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Here's the problem: I have a .wmv file that I am embedding in a projector movie to distribute on CD. I use the activeX control to insert it and everything works fine when I package it and load up the .exe file (on a computer with WMP v.9 installed). However, if windows media player version 9 is not installed on the user's computer it will not play the embed file in the projector (it plays the .wmv after downloading a codec in WMP). I would really appreciate if anyone can shed some light on why this is happening. Is it ...

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    Default Windows Media Player version embed problems

    Here's the problem:

    I have a .wmv file that I am embedding in a projector movie to distribute on CD. I use the activeX control to insert it and everything works fine when I package it and load up the .exe file (on a computer with WMP v.9 installed).

    However, if windows media player version 9 is not installed on the user's computer it will not play the embed file in the projector (it plays the .wmv after downloading a codec in WMP).

    I would really appreciate if anyone can shed some light on why this is happening. Is it the Version of activeX versus the version of the player? Is it Director MX defaults that can be switched (I am using MX). Is there a solution (preferrably free, but any solution is welcome)?

    Thanks in advance!


    ptvsavant webforumsuser@macromedia.com Guest

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    Default Re: Windows Media Player version embed problems

    Thanks for your response. I thought that may be a problem too, so I encoded it as version 8 and version 7 also to test it and had the same problem, the video plays fine in WMP but not in an embed. I have to fit the video on a CD cd-r, and I haven't been able to get the file size of an mpeg or quicktime down low enough.






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    That's what is so weird, the codec on the machines I am testing on is downloaded already, it does it automatically when you play the video in the player. But it will not play when it is embedded.

    I think I'm starting to actually lose my mind.


    ptvsavant webforumsuser@macromedia.com Guest

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    Default Re: Windows Media Player version embed problems

    Would MPEGAdvance Xtra work as well?


    ptvsavant webforumsuser@macromedia.com Guest

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    Default Re: Windows Media Player version embed problems

    maybe, but maybe not - they specifically made the streaming media xtra for a reason ... Mpeg Xtra was made for the Mpeg1 codec not the specialty codecs used by WMP ... try the demos





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