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Going From Dvd Video To "progressive Download" Flash

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8:45 am on Apr 1, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I want to go from a DVD movie ( VOB files - no commercial movies, rather movies which are either self-made, or which we have the rights to) to a "progressive download'" flash file... I found a good article about it, but I don't think I'm allowed to post that link here...

I imagine it should go something like this:

1. VOB file via transcode (K3B or something else) to mpeg file

2. mpeg file via ffmpeg to flv file (

 ffmpeg -i infile.[avi¦mpeg] stream.flv


3. creating the flash / embedding it in a webpage

It is this last step '3' that has me confused... in the article there is a step "Building a Simple Multimedia Player"... I wonder if this is really necessary, or could I just embed it as a 'normal' Flash object instead?

But then, where does the swf file come from (seems like you need both an .flv file and a .swf file)? It seems like it is being generated in the code... my problem is that I do not have the Flash Editor to create this actionscript...

also I am not really familiar with flash or Actionscript. My main concern is to get my video in a suitable format for progressive download (preferrably flash), without having to use a streaming server.

[edited by: Darkelve at 8:46 am (utc) on April 1, 2008]


9:33 am on Apr 1, 2008 (gmt 0)

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You can use a free .flv web player (payer.swf). There is a lot of them. Once you see it, you'll view things clearer.

We use Flowplayer (google it).


10:07 am on Apr 1, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Thanks; I'm already starting to see some light in the darkness... however right now I have a problem that I have all the files, but the .flv file will not play, except if I use a full address like [test.xyz...] I suspect that the link to it is wrong somehow.


9:10 am on Apr 2, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I saw the same "bug". just added the whole URL and move on.

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