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Not seeing a Flash movie embedded in a Dreamweaver document

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I think this question has been answered partially in another post - however, I have embedded a Flash movie in a Dreamweaver document in a nested apdiv - on previewing the document locally, the movie plays fine, however, when I have FTP'd the HTML document and then viewed it by going to site URL in a browser (IE), it comes up with a blank white area and no movie.

I have used the site management facility within Dreamweaver and it uploads and checks everything correctly - I have verified this using a separate FTP program I use, to look at the files on the remote server, however, despite all this, the movie is still not visible.

I am using Windows XP, and have installed the latest versions of Flash player for both IE and Firefox.


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by:Jason C. Levine
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>> on previewing the document locally, the movie plays fine, however, when I have FTP'd the HTML document and
>> then viewed it by going to site URL in a browser (IE), it comes up with a blank white area and no movie.

Check the source code on the page and see if it is making a javascript call to AC_ActiveRunContent.js

If so, you need to make sure that file is uploaded to the remote server.
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The file is uploaded to the server, but is in a different location to the folder containing the website assets, in a folder called "scripts" - I checked the source code for the page and it is making a javascript call to AC_ActiveRunContent.js...


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The folder should be "Scripts" (capital S)...is your server case sensitive?

Also, post a link to the page so I can test it.
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by:atragon
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It is indeed "Scripts" with a capital "S" - the page can be found at <http://www.raviswami.com/Page_02.html#>
, and clicking on "Showreel", which then opens a scaled browser window which contains the Flash movie.

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by:Jason C. Levine
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Are all of the swf  and flv files present on the server?

FLV_Player_Progressive.swf
Clear_Skin_1.swf
Showreel.flv
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Yes, they are all there...


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Windows or *nix server?
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Windows

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by:Jason C. Levine
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Okay.  FLV needs to be registered as a MIME type...

http://it.toolbox.com/blogs/rymoore/adding-flv-mime-type-in-iis-4198
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OK - I'm guessing "IIS" stand for Internet Information Services, but how do I access this in order to set the MIME type ?

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by:Jason C. Levine
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You probably need to talk to whomever controls the remote server.  If you have access to that machine, the instructions are in the article.
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Hi there,
              Thanks for the help - I have contacted the service provider and they are up-grading my account to include the ability to change MIME type settings manually - I'll let you know how this goes, however the link you provided should prove helpful, hopefully, when doing this.

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by:Jason C. Levine
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Could you not have just asked them to add the mime-type for you?  I'd hate for you to have to spend money on this...
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by:atragon
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Well, they said they'd do it for free ! - I did ask them if they could do it since it seems such a simple procedure - on the up side, if I know how to do it, it's useful.



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Hi there,
               Problem solved  - thanks for your help - it turned out to be quite simple, my web hosting package can include an icon for setting MIME types, with a very user friendly interface - just enter the file extension (eg .FLV) in a text field, and then a description of the file type in another text field, confirm and it's done...


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OKay, great.  Don't forget to close the question...
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