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Embedded Windows Media Player Stops Playing After A Few Seconds

Posted on 2008-06-18
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Hi everyone

I've embedded a couple of media players (WMP and QT) into a webpage for playback via HTTP (from a normal web server). The problem is that when the page is loading, the media player starts playing the clip - I can hear the content (its audio only) - but it always stops after a few seconds. It stops at slightly varying times, but almost never plays for more than 2-3 seconds. One time when I opened up Firefox (restarted a session), it played for about 5-6 seconds. I can't see any buffering taking place and there is no error message.

The same thing happens with both Windows Media Player and Quicktime. On my local dev machine it all works fine. I have tried lowering the bit rate but to no avail.

Something seems to be interrupting the operation of the media player, or is preventing buffering. You can see it happening here:

http://www.trancemusicshop.com/product_info.php?products_id=100

Any help or suggestions with this would be greatly appreciated. If javascript is required, please include some skeleton code to get me started.

Regards

Nick
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Question by:hanuman11
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Jason C. Levine earned 500 total points
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Hi hauman11,

First of all, I cannot replicate the problem on FF3 or IE7 from my end but I also have a T1 connection here.

What I think may be going on is that the connection speed or local version of WMP is causing problems.  The connection speed is easy enough to test...if you have a fast connection and the audio still drops, then all signs point to the player.

What I would do here is forget about using QT or WMP and instead embed a Flash media player and use that to progressively download and play the audio files.  This is a good one and well documented:

http://www.jeroenwijering.com/?item=JW_FLV_Media_Player

Flash is a bit more forgiving and easier to use than QT and also more cross platform than WMP.
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