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XEON Series - vbFLV Streaming Video Player
Mod Version: 1.1.0, by syrus.xl (Contributor) syrus.xl is offline
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vB Version: 3.6.10 Rating: (4 votes - 5.00 average) Installs: 79
Released: 13 Nov 2006 Last Update: 20 Nov 2006 Downloads: 516
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XEON series – The vbFLV Video Player


[ Click Here to see the DEMO ]

If you use this modification please click INSTALL - it shows your appreciation and I can notify you of updates, when they become available!

Release Date: 2006-11-13
Revision: 1.1 (see change log in this post). If UPGRADING from Revision 1.0 DO NOT overwrite any files, apart from the main player.swf
vBulletin versions compatible: Works on ANY - uses no MySQL

Features:
  • XML Based FLV Player
  • Single playlist population
  • Fade in/out over thumbnails
  • Auto-detect Normal or Widescreen video formats
  • Auto-detect Scroll-bar on if more than 5 videos in XML file
  • Optimized for vBulletin using a single ‘conditional’
  • Optimized picture clarity/quality
  • Slide Scroll bar to view other movies
  • Uses javascript object embed for all known browser compatibility issues

Watermarked version details: *See second post below*

As many members requested, here at vbulletin.org, I designed this video player. It is XML driven, and the full vBulletin integrated version will be a commercial product, with many added features.
To compliment the XEON vbMp3 Player I brought you, the XEON series vbFLV Video Player, is another feature packed add-on. This is currently designed as a popup.

The vbFLV Video Player allows you to add unlimited video footage from various sources. There are no limits on FLV streaming, but you may wish to think about bandwidth consumption, if you intend to have very long movie clips. Note: most FLV clips are between 1-2Mb’s each, due to compression used. I would suggest you read these instructions carefully for no problems to occur, installation is fairly straight forward but setup will take longer.

Broadcast streaming video directly from your vBulletin forum.
You can encode your own movie files into the FLV format.
Use websites like www.keepvid.com to download any video from Google, YouTube, iFilm, and numerous other video websites. Visit www.keepvid.com for a full list.

Bandwith Consumption:
Due to design of this player and you will rarely find flv files around websites, the player is restricted to local flv files only. This was done by request, since most people that requested this modification wanted to play videos on their own websites, not on a global basis. If you have a large forum and huge video files, and only a small bandwidth limit I would not recommend you install this version.

Why FLV?
FLV is a widely used format for video/audio - and uses can be even interactive. No other video format comes close to these specifications - and the compression ratio will surpass anything around. In this tutorial you will be able to find the best compression ratio to use (the demo uses a 512k stream, which these days is quite adaquate for most users). Most video formats can be converted to the FLV format, I have listed a few places below where you can get free converters from.

What is FLV?
FLV is video format used by Flash, it is possible to take a 50Mb mpeg file and convert it to a 512k FLV stream, reducing the file size to around 10Mb. Giving you a high compression ratio of 5:1 in most cases. Is it more common on Google, YouTube, myspace, and many other video hosting websites.


Editing the XML file:
You can change all titles, descriptions, thumbnails and flv titles in the XML file. To edit it just right-click and select open with either Notepad, Wordpad or TextEdit (if you’re using a Apple).

Adding more videos:
Each video in the XML file is setup like this:

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So, we have Date, Description, video_name.flv and video_name.jpg – each videos detail is enclosed between < item > tags.


Thumbnails & Descriptions


Thumbnails:
These small images must be created in any graphics program (The player will work without these thumbnails). If you do wish to create these images then they should be of a maximum size (width=70 and height=50), making them all the same size does look better, if they don't show up make sure you have named them the same as the details in the XML file. Note they must be non-progressive jpg images.

Creating the Thumbnail Images:
You can easily create the images by playing the video you want the image for, pause it at the point where you would like the screenshot. Now Hold down the ALT key and Press PRT SCR – this will take a screenshot of just the player, open any image program and select Paste. Crop the image and resize until it is no larger than 70x50 pixels, save as a jpg.

Description:
You can add short titles and dates to your videos (as shown in the screenshot and demo, this data is entered in the XML file.


Transcoding your movies to FLV format
Free FLV Encoders:
http://rivavx.com/index.php?encoder&L=3 - Riva FLV Encoder
Transcodes AVI, MPEG, Quicktime, WMV and more codecs.

Commercial FLV Encoders:
http://www.yaodownload.com/video-des...dersconverter/

More FLV Encoders can be found here:
http://www.brothersoft.com/downloads/flv-encoder.html


Installation:
Upload the entire contents of the Upload folder into your forum ‘root’. There are index.html files within the video and images folders, these are just directory protection files, so people cannot just browse your folders and download.

Note: If you have installed any previous releases by me, then you may receive an alert about overwriting the flashobject.js file – this file hasn’t been changed at all, so you can skip or overwrite. DO NOT rename any files or folders; the player does have dedicated paths compiled which cannot be altered.

XML Setup:
Make sure you enter no paths, just the file names. The player has defaults set for images and video directories.

Template edit:
AdminCP -> Styles & Templates -> Navigation / Breadcrumb Templates -> navbar

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KNOWN ISSUES: none

Change Log:
15/11/2006 - Player screen resize fixed
13/11/2006 - Initial Release

Future Improvements:
Limited, due to being a XML version. All major features will be incorporated in the commercial fully integrated vBulletin version, available soon, with plugins.


This modification is fully supported, and keep your eyes open for other flash-based modifications I release. More ‘XEON series’ based projects are planned, but probably will not be released until early next year!

Screenshots below show current version.

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Old 24 Jun 2008, 07:40
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Originally Posted by jipjip View Post
will this work for 3.7?
Yes, it uses no database queries - it's classed as standalone therefore will work on any version.
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Old 04 Dec 2008, 13:39
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I get this error...any ideas. Thanks.
Warning!!! To view the Xeon vbFLV Player system enable JavaScript and Flash!
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Old 04 Dec 2008, 13:48
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Nevermind, uploaded to the wrong directory.
Another question, is there a way to upload via the website, or can you only uload via ftp?
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Old 05 Dec 2008, 17:27
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Originally Posted by X-Sphere-AuW- View Post
Nevermind, uploaded to the wrong directory.
Another question, is there a way to upload via the website, or can you only uload via ftp?
Uploading thru PHP requires additional coding, and increasing PHP variable overrides on your server (if permitted). We have developed such a player, but it uses part of Photopost Pro to upload video's. A demonstration can be seen here:

http://www.digitalport.co.uk/photopo....php/photo/779

The player itself hasn't been released yet since the Userguide is still being done.

The player that we have here is XML based and not dynamically populated which is what would be required for a vbulletin version allowing uploading. Many parameters we have change on our server to allow uploading of up to 100Mb video files, but we could go beyond this value.
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Old 20 Dec 2008, 03:26
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Great Addon.
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Old 09 Nov 2013, 04:38
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Is there a update for 4.2.x?
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Old 09 Nov 2013, 04:40
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Not from this developer, this is only for, vB Version: 3.6.10 and has not been updated since 20 Nov 2006
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Not from this developer, this is only for, vB Version: 3.6.10 and has not been updated since 20 Nov 2006
To bad this was a good mod for my forum. To give members watch movie.
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Old 09 Nov 2013, 07:03
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Originally Posted by Wajow-community View Post
Is there a update for 4.2.x?
If there was enough interest I would update it for use on vBulletin 4.2.x using the same flash player. I do not like using JAVA on any modification, due to the lack of security and the high frequency of updates which would frighten away users.

With HTML5 and Canvas now available on most browsers it would probably be a player upgrade as well. This would be re-skinned, and updated to use the latest video controls that you see on main websites such as YouTube, etc which would include Full Screen HD 1080p support and not just support FLV. Video compression formats have become much better over the years, since I initially released this modification I would probably include playback formats such as MKV, MP4, M4V, AVI, etc.

I would not update this modification for use on vBulletin 5.x - so, vBulletin 4 Series would be the final update. I still develop modifications for vB3 and vB4, but mostly custom.

This modification still does work on vBulletin 3.x series, but breaks under vB4.x Series due to the new templater system. Coding-wise this is not really a big change, vB4 is quite stable now and the hook system would make this modification easier to install, using automatic template edits.
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Old 09 Nov 2013, 16:28
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Originally Posted by syrus.xl View Post
If there was enough interest I would update it for use on vBulletin 4.2.x using the same flash player. I do not like using JAVA on any modification, due to the lack of security and the high frequency of updates which would frighten away users.

With HTML5 and Canvas now available on most browsers it would probably be a player upgrade as well. This would be re-skinned, and updated to use the latest video controls that you see on main websites such as YouTube, etc which would include Full Screen HD 1080p support and not just support FLV. Video compression formats have become much better over the years, since I initially released this modification I would probably include playback formats such as MKV, MP4, M4V, AVI, etc.

I would not update this modification for use on vBulletin 5.x - so, vBulletin 4 Series would be the final update. I still develop modifications for vB3 and vB4, but mostly custom.

This modification still does work on vBulletin 3.x series, but breaks under vB4.x Series due to the new templater system. Coding-wise this is not really a big change, vB4 is quite stable now and the hook system would make this modification easier to install, using automatic template edits.
It will be very nice if there come a update for 4.2.1 beqeause watch movie's on the forum is a good privillege.

i gone wait for it!
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