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QuickTime plays in IE but not FF or Opera



10:37 pm on Sep 11, 2009 (gmt 0)

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What would cause a straightforward QuickTime .mov file to fail to load properly in FF and Opera, but play perfectly in IE?

The error in both FF and Opera claims I'm missing a plugin, which is wrong. I do have QT installed and can load .mov from other sites.

I'm using php to write the html, but since this is about a discrepancy between browsers, I thought I'd post the issue here.

Here's an example of the HTML that is output from the PHP:

<object classid="clsid:02BF25D5-8C17-4B23-BC80-D3488ABDDC6B" codebase="http://www.apple.com/qtactivex/qtplugin.cab" width="320" height="256">
<param name="src" value="/cgi-bin/showfile.exe?CISOROOT=/brubeckoral&amp;CISOPTR=10&amp;filename=11.mov">
<param name="autoplay" value="true">
<param name="loop" value="false">
<param name="controller" value="true">
<param name="kioskmode" value="true">
<embed src="/cgi-bin/showfile.exe?CISOROOT=/brubeckoral&amp;CISOPTR=10&amp;filename=11.mov" kioskmode="true" autoplay="true" loop="false" controller="true" pluginspage="http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download" width="320" height="256">

This code plays fine in IE, but both Opera and FF claim I'm missing a plugin. Yet Opera will play .mov files from other sites.

According to opera:plugins, this is what is listed for .mov:
video/quicktime=> qt,mov,mqv

Any ideas?



10:56 pm on Sep 11, 2009 (gmt 0)

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What MIME type are you using to deliver the .mov?


1:29 am on Sep 12, 2009 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member rocknbil is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

Can you access and play the movie directly, http://example.com/directory/11.mov?

This might eliminate any document issues getting in the way. I empathize, I've **always** found QT quirky at best.


4:13 am on Sep 12, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for the replies. It appears to a be a problem with the showfile.exe application. I suspect the .exe extension within an <embed> tag is confusing everyone and so the filename variable isn't being read. Why IE has no trouble with the same url structure when it's located in an <object> tag, I have no idea.

I did create a test page using the HTML code I pasted and a local/direct copy of 11.mov and everything worked flawlessly (not surprising).

We've opened a ticket...

Thanks again,


9:23 pm on Sep 12, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I've **always** found QT quirky at best.

Given the choice, I will NOT access a QT file. Years of browser crashes, computer freeze-ups, and 'plugin prompts' - I have to really want to see/hear the file to take a chance on QT. Probably #1 on my most despised software list.


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