How do I stream an activex movie on my website

Discussion in 'Web Design & Programming' started by Dwarfer, Feb 15, 2009.

  1. Dwarfer

    Dwarfer Guest

    Hi I am building my own site, it has video clips in it (currently mp4 format) controlled by activex.

    the trouble is it takes a while to download before you can view it, is there a paramater within activex i need to use to tell it to stream rather than download or do i have to use something completely different.

    FYI: the video files will be stored on my site so i just need to link it up onboard rather than linking else where.

    Any help appreciated.
    Thanks!
     
  2. Anti-Trend

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    Few questions... Why ActiveX; do you want to limit viewers to Windows+IE only? Why not just throw the MP4's up there?
     
  3. Dwarfer

    Dwarfer Guest

    doesnt have to be activex, its just the way youtube does it so i figured thats how i had to do it, i use frontpage to stick my movies on it and used the youtube template but changed the link to my site, it worked for a day or two but then the video was just white, i have no idea how to stick a video on it from my uploaded mp4s.

    the main thing i wanna do is have it stream do you know the html code for it?
     
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    Actually YouTube uses Flash, not ActiveX. :) If they used Active X, you wouldn't be able to get to YouTube from Mac, Linux, iPhone, PS3, etc. and it certainly wouldn't be the popular site it is today.

    First, I would drop FrontPage, as it's woefully obsolete for today's web standards, and to be honest was never very good to begin with. :O As for the link, you simply have to make a normal hyperlink pointing to the video, and the user's browser/OS will figure out what to do with it.

    Streaming can happen using the above method, just let the browser figure it out. But if you want an embedded flash player, that's another matter. There are probably some "free" implementations of flash player code out there, but for simplicity I'd just put the file up there by itself and let people stream or download it depending on their preferences and/or browser settings.
     
  5. allyduan

    allyduan Guest

    Convert your mp4 video into flv, that is a streaming media format.
     
  6. Anti-Trend

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    Mp4 is fine as a streaming container. Or, the user can download and play it with whatever.
     

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