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open browser and launch flash video automatically in full screen in linux

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I have a list of links to videos that I want to open one after another automatically and play fullscreen.  I could script some of this but the problem is that I'm not quite sure how to launch a browser to a link and have it automatically launch the flash video on the page.  I'm not sure if there is a command line argument that will do something like that.  I'm afraid that I may have to resort to a mouse macro (which sounds like a really horrible way of doing things).  Does anyone have a better solution for me, or if not can recommend a mouse macro program for linux that I can launch from the command line?

Thanks!
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by:Superdave
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You might want to consider forgetting about the browser, and finding a script to download the videos, and playing them full-screen with mplayer.  I used to have a Python script called youtube-dl.txt, and there used to be a bash script out there, although they are always playing catch-up with changes to Facebook and YouTube, so you have to search the internet for a recent version and hope they work.  But if you can find a script that works with the sites you want to use, it would be an easy matter to call the script from another script and display the file.

Otherwise, if you want it done in the browser, the thing that comes to my mind would be User Javascript/GreaseMonkey, but that would affect all your browsing at least to the sites you specify.

I don't know anything about mouse macros but if you can get such a thing to work it might actually be easier than anything else.
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by:jacksmind
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Unfortunately the streams are secured (think trying to download from hulu) so grabbing the stream by any conventional means is not possible.  I'll look into greasemonkey but somehow I doubt there's a fullscreen plus autoplay script. Maybe, not sure.
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For the record.  You might be able to modify the html to autoplay but it is a flash security feature to not allow auto fullscreen.  If you modify the source, you can change the dimensions of the frame and that may fit your needs.
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fixed it myself
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by:shahzadbux
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jacksmind - could you explain how you fixed this yourself please?
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