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Streaming movies from my LAN in Mozilla

Doing a personal video database...

10:53 am on Feb 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I'm one of these lazy people who doesn't want to walk upstairs to the dvd cabinet to get a film out, so have put all my films onto computer, and am doing a database frontend for it to search/browse by various catagories (genre, series, etc).

The webpage frontend is for mozilla only (as it's personal I'm prettying it up using some moz only CSS attributes - until CSS3 comes along). It's running on Apache + MySQL + PHP, and I'm accessing it via a URL, rather than a file:/// address (obviously, or the php wouldn't do anything ;-) )

Now each movie is not on the website end, but in another location on my network, accessed via a samba share (Z: etc) - I can easily work out where it is via the database, so I can pass a local path for it.

My problem is how to stream the movie.

Normally without the frontend it's be a case of clicking on the movie, and letting the default player handle it.

I'm not averse to using a plugin for mozilla to play the movie inside it (so long as it could go to fullscreen) - nor have I got anything against finding a way for a web page (on this site at least) to tell mozilla to "download" a LAN file, and use the default player...

Whichever way to do it, I would like to have it launchable via Javascript, so once I put in the remote-control keypress handling I can do everything without sitting at a computer.

Any code snippets, or URL's of plugins, would be appreciated. If you want to be nosy and see the site as it is now, then drop me a sticky ;-)

The files are all divx encoded, and I have already had a play with the divx plugin, but it's not quite able to do what I want, though my main disagreement is that it's not a mos plugin, and needs an activex plugin to enable it to work...


2:14 pm on Mar 10, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Hi RobinC,

Apologies for your question falling through the cracks!

One thing that strikes me is that a webserver should not be able to access files outside of it's domain... I wonder if this could be a source of your problems?


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