Begin mp4 video on first frame

Hi everyone,

I'm using the mediaplayer.swf method to embed video on a web page:

<embed src='media/Videos/mediaplayer.swf?file="+vidName+"' width='611' height='370' allowfullscreen='true' />

I noticed that it's showing a black screen when the page first loads. Is it possible to have the videos display the first frame of the video before the play button is clicked?

Appreciate any advice.
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lherrouConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Have you considered another alternative, like HTML5? mediaplayer.swf is somewhat dated these days.

The JW Player is always a nice choice.

This one is a bit cheaper:

If it's showing a black screen, most likely your video fades in from black, so the first frame IS actually black. There's a couple of options for you. One would be to edit the video so the first frame is a screencapture from some interesting point in the video. Another would be to overlay the screencap over the player, then use a OnCLick event to switch to the video and begin the video play on a single click.

gwh2Author Commented:
Thanks for the reply,

There are actually about 20 videos which are loaded via links to the left of the player. When any of the links are clicked, the video is loaded but it's showing the blank screen. I've checked the videos and the first frame is definitely not black. Your second option to overlay a screen cap on the player wouldn't work in my case due to there being so many videos.

Do you have any other suggestions?
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Can you show the site?
gwh2Author Commented:
Sorry I'm not able to show the site at this time. I know it's hard to help troubleshoot without seeing the code but perhaps I'll have to have someone look at this locally.

Thanks for your help.
gwh2Author Commented:
The second link looks good. I'll look into that. Thanks again for your help. Appreciate it.
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