Playing Flash Video (FLV) in Compiled Publications

Applies to HTML Viewer, IE Browser publications.

Flash® Video (FLV) is a file format used to deliver video over the Internet using Adobe® Flash Player. FLV video files are loaded and played inside existing Flash movies; thus Adobe Flash Player requires them to be physically available on the hard disk.

  • IE publications have native support for Flash Video files: they should play normally.

  • HTML Viewer publications have the following requirement: for each HTML page with Flash video contents, you must specify which FLV files need to be played by using the Dependencies feature. See the dedicated topic in the Main Demonstration.

Working Example with Jaris FLV Player

Example not available in this online documentation: please run the offline help from HTML Executable to have a working example.

HTML syntax for this example:

<object type="application/x-shockwave-flash" data="jarisplayer.swf" 
    classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11CF-96B8-444553540000" id="obj1" width="400" height="300">
    <param name="movie" value="jarisplayer.swf" />
    <param name="flashvars" value="file=sunpeek.flv" />
    <param name="quality" value="High" />
    <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" />
    <param name="loop" value="false" />
    <param name="quality" value="high" />
    <param name="wmode" value="transparent" />

You can get the player here. Note: Jaris is licensed under GPL and LGPL, meaning that you could use it for commercial use.

Other players such as FLV Player, Any FLV Player… should work too.

IMPORTANT: very large video files may not work properly that’s why we recommend you to keep them external: in fact, video files may not play on computers with restrictions on the space dedicated to the Temporary Internet Files folder. Please also keep in mind that video files must be unpacked to the hard disk in order to be played, so that there may be a delay before a video starts playing. To avoid this delay, you can keep them external and even encrypt them to avoid copying: refer to the Encrypt External Files topic.

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