Simple Flash Video 1.6 is here!
The Simple Flash Video Plugin builds on the plugins that all ready allow easy posting of .flv or .mp4 files on the popular WordPress platform. Simple Flash Video allows for all of the JW FLV options to be utilized via its config.xml file and post level overrides. With this plugin you can easily post .flv or .mp4 videos to your blog and have your viewers instantly watch the video without having to fully download the video before watching. It also combines the popular Shadowbox utility to allow for the videos to float over the website content for a clean look. This plugin was built from the ground up to take full advantage of the JW FLV Player and Shadowbox. On top of this it is the only plugin for WordPress that utilizes the Simple Stats App for JW that gives users a total look at the video viewership of their website. Code has been used from the Flash Video Player by Joshua Eldridge as per the licence agreements of the respective software. When you put the code in your plugin it will be replaced by a Link to the video that will open in a Shadow window. If a .jpg file is in the same directory with the same name as the flv it will also use that photo in the link. If no image is found it will simply place a Text link in your post. If you wish you can also disable the Thickbox feature in the post command.
- Added Longtail adverts
- Simple Stats now tracks Flash Version Numbers of the visitors
- Added Default Image variable in settings for use when no image is found with the video
- Updated to Simple Stats 1.2.1
- Added ability to remove padding from shadowbox around the video
- Youtube Videos now supported
- Checks for version 9.0.115 and requires update for .MP4 files
- Added Delete Logs Option for Simple Stats
- Added Options Saved Notification
- Fixed Centering Bug for videos in Shadowbox
- RSS Feeds now get a proper .mp4 file or link to FLV
- Fixed when EMBED code was always called when shadowbox is off
- Fixed Text box width and height in SFV config page in WP 2.7
- Fixed issue when shadowbox was disabled and custom sizes were ignored
- Custom Titles now work. Requires HTML Whitespace between words to work properly. Example:
title=Awesome Custom Title!
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I’m trying to wrap text around image thumbnail, but i can’t get it to work. Is the a css property that i can modify?
Thanks a bunch,
It would be CSS for your WP theme. I created a div in mine and simply put the video command inside of the dive and the text then wraps around it.
I get a the following fatal eror when I try aactivating the plug-in:
Fatal error: Cannot redeclare flashvideo_parse() (previously declared in /home/.sites/35/site106/web/siblings/wp-content/plugins/flash-video-player/flash-video-player.php:38) in /home/.sites/35/site106/web/siblings/wp-content/plugins/simple-flash-video/simple-flash-video.php on line 704
disable your flash-video-player plugin and it will work.
I used this code to insert video in a post :
[video filename=http://video.a2b-prod.com/videos/CgUmohJR-45303.mp4 vid_image=http://video.a2b-prod.com/thumbs/CgUmohJR-120.jpg height=360 width=640 title=Micro trottoir /]
My problem is that the vid_image doesn’t show up, I got the text link instead.
I also noticed that the customized title would only display when height & width have been set… if it could help someone to save time… ;)
I think the reason the video is not showing is because it thinks there is one. the link: http://video.a2b-prod.com/videos/CgUmohJR-45303.mp4 appears to redirect to a video hosted by bit gravity. I will see about making the vid_image totally override even if there is an image returned from the check.
The video is playing fine.
As an improvement I would love to get a button in TinyMyMCE toolbar that launch a to manage media, image and flashvars, just like Wordtube (but better of course ;))
And why not, an intagrated support for BitsOnTheRun hsted vidéo…
Thanks anyway ! Your plugin rocks !
Ill talk with JW and the devs. of Bits. It probably would be dead easy to include them. I have wanted to add a media manager but I have not tried yet. I really should.
That would be great !!!!
I have successfully added bits on the run support for 1.7. It also properly uses the vid_image when it is given no matter what. Let me know if you would like to use the code before it is put into a final release. In a week or two a beta will be out as well.
I’d love to test the code !
You did really fast !
Let me kwow how can I use the code to test it.
Sorry was away on vacation. I will send you an email later today that has the code.
OK I have posted a 1.7 Beta to the site which has the improvements and such and you can help me test it by downloading it and giving it a spin. Keep in mind its the first beta but it is currently running on this site and things seem to be running smoothly.
I see the padding setting seems to affect the position of the video. I will try the XML thing. Thanks very much for your help.
Sorry – I assume that if you create a video with a table of contents in Camtasia you cannot use this plugin to run the video – the second video is that type and loads the player but then just sits there with a grey screen. Am I correct here?
probably not. But you can create the same table of contents in an XML file that has start times for each chapter and it will work the same. You can find out more about this @ the longtail website in the examples section for the player.
This is my biggest issue right now as well. Have looked everywhere for a lightbox/shadowbox plugin to allow playing of Camtasia videos which have a Table of Contents included.
In looking at the page you pointed to Josh, I do not see where to create the table of contents in an XML file, could you be more specific?
If posting videos at a regular interval, would a new XML file be needed for each one, or could the same one be updated to include each new video (ex: ‘TOC for Video 1, TOC for Video 2, TOC for Video 3’, etc.)?
Here is an example XML file: http://www.simplethoughtproductions.com/wp-content/uploads/Graduations/Holt/holt_grad.xml
Besure to look at the source so you see how it is formated. In the example I am linking two different files. In your case they would both point to one file, you would just add a start variable and put the durations in seconds into the video when you need your chapter.
You would need to do this every time. It might be worth exploring longtailvideo.com forums to see if others have used camtasia videos with TOCs. If they have a method it will work with the plugin too as its the same player that is doing the video work. I have just wrapped shadowbox around it and added statistics.
yokk & Josh
I had same problem – it was files named .JPG rather than.jpg that was my issue – I think the capitalisation has to match too.
I am making progress! However now the flash videos come up on the left top corner of the screen and there is no close button. Any ideas on where my code is wrong? I think it is the code line having some error but I have checked several times and just can’t see it. Now using the SWFObject setting, and remove padding set to True.
I really want the video in the middle with the close option to return to my website. Help please.
I would suggest reverting to the latest 1.6 final code without your changes and try again. When modifying the code you can easily change where the shadowbox pops up and how it behaves.
i want to display an image on my blog post for video. but i cant do it. i wrote image url to ‘Default Image to use in link if no image is found’ area in the settings panel, but the image dont appear in my blog post. just appear a text like ‘Click here To Watch Video
Click to Watch!’
how can i solve this problem. please help me..
Can you post a link to your block so I can see the error in actions? Thanks
sorry but im testing myblog on my localhost.. it doesnt on any server.
Sorry but one more thing – is there any way to have a title of more than one word? I tried enclosing in quotes but that didn’t work, tried using the whitespace identifiers in Visual editor and adding ordinary spaces between the title words which not surprisingly didn’t work. I can use – or _ as spaces but it would be nice not to have to. Any way?
For other less well heeled people reading this – I was a little confused with the video pane sometimes displaying top left rather than centre. thought it was a setting somewhere but actually it was an error in the syntax of the HTML code calling the video. Also found it a good idea to disable the cache whilst testing since you think you are looking at an updated page when in fact it might be a cached one. Also it seems closing the browser and reopening each time results in different display so there must be some browser issue too. Disable cache, close the browser between each test eased me going off on red herrings.
The way to have more than one word is to have the white space characters. I am still trying to find a way that will allow one to use quotes but still let the older versions work.
Example:title=Awesome Custom Title!
Oh by the way I changed the link to http:www.phuketdays.com/PEGS_videos.
One further thought – if using a still image to display do you need every video in a different folder or does it look for a .jpg with the same filename as the video. i.e. can you upload a whole load of videos into one folder with a matching .jpg and the software find the right picture to go with the video?
It looks for a .jpg of the same file name of your video so you have have as many videos and .jpgs in one folder as you like.
Thanks for pointing out my stupidity fogetting the http://.
I now have a further issue which is that when the video starts to load I am presented with scrollbars on the right and bottom. I really don’t want them. I get different behaviour in Chrome (not there), Firefox (sometimes there) and IE always there.
I tried increasing the sizes in the code and also in the defaults in setup and also turning on/off the thickbox setting and turning on/off the remove padding. None of which seemed to have any effect. Any idea how to get rid of the scrollbars?
Whilst writing what exactly does turning on and off the thickbox do? It doesn’t seem to be doing anything visible.
Lastly is there any way to avoid having to post an image for the video (or use the default) since if none is specified as a default or .jpg found in the directory you get a missing image frame on the page?
It is a great plugin – I will promote it.
use SWFObject code. The scroll bars only apppear when using embed code. Thickbox is depreciated. The new command is shadowbox=off. this will turn off the floating video effect and just put the video into your blog page.
This plugin looks like it should be everything I need but I can’t get it to work. Looking at http://www.phuketdays.com/videos I see the link tot he test video and when clicked I get the shadowbox displaying and the little whirly thing showing it is trying to load something but then it just displays a white warning triangle in the video area. The file I uploaded is an .mp4 created with Camtasia but I did not want to use their player. The accompanying files Camtasia creates are not in the same directory as I moved the .mp4 file out to sit on it’s own.
Obviously have something set wrong, any help would be greatly appreciated.
Whilst asking is there anyway of displaying a message or link within the video area where a user has either not got or has an outdated browser plugin to enable the video to play?
One final question – am I better encoding to flash (.flv) or to .mp4? Is there much difference?
You need to put a full URL or a relative URL. If you add http:// to your file url it will work fine. If the file is on the server just leave out the main website and put a /file/location.mp4
I recommend mp4 with h264 video and aac audio as it has the best quality when done correctly and smallest file size.
I just got started a while ago with this website for my son.
i have got a small problem though,
When ever I try to post the video under “FILMS” I only gets it to play in a seperate window, and not as an overlaying image ontop of the current website…like Lightbox does.
I have created an still image from the film with the same name as the video file. The video will not play when I click on the thumbnail picture. Its only the still images that comes up.
I should also say that i am not sure whether Im supposed to click on the INSERT INTO POST button or not.
And also, the film that I would actaully like to put up there will not be loaded up on my website. I dont know if its too big or not…136 MB. Right now Im just trying it out with another smaller video clip I have got… is the size this another problem?
I would really appreciate your help.
Well you probably will want to disable the lightbox utility. They will fight each other since shadowbox also displays. 136MB is not to big as long as it is encoded to be allowed to download progressivly. If not users will have to wait until the whole file is downloaded to watch which is no fun.
try doing this on the page / post
[video filename=http://www.astonstering.com/wp-content/uploads/Paris%20test.mov /]
I got this error message when I want o watch my video stats : Warning: include(output/logs_stats-200905.log200905.html) [function.include]: failed to open stream: No such file or directory in …/wp-content/plugins/simple-flash-video/stats/functions.php on line 540
Warning: include(output/logs_stats-200905.log200905.html) [function.include]: failed to open stream: No such file or directory in …/wp-content/plugins/simple-flash-video/stats/functions.php on line 540
Warning: include() [function.include]: Failed opening ‘output/logs_stats-200905.log200905.html’ for inclusion (include_path=’.:/home/temporaire/upload:/usr/local/lib/php/’) in …/wp-content/plugins/simple-flash-video/stats/functions.php on line 540
All file have been “chomded”… Anything wrong ?
How to get the same player used here in the demo aboove without opening it using shadowbox.
i tried changing the skin but not working.
In the settings turn off shadow box or in the command put shadowbox=false
Then get the overlay skin and upload it to the skins folder and select it.
I am looking at this page as an example – http://s7icky.com/deadliest-catch-season-5-episode-2/
The reason postroll ads don’t work is because the player needs to be inside of div with an id of mediaspace. Once it is like this, the postroll ads will work.
Please email me directly at email@example.com to follow up if you have any other questions, thank you.
What longtail told me :)
I sent you a e-mail to that address :)
Do you have a donation button or something ill toss you some cash :)!
you can paypal chesarekjosh [at] hotmail.com
Hey You had a chance to look at the video site map?
Indeed. It is somthing I am interested in trying to include in 1.7. This will take a while if I am able to even include it.
You can track updates and progress on the feature here:
Kick ass!!!! HAHAHA your my hero!!!
Something stupid i figured out that might help people if you put shadowbox=off you have to make sure you have a space after it or it wont work :)
actually you have to have a space after your final variable no matter what it is but good for others to hear this again :)
Ahhh ok i think i got it!! Thanks Another quick question can i use pre roll and post roll ads? and what is the correct format for how i should put the longtail number and channel number?
You can use which ever type of ads you want. If i were to run ads I would do the over lady or end ads. I hate to wait to watch stuff. You just need the ending of your long tail number. It should look somthing like:
It will be the end of one of the lines of code that long tail gives you.
K i got all my stuff put in and i still dont see ads and i used to Uhhh Do i have to put the thing in the code to make it play them?
Might need to clear out your cache. I see ads on Hood Dreamer as expected.
Nice re-opened firefox and boom worked!! You should look into the sitemap would be kick ass for hits comeing from google video! And Thanks for the help Much appericated!!
It is trying to turn thickbox off…
remove that. you should have shadowbox=off…
www. s7icky . com
and its actually killing my whole right colum i just noticed that
heres the plugin that i used to use that has the sitemap generation on it
I will have to see what the video site map is as I have not used it.
I tested the same command on my site and it works. Can you please link me to the site where you are having trouble with a post with that command so I can see how SFV is reacting. Thanks.
heres what im useing
[video filename=http://s7icky.com/music_videos/rap/willy_northpole_ft_bob-hood_dreamer.flv shadowbox=off/]
On the older version i had to use the plugin=ltas or wdf ever..
One more thing i wanted to ask since i got you guys here Uhhh Any chance of gettin a way to have it auto build a video sitemap i used to have one on flv-embed got me ALOOOOOT more hits :)
I updated from a older version and now its all jacked up nothing works it used to have the skin wuth the play button now it dosent show anything i used the shadowbox=false or
Can you send me a link to where it is having issues? The old config should still load fine without issue. If you replaced it you would have the default config so you would need to update that to reflect the desired settings. I have upgraded all of my blogs without issue so far so we should be able to figure this out.