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    Delivering a video by internet browser in controlled environment

    Hello everyone,
    First of all, I would like to say that I am not a programmer nor webdesigner, I work as a common IT Coordinator (among 2 others) in a factory wit about 1500 employees.
    In manufactuing part of our plant, we use Thin Clients for communication between workers and server, especially for maintainig control of manufacturing process, by using 1D and 2D codes, while the server is also communicating with heavy machinery etc....

    Now to the problem I am seeking solution for.

    We decided to start using instruction videos for worker training, as our plant is multilingual and it is easier than just train them in so many different languages. The vision is, that the worker will be able to play the video on a thin client, on the place where he works. On TCs we are using "Kiosk Mode" with Internet Explorer, so the worker can access only websites inside our intranet.

    The problem is, that we are using 2 versions of Thin Clients, one has IE8 and second IE11.
    It is not possible to replace IE8 versions with IE11.
    So, if I want to create a html file with embedded video, I can't use only <video> tag, as it doesn't work in IE8.
    My question is, how to input a flash player video, with link to flash player plugin installation, which will be located at our server? What kind of file do we need to put on our server to be automatically delivered to client as he tries to play the video. And how to set path to this installer in html?
    I tried to find an existing solution for this by google of course, but it seems like everyone is just using third party services to deliver a video to viewer. We can't do that as the clients do not have access to internet.

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    Try something like this:
    Code:
                        <video controls="controls" preload="auto">
                            <source src="images/Videos/Videozee/lijl-60-sec.mp4" type="video/mp4"  />
                            <source src="images/Videos/Videozee/lijl-60-sec.webm" type="video/webm" />
                            <source src="images/Videos/Videozee/lijl-60-sec.ogg" type="video/ogg" />
                            <embed src="images/Videos/Videozee/lijl-60-sec.flv" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed>
                        </video>
    Basically, the embed serves a Flash fallback in the event that videos can't be played (e.g. for IE8).
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    Just to add in case its helpful!

    If you don't have your video in FLV (Flash Video) format you can convert it from most formats for free with something like ffmpeg

    Something like this will give you a flash object you can host yourself and use to display the video with play / pause buttons: https://github.com/jegoyalu/jarisplayer
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    Hello, thank you for advice, I will probably use this solution.
    I have one more question though:
    How does the client play the .flv video from the fallback? I understood that in default, browsers are not able to render .flv video y themselfs, so I need to install some kind of flash player, am I correct? Is it possible to install it from my html, and how? How am I supposed to check if there is a corret flash player installed?
    Is it possible to use this way? :
    1. in code, there are more than one video sources in different formats. I believe it should work the way that browser, when loading the page, should go from top to bottom and play te first video it is able to, am I right?
    2. Can I add a line with <a href> tag to point on flash player installer the same way? To show only if there is no way to display the videos from upper lines.
    Or how would you solve this?

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    If they didn't already have Flash installed, then yes, you would need to install Flash.

    1) Yes.
    2) Yes, you can. It might make sense.
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