Adobe Flash reaches EOL (End Of Life) by the end of 2020. To be able to use Flash templates in CasparCG Server after that deadline the following things need to be done.
- Update Flash Player ActiveX (.ocx) to the most recent version. That is version 188.8.131.525 or above.
- Update CasparCG Server to a version that corrects issue 1352.
- Add a mms.cfg file to your Flash installation. This will keep Flash installed after the deadline and will let Flash player show CasparCG’s templates.
Update CasparCG Server
The following versions of CasparCG Server have all been patched to include the fix to allow them to run after the deadline.
Some steps are also needed to prepare your system in advance of the deadline that are outlined below.
Read the full text before proceeding and be aware of the Disclaimer below.
Update Flash Player
In Windows 10, let Windows Update install the Flash player. If you have anything blocking auto update, disable it and run “Search for Update”. Make sure, that the Flash update is listed and let Windows proceed.
In Windows 7 use Internet Explorer to download and install the most recent Flash Player ActiveX. Do that before the end of 2020. Adobe will disable the download pages after that date.
This is the tricky, but most important part. You can either read through Adobe Administration Guide and create the files yourself or you can use the FlashCfgWriter.exe tool in this server zip files (make sure to Run As Administrator) or download it from GitHub
It has three buttons. The “Browse…” button let you browse to your CasparCG Server’s template folder, as this folder must be added to the allow-list of Flash Player. The “Write Config” button let you write the mms.cfg files to the folders where they belong. The “Check Version” button shows the version of the installed Flash Player ActiveX.
Be aware, that if you add this mms.cfg files to your installation and NOT use a supported CasparCG Server build, Flash templates will not work anymore. So, if that applies to you, please only update Flash Player ActiveX, as this needs to be done asap, to make sure you do not miss it, before it gets unavailable.