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    Flash Video - skins won't show even in preview

    I hope someone can help me. I have to put some video on a website - I am using Flash CS3 Pro. The problem is that I import the video, choose one of the default over skins, and whilst I can see the skin in the main window, and if I choose Preview to choose a preview frame I can see the skin and use it, if I do Control-Test Movie, Publish Preview or Publish it, I cannot see the skin at all. I am just using an overplay skin, so shouldnt need to add any room for it, and it is not transparent or something because clicking at the bottom does nothing.

    I want to use SWFobject, but cant get that far because I can't get the skin to show even in flash! Please can someone help?

    Thanks

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    I am having a somewhat similar problem. Using Flash CS3 Pro, and using the FLVPlayback component, I select a certain skin. I can view the skin when testing the movie. I can even view it when I upload all the files to my web server (i.e. video.flv, video.swf, skin.swf). However, I can NOT see the skin when I embed my video code into the (Myspace) social networking site. But I CAN see the video playing! For the most part Myspace if very Flash friendly and I have used many Flash items on Myspace without problem. But this one has me stumped.

    Assuming I have autoplay set to true, I can see the video but not the skin. What sense does that make!?

    Clearly the code is properly finding and accessing the proper files on my server, and yet I can not see the skin.

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    Hi - I fixed this, basically the video was showing a slightly smaller windows. If you do control-test movie adn you can't see the skin, mess around with the sttings - try Match Movie or set the dimensions manually uswing Pixels.
    Or choose File-Publish settings, and change the size here.

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    Hi, I don't have any problems when I do a test movie, I can see the skin. In fact even when I upload all the files to, say, the video directory on my web server, and access the files from a browser, I can see the skin. Example:

    PHP Code:
    http://www.myserver.com/video/video.swf 
    And all of the files in the video folder would be something like:

    PHP Code:
    -video.flv
    -video.swf
    -ArcticExternalNoVol.swf 
    This all works fine. But it is when I proceed to insert the code into one of the 'edit page' boxes of a social networking site (such as Myspace) that the skin does not show up. The insertion code usually looks something like:

    PHP Code:
    <object type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowScriptAccess="never" allowNetworking="internal" height="280" width="320" data="http://www.myserver.com/video/video.swf">
      <
    param name="allowScriptAccess" value="never" />
      <
    param name="allowNetworking" value="internal" />
      <
    param name="movie" value="http://www.myserver.com/video/video.swf" />
      <
    param name="quality" value="high" />
    </
    object
    It makes no logical sense to me whatsoever that everything would work fine when calling video.swf from a browser, but not when it is called from the code I place on the social networking site. Plus I can see the video just fine! Just not the skin.
    Last edited by FlashKit#C5; 07-04-2008 at 08:22 AM.

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    Does the ArcticExternalNoVol.swf have to be on the myspace server? or can you have it point to your own server.

    I'm not sure but their might be a setting inside flash that will let you point the video to a skin your site. You can see the video <param name="movie" value="http://www.myserver.com/video/video.swf" /> but their is no defining the skin here. So best bet is toi try a setting inside the component box for the flv.


    Also try <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="true" /> that might be blocking something.

    Good luck
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    Quote Originally Posted by bmcc81
    Does the ArcticExternalNoVol.swf have to be on the myspace server? or can you have it point to your own server.

    I'm not sure but their might be a setting inside flash that will let you point the video to a skin your site. You can see the video <param name="movie" value="http://www.myserver.com/video/video.swf" /> but their is no defining the skin here. So best bet is toi try a setting inside the component box for the flv.


    Also try <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="true" /> that might be blocking something.

    Good luck

    Thanks for the response. I tried setting <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="true" />. Unfortunately that did not work.

    It would seem to me that video.swf would probably know to use ArcticExternalNoVol.swf. When the project is published, and the video and skin swf are created, the video.swf must have a pointer to ArcticExternalNoVol.swf, or else how would it know to use it when I just type in the URL to video.swf in any browser, where everything shows up perfectly?

    Essentially all I do is drag a FLVPlayback component out onto the stage, then set the contentPath to http://www.myserver.com/video/video.flv ... And give it the ArcticExternalNoVol skin.

    Then put all files in the same folder on my server:

    -video.flv
    -video.swf
    -ArcticExternalNoVol.swf

    If I type the URL into any browser: http://www.myserver.com/video/video.swf
    Both the video and the skin show up just fine.


    P.S. I have tried using both an AS2 from Flash 8 and AS3 from Flash CS3 FLVPlayback component and neither of them work, or I should say, they are both having the same "malfunction."
    Last edited by FlashKit#C5; 07-04-2008 at 02:36 PM.

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    Still working on solving the problem.

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    Try this

    Hey,

    Try using this. It's an already made flv video. One thing with these things only work online.
    0.

    http://www.madacy.com/websites/oldnavy/commercial.zip

    Just change the skin and the name of the video.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FlashKit#C5
    Still working on solving the problem.
    I am having a similar problem where the playback skin will show within the swf when I play it locally, but when it is on the server, it does not show. I have also copied the skin swf files to the server to no avail. Thanks for any help.

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    wtf is up with flash? i have this same problem as of today.....i'm on a mac, flash cs3, using an flv/basic component skin/flv playback component....when i preview the swf on my desktop it shows fine, but not in a browser (have tried IE, FF, Safarai, etc)......

    is anybody had this problem that has resolved it???

    ***resolved - user error***
    Last edited by J-Luv; 01-09-2009 at 09:00 PM.
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