When you have Flowplayer working in its basic installation, you will quickly want to do more or may want to understand why this simple installation works. Here follows a short explanation
flowplayer-3.2.18.swfThis is the actual player that gets loaded in your web pages. This Flowplayer player in turn depends on an Adobe Flash object. Most people already have this piece of technology installed on their computer; if it is not, then Flowplayer will ask the user to download and install Adobe Flash from the Adobe web site.
Atag Actually Flowplayer can be installed on any tag, typically a <DIV> tag or an <A> tag. The A tag has the advantage that you can place normal links in your web pages. The important thing is that the tag has an
id="player"attribute (the name “player” can be changed to anything you want). This id is later used by Flowplayer to get the url from the href attribute, load the player on the tag and start the video. Note also the styling attributes on the tag: these are necessary to tell Flowplayer the dimensions to use for the player. Without these styling attributes, the Player will show full screen, partial only or will not restore properly when returning to the page.
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What is next?
If you have installed Flowplayer and it is working, you may want to do more advanced things. Then there are the following topics for you to study:
Configuration: All aspects of Flowplayer can be customized to your liking. The key to that is the configuration. In the examples on this page the configuration is not used; the default behavior is just fine. But you can provide a third argument to the
flowplayer()function that can contain a lot of information to tell Flowplayer how to behave. With the configuration you can change the background color, have a different control bar, place a clock on the screen, have a splash image displayed, load playlists, have overlays and many more options. See the section on configuration for that and see the demos.