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I have been struggling with this for 2 days. I am trying to get a DVD (personal) to stream on my website. Here is what I have done so far:

  1. Converted DVD to .avi files (4 of them)
  2. Converted .avi file to .flv and .swf files (I have 2 copies of both in different formats)

I have found a TON of utilities to transfer my files to different formats apparently.

Then there is Riva Producer that allows me to FTP the video files (either .FLV or .SWF) to my web server.

These are all fantastic tools, but they are not quite helping me out. I am a beginner at web development and have been trying to use different free tools to post videos to a number of different sites. That is where I found DropShots and Jumpcut - two services that allow you to upload video and have it stream.

The problem I am having is that I just want to generate code for my website that when launched or executed, the video will play on-demand and stream, rather than download and play. The website is hosted by Yahoo Small Business.

So, my question is, how to do somehow either use my .avi, .flv or .swf files and add to my webserver; then navigate to that page and have a video player waiting for me. When I click Play it should stream the video rather than download it.

Is there any other way to do this without buying more software? I would really just like to upload my flv or swf files to my web server and then use HTML code to open a flash player to play/stream my video.

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    You can't display flv's on a web page without an FLV player of some sort independently. I'm not certain how older versions of flash handle FLV's, but Flash 8 Pro has that built in. The only way you can stream is to get the FLV on a Flash stream server which is going to cost you money, or to upgrade flash which is going to cost you money. — Mark Bowker
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I play flv files using a free FLV player I found somewhere online, simply put the following HTML on your page changing the size and replacing videlocation with the location of your flv file.

It's a very simple player but allows you to scroll through the video. You can see it in action here with a very unlucky German football (soccer) fan.

<object type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="400" height="350" wmode="transparent" data="flvplayer.swf?file=**vid location**&autoStart=true">
<param name="movie" value="flvplayer.swf?file=**vid location**&autoStart=true">
<param name="wmode" value="transparent">
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<embed src ="FlashPlayer.swf?file=FlashVideo.flv" width="800" height="600" allowfullscreen="true">

Replace FlashPlayer.swf with the url of the flash player ur using, replace FlashVideo with the url of the flash video, and change the width and height to whatever you want.

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