Trying to put video in website created in Dreamweaver CS5.5 and keep getting this error when trying to play video clip: ??

"unable to find plugin that handles this media type" ?? I have checked and my browser add-ons are all up to date, so I don't get it. I am using Windows 7 Home Premium and Firefox 8 browser. Please help me here!!
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
What kind of video is it?  Every video and audio file requires some kind of player.  Players are normally activated in browsers thru plugins.  But you don't necessarily have all the plugins available and some media types don't have plugins to play them in browsers.
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zlloyd1Author Commented:
It was an flv video clip, but i also tried converting it to an mp4 and had the same issue.
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NrisimhaCommented:

Dear zlloyd1,

I am not clairvoyant, so it would be good if you can put here your code.

Who knows what this code contain? Nobody !!! Because, we can only correct errors when we see a code from your HTML file.


Nrisimha
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
An FLV clip needs to be loaded with Flash.  I don't believe it will load by itself.
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zlloyd1Author Commented:
Here is the code, but it does not show up when I view the page in the browser, I just get some icons that don't do anything.
 
      <object classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" width="202" height="231" id="FLVPlayer">
        <param name="movie" value="FLVPlayer_Progressive.swf" />
        <param name="quality" value="high" />
        <param name="wmode" value="opaque" />
        <param name="scale" value="noscale" />
        <param name="salign" value="lt" />
        <param name="FlashVars" value="&amp;MM_ComponentVersion=1&amp;skinName=Halo_Skin_2&amp;streamName=Globetrottin.flv&amp;autoPlay=false&amp;autoRewind=false" />
        <param name="swfversion" value="8,0,0,0" />
        <!-- This param tag prompts users with Flash Player 6.0 r65 and higher to download the latest version of Flash Player. Delete it if you don’t want users to see the prompt. -->
        <param name="expressinstall" value="Scripts/expressInstall.swf" />
        <!-- Next object tag is for non-IE browsers. So hide it from IE using IECC. -->
        <!--[if !IE]>-->
        <object type="application/x-shockwave-flash" data="FLVPlayer_Progressive.swf" width="202" height="231">
          <!--<![endif]-->
          <param name="quality" value="high" />
          <param name="wmode" value="opaque" />
          <param name="scale" value="noscale" />
          <param name="salign" value="lt" />
          <param name="FlashVars" value="&amp;MM_ComponentVersion=1&amp;skinName=Halo_Skin_2&amp;streamName=Globetrottin.flv&amp;autoPlay=false&amp;autoRewind=false" />
          <param name="swfversion" value="8,0,0,0" />
          <param name="expressinstall" value="Scripts/expressInstall.swf" />
          <!-- The browser displays the following alternative content for users with Flash Player 6.0 and older. -->
          <div>
            <h4>Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.</h4>
            <p><a href="http://www.adobe.com/go/getflashplayer"><img src="http://www.adobe.com/images/shared/download_buttons/get_flash_player.gif" alt="Get Adobe Flash player" /></a></p>
          </div>
          <!--[if !IE]>-->
        </object>
        <!--<![endif]-->
      </object>
</p>
  <p>&nbsp; </p>
<!-- end .content --> </div>
  <!-- end .container --></div>
<script type="text/javascript">
swfobject.registerObject("FLVPlayer"); [embed=image 532685]

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zlloyd1Author Commented:
@DaveBaldwin
I have Flash CS5, but I am not sure what you mean. I used Dreamweaver to insert the clip as it claims can be done successfully, and it just did not work right. If there is a way to use Flash to add the video clips to my site I would be grateful  to know. All I need to do is get this site finished and online for my assignment, I don't have to do it completely in Dreamweaver, I just thought that was what Dreamweaver was designed to do.
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
I asked because some people try to just a link to the FLV file.   Your code looks ok except that the javascript at the end is incomplete.  I don't know whether you left off part of it or not.  There are some limits to Dreamweaver but I would expect it to do this right since it is part of the CS5 suite of programs.  You might want to click on "Request Attention" to get other zones added to your question.  I think we have a Flash zone here.
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NrisimhaCommented:

My dear zlloyd1,

I want really to help you. And as first I have to say that the HTML page given by Dreamweaver is maybe given with a few clicks of mouse, but is very, very complicated.

But, my dear ... that what you really must to know is a structure of commands that are put in such HTML document to show a video in a player.

My intentions are honestly. So, I would like to make next.

Download this ZIP file with COMPLETED and easy understanding code in HTML files.
I give you two videos. One is in FLV format and another is in MOV format.

Both have the same SWF video player that is called fashion.swf.
And of course here is an Javascript file. But, you HAVEN'T to know anything about Javascript.

It is an completed solution. Just UNZIP this ZIP file in an empty folder and open one by one HTML pages.
You will watch in this way a videos under your web browsers directly on your PC.

And the best thing is that you can put all the content of the ZIP file on your server and watching these videos via Internet !!! It is a great !

Download link is:

https://rapidshare.com/files/1383013512/amy.zip

You are a free to modify WIDTH and HEIGHT of the video that will be shown in these HTML pages.
And, of course, you will replace a name of the FLV video with a name of your FLY file, and change a width and height of YOUR own video !!

I am very glad that I can help to you, because you just write about my favorite theme on this Forum.


good luck

Nrisimha
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NrisimhaCommented:

Just a little correction. There is no Javascript file in ZIP file, because this SWF player need not such a file.

thanks for understanding

Nrisimha
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zlloyd1Author Commented:
@Nrishima
I clicked your link and downloaded the zip file but I am not sure exactly what I am supposed to do with them. Are you saying just watch the video clips in the zip, or something else that relates to my Dreamweaver issue??
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Jason C. LevineNo oneCommented:
zlloyd1,

Can I get a link to test your page?

Typically what happens in this situation is you use DW to embed the FLV but then you don't upload all of the files that DW creates to support it.

So in your code above, this line:

<param name="FlashVars" value="&amp;MM_ComponentVersion=1&amp;skinName=Halo_Skin_2&amp;streamName=Globetrottin.flv&amp;autoPlay=false&amp;autoRewind=false" />

means that you also need to upload Halo_Skin_2.swf to the same folder as Globetrottin.flv.  There's also a file called FLV_Player_Progressive (or something like that) which is called by the skin swf and is used to provide HTTP streaming.
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NrisimhaCommented:

Hello zlloyd1,

I have explained to you what you should do with this ZIP package.

And I will repeat again - these HTML files that I sent to you have a code defined by ADOBE, not me, that also use a Adobe's SWF player that is called fashion.SWF,  Adobe's Shockwave Flash File.
And this SWF player can play a video in FLV, MP4 or MOV format and you don't have a problems with that code. Because it is duty of programmers that make a such SWF player that will behave in the same way at the most of browsers that support the code that is the simplify Adobe's code !!!

I can see some bad things in your code that you sent. But, it is Adobe's politics to offer a Dreamveaver that will make some "dirty" code specially for Internet Explorer and the other part of code is for the OTHER browsers !!!

So, the first thing that I will do is to set in YOUR code only the name of my FLV video file and name for my SWF player so I will see does your code really works.

Nrisimha


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NrisimhaCommented:

Dear zlloyd1,

One question - you have all these parameters ( or param ) OK.

But ... where is a <EMBED> command in your web page?

I can't see that. So, which video will you EMBED into your HTML page?

Maybe Globetrottin.flv? But for that, you need to embed that FLV video file in your HTML page !


Nrisimha

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zlloyd1Author Commented:
@Nrishima
You say I need to add <EMBED> into my code, but where would I put that, and why didn't Dreamweaver do that automatically when I used there insert feature??
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Jason C. LevineNo oneCommented:
Dreamweaver does do it automatically, but it also adds a javascript-based method which takes precedence.  The reason behind it is a long story and its not wholly necessary anymore.

If you publish a live link to the page, we can help you better.  If you want to get into the code, then work with Nrisimha's method.
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zlloyd1Author Commented:
@Nrishima
Also, you say that I am supposed to use the code you sent me in the zip file, supposedly Adobe code, but I am not sure exactly how to integrate this code into my code, as my code was also Adobe generated code. I have done no actual coding of my own here, and have used Dreamweaver to build almost the entire site so far. Coding is not my specialty, and I have been instructed to use Dreamweaver to create this site. I was also instructed that Dreamweaver was designed to do that correctly, but it does not seem to allow for video clips to be added to pages correctly.
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Jason C. LevineNo oneCommented:
zlloyd1,

Are you even reading my posts?
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NrisimhaCommented:


You say I need to add <EMBED> into my code, but where would I put that, and why didn't Dreamweaver do that automatically when I used there insert feature??

Listen the answer of jason1178 who is an expert for Dreamweaver:

Dreamweaver does do it automatically, but it also adds a javascript-based method which takes precedence.  The reason behind it is a long story and its not wholly necessary anymore.

Well guys ... where is this <EMBED> code that "Dreamweaver does do it automatically"?
Is it in .JS file?

Coding is not my specialty, and I have been instructed to use Dreamweaver to create this site. I was also instructed that Dreamweaver was designed to do that correctly, but it does not seem to allow for video clips to be added to pages correctly.

Yes, you are right. But, don't speak about it on this forum - some people don't like to hear your words about "little" faults of Adobe's software.

Also, you say that I am supposed to use the code you sent me in the zip file, supposedly Adobe code, but I am not sure exactly how to integrate this code into my code, as my code was also Adobe generated code.


Yes, of course. But, the question is are you experienced user of Dreamweaver or not.
You said - "Coding is not my specialty". That's enough for me.


I see that you don't believe to me. So, I will do two actions.

First, I will give you a link to Adobe site, so you'll can see am I right when I try to explain tags <OBJECT> and <EMBED>.
But, read it carefully and don't ask me why Dreamweaver didn't make your web page correctly:

http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/127/tn_12701.html

And second ... you ask me - "I am not sure exactly how to integrate this (your) code into my code?".

Well, I made a correction of your code, so you can see that code is mostly OK, but it need <EMBED> tag and PARAMETERS in this <EMBED> tag, because you must to "say" to every browser which SWF player you will use and which FLV video.
This is written in your part of code under <OBJECT> tag. But, you are listening to me, but don't want to hear me what I am talking about - you must have two kinds of tags for displaying FLV or MP4 or MOV file under any browser !!!

And these tags are <OBJECT> tag and <EMBED> tag with all those parameters I written in HTML file that I corrected for your example.

So, first read about these tags in article on Adobe's site and then you can open my HTML page with your right and also additional code for your case. Put this HTML file in the same folder where you have UNZIPPED content of my ZIP file.

Here is this HTML:

 video.html

And at the end - listen to jason1178. He knows this better than me:

"If you publish a live link to the page, we can help you better.  If you want to get into the code, then work with Nrisimha's method."

Yes, he can help you really. He will not use any code for your web site !!!


We can help you better !!!


good luck

Nrisimha
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zlloyd1Author Commented:
@Nrisimha
How would I publish a live link then??
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zlloyd1Author Commented:
@Nrisimha Again,
Sorry for the late reply, but busy at work constantly lately!!
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Jason C. LevineNo oneCommented:
Put the address of the page with the non working video in your next post.  
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NrisimhaCommented:

@Nrisimha
How would I publish a live link then??


Simply. You have to put next files in the same folder on your website.

For example, if your site has a name www.mysite.com and folder on the website is called globetrottin then upload these files in that folder:

1. Globetrottin.flv
2. fashion.swf, the file that i sent to you in a ZIP package. This is, in fact video player,
3. and finally file globetrottin.html that is attached in my post.

When you upload these 3 files in the folder globetrottin then you can watch your video when you click on the link:

http://www.mysite.com/globetrottin/globetrottin.html

Of course, your web site has some other name, so you will put a name of your site in this link.

Don't be afraid. Everything will work. This webplayer fashion.swf play the FLV, MP4 and MOV files on over 1 000 000 web sites in the world !!!


good luck

Nrisimha
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NrisimhaCommented:

Hello,

Here is a HTML file. I was in a hurry and forget to put this file in attachment:

 globetrottin.html


Nrisimha
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zlloyd1Author Commented:
@Nrisimha
This just opens a page with Globetrottin written across the top of it. What am I supposed to do with that please??
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zlloyd1Author Commented:
I know you kind of explained it, but as I have written, I am not a web design expert here, that is why I am relying on Dreamweaver for this assignment....
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NrisimhaCommented:

Hello,

Did you upload your Globetrottin.flv file in the same folder on your website where you upload globetrottin.html ?

And, did you upload fashion.swf file in the same folder on your website where you upload globetrottin.html ?


Nrisimha

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zlloyd1Author Commented:
@Nrisimha
I downloaded the file video.html, but every time I try to open it I get a page that says I need a newer version of Flash Player. I have clicked this link and installed the latest Flash Player now three times but it still will not open the file??     video.html
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zlloyd1Author Commented:
@Nrisimha again,
I don't understand why it would have a problem with my Flash Player, as the file type details say it is a plain text file....
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zlloyd1Author Commented:
Or is it just a file containing the warning about Flash Player that is supposed to pop up if you don't have the correct Flash Player??
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NrisimhaCommented:

Hello,

I just need to know can you see this short video ( 42 seconds ).
Just click on link. And when you will see a webplayer then click on start button ( triangle ).
I can watch this video in all browsers ( Firefox, IE 8, GG Chrome and Safari ):

Globetrottin link


See image of the web page:

GT

Nrisimha
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zlloyd1Author Commented:
@Nrisimha
Yes I can see the video!! My new issues is that anytime I try to watch the flv video in the web page I get an error that says this content requires a newer version of adobe flash player, but i have the latest flash player 11??
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zlloyd1Author Commented:
Is Dreamweaver messing up the code somehow??
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NrisimhaCommented:

Yes I can see the video!! My new issues is that anytime I try to watch the flv video in the web page I get an error that says this content requires a newer version of adobe flash player, but i have the latest flash player 11??

Is it a case even when you visit and watch an FLV video on Youtube?

Nrisimha
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NrisimhaCommented:

Is Dreamweaver messing up the code somehow??

Dreamweaver put a next code in your webpage:

<param name="swfversion" value="8,0,0,0" />

It is a Flash version 8. That is a reason why I don't like a Dreamweaver.


Nrisimha
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zlloyd1Author Commented:
So, Flash 11 won't play it?? And no I can watch YouTube videos fine, that is where I got this clip from.
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NrisimhaCommented:

OK, I put a new player on my website, so you can visit my link again and test it:

Globetrottin

When you will watch this video move a mouse on that video and press right mouse button.

You will get this:

Flash1
Click this "About Adobe Flash Player ..." and then will be automatically open a new tab that is Adobe page for testing you Flash plug-in and shows if something is not OK.

I have got this alert - "Adobe Flash Player - Sucessfully Installed".
And you have to get this so you can be sure that you have correct Flash Player installed under your browser:

Flash2

good luck

Nriimha
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zlloyd1Author Commented:
@Nrisimha,
Thanks a load, especially for messing with this on Christmas!!
I will try your solution and see what happens!!
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zlloyd1Author Commented:
I got this when I went to about Flash page
You have version 11,1,102,55 installed
and it says that version is for all browsers listed. I don't know if that is an error or just a reinforcement that I have the most up to date Flash Player. Anyway, I will drop this for a couple of days until Christmas is done, and check back like Tuesday and see if there are any responses by then, Merry X-Mas!!
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zlloyd1Author Commented:
Thanks All....
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NrisimhaCommented:

Merry Christmas to you and to all other members of this Forum !!!

good luck


Nrisimha
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BillDLCommented:
Hi zlloyd1

Perhaps I can help to explain some of the code that is usually found in a web page that loads a Flash Video Player.  It might help you to understand how a video file is loaded into a web page.

Usually the actual "player" comprises a *.SWF file.  In the case of the code you originally presented, the name of this player file is "FLVPlayer_Progressive.swf".

Any browser that has the Adobe Flash ActiveX Control (plugin) enabled will be able to load such a *.SWF file, but it will load into the browser at full size and probably won't do anything at all other than maybe show a video navigation panel.

The player *.SWF file needs to be told by the code passed to it what actual video file to load.  In your case this is "Globetrottin.flv".

Usually a .SWF video player can use one of several "skins".  The skin may simply be for cosmetic appearance or may be required for full functionality.  In most cases it is needed for the functionality.  The skin may be embedded in the player file, or may load from another named *.swf file, and additionally some of the buttons and logos may need to be fetched in from static images.  Quite often Flash Video players use an *.XML file which is read by the player to get settings.  In your case the code in the web page tells the player to load the "Halo_Skin_2" which will be a file named "Halo_Skin_2.swf".

When a Flash "Object" is embedded in a web page it is told how to display using parameters and values that are shown as these standard tags:
<param name="quality" value="high" />
<param name="wmode" value="opaque" />
<param name="scale" value="noscale" />
<param name="salign" value="lt" /> - This means "Left Align"

The following type of parameter is much more specific and tells the player what to load and how to load it:

<param name="FlashVars" value="&amp;MM_ComponentVersion=1&amp;skinName=Halo_Skin_2&amp;streamName=Globetrottin.flv&amp;autoPlay=false&amp;autoRewind=false" />

The  &amp;   code is just the method of inserting an ampersand character as the actual & character.  These are used to join separate parameters together into a single "command".  So the actual parameters above really are:

MM_ComponentVersion=1
skinName=Halo_Skin_2
streamName=Globetrottin.flv
autoPlay=false
autoRewind=false

It is often the case that Internet Explorer renders content in a different way from the other common browsers or that it needs a different method to load the same content.  Internet Explorer is the only browser that reads the following tags:
  <!--[if !IE]>-->
      Some Code Here
  <!--<![endif]-->
Everything between the IF and ENDIF tags is read by IE but ignored by the other browsers, so IE-specific code is placed in there.

It is customary for web designers to provide some visible alternative if for some reason the Flash ActiveX control is not present or is disabled, and the usual method of prompting to download Adobe Flash Player is intended to resolce this issue.  Additionally, where a *.SWF file is created in a particular version that will not render properly in an older version of the Flash plugin, then code is inserted to determine if the installed plugin is older than or newer than the minimum version needed for proper display.

In the code you attached the line that declares the minimum version required is:
<param name="swfversion" value="8,0,0,0" />

Quite often an additional *.SWF file is uploaded to the web server and referenced in the code to provide a fluent method of installing Flash Player, eg. this in your code:
<param name="expressinstall" value="Scripts/expressInstall.swf" />
but older Flash versions don't work with that method and so a GIF image is placed where the SWF player would normally load, and this is linked to the Adobe site:
 
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BillDLCommented:
http://www.adobe.com/images/shared/download_buttons/get_flash_player.gif
with the link to:
http://www.adobe.com/go/getflashplayer

There have been various methods used to "embed" objects in web pages.  Some use both the <object> and <embed> tags, while older methods as shown in your code) use JavaScript to load the objects.

Hopefully this will help you to read through the code on a page with a Flash Video Player and understand what it is doing, and also help you to see the differences with the alternative code suggestions made by the other experts above.
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BillDLCommented:
Sorry, one correction regarding the code:
  <!--[if !IE]>-->
      Some Code Here
  <!--<![endif]-->
With the ! in front of "IE" this means "If Not IE".
In this case ONLY IE will read the tag and will do as instructed by ignoring everything between that tag and the ![endif] tag (ie. reads the tag and says "Oh, that doesn't apply to me").  However, other browsers will ignore the actual tags but will read the code between them.  This is called "Quirks Mode" and is something that often has to be used to "fix" Internet Explorer's quirkiness.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conditional_comment
http://www.quirksmode.org/css/condcom.html
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NrisimhaCommented:

Very good explanations BillDL  !

I support such type of conversation and logical thinking.

And for those who want to know a little more about it here is a link:

http://www.quirksmode.org/css/condcom.html

good luck

Nrisimha


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zlloyd1Author Commented:
Hey all, sorry for being distracted from this for a few days, but I have been getting advice from a friend of mine at work about this and I received an Email from Experts Exchange saying this thread has been inactive for 3 days. So I am checking in to say I am still struggling with this issue!!
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BillDLCommented:
Take your time zlloyd1.  Just keep checking back in to keep the question alive and let us know how you are getting on.
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zlloyd1Author Commented:
Thanks BillDL, I will!! :D
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