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    Hi everyone, maybe you all can help me out. I'm doing a tutorial for a class assignment and I want to include video embedded on an HTML page. Simple enough, I know. However I'm having resistance when I want to view this HTML page with the video using the two mentioned browsers. AVI files play just fine in IE9, but not with the latest versions of Firefox and Chrome. The AVI file in question has been properly embedded in Dreamweaver. If anyone can provide an answer, I'd appreciate it. Or is there a way I can use any of Adobe's video editors (besides Media Encoder) to convert from one format to another? Thanks everyone.

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    Youtube.
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    The reason you are having an issues is the avi format is tied to windows media player which is by default tied to IE.

    You could probably define windows media player to play avi files in those browsers, but then only people that have set it up properly will be able to view them.

    It would be better if you converted to swf videos so as long as your flash player is set to play in both browsers, it will play in anyone's browser that has flash installed.

    Don't know about adobes capabilities, but suspect since they created flash, they should have a video converter from avi to swf. If not, there are plenty of free converters to be found.

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    These are actually video files that have a SWF counterpart. However the problem is that when my video is viewed in the SWF format, there's all kinds of rectangular shaped anomalies in the region of my mouse cursor. I've never seen anything like it myself, I guess that's what I get for using a free 3rd party screen recorder. Thank you though Webzarus, appreciate it.

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    Roe nailed it the fist time, upload your video to a youtube account and it will play every where.
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    but what if it's a school project that needs to be run as a local web service, and can't see the internet during the presentation ? ( Yes, the internet is not always available for your viewing pleasure )

    besides, I don't think the "instructor ", wants them to learn how to use YouTube, but how to work around a known issue with browsers.

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    Pretty sure no one said it was local. Furthermore, embedding youtube is not so different from using the object tag with Flash. (swfObject can also be implemented, but you will probably disagree with that as well) Now I am going to suggest using Flash and HTML5 video tags. I will be waiting for your rebuttal Webzarus:skip:

    Example


    <video controls preload="auto" poster="drive.jpg" width="640" height="375">
    <source src="001.mp4" width="640" height="375" type="video/mp4" />
    <source src="001.webmvp8.webm" width="640" height="356" type="video/webm" />
    <source src="001.ogv" width="640" height="356" type="video/ogg" />
    <object data="001.swf" width="640" height="375" type="application/x-shockwave-flash">
    <param name="MOVIE" value="001.swf"/>
    <param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" />
    <!-- Image Fallback. Typically the same as the poster image. -->
    <img src="drive.jpg" width="640" height="375" alt="Poster Image"
    title="No video playback capabilities." />
    </object>
    </video>

    Above is an example of how you would typically embed video in the browser with HTML5. At the present we have some issues with proprietary codecs and copyright laws that are causing us to use multiple video formats and still have to provide a Flash fallback video player. I know it seems like much but it is worth the effort.

    If you want to view the working example and test it on multiple browsers,[COLOR=rgb(32, 117, 183)] click here[/COLOR]
    BTW: Safari does not load the poster image for the video, it jumps to the first frame.
    Their are programs out there you can download to convert your video to other formats like .ogg and Mp4 or .webm. Just visit [COLOR=rgb(32, 117, 183)]http://handbrake.fr/downloads.php[/COLOR].
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    Class assignment... You can infer what you want from that.

    I think I already suggested swf files ?

    Not a rebuttal but I've actually taught classes, and the point of the assignment was not to find the generic " easy " way, but to logically break the problem down into the appropriate sections and resolve the individual issues, then come up with a solution and implement it so the end user has to do nothing.

    YouTube is a great resource, but more and more businesses and school campuses are blocking access to it from their networks. so if YouTube is blocked from his campus ? What's the solution ?

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    Taking that into consideration, the blocking of youtube that is, the last optioned offered might actually work. However, I did not want to suggest it at first; HTML5 video has all sorts of issues for people that are not viewing it on a handheld mobile device. Now I've tested it on my system, but who knows if the next user updated their browser. To make matters worse, the entire world seem to be hating Flash now in spite of the fact that it is the most dependable platform for viewing videos on desktops and portable systems. After doing the math, youtube seems like a viable option at first. The fact that it's being blocked puts a new spin on all of this...
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    OMG fella's thank you for the responses. I did end up going with the YouTube option for a few reasons. For one, I made this video using a free screen recorder that can record to SWF format. Now, when I load the SWF into the Flash file, anomalies in the shape of rectangles appear around my mouse cursor when the video plays. Don't know how, but they do. I think it's because of the programming behind the screen recorder. Number two, Flash can't play AVI formats. So if I wanted to embed this into a local HTML file, it will be over 50MB in filesize. This is a college class assignment BTW. YouTube isn't blocked from my university, nor is there anything prohibiting using it. Thanks again guys, I appreciate it.


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