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    Hi,

    I hope you guys can help me with a question no one else seems to answer for me. If I want to create a flash banner for a client and that client wants to place it on a site (lets say msn). MSN(and most others) have file size restrictions (about 15-20kb) I can never make a "great looking" banner in those restictions and therefore leads me to look into doing it another way.

    Now I would think that the way others do it is by loading (or calling) an external "banner_advert.swf"(hosted on my clients site) in to a "holding.swf" which is then hosted on MSN, thus getting around the file size limitations.

    However, I havn't got a clue on how to do this. Will there not be security inplace to provent this?

    Please can someone shed some light on this for me??

    Thanks

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    If I understand you correctly, one possible way would be to have an iframe which has a src that is a .swf that is hosted somewhere else. Not sure though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bfsog
    If I understand you correctly, one possible way would be to have an iframe which has a src that is a .swf that is hosted somewhere else. Not sure though.
    Not sure if someone like MSN would have an iframe on their site, But yeah I could see that method working on a smaller host.

    Any other thoughts??

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    The best idea would be to try getting into that 20kb limit. Usually it's bad enough for a decorative banner to eat up that much space...
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    Not always. What about having video, like a movie trailer playing from within it?

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    Don't put it in a banner, in that case. Banners are meant to be simply informative and aren't a method of getting actual content across. If you want to show a video, have the banner display a few frames or, even better, just a snapshot(s) of the video in a static image with attractive text like "Watch the trailer!". Clicking on it takes them to the video.

    It's a better solution, because you save up on bandwidth, and people really hate having to wait for a page to load up slowly... Just because of that annoying flash banner.
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    How are the other banner designers doing it?
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    Answer to OP's question:

    Create a SWF and in the first frame of the root, use the AS command _root.loadMovie("http://www.mydomain.com/realbanner.swf");

    You may also have to tweak security with System.security.allowDomain("mydomain.com");

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    Quote Originally Posted by transio
    Answer to OP's question:

    Create a SWF and in the first frame of the root, use the AS command _root.loadMovie("http://www.mydomain.com/realbanner.swf");

    You may also have to tweak security with System.security.allowDomain("mydomain.com");

    Great! this is more of answer I was looking for. It's all very well saying don't have the movie loading in the banner, but sometimes you need to. I can'[t always say to the client "No you can't have that." as they will only reply with "Fine I will go to someone that will do it, as I know it can be done as I have seen it."

    So would I need to put the security tweak in the swf that will load the movie or to I put it in to the movie that sits on my server?


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