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    Looking for simple video player for website

    I am wondering what the easiest way I can play a .wmv on a website?
    I uploaded the file to my server. The video is an hour long, and I am wondering if anyone could recommend a simple video player (hopefully free) that I could use to play it on the website, and I would like it to be viewable on a Mac (I don't know if that is an issue).

    I have Dreamweaver, and am comfortable with html/css, etc, but not too seasoned in the video world. any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.

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    my suggestion is to convert that video to mp4 and to use jPlayer
    prolly most cross-platform solution.
    or upload your video to youtube and use their player

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    Thank you for getting back. I am assuming that Macs can view MP4.
    If I convert it, do you know if an hour long video (school football game), is too long to upload to Youtube?

    Thanks again!

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    i don't think so. i've seen videos longer than that on youtube. and if you'll go ahead tith youtube option, then you don't have to convert your movie. youtube will convert it to flash anyways

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    Thanks Patryk.
    I will try that. Thanks for your help.

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    Is there no reason you can't upload your video to YouTube and simply embed it?
    Because integrating a YouTube Channel has SEO benefits for your website.

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    Actually, I can do that. That would work perctfectly. Thank you also.

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    Plans changed.

    My client owns a store which has a "professionally created" video that plays on TV commercials. He would like to have the video in the header of the website, and would like to have it play on "page load".

    Any idea where to get started?

    1) I cannot use You tube, or it won't look professional at all.
    2) Any idea on what format I should use? (would like it to be viewable on both PC's and macs.
    3) Can I do this using Dreamweaver? Or should I purchase a commercial product?

    Any direction would be greatly appreciated!

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    1. then use jPlayer
    2. mp4 as every modern system will read that
    3. what do you mean by "Can I do this using Dreamweaver?". you can do this using nothing more than notepad if you know how.
    all documentation is here: http://www.jplayer.org/latest/developer-guide/
    i don't think you'll find anything easier to deploy
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    Thanks Patryk.

    Mp4 it is. That answers my question. Thanks. (sorry dumb question on the DW, I am actually pretty comfortable with it).

    Now the tricky question is..... Have you ever seen a website where the header is actually a video, and a full-width video (that will re-size to the user's screen size?). I know I can detect a user's screen size, but just wanted to get your thoughts or suggestions (as you sound like you have worked with videos).

    I wonder if there is any jQuery that you might know of that might help accomplish this? A full-width video header would be amazing, and some websites must have them. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated! Thank you.

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    i haven't seen anything like that, but it shouldn't be dificult to acomplish.
    all you need is full screen player inside of header DIV. give that div 'overflow:hidden', and it will clip your video to header's size.
    or you can just do some twicking in jplayer to display your vido as header-size strip (i haven't done it before, but i'd imagine that's possible)

    --edit--
    but if i were you, i would resize that vido to have aspect ratio you need for that header. that would save lot's of bandwidth

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    Ok Patryk, I am understanding you (for the most part, iI think!), but how would you suggest I insert the mp4 in the div (with no "controls") so it just plays?

    I mean, a swf just plays..., whereas movies always seem to require that you have controls for the user.
    (ie.. I don't want to have a header with controls underneath it. That should be my last question and I should be finished. Thank you very much!.

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    hehe. check your PM's
    think about this player like any other div. you can clip it with parent div

    oh and i've just noticed that flash fallback in jPlayer don't play video during download (mening old browsers without html5 support will have to download entire video prior to playback). not very bright perspective for you.
    workaround: divide your video into small clips and make them into a playlist. then start downloading piece when previous one starts playing
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    Got it. All set. Thanks man.!

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    I always prefer to use jPlayer, so I suggest you to convert your video to mp4 and to use jPlayer.


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