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I have made  a modeling program within Microsoft Access.  I have have connected the Access Database to Dreamweaver anr would like to show a video of each model within Windows Media.  I would like to be able to select the models name within Dreamweaver and have a button or hyperlink to push to play the video of the model.  There are about 100 different models and therefore about 100 different short videos.  I can maintain the videos within the Access database however how do I tell Dreamweaver to play the video for the model.  I am very new at this so basic instructions are appreciated.
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Hi,

I'll just say if this is an ASP-scripted site I won't have much to contribute on that front, but I can talk a bit about embedding the video. First, some questions:

1) Is the video actually in .WMV format? If so, you may want to think about re-encoding it in a more universal format if possible.

2) Is it stored as data in the database, or just as links pointing to the locations of the files?
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The videos are .MPG however i could change the format if necessary.

They are not stored in the database, the database contains the links pointing to the location of the file.

I am using Dreamweaver with ColdFusion.
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No, MPG is actually pretty much as good as you can get for globally-supported video. Almost every user will have something plugged into their browser that can play it.

I'd suggest having each video open as part of a new page: either into the same window, or perhaps as a popup, as it's a lot harder to reliably 'drop' video into an already-loaded page.

The easiest way to guarantee playing of the video on whatever player-plugin the user has setup, is frankly to link directly to it rather than tear your hair out with browser-detect scripts and the like. Then, even if the user doesn't have a plugin that automatically plays video content in their browser, the movie will download and they can play it locally. So, for instance:

<a href="javascript:window.open('clips/movie1.mpg','clip','height=260;width=340;scrollbars=no;statusbar=no;addressbar=no;titlebar;no;');">Clip 1</a>

You can use a Repeat Region behaviour to display all the links on the page one-by-one in a style such as this.
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