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Your thoughts on embedded WMVs with progress bars May 18, 2009 10:50 pm

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : AJAX, JavaScript, jQuery, PHP, Programming, Technology
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Let me reach out to the community for a moment. I’m trying to deliver a movie to be played in a web browser. The movie must play in Internet Explorer 6, 7 and 8, Firefox and Safari. The movie sits on a LAMP box. The movie is roughly 35MB windows media (WMV). jQuery is available. The challenge: Deliver the movie to the client without the client impatiently clicking the play button repeatedly (elevator syndrome), reloading the page, or giving up and leaving. This implies some sort of progress bar or loading spinner. I can’t seem to get a loader to work to save my life.

I’ve tried:

The goal is simple: Take a large wmv movie and present a loading indicator until the movie is cached in the user’s browser. This one is giving me a real hard way to go.

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1. Kosso - May 19, 2009

convert it to flash video and use one of the many free players out there with progress indicators 😉

problem solved! 🙂

you’ll have heaps of problems with WMV – especially with playback on a Mac (unless a plugin is installed).

Path of least resistance is flash video 😉