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flash movie players vs. windows media player

9:38 pm on Aug 17, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I've noticed many sites are now using a flash based system to show embedded movies, while in the past I would usually see an embedded windows media player in the browser.

Are there advantages to using Flash? (more scalable? security? higher browser compatibility? etc...)

Does it actually prevent users from stealing your movie .mpg file?

9:45 pm on Aug 17, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I think the big advantage is that Flash is installed on a huge percentage of computers, whereas any given user may have Windows Media Player, but not Quicktime, or Quicktime but not RealPlayer, etc. It's a more consistent way of presenting movies, so users aren't forced to select a player beforehand. It's also more convenient for developers, since we only have to embed one type of object.
1:03 am on Aug 18, 2006 (gmt 0)

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are these all custom movie players? If so, are they complicated to make for someone who is decent in flash? any well known 3rd party flash movie players to recommed?
4:51 pm on Aug 18, 2006 (gmt 0)

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If you have Flash 8, they're not too complicated at all. It comes with lots of nice Actionscript functions for handling the movies, and the support available seems pretty good. On the other hand, you can just go download a player that will take the URL of your FLV movie and play it - someone mentioned flvPlayer in another thread.

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