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Fourteen of the commercials are in .mov format, embedded in the page like this (name of file changed for privacy of client): <td><embed src="commercials/spotname_01.mov" pluginspage="http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/" autoplay="true" bgcolor="000000" width="180" height="150"></embed></td>
This causes the commercial to play on the page "inside the television screen" graphic.
The fifteenth commercial is in .mpg format. I had embedded it in the page the same way: <td><embed src="commercials/spotname_01.mpg" pluginspage="http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/" autoplay="true" bgcolor="000000" width="180" height="150"></embed></td>
In this case, the Windows Media Player appears "inside the television screen" graphic, and it is disabled.
I removed: pluginspage="http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/" from the code, but it changed nothing.
I tried opening the .mpg file by typing a direct url link to the file on the server, and was taken to a Windows Media "error message page", which stated: You have encountered the following error while using Windows Media Player:
Sorry, no more help is available for this problem at this time.
This file plays perfectly in both QuickTime and MediaPlayer when opened from my hard drive.
Anybody ever have this problem?
<param name="FileName" value="path/to/movie.mpg" />
<param name="ShowDisplay" value="0" />
<param name="ShowControls" value="-1" />
<param name="AutoStart" value="-1" />
<param name="PlayCount" value="0" />
<param name="MovieWindowWidth" value="655" />
<param name="MovieWindowHeight" value="483" />
One warning though, the project I used this for was for IE browsers only, so I don't know about support for other platforms...
One thing I'd check is to make sure the video/mpeg MIME type is set for .mpg on your web server. On a similar note, try specifying type on the embed tag, i.e. <embed type="application/x-pn-realmedia" ... > or <embed type="video/mpeg" ... >.
Microsoft's support page is not too helpful... [support.microsoft.com...]
BlobFisk could I ask how you determined the CLSID number? I was thinking I might go this route with a page that needed validating.
I even tried loading the MPG by typing the location of the file in the browser. I was redirected to a Microsoft error page.
So, to repeat:
1. This file plays fine in Windows Media Player, and even in Quicktime.
2. I have other mpgs that play fine at other sites, although they are not configured to load up inside a "television screen" on the page.
This is just one of those things that make me wonder why I ever bought my first computer.
Toodles... I give up...