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CSS dropdown menus display behind embedded QuickTime movie

Thread began 10/05/2009 3:45 pm by fredsedzed361749 | Last modified 7/06/2010 11:13 am by ThreeToedCrow | 5118 views | 3 replies |


CSS dropdown menus display behind embedded QuickTime movie

On several pages I have QuickTime movies near the top right-side of the page content area. When I expand a right-most menu, it displays behind the QuickTime movie.

I've seen other posts about this elsewhere on the web, but haven't hit the solution. I'm familiar with wmode="opaque" in the embed string but, of course, that only applies to Flash movies.

Here is an example where the problem occurs:


I certainly appreciate any help.

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Eric Mittman

I was not able to get the movie to load but I was able to see the menus not going over the top of this area. Like you mentioned the wmode parameter should only apply to Flash, and it would need to be set to transparent.

The other thing I would try is to make a new div to put the movie in. For the style that is applied to this div you should try adjusting the positioning and the z-index. It is likely a combination of these settings that are causing the menus to go behind it. You will need to ensure that the positioning is the same as your menu and that the z-index is lower that that level of the menu. The higher z-index will appear on top.

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Thanks for the ideas, Eric. I researched this issue quite a bit on the web and never found a solution. I messed with div index numbers and it didn't help. As near as I can determine, the QuickTime player simply insists on being on top (another web poster I found said this too) regardless of what you try to do. The best solution for me was to convert my videos from mp4 to flv (Flash). Then use the "wmode" parameter set to "opaque". There is a lot of info about this on the web. From what I read, "opaque" is the correct setting, not "transparent". Anyway, it works. Here's an example. outreach.php.

This said, if anyone has an example where they had success getting CSS drop-down menus to display on top of (not behind) a QuickTime video, I'd love to see it.

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use <param name="wmode" value="transparent">

I've found that you need to use the HTML version of the embed code (not JS) for the Quicktime player and then add
<param name="wmode" value="transparent">

as well as ...
within the ending <embed> portion of the player HTML code

Note: sometimes causes a viewing problem with FF browsers

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