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FLVs: Seeking to unbuffered areas in video using navigation cue points

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I have a flash player with a video which allows users to seek to different portions of the video. The problem i have with this seeking capability is that if the user tries to seek to an unbuffered area of the video, he/she will have to wait for the buffering to complete. Is there a way to allow the video to start buffering at a selected point of the video without waiting for the the video to buffer from the start of the video?
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Unfortunately there is not.

You might want to consider disabling (or hiding) the buttons until a certain percentage of the FLV has been loaded.
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Aneesh Chopra earned 1200 total points
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It is only possible by using video streaming service

streaming video actually downloads the request portion to browser memory not complete video File, and it provides capability to seek to any area of video..

here is a free PHP streaming solution which you can adopt, sample files are also available for download:
http://www.flashcomguru.com/index.cfm/2005/11/2/Streaming-flv-video-via-PHP-take-two 

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Did I say not... I meant sure!

Thanks Aneesh for the correction.
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Thanks a lot for the fast response, appreciate it.
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