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FLV files in Windows Media Player

The latest versions of Windows Media Player should play Flash FLV files without any problem, but you may need to install a media decoder first. If your version of WMP doesn't work with FLV files, try installing ffdshow.

When you open an FLV file the player may give you a warning message saying that it doesn't recognize the file extension — click OK and play the file anyway.

On a Web Page

To use Windows Media Player to stream FLV files on a web page, you first need to set the mime type for FLV files. Once you've done that, you can use the normal embedding code to place the player on a page. The example below shows the basic code — for more detailed instructions see Embedding Windows Media Player.

Note: In most cases Windows Media Player is not the ideal choice for Flash video files. On public web pages it is a very poor choice as many people won't be able to see the video. It is better to use a Flash-based player, for example, our free Flash Video Player.

<embed name="RAOCXplayer" src="MyFile.flv" type="application/x-mplayer2" width="320" height="265" ShowControls="1" ShowStatusBar="1" AutoSize="true" EnableContextMenu="0" DisplaySize="0" pluginspage="http://www.microsoft.com/Windows/Downloads/Contents/Products/MediaPlayer/"></embed>

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Author: ,  Originally published: 2007,  Last updated: 2008-07-14