How much do you know about Flash and Silverlight? This blog article will share with you the difference between Flash with Silverlight.
Flash adopt a compressed format. Text and images are embedded in the movie. Therefore, the size of flash is relatively small. While Silverlight uses XAML for its description language, in addition, it uses non-compressed format. Thus the size of it is relatively large.
Flash uses frame-based animation model. The flash format itself has no notion of animation except transformation matrics. You can use a matrics to an element on a per frames basis to move it around. If you want to move something across the screen in 3seconds, you need to calculate how many frames 3 second will take, then calculate the matrixes required for each frame along the way. Please make sure that player won’t actually maintain any frame rate unless you embed blank audio tracks; 3 seconds might turn out to be 2 or 6 or 5.
Silverlight supports WPF animation model, which is time-based instead of frame-based. So you can define the start and end conditions and it will count how to do it.
Flash objects are programmed by adopting ActionScript. It can be integrated with back-end technologies that use other languages and frameworks. It comes with a huge, powerful class library to develop online browse-rhosted applications and stand-alone desktop applications.
Video and Audio
Flash supports multiple video formats. The latest codec is high quality and the bandwidth usage is nice. But one problem is that the formats it supports aren’t really used by others if you create a tool that outputs flash content. The original video codec is a mutant version of H.263. The compression follows the spec fairly closely, but bunch of features were left out. And you cannot exactly just go find complete specs on how to build your encoder.
Silverlight runs the industry-standard VC-1 codec for video, as well as supporting WMV and WMA. Just about everyone already has Windows Movie Maker, but if they don’t, it is not big deal because Microsoft makes available a free SDK encoder for developing MWA and WMV.
Flash supports Windows Vista/XP/2000, Windows Server2003/2008, Mac OS 10.1/10.5, Mac OS 10.1/10.5, Linux 5, open SUSE11, Ubuntu 7.10 or later and Solaris10.
Silverlight only supports Windows Vista/XP/2000, Windows Server 2003/2008, Windows Moblie 6, Mac OS 10.1/10.5 and Mac OS 10.1/10.5. It doesn’t Linux and Solaris.