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Flash MX2 Tool: FLVbrowser ( preview )

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The screenshot you see above ( click image for a larger screenshot ) is a new tool i am working on right now, a FLVbrowser that let’s you preview Flash Video Files ( *.FLV files ) without opening Flash. It’s quite handy if you have a lot of FLV files and don’t want to import them, or if you don’t have access to a Flash Communication Server. Right now it’s in a rough state, there is loads to optimize and the user does need the Flash OCX ( Flash Player ) installed. If you are interested in this application, let me know!

I will post the final version here for you to download. It is written in C# and requires the .NET framework.


Written by ohwhen

October 3, 2003 at 4:17 am

Posted in Web/Tech

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  1. this is interesting although i’m still not sure how you create *.flv files? i’ve installed the flash video exporter but it didn’t seem to notify me on how i could do the actual exporting???


    October 3, 2003 at 5:04 am

  2. very handy owen!
    why is it written in c#, isn’t it possible to use screenweaver (or maybe we have to wait on the new version on that one)

    ps) nice blog you have going here!


    October 3, 2003 at 8:51 am

  3. @Jos: thank you. why it is written in C#? Mainly because it gives me the power of Java on the desktop, and with the development of Mono, i hope one day a crossplatform solution too. other than that no special reason. I could have written this tool in VB, or in Delphi, or in C++, or as you suggested, in Flash and package it with ScreenWeaver….doesn’t really matter.

    For now, it’s just a proof of concept, nothing more then a test to see if it works, and learning how to use the Flash OCX in C#. I will rewrite most of the code, it’s a mess right now.

    Owen van Dijk

    October 3, 2003 at 10:32 am

  4. I am very interested in this handy app… i’ll be checking back regurarely for it!


    October 3, 2003 at 12:29 pm

  5. Although I would have used Screenweaver, the tool doesn’t matter; this will be a very useful app for people! By creating easy ways like this to access FLV files, we’ll hopefully help position Flash as the de-facto standard for Web Video.

    Right on, mangxt!


    October 3, 2003 at 4:00 pm

  6. As one of the Screenweaver 3 authors, I’d love to be of some help if you’d like to implement a Screenweaver version…

    Martijn de Visser

    October 4, 2003 at 3:12 am

  7. I have already made a screenweaver version FLViewer.


    October 4, 2003 at 5:59 pm

  8. @Martijn: he collega! ( reply in english so other people can read it too )

    first off, nice to see you blogging…homegrown Coldfusion system and looks very nice already. I will add you to my list.

    second, i am not really planning to release a ScreenWeaver version, because the screenshot is merely a proof of concept. I am working right now to implement some new cool features, exporting, multiple players that kind of stuff. Also i am reshuffling the User-Interface ( actually, i could use some expertise from you on this 🙂 ) to a more pleasant experience, the one shown is very simple.

    Owen van Dijk

    October 5, 2003 at 12:01 am

  9. great to see more delevelopers having fun with the videoaspect! and yes, I am very interested in your FLVbrowser Owen..
    what do you guys think about the media components overal?
    I think the cuepoints are cool, I made something similar just with an XML cuelist, but what I don’t get is why we have to give up the lenght of the video as a parameter just to get the progressbar going..?

    anyway, beste groetjes 😉


    October 5, 2003 at 8:36 pm

  10. MX Traveller”

    MX Traveller…

    Mafia Weblog

    October 8, 2003 at 1:37 pm

  11. finally… been searching for ages for such a tool. I am very interested. Sign me up for beta 😉


    October 9, 2003 at 10:59 am

  12. finally… been searching for ages for such a tool. I am very interested. Sign me up for beta 😉


    November 12, 2003 at 3:36 am

  13. Anyone know of a good tool to CREATE flv files using C#? I’m trying to convert from Quicktime or mpgs and can’t find a thing short of using the FLV exporter.


    Ryan Moore

    December 16, 2003 at 9:51 pm

  14. hy ppl…just one question.i’ve seen u all talk abt FLV files. and i have one problem. i have some FLV files which are sounds recorder using Flash Communication Server and saved as *.flv files. and now i have to display a graphic visualization of the sound using the flv files. like winamp u know..those line jumping arround. but mine must ba a static graphic. so… any ideeas ? 10x ! bbye


    January 22, 2004 at 11:03 pm

  15. please help to me with this application.
    I need urgent for my tesis about videoconferencing in my university.
    The idea is choose a flv file from a browser and playing with the component (mediaplayback) in flash mx.
    thank you.


    February 13, 2004 at 7:55 pm

  16. hi


    October 29, 2004 at 4:16 pm

  17. FLV Player released

    Today I finally had some spare time in which I could create a small utility: FLV Player. This application basically allows you to view Macromedia Flash MX Video files (.flv files) outside Macromedia Flash MX (2004).


    July 29, 2005 at 2:30 pm

  18. Hi,
    I am very interested in this application.
    Can i have a copy of source code.



    May 29, 2006 at 5:12 pm

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