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Hi all,

I used a built in flash video player control that uses an FLV file and progressivly downloads the video from our server. The video shows and plays great however the control buttons in the flash player do not display and I need a way to start and stop the flash player when my JavaScript hide and show runs the layer. I've seen this done so I know it's possible, but I'm a little stuck.

Also, if you view the vid in FireFox or Safari it does start and stop however in IE the player keeps running when the layer is hidden.

You can see an example of what's going on here: http://www.purepostcards.com/indexnew.asp

Click on the "Click Here to see a 4 minute video on postcard marketing"

Any help?
Thanks in advance. -RJ
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by:williamcampbell
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Is it WebInterview.swf the swf file?

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by:netadmin2004
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Yes and PPComercial.flv is the actual video.
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by:williamcampbell
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Can yah paste the fla code ...
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by:netadmin2004
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Ther is no FLA code. Simply used the import video from the file menu and chose a controller. the SWF plays when going to the exact URL to the SWF. This should be a problem with using flash in a DIV layer.
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Rob earned 500 total points
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I have been able to get this to work in a div (see attached - run the index.html first to see it working in a div, you will need to add your PPComercial.flv file to this directory to make it work)

you should also note that your html does not conform to html transitional standards so this might be affecting your result:

http://validator.w3.org/check?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.purepostcards.com%2Findexnew.asp&charset=%28detect+automatically%29&doctype=Inline&group=0

also where is the skin for the buttons located, did you use SteelExternalAll.swf as that needs to be in the same directory as the WebInterview.swf
SteelExternalAll.swf.zip
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by:Rob
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The fact that the html does not conform to the w3 standards is why you are getting different results in different browsers :)
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by:netadmin2004
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What really helped was not using the embed tags and using the SWFObject script. My video now shows in all browsers however only closes in a few. Please check the video again. The controls still do not show, but that's fine for now. here is the javascript in the html page. the close video button in flash calls the closeVideo function in javascript.

<script type="text/javascript">
<!--
function showVideo() {
      document.getElementById('VidDiv').style.zIndex = "100";
      document.getElementById('VidDiv').style.display = "";
      // <![CDATA[
        var fo = new FlashObject("http://www.purepostcards.com/flash/vids/WebInterview.swf", "VidDiv", "460", "350", 6, "#000000");
        fo.write("VidDiv");
       // ]]>
}
function closeVideo() {
      document.getElementById('VidDiv').style.zIndex = "-1";
      document.getElementById('VidDiv').style.display = "none";
}
-->
</script>
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by:netadmin2004
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This works in Internet Explorer, Safari, and Opera, but not FireFox?
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by:netadmin2004
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This wasn't the solution however you did help allot. Thank you. I'll award the points. The solution was to create my own video player where I refferenced all button controls with actionscript. Really wasn't all that hard to do and Even came across a site that showed me how to use JavaScript to control my .swf.
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