How to stream a local flv video from a remote server

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Is there a way to have a flash program that resides on a remote server (my server) play a video file that is on a user's computer? So, for example, a client PC will have a file "c:\movie.flv". The flash program (fla) would be run off of a web server (say, "www.example.com/program.fla"). The flash program would then look to the client's PC and play c:\movie.flv?

Oh, and I need this to work with Actionscript 2.0

Thank you!
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Nope...  A server won't have an access to a user's hard drive...

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There's no way for the user to grant access??

Basically, I run a behavioral research lab and run all my experiments using Flash on a remote server. But I need to stream videos and one of our mobile labs doesn't have the bandwidth necessary to stream the videos at a high enough data transfer rate. So I'm trying to find a way to have the experiment hosted on a remote server and the video played off the local machine. I have complete control over both (but can't install a server on the local machines for security reasons).
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The only thing I can think of is to create the EXE version from the SWF you have and run it locally as a desktop application and have the EXE take care of the FLV loading by bypassing the call to the web server...

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I was unaware that you could compile flash programs as exe files. Any suggestions as to how to do that?
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When you publish the SWF, check out the Publish Settings where you can check for a Windows Projector...
   http://www.learnwebdesignonline.com/flash-tutorials/producing-flash-projector.htm

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