Flash player is widely used software. Flash player is used in rich applications, multimedia and in playing audio and video files. Flash player is becoming more and more popular with the growth of internet. More and more web site owners are using flash player to play video and audio files on their web site.
There are many advantages of using flash player on the web site. The biggest advantage of using flash player is the streaming capacity of flash player. Since flash player can stream the data, it can start playing files even without the complete download of it. You don’t have to wait for fully downloading of a file to listen audio or watch video. Also it is very easy to integrate the flash player on your website.
Flash Video on DreamHost Hosted Web Site
According to DreamHost wiki, DreamHost has licensed Jeroen Wijering’s flash media player. This flash media play enables all the customers of DreamHost to embed streaming audio and video.
I am going to show you easy steps to embed a video file on your DreamHost hosted website using flash player.
To integrate a video on your website, you first need to have a video file in .flv format. If you don’t have .flv file then don’t worry. DreamHost offers a feature “Flash Media” using which you can convert any video file in to FLV format. This feature can convert only AVI, MPEG & MOV files in to FLV format.
For the demo purpose, I will use DreamHost domain registration video. This video is in mp4 format. First thing I need to do is convert it in to .flv format. To convert the video, I first need to upload it to my DreamHost server. I have uploaded the video athttps://dhdjdj.com/videos/dreamhost-domain-registration.mp4.
To convert this video in to flv format, first login to DreamHost panel using username and password. Then go to Goodies section. Click on Flash Media link.
Here enter the video URL which you want to convert to flv. If you want to convert more than one video at once then upload all the videos in to one directory then use convert a whole directory of files option.
Click on “I’m done uploading, convert this file now…” button.
When the conversion is complete, DreamHost will send you an email. You will find the converted file in the same directory with the same file name but with a different extension. You will all the details in the email. Now you don’t need the original file. You can delete it but before you delete the original file, you need to make sure that everything is working fine.
In the email, you will also get the code which you can use on your website to embed the video. I have embedded the following video using the code given in the email.
When you embed the video, you might want to change the width and height of the video. If you change the width or height then make sure that you maintain the aspect ratio. Following is the code I have used to embed the above video.
I think now you have got an idea of how to use flash player on your DreamHost hosted website. Now go and embed your first video.