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I have been struggling for a couple of days trying to embed a Flash video.  I only have the flv video.  I do not have an SWF file, or any of the Adobe Flash programs.  I know basic HTML, javascript, etc., so I thought this would be easy!  I tried FlowPlayer, but it's not working (I just get a black video box with the flowplayer watermark).  Please help me find a solution that is widely compatible, free, and not too difficult to set up.

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Here is an example for how to Embedding SWF, FLV, & MP4 Videos In A Webpage:

http://www.2webvideo.com/video-production/embed-swf-flv-mp4-videos-in-webpage 

As flash will not be full open source so better to go ahead with FLV videos , for more information you can check the below link:

http://www.boutell.com/newfaq/creating/video.html
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Thanks for these promising solutions.

Number-1 - The DVDVideoSoft solution was definitely easy to set up.  I tried it using the "maxi" player. However, when I increase the width and height to a larger size (600x336), the video box remains the same size and I can only see the upper left corner of the video.  I followed their instructions to change the width and height in the html (object tag) and the xml config file.  Unfortunately, the box remained 320x240, so I can only see part of the video now.  Do you have any suggestions on how to fix this?

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by:CompScienceGrad
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Regarding my last comment about the DVDVideoSoft solution, I found where I can edit presets in the "Free Video to Flash Converter", but my options are basically fixed at 512x320 or 640x360.  The problem I had was that when I allowed it to convert my FLV video, it changed from being a 20 MB FLV file to being a 150 MB FLV file.  That didn't make any sense, so I plugged in my original 20 MB FLV video, which is 600x336, but it doesn't fit properly since I can't resize the video "box".  I hope my explanation makes sense... Is there any way to resize the video to 600x336 at this point?

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Number-1 - I played around with the DVDVideoSoft solution and figured out what was going on.  I had to find the custom bitrate settings that properly balanced the quality and size. That is actually a strength of this solution - the quality is very customizable.  However, I would not have needed a "conversion" in the first place if the resolution of the player were fully customizable (it is fixed at certain presets, requiring me to make the conversion from 600x336 to 640x360). Otherwise, this was the easiest free solution I've seen, since it has a GUI of sorts.

swadhinray - I finally got a chance to look at the Free Open Source FLV Player (OSFLV).  Once I took the time to figure it out, it actually made sense.  I was able to set my custom resolution (600x336), and it used my original 20 MB flash file without having to convert it for me. The "skin" is rather basic, but I can probably deal with that.

Both of these solutions are great compared to my alternatives.  (I can't buy Flash.  My purposes are commercial, so JWPlayer isn't free.  And FlowPlayer was crashing on me, although I may have been able to workaround this with more time).

Thanks for the great solutions so far.  I will work on getting a final webpage version in the next week or so.
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Two solutions were found: (1) DVDVideoSoft's "Free Video to Flash Converter", and (2) The "Free Open Source FLV Player".  There are pros and cons to each one.
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