The Code

The example below shows the code for embedding a Windows Media file into a page on your site. Note that it uses two tags: <object> and <embed>. This is to enable maximum browser compatibility. You will need to set the file name (and other attributes if required) for both tags. Use true or false for the <object> tag, 1 or 0 (respectively) for the <embed> tag.


<OBJECT ID="MediaPlayer" WIDTH="192" HEIGHT="190" CLASSID="CLSID:22D6F312-B0F6-11D0-94AB-0080C74C7E95"
STANDBY="Loading Windows Media Player components..." TYPE="application/x-oleobject">
<PARAM NAME="FileName" VALUE="videofilename.wmv">
<PARAM name="autostart" VALUE="false">
<PARAM name="ShowControls" VALUE="true">
<param name="ShowStatusBar" value="false">
<PARAM name="ShowDisplay" VALUE="false">
<EMBED TYPE="application/x-mplayer2" SRC="videofilename.wmv" NAME="MediaPlayer"
WIDTH="192" HEIGHT="190" ShowControls="1" ShowStatusBar="0" ShowDisplay="0" autostart="0"> </EMBED>


To get started, all you have to do is copy the code above into your web page and replace videofilename.wmv with your own file name.


If you want to get more advanced you can alter the parameters below. Note that including extra features such as the status bar requires the player to have more height. Where applicable, the additional number of pixels required is shown you may have to add this number of pixels to the height parameter for the player (remember to add it to both the OBJECT and EMBED sections of the code).


If this value is set to true/1, the video will begin playback as soon as a portion of it has downloaded. Otherwise it will wait for the user to press Play.


If this value is set to true/1, the video transport controls will be shown (play, stop, pause, etc). If it is set to false/0, the controls will not be shown and the user will not be able to control playback at all. Obviously, in this case you would need to have autostart enabled or there will be no way to play the video. Height: 46 pixels


If this value is set to true/1, the status bar is shown. This includes the downloading progress and playback status of the clip. Showing the status bar is a good idea as it shows the user how long they have to wait before the clip will be ready for playback. Height: 26 pixels


When set to true/1, this displays information such as the file name. Height: 74 pixels