Play video in the browser

I have:
<a id="A4c" href="./resources/ROD_DataUpload.wmv" ><abbr title="Demo video...">Data Upload</abbr></a>

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When I click on the hyperlink, it downloads the file.

Question: How do I get it to play on the web instead of downloading it to the computer?

I guess it has to download; if so, then how do I need get the video started?

FYI, for now, I have is static html only. Later on I will transfer this page to c#.
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Mike EghtebasDatabase and Application DeveloperAsked:
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Marco GasiFreelancerCommented:
You have to use a player or just the html5 video tag:

<video id="player1" src="./resources/ROD_DataUpload.wmv" preload="none" controls="controls"></video>

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You can just Google for 'html5 video tag' and you'll find a tons of info about :-)

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Mike EghtebasDatabase and Application DeveloperAuthor Commented:
I am checking the links now; when I try your code it shows player which is good. But when I click on play button, it doesn't play it. The box gets only a bit taller.
Julian HansenCommented:
the video element does not support wmv files - best format for this is mp4.

If you want to serve video over the web I suggest you convert your video to mp4.
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Mike EghtebasDatabase and Application DeveloperAuthor Commented:
Hi Julian,

How do I convert wmv to mp4?

I have located below link to do that but you never kbow what else is being downloaded in the process:

I wonder if Microsoft Movie Maker can do this (I have the original file, created in movie maker).

Marco GasiFreelancerCommented:
I usually use this software: 
It's free, easy to use and it works like a charm :-)
Julian HansenCommented:
If Marco's suggestion does not work for you ...

I use FFMpeg to do all my conversions. It is very hands on and a bit frustrating at first but it will pretty much convert everything into anything.

There is also Handbrake

VideoLan VLC will do it as well with a bit of patience
Mike EghtebasDatabase and Application DeveloperAuthor Commented:
I was able to download Microsoft Movie Maker 12, insertd existing ROD_DataUpload.wmv. After tesing, I saved it. It saved as ROD_DataUpload.mp4.

Note: Movie Maker is no longer supported by Windows 10 and windows 7 version produces .mwv only (I guess).
Fix: Movie Maker 12 is free download which works with Windows 10.


Julian HansenCommented:
You are welcome.
Marco GasiFreelancerCommented:
Thanks for poits and good luck with your project.
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