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Inserting FLV file in Dreamweaver Error

Thread began 1/17/2011 12:09 pm by jhmblvd | Last modified 1/19/2011 11:42 am by jhmblvd | 6502 views | 2 replies |


Inserting FLV file in Dreamweaver Error

Hi, I'm trying to pinpoint an error with Dreamweaver CS4. When I try to install a FLV file with a skin the file does not install correctly and displays a random group of icons (see image). This does not happen when using my laptop that does not have any DW Extensions installed
but on my production machine it happens every time I try to install a FLV file.
On Desktop I follow the following process to install a flv file in my webpage.


I choose a skin for controlling playback but instead of inserting the flash file I see a group of speaker icons (again see image) but no video. I'm not sure what is causing this error and have deleted the dat file in Dreamweaver on my desktop again the Laptop process (insert-media-flv) works fine inserting the video file with the control or skin.

My laptop is W7 and the desktop XP Pro Service Pack 3.


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Despite the appearance in Dreamweaver, even when previewed in a browser, the FLV should appear and play OK once the files have been uploaded to the remote server.

Originally Said By: David Powers

Many people have complained that embedding FLV files in Dreamweaver CS4 "doesn't work". It does work, but the code generated by Dreamweaver CS4
relies on three external files: FLVPlayer_Progressive.swf, swfobject_modified.js, and expressInstall.swf.

The first of these files is inserted in the same folder as the page in which the FLV is embedded. The other two are installed in a folder called Scripts, which
Dreamweaver creates in the root of your site if it doesn't already exist.

All three external files MUST be uploaded to your remote server for the FLV to be displayed correctly. Forgetting to upload these files is the most common cause of FLV files failing to run correctly in a web page.

Because of the way the external files work, you cannot use Preview in Browser to test a page with an embedded FLV UNLESS you have defined a testing server in your Dreamweaver site definition. Normally, you require a testing server only if you are developing pages with ASP, ColdFusion, or PHP

If you are building websites that use only HTML, and haven't defined a testing server, pressing F12/Opt+F12 produces a jumble of skin controls
onscreen. This is nothing to worry about. Upload the page, the FLV file, and the three external files to your remote server, and test it there. As long as your browser has the Flash Player plugin, everything should display correctly.

David Powers
Adobe Community Expert, Dreamweaver  

Although I have just opened CS4, and inserted a FLV in to an html page without defining a testing server, and the flv previewed OK.

Tried it in a site with setting of 'links relative to site root' (as opposed to document) and the flv won't preview.

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FLV in Dreamweaver

Yes you are right when uploaded to the server the FLV does play. However it's interesting to note that the files play in Windows 7!

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