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I am currently working on an MRSS feed to submit to Google as a video site map and I am running in to an issue with returning errors.

I have developed a flash player using JW Media Player on my site and it is currently working. Its pulling directly from a MRSS file located on my server.

MRSS Feed: http://www.buyandsellcemeteryplots.com/video-player-test-1/mrss.xml
Flash Player: http://www.buyandsellcemeteryplots.com/test.htm

This page and site map is working perfectly with no issues.

My issue I am having is with Google giving me errors in my web master tools account.

When I submit this MRSS feed to Google thru this tool I am getting the errors as seen in this screen shot&.
http://www.buyandsellcemeteryplots.com/video-player-test-1/Web-Master-Tools-3.jpg

I did some research and I found some documentation on the tags that are acceptable to Google located here&.
http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=80472#1

So I took a look at the MRSS files too see if I could fix this myself. According to the image there is an error on line 5. Line 5 of the MRSS file is ##<link />##. I did not even see that on the list of tags on the link I posted to Web Master Support. I then took a look at line 12. Line 12 of the MRSS file is ##      <media:content channels="2" bitrate="312.0" duration="60" fileSize="1452215" framerate="25.0" height="480" type="video/flv" width="640" isDefault="true" url="http://www.buyandsellcemeteryplots.com/video-player-test-1/test.flv">##

This just looks odd to me. According to the image the issue is with the attribute titled ##Bitrate## is causing the issue with line 12 but the link to Web Master Support is not showing a reference to this attribute once again.

Any help someone could provide would be of great help.

Shawn
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The test.flv file is 11 megs - any chance that is just too big for Google's taste here?
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Not to mention, when I downloaded it, it took a long time and presented me with a blank white screen.  This did not seem right for a file size of 1,452,215

About all I can think of is that Google does not want empty tags, or bitrate with a dot in it (they may expect an integer) but that is just guessing.  I would check the file size and the empty tag issues first.

HTH, ~Ray
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Ray,
Thank you for your prompt response.  I changed the bit rate from ##bitrate="312.0"## to bitrate="312" and that issue went away. You can find the updated XML/MRSS feed located on my server here&

http://www.buyandsellcemeteryplots.com/video-player-test-1/mrss-1.xml 

So that would leave the error in line 5 as mentioned in my post as the only one remaining.

You mentioned empty fields in your post so I took a close look at the XML file and I noticed the HTML code being used (<link />) is to end a hyper link to a page or file.  So I linked it the player page linked here&

http://www.buyandsellcemeteryplots.com/test.htm

using this line of HTML code ##  <link>    <link>http://www.buyandsellcemeteryplots.com/test.htm</link> ##You will find the updated XML file here&..
http://www.buyandsellcemeteryplots.com/video-player-test-1/mrss-2.xml

When I submitted it to Google Web Master tools its now showing as resolved. So my issue has been corrected.  

Thank you for all of your help you have been a life saver for me,
Shawn
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Great responce time and nailed it the first time. Great RSS/MRSS skills
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Shawn, thanks for the points and for your kind words.  Best regards, ~Ray
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