 2011 - date announced - 23-24 May 2011

Multi-Mania 2011 - date announced - 23-24 May 2011


2M10 was a blast.. Multi-Mania 2011 will blow your mind! Save the date now.


more information soon in early januari,

cheers, Koen !



Flash Player 10.2 beta out now – Stage Video rocks !

Adobe is  happy to announce a beta release of Flash Player 10.2 for Windows, Mac, and Linux. It is now available for download on Adobe Labs. Flash Player 10.2 beta introduces a number of enhancements , including Stage Video, a new API that delivers best-in-class, high performance video playback across platforms. The new beta also includes Internet Explorer 9 hardware acceleration support previewed earlier (in Flash Player “Square”), enhanced text rendering, and two popular requests from the community: a native custom mouse cursors API and support for full screen playback with multiple monitors.

stageVideo in Flash Player 10.2

stageVideo in Flash Player 10.2

The video about Stage Video during Adobe MAX a few weeks ago:

Just to let you understand why this update is really important…

Facts and Figures about the Flash Player for the web and mobile :

  • 75% of all video on the web is viewed with Flash Player.
  • Flash Player is on 99% of all connected PCs.
  • 85 % of 100 top websites use Flash
  • 95% of top 20 phone OEMs will deliver Flash

Stage Video

I saw it myself at Adobe MAX during the sneak peaks and it was really amazing to see such a performance update. Now it is already available for everybody to play with. To summarize stage Video stands for:

  • smoothest, highest quality, seamless video
  • lowest CPU usage, longest battery life
  • optimized for multi-screen: PC, smartphone, tablet, television
  • reaching also out to low-end PC devices
  • API compatible with Flash Player 10.X
  • no changes needed beyond updated SWF and wmode

Stage Video  is already used on AIR for TV and Google TV and is a new way to present video to users. I encourage everybody to use StageVideo from now on🙂

Linking and liking:

Read the blog post about FP 10.2 by Thibault Imbert about it.

Get it here:

Tutorial: Getting started with StageVideo on Adobe Developer Connection