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    Interactive video streaming with Flash, can it be done?

    Hi,

    I am trying to make a website to show the difference between different compressions of streaming videos. What I want is to have a few different videos, let's say 4, and a radio button group with one button for each movie. The idea is that the user can chose which video to play by making a selection with the radiobuttons and then be able to switch video by making another selection and switch video again by making another selection and so on (i.e. it's not a one time choice, the user should be able to switch video interactively).

    I have made a java-applet using JMF to do this, but the performance of JMF is really bad so I'm looking for something better. Is it possible to implement this using Flash?

    I havn't used Flash before and I want to make sure it can do this before I go out and buy Flash MX.

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    I think this will work fine. As I understand it you just need a way for the user to select different video URLs as if they were hyperlinks, e.g. http://www.example.com/video.ram, http://www.example.com/video.wmv, http://www.example.com/video.mov, etc. If this is the case then Flash can certainly do that using getURL().

    If I've misinterpreted and you are actually looking for a way to play these different files from within a Flash file, rather than just linking to them, then that won't work as Flash doesn't support those file types.

    I'm pretty sure you can download a free trial version of Flash. I'd do that if I were you. If you can't or if you still have trouble answering this question definitively, let me know and I'll see if I can try it for you.
    Dave Owen
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