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I have immediate need of an .swf video player that can be embedded on various HTML pages with very simple controls. 500 pts. Help!

Greetings,

I am getting a little frantic, after spending four hours trying to get WIMPY's "just click it" single player (demo) to work with no success, I am in earnest need of an embeddable .swf video player with basic play/pause controls and a simple skin.

You can see the failed WIMPY single player (demo) at http://stevenjs.com/Singer/previewClips.html

I have used logic and trial and error and nothing will make this player play. Of course, you have to buy the full version to get their "technical support," which is email only anyway.

So, an alternative anyone? Why doesn't Macromedia provide one with Flash anyway, you'd think it was a no-brainer.

I cannot tell from their language, but it seems  their media components only work with .flv files, catch 22, you need to have an editor that will export to .flv. (Please see my related question at http://www.experts-exchange.com/Web/Graphics/Q_21386544.html#13798683 which is still open and is also 500 pts.)

I need something that is quick and simple to implement, or I need step by step guidance as I'm new to Flash video players and Flash MX 2004 components.

I am not leaving the computer until this is solved. Thanks!

regards,

stevenjs
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negatyveCommented:
You do not need any special editor to create a flv file, just flash with the flash video exporter:

- create a new movie
- go to File/Import menu
- choose Import to library
- select your videoclip from the file browser
- choose compression settings, then import
- once imported, open the movie library
- double click on the imported video symbol
- click "export" button
- choose a location, then export your flv file
- delete the video symbol from the library
- open the Components panel
- drag a MediaPlayback component to the stage
- open the Component Inspector panel
- write the flv name inside the url input field, for example "videoclip.flv" (without quotes)
- go to File/Save as menu
- save your fla in the same directory where you saved your flv
- export your movie
- enjoy
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Jakob_ECommented:
This is a remark on your Adobe Illustrator post.

Have you read the walktrhu Lobo posted...
If it didn't help you, try point out where we can help

~ Jakob E
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stevenjsAuthor Commented:
Thanks, Jakob, I know Lobo is a Wiz, I just haven't gotten to it yet. This is a much bigger problem here.

Thank you, Negatyve, I will march through your steps and get back to you.

regards,

stevenjs
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stevenjsAuthor Commented:
Negatyve,

I've tried exporting it as .flv, that's the whole problem, and that is the other post, not this one.

This question is for a .swf player, not a .flv player.

But to respond, your instructions do not work. You said:

- click "export" button
- choose a location, then export your flv file

But .flv is not among the extensions available for export. There seems to be every other kind of export, but for some inexplicable reason, Macromedia has not seen fit to include its own format as an export option, apparently requiring third-party editors to do the job for them.

I need a .SWF player, that's the question here. Thanks.

regards,

stevenjs
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stevenjsAuthor Commented:
Negatyve,

Well now, I right clicked the symbol in the library and went to "properties" and there, of all places, was an export button that did indeed have the .flv option.

You didn't mention where to find THAT export button.

Let me continue with your steps, and get back to you. Thanks.

stevenjs
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Jakob_ECommented:
If you want to load a swf movie how do you do it

Like : myVideo = createEmptyMovieClip("myVideo",0)
         myVideo.loadMovie("my.swf")

Or do you have a script or sourcefile to share with us :)


~ Jakob E
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stevenjsAuthor Commented:
Negatyve,

I've gone through the steps, the last two are

- save your fla in the same directory where you saved your flv
- export your movie

By this last "export your movie" you mean what exactly? I tried "test movie" from the control panel, and up came a lovely little player (too small for the 320x240 of the original .mov) which did nothing when I clicked play.

I've been clicking on play buttons that do nothing for what seems like days now.

What am I missing here? Is it, as Jakob E suggests, the need for some additional scripting? I am not a programmer.

Please let me know how to make this player play. Thanks.

regards,

stevenjs
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stevenjsAuthor Commented:
Negatyve,

Ah, okay!!! Apparently I did not quite get the .fla saved to the same folder as the .flv I'd exported, so the path was wrong.

It's playing!

Now, is there a way to get it back to the 320 x 240 of the original .mov??

thanks.

regards,

stevenjs
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stevenjsAuthor Commented:
Negatyve,

Okay, just changed the dimensions of the component in the properties inspector, and the movie is back up to its original size. Nice.

Thanks. Why does MM hide this from everyone?

I take it this component does not work with a .swf or other format?

regards,

stevenjs
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stevenjsAuthor Commented:
I'd still like to know if there's a basic simple .swf player out there.

Anyone?

Post the answer to the post at http://www.experts-exchange.com/Web/Graphics/Q_21386544.html#13798683 and I'll award those points.

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