Standardising Flash Video

If you’ve read my earlier post then the next question is how to actually use OSMF?

Here is what I think I will do from now on. If I need a sophisticated custom video player then I will use Strobe Media Playback (SMP) and if I need just a quick video player with all the standard functionality(‘right out the box’) then I will use Flash Media Playback (FMP).

Strobe Media Playback (SMP)

You need a reliable video player that has been built already but you would like it to look and behave how you want then you want to add the OSMF.swc to your project and go through this guide and just a couple of lines of code and you have got the video player you wanted! How cool is that!

Project is hosted here.

Flash Media Playback (FMP)

Flash Media Playback is exactly the same as Strobe Media Playback but it is hosted by Adobe. Say you have a video file hosted somewhere and you want to put that up on your blog or website quickly without investing any time at all then you can use FMP Configurator and grab the HTML code from there and stick it on your blog or website. Job done!

Final thought: I don’t think I will be wasting my time anymore building the flash video players from scratch. I am first going to look at both the options above (SMP and FMP) and I am confident that they will sort me out in most cases.

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