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Difficulty Viewing Embedded Movies (DW MX 2004)

Mar 19, 2012 4:00 AM

Hi Dreamweaver Folks,

I’m testing embedding movies to a webpage in Dreamweaver MX 2004.  However, they don’t appear playable in the program or appear at all when I preview the page in browsers.  Would be grateful of any advice as to what’s going wrong.

 
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    Mar 19, 2012 4:04 AM   in reply to Cool Cat 77

    What's the code you are using?

     

    Better still could you upload one of the pages so someone can take a look and see what is going on?

     
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    Mar 21, 2012 5:32 AM   in reply to Cool Cat 77

    Most likely the problems are the file/folder names:

    <param name="movie" value="../../Steele%20of%20the%20Whores%2001/Test%20Vid%20Titles%20(f or%20tweaking).avi">

     

    I would suggest that you standardize file and folder names using these basic rules:

    Use only lower case letters for file and folder names

    No spaces_use_underscores_instead.

    and of course no special characters like this:

    (f or%20tweaking)

    Get the file/folder names corrected first and then see if the ../../ part of the path is actually needed.

    Best wishes,

    Adninjastrator

     
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    Mar 21, 2012 6:04 AM   in reply to Cool Cat 77

    Nothing to do with Dreamweaver or your computer...

    The last file you tried to play was an .avi file..

    What is the video file type you are now trying to play? the embedding code will vary depending on the file type.

    The first file... the .avi... looked like you were using a Flash player... which of course would not work.

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    Mar 21, 2012 6:42 AM   in reply to Cool Cat 77

    Convert the .avi to .flv.

    I'm not sure if MX came with the Flash Media Encoder... I know that Flash 8 and onward do. This is the conversion method I use and would suggest.

    You may need to research more on Flash Media Encoder which may/may not have come bundled with MX. Does this help?

    http://forums.adobe.com/thread/779079

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    Mar 26, 2012 6:54 AM   in reply to Cool Cat 77

    As a general rule, all folder and file names should be all lower case and contain no spaces or special punctuation characters.

    You tried converting to .flv? How... and what happened?

    In the long run, link to the actual on-line page will be the best way to get help.

    Best wishes,

    Adninjastrator

     
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    Mar 27, 2012 7:30 AM   in reply to Cool Cat 77

    There's really no reason that you can't get this working on your own site.

    For testing purposes, start a completly new HTML doc.

    Copy/paste this code directly into "Code" view... over the top of any existing code.

    <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
    <html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
    <head>
    <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1" />
    <title>Untitled Document</title>
    </head>

    <body>

    <object data="path_to_file/file.swf" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="insert_width_of_movie" height="insert_height_of_movie">
       <param name="movie" value="path_to_file/file.swf">
       <param name="SomeOtherParam" value="ParamValue">
    </object>

    </body>
    </html>

    Save as "vid_test" in the same folder as the .swf and the .flv. Then again working in Code view, edit the <object> data to correctly reflect the name of your .swf file. You can delete the

    <param name="SomeOtherParam" value="ParamValue">

    if you don't need it.

    Keep everything in the same folder until you get this worked out. Later you can alter the location and paths when you understand how that all works.

    Give that a shot.

    Best wishes,

    Adninjastrator

     
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