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flash video playback on my website
eckythump 
21/5/08 2:17:31 AM
Overlord

Hi,

I'm looking to embed a flash video (.flv) player on a webpage. I've tried finding info on this, but have had limited success. I've seen the geekfiles.googlepages.com player and how to use that, but I wanted to clarify some things first.

I think i'd prefer to locally host my own player.swf to do the flv playback. Is there a standard free one released by adobe? Or is the googlepages one the best approach? I've also seen one reference that says the googlepages offering works in Firefox, but not IE.

How are other people doing this? (YouTubing it and embedding the code they provide isn't an option, so those thinking that need not reply.)

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xfu 
21/5/08 10:04:49 AM
Guru

Do you have Flash itself (to create/edit your own), or do you need a compiled .swf that you supply the video path to?

If it's the latter, there should be millions. Don't restrict yourself to the google one if it doesn't do something right.

An flv player is one of the simplest things you can do in Flash using inbuilt components, and still fairly easy to build form scratch.

Take a look on Flashkit, actionscript.org, etc... There's probably lots more to choose from.

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eckythump 
24/5/08 6:41:48 PM
Overlord

Hmm, deja vu. I'm sure I typed up a reply to that last post. *shrug*

No, I don't have flash. I need a precompiled one, and it needs to be unbranded. A skinnable player would be nice, providing it's trivial to make the skin.

I am happy to use a compiled .swf sitting on another site, but would have hesitations about which sites to trust, both in terms of the .swf itself and also in terms of the URL to the player being permanent.

And yes, I want a player that I can just feed a URL to a .flv file. I don't have any desire to obfuscate the source of the video.

Any recommendations?

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superfireydave 
24/5/08 9:11:07 PM
Titan

My recommendation would be "Use youtube, it's free, has its own hosting so you don't need to potentially stress your own, and there's no chance of it not working." But apparently it's not an option.

The other option I'd suggest is buy flash.

Almost any FLV player you find will be hosted, or require flash itself, you're extremely unlikely (if not impossible) to find a player that you can just take and upload to your own hosting and use.

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eckythump 
24/5/08 9:53:54 PM
Overlord

Neither of those make for very appealing options.

The video I want to include is something we've been given for inclusion on our website. I suspect the copyright holders would object to me using YouTube (and I'm not going to ask).

I'm also not buying flash, mostly because I don't know it, and have no interest in learning it.

I'll just use the geekfiler.googlepages.com option for now, though it appears to have bandwidth/viewcount limitations. I'll sort something else out later.

It was suggested that to someone with flash familiarity, writing a player is fairly trivial as it mostly just requires calling standard functions? If this is the case, is there anyone here who's made their own player and is feeling charitable?

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xfu 
25/5/08 9:28:28 AM
Guru

This is the first link I clicked form google. :P

http://www.jeroenwijering.com/?page=thankyou&file=mediaplayer-3-16.zip

Licensing

The FLV Media Player is licensed under a Creative Commons License. It allows you to use, modify and redistribute the script for free for noncommercial purposes. For corporate use, please apply for a 20 euros commercial license!

Documentation

1. All supported flashvars (variables) you can set to customize the mediaplayer.
2. All supported playlist formats you can use, plus some implementation info.
3. A large list of all third-party plugins for the mediaplayer.
4. A tutorial on embedding the mediaplayer in your site.
5. A tutorial with all functions of the javascript API.
6. A tutorial on adding captions and an audiodescription (accessibility).



So about $40 for your client, if it's commercial. Peanuts really. Even if they are too cheap for this option though, use this package as reference for others like it that are out there. I guarantee you'll be able to find some others if you look in the right places.

http://www.google.com.au/search?client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla%3Aen-US%3Aofficial&chann


Edited by xfu: 25/5/2008 09:29:11 AM

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eckythump 
25/5/08 3:06:09 PM
Overlord

Yep, a friend pointed me at that one just before I came here and saw your reply.

What exactly did you google for? Because I have done plenty of searches and that one never came up in any of mine.

Thanks for pointing me in the direction of that, all the same, even if I had already found it, as it is the one I'll be using.

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xfu 
26/5/08 9:14:56 AM
Guru

free flv player swf with xml <-- was the search.

Yeah it looks like a good'n. Post in here again if you have any troubles with the config.

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flamingspartan 
26/5/08 11:44:06 PM
Champion

hey also try flow player, its good and reliable. There is a (or was) free version.

http://flowplayer.org/

check out our implementation of it at http://www.wasabitv.com.au

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eckythump 
28/5/08 1:03:50 PM
Overlord

flow player looks good, too. It appears it may be a little easier to customise to fit the aesthetics of the rest of the site, so I shall paly with it some.

Thanks for the tips, everyone. I am currently using the JW player and it's working a treat, and it's nice and bullshit free. So if I don't get flow player doing what I want, I'll continue using it.

Thanks again, all.

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