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How to randomize huge number of flash movies

1:51 am on Nov 23, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Hello Guru's

I have a website that we are trying to add some video content to. We have hundreds of flash files we want to encorperate. We have seen the code were you can have 2 .swf randomly play... but that is not enough for ou project.

We have the adobe cs3 suite if that will make it easier.

Thanks in advance

2:48 pm on Nov 25, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Welcome aboard dartingaround, this should be fairly basic:

Import an XML file with a list. You can manually edit a list, or have it generated from a script. Have the XML contain members for the url and caption.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="ISO-8859-1"?>
<movie url="video1.flv" caption="Video 1"/>
<movie url="video2.flv" caption="Video 2"/>

As you read in the XML, store it in an array. Using the random functions of Actionscript, pick a random movie URL and it's associated caption.

At this point you import the movie, attach it to a video object, begin streaming and don't start playing until the buffer is full.

The list can also be used with a combo box to make a select list (although with hundreds, another approach might be more practical.)

There are adequate samples and help docs within Flash to do all of the above.

4:21 am on Nov 26, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I would like to have the script automatically play one file... instead of the visitor selecting one!