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dave rumbelow
skipping around a long flv
on Jun 2, 2009 at 3:34:09 pm

Hello cows!
I am working on a project wherein a long (40-50min) flv plays inside a flash interface. I have a set of buttons that I would like to use to skip to different parts of the video as it plays, this works fine on my local machine using cue points but of course online I cannot jump to sections that have not yet been buffered, I'd like to be able to do this if possible. I'm looking at a couple of options at the moment...

1, Use a content delivery network that offers a flash media server, as I believe this will sidestep this issue, however this will cost money that isn't really available for this project.

2, Split the long movie file up into chunks and have my navigation buttons load a new flv onClick.
If I go for option 2 is there any way of keeping a cumulative progress bar running as if it was all one video.

Any input on these existing options or any new ideas would be very much appreciated.


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