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We talk a lot about players here in the Mydeo blog but this due to the fact that we get a lot of questions from our customers about what players to use for their content. Unfortunately, there’s never usually a one-stop solution when looking into players but that may be about to change… JW 6 player is the latest offering in the JW player series and it’s packed full of features which we all should be very excited about.

One feature in particular that’s extremely useful is the HLS plugin. As you may already know, Mydeo offers full HLS support and is mainly used for reaching those all-important iOS devices. HLS itself isn’t supported natively within some of the more popular web browsers such as Chrome, IE and Firefox. Customers wanting to reach both desktop and iOS devices will generally stream with both a HLS feed and an RTMP feed. This however, could now be a thing of the past because JW 6 has the functionality to reach all desktop browsers and iOS devices with just a single HLS feed. When JW 6 detects a desktop browser, it uses a functionality called ‘flash mode’ and the HLS feed plays seamlessly within the browser. When it detects an iOS device, it then reverts back to HTML5 mode to play the same stream.

We had customer recently who needed this exact functionality and they utilised JW6 along with Mydeo’s HLS streaming accounts to pull off a very successful live event. This made things much easier for them because they only had to worry about the single feed and the built-in customisation options meant getting the player on their website was a breeze.

The HLS plug-in is only available through the JW 6 premium version but with this you get multi-end device functionality for both your live and on-demand content along with countless other customisation options. Using the built-in skins, you’re also able to integrate the player in a way that matches your existing website styling to achieve an overall professional look.

To find out more about the latest JW player, you can visit their website: http://www.longtailvideo.com/. To find out more about Mydeo’s HLS services, you can call us on: +44 208 540 2300 or email us at: m3@mydeo.com.

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In this article I want to show you how you can quickly create the embed code for a Flash video player. In a previous article, we looked at HTML5 and the <video> tag. We saw that it’s very easy to create a player in HTML5 and the upshot of using it means we get to reach those all important iOS devices. There is a downside however by just using pure HTML5 and this was also mentioned in the previous article. Audiences who are using older systems with out of date browsers might not be able to view your videos if you’re only using HTML5. To prevent this, it’s suggested that you also include a Flash player in your fall back code so that these older systems have something to ‘fall back’ on.

Creating a Flash player from scratch is much harder than creating a HTML5 player so to keep things simple, I want to point you in the direction of the Open Source Media Framework site. They have a neat web application that allows you to create the embed code for your Flash video. You’re able to adjust the height and width along with other standard settings. I can’t begin to tell you how much time this saves and is especially useful when you need to get your videos up on your site quickly. To make use of the generator, click here.

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You should find the generator fairly easy to use, just click the preview button once you’ve entered your URL and settings and the embed code appears under the preview player. This code can be inserted into your HTML5 player from the previous article to enable that all important fall back feature.

One more thing I need to highlight about this application is the fact that it also works with live RTMP publishing URLs. This means that if you need a player for your live Flash event, you can quickly create one here. Remember that Mydeo offers world class live and on-demand video delivery (HTML5 and Flash compatible) at low entry level pricing. For more information about our products and how Mydeo can help you with online video, feel free to contact us by email: m3@mydeo.com or by phone: +44 208 540 2300.

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We are proud to announce the release of a new feature, available free of charge to all Mydeo customers:   

Introducing Quick Share

Quick Share makes it easy to share your media with the world without having to cut and paste code or even have a web site. 

   

Quick Share adds a link next to compatible media files in Media Manager that creates a unique, publically accessible player page (complete with social network sharing links) so that you can share that file with anyone you choose.   

Easily share your media with social media links!

Benefits

  • No need to host your own web site to share your media
  • No coding necessary
  • 1-click setup
  • No need to license third-party players

Just click the button next to the file you want to share, and we generate a unique link that you can give out to anyone you want to see share your video or pictures with.   

Supported media formats

At the moment, our player page supports media of the following types:   

  • Windows Media (.wmv, .avi)
  • Flash (.flv)
  • JPG, GIF, BMP, PNG
  • QuickTime (.mov, .qt)

The player page does not support ‘non-media’ formats, such as .ZIP or .TXT, for instance.   

How to create your player page

Follow these steps to create your unique player page:   

  1. Log in to your Mydeo account (if you don’t have one, you can get a free 15-day trial account).
  2. Go to Media Manager. If you don’t have any media yet, upload one of the supported media types above.
  3. Click the “Preview” link next to the file you want to share in Media Manager.
  4. This will generate a unique player page for your media, and you can share it with the world using the link provided!

Customising the width and height of your player

Windows Media, Flash and QuickTime players can have their height and width adjusted manually. To do this, you must alter the URL that you give people.   

For instance, let’s say your sharing page is http://m3.mydeo.com/play/?f=123456   

To customise the height and width, you would append the URL parameters ‘h’ and ‘w’, and set them to the values you want, like this:   

http://m3.mydeo.com/play?f=123456&w=500&h=350   

In this example, the URL will set the player width to 500 pixels and the height to 350 pixels.   

Suppressing the “Share this!” links

Added: 30th April 2010

To turn off sharing, simply append the query string parameter hideSharing with a value of y to your URL. For example:

http://m3.mydeo.com/play?f=123456&w=500&h=350&hideSharing=y  

Let’s hear your feedback!

This new feature is in BETA – so we’d love to hear your feedback. Let us know what you think – good and bad, so we can improve!

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You may not know it, but there is often a very simple way to embed most types of media into a web page, without the need for – sometimes expensive – 3rd party code.

We quite like this site http://cit.ucsf.edu/embedmedia/step1.php for a quick-and-easy wizard approach to produce code for embedding:

  • Windows Media
  • Flash
  • QuickTime
  • Real Media

We have tested the code produced by the wizard and it is all compatible with the m3 service. Just plug in your m3-hosted media URLs and away you go!

/Richard

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