October, 23, 2006 | By Bill Keaggy

"The rise of Flash video from relative obscurity to a web standard is a fascinating tale. There is no one date we can point to and say, 'This is when it happened.' Some would point to Flash MX and the inclusion of the Sorenson Spark codec. Others will claim it was Flash Professional MX 2004 that really got things started, and a valid case can be made for the current iteration of Flash (Flash Professional 8) and the improved FLV Playback component which seems to be so ubiquitous in today's video experience. For me, Flash Video became 'real' in 2000."

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