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XEON Series - vbFLV Streaming Video Player
Mod Version: 1.1.0, by syrus.xl (Contributor) syrus.xl is offline
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vB Version: 3.6.10 Rating: (4 votes - 5.00 average) Installs: 79
Released: 13 Nov 2006 Last Update: 20 Nov 2006 Downloads: 516
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XEON series – The vbFLV Video Player


[ Click Here to see the DEMO ]

If you use this modification please click INSTALL - it shows your appreciation and I can notify you of updates, when they become available!

Release Date: 2006-11-13
Revision: 1.1 (see change log in this post). If UPGRADING from Revision 1.0 DO NOT overwrite any files, apart from the main player.swf
vBulletin versions compatible: Works on ANY - uses no MySQL

Features:
  • XML Based FLV Player
  • Single playlist population
  • Fade in/out over thumbnails
  • Auto-detect Normal or Widescreen video formats
  • Auto-detect Scroll-bar on if more than 5 videos in XML file
  • Optimized for vBulletin using a single ‘conditional’
  • Optimized picture clarity/quality
  • Slide Scroll bar to view other movies
  • Uses javascript object embed for all known browser compatibility issues

Watermarked version details: *See second post below*

As many members requested, here at vbulletin.org, I designed this video player. It is XML driven, and the full vBulletin integrated version will be a commercial product, with many added features.
To compliment the XEON vbMp3 Player I brought you, the XEON series vbFLV Video Player, is another feature packed add-on. This is currently designed as a popup.

The vbFLV Video Player allows you to add unlimited video footage from various sources. There are no limits on FLV streaming, but you may wish to think about bandwidth consumption, if you intend to have very long movie clips. Note: most FLV clips are between 1-2Mb’s each, due to compression used. I would suggest you read these instructions carefully for no problems to occur, installation is fairly straight forward but setup will take longer.

Broadcast streaming video directly from your vBulletin forum.
You can encode your own movie files into the FLV format.
Use websites like www.keepvid.com to download any video from Google, YouTube, iFilm, and numerous other video websites. Visit www.keepvid.com for a full list.

Bandwith Consumption:
Due to design of this player and you will rarely find flv files around websites, the player is restricted to local flv files only. This was done by request, since most people that requested this modification wanted to play videos on their own websites, not on a global basis. If you have a large forum and huge video files, and only a small bandwidth limit I would not recommend you install this version.

Why FLV?
FLV is a widely used format for video/audio - and uses can be even interactive. No other video format comes close to these specifications - and the compression ratio will surpass anything around. In this tutorial you will be able to find the best compression ratio to use (the demo uses a 512k stream, which these days is quite adaquate for most users). Most video formats can be converted to the FLV format, I have listed a few places below where you can get free converters from.

What is FLV?
FLV is video format used by Flash, it is possible to take a 50Mb mpeg file and convert it to a 512k FLV stream, reducing the file size to around 10Mb. Giving you a high compression ratio of 5:1 in most cases. Is it more common on Google, YouTube, myspace, and many other video hosting websites.


Editing the XML file:
You can change all titles, descriptions, thumbnails and flv titles in the XML file. To edit it just right-click and select open with either Notepad, Wordpad or TextEdit (if you’re using a Apple).

Adding more videos:
Each video in the XML file is setup like this:

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So, we have Date, Description, video_name.flv and video_name.jpg – each videos detail is enclosed between < item > tags.


Thumbnails & Descriptions


Thumbnails:
These small images must be created in any graphics program (The player will work without these thumbnails). If you do wish to create these images then they should be of a maximum size (width=70 and height=50), making them all the same size does look better, if they don't show up make sure you have named them the same as the details in the XML file. Note they must be non-progressive jpg images.

Creating the Thumbnail Images:
You can easily create the images by playing the video you want the image for, pause it at the point where you would like the screenshot. Now Hold down the ALT key and Press PRT SCR – this will take a screenshot of just the player, open any image program and select Paste. Crop the image and resize until it is no larger than 70x50 pixels, save as a jpg.

Description:
You can add short titles and dates to your videos (as shown in the screenshot and demo, this data is entered in the XML file.


Transcoding your movies to FLV format
Free FLV Encoders:
http://rivavx.com/index.php?encoder&L=3 - Riva FLV Encoder
Transcodes AVI, MPEG, Quicktime, WMV and more codecs.

Commercial FLV Encoders:
http://www.yaodownload.com/video-des...dersconverter/

More FLV Encoders can be found here:
http://www.brothersoft.com/downloads/flv-encoder.html


Installation:
Upload the entire contents of the Upload folder into your forum ‘root’. There are index.html files within the video and images folders, these are just directory protection files, so people cannot just browse your folders and download.

Note: If you have installed any previous releases by me, then you may receive an alert about overwriting the flashobject.js file – this file hasn’t been changed at all, so you can skip or overwrite. DO NOT rename any files or folders; the player does have dedicated paths compiled which cannot be altered.

XML Setup:
Make sure you enter no paths, just the file names. The player has defaults set for images and video directories.

Template edit:
AdminCP -> Styles & Templates -> Navigation / Breadcrumb Templates -> navbar

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KNOWN ISSUES: none

Change Log:
15/11/2006 - Player screen resize fixed
13/11/2006 - Initial Release

Future Improvements:
Limited, due to being a XML version. All major features will be incorporated in the commercial fully integrated vBulletin version, available soon, with plugins.


This modification is fully supported, and keep your eyes open for other flash-based modifications I release. More ‘XEON series’ based projects are planned, but probably will not be released until early next year!

Screenshots below show current version.

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Old 13 Nov 2006, 23:27
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Re: XEON Series - vbFLV Video Player

Originally Posted by Lionel View Post
The beauty with FLV files, they stream. I have 80 Megs videos that opens instantly and deliver smoothly.
Yeah, it does have many advantages over other formats.

Originally Posted by Shazz View Post
Looks very cool
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Thanks Shazz!
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Old 14 Nov 2006, 05:31
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Re: XEON Series - vbFLV Streaming Video Player

looks pretty cool ! I've seen some flv's with a "click here" link showing up at the end of the clip. Any idea how to do that ?
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Old 14 Nov 2006, 05:49
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Re: XEON Series - vbFLV Streaming Video Player

Digitalport website doesnt seem to be working :S Any screenshots please?
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Old 14 Nov 2006, 07:30
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Re: XEON Series - vbFLV Streaming Video Player

Originally Posted by COBRAws View Post
Digitalport website doesnt seem to be working :S Any screenshots please?
Sorry about that, my server seems to be down at the moment.

I've now attached a screenshot.
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Old 14 Nov 2006, 14:49
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Re: XEON Series - vbFLV Streaming Video Player

youhou! thank you! i've been waiting for something like that!
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Old 14 Nov 2006, 15:19
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Re: XEON Series - vbFLV Streaming Video Player

now with that one do you offer branding fee? and whats the diff between the commercial and this version?
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Old 14 Nov 2006, 15:30
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Re: XEON Series - vbFLV Streaming Video Player

It will be cool to stream outside urls just like your MP3 player.

Right now, most people host their videos on external sites like youtube, or metacafe etc...
I think your hack should handle both local and external urls.

As it is, most people here dont have the bandwidth to host their own videos, so what's the point of having a hack they cant really afford to use because of bandwidth limitations?
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Old 14 Nov 2006, 16:18
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Re: XEON Series - vbFLV Streaming Video Player

Originally Posted by MissKalunji View Post
now with that one do you offer branding fee? and whats the diff between the commercial and this version?
There are many features on the commercial version, really no comparison to this release.

Just some of the included features:
  • Usergroup Permissions
  • Usergroup FLV upload (Host dependent)
  • Moderation on/off on uploads
  • PM Notification on Approved FLV's
  • Player uses multiple playlist (Named Lists)
  • 'On-the-fly' animated thumbnail creation of FLV
  • FLV's can be set to auto-add on upload (no need to enter titles)
  • Mass population by directory upload
Plus a host of other features...

At the moment its still in development, pending coding changes.

The actual player used on here is also changed, and the current player will be updated shortly.

Branding free will be offered, but as with all my products - branding fee also comes 'domain-locked' and incorporates other security features.

Last edited by syrus.xl; 14 Nov 2006 at 17:10.
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Old 14 Nov 2006, 16:27
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Re: XEON Series - vbFLV Streaming Video Player

'On-the-fly' animated thumbnail creation of FLV
do you get to set how many frames?
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Old 14 Nov 2006, 16:42
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Re: XEON Series - vbFLV Streaming Video Player

Originally Posted by patsalko View Post
It will be cool to stream outside urls just like your MP3 player.

Right now, most people host their videos on external sites like youtube, or metacafe etc...
I think your hack should handle both local and external urls.

As it is, most people here dont have the bandwidth to host their own videos, so what's the point of having a hack they cant really afford to use because of bandwidth limitations?
Sorry, but it was designed this way by members requests. There are many hacks for YouTube and Google, I don't think there are any, that use specialized players though, apart from the inline AnyMedia hack by Crist (not updated yet). I am looking at updating this hack to work with all browser configurations, and run under vBulletin 3.6.x and above.
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Old 14 Nov 2006, 16:44
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Re: XEON Series - vbFLV Streaming Video Player

Originally Posted by Lionel View Post
do you get to set how many frames?
Hi Lionel,

No.. it works by showing a small version of the real video upon rollover - when clicked it then plays the full FLV.

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Old 14 Nov 2006, 18:15
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Re: XEON Series - vbFLV Streaming Video Player

Originally Posted by syrus.xl View Post
There are many features on the commercial version, really no comparison to this release.

Just some of the included features:
  • Usergroup Permissions
  • Usergroup FLV upload (Host dependent)
  • Moderation on/off on uploads
  • PM Notification on Approved FLV's
  • Player uses multiple playlist (Named Lists)
  • 'On-the-fly' animated thumbnail creation of FLV
  • FLV's can be set to auto-add on upload (no need to enter titles)
  • Mass population by directory upload
Plus a host of other features...

At the moment its still in development, pending coding changes.

The actual player used on here is also changed, and the current player will be updated shortly.

Branding free will be offered, but as with all my products - branding fee also comes 'domain-locked' and incorporates other security features.

woohooo i cant wait! i'll install this in the mean time
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Old 14 Nov 2006, 19:11
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Re: XEON Series - vbFLV Streaming Video Player

This is one certainly to watch closely. Big potential here.

Bob
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Old 14 Nov 2006, 23:23
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Re: XEON Series - vbFLV Streaming Video Player

what is the recommended flv dimensions so it fit perfectt in the window?
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Old 15 Nov 2006, 00:26
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Re: XEON Series - vbFLV Streaming Video Player

Hi, I have installed this and it seems to work great when viewing the video for the first time, than after you view it other times after that, it jumps up to the top left and can't be seen, you can only hear it. Has anyone else experienced this, or is it something in my browser that is causing this, because other users are not having any issues, but it does it in both firefox and IE. Thanks, nice hack.
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