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Webmasters Handbook

  1. 1. DivX® Web Player Plug-In: Webmaster’s Handbook Who should read this document? Webmasters or Web enthusiasts that are familiar with writing simple HTML pages and maintaining a website. Brief: This document presents a summary of all the information that you need in order to setup your website or web pages for online, embedded DivX video playback using the DivX® Web Player plug-in. For quick and easy embedding of DivX video material into an HTML page using the default options, it is possible to read only the shorter, first three sections of this document. The later sections are required only for advanced customization, scripting or skinning of the plug-in control. Please check for updates of this document & SDK at: Plug-In & Webmaster SDK Download Page: http://go.divx.com/plugin/download/ Document version 1.1.0 Last updated on: lundi 2 octobre 2006
  2. 2. Table of Contents: INTRODUCTION: __________________________________________________ 3 SUPPORTED BROWSERS __________________________________________ 3 SIMPLE EXAMPLE: ________________________________________________ 3 ADVANCED CONFIGURATION: ____________________________________ 5 EMBEDDING PARAMETERS: __________________________________________ 5 JAVASCRIPT INTERACTION: _________________________________________11 Scripting considerations: ______________________________________________________11 Event Callbacks: _____________________________________________________________12 JavaScript API: _____________________________________________________________ 14 PREVENTING DOWNLOADS: ________________________________________ 16 SUPPORT: ________________________________________________________ 16
  3. 3. I. Introduction: The DivX® Web Player Plug-In gives any webmaster a simple and hassle-free mechanism for oering DivX videos for immediate download and playback on their website by simply hosting the video file and editing some HTML tags. The DivX Web Player Plug-In works by being downloaded and installed on each of your visitor’s computer when they browse a page that contains an embedded a DivX video, and is distributed for free by DivX, Inc - saving you the trouble of hosting the plugin yourself or having to pay for the bandwidth of its download. All you need to have to get started on your end is a .divx file and some HTML code. II. Supported Browsers The DivX Web Player Plug-In supports the following Internet browsers: For Windows 98/ME/2000/XP: Internet Explorer (5.0 or above) • Firefox (1.0 and above) • Mozilla (1.7.0 and above) • Netscape (8.0 and above) • Opera (8.5 and above) • SeaMonkey (1.0 and above) • Flock (0.7 and above) • For Mac OS X (10.3 and above): Safari (1.3 and above) • Firefox (1.0 and above) • Mozilla (1.7.0 and above) • Netscape (7.2 and above) • Opera (8.51 and above) • SeaMonkey (1.0 and above) • Flock (0.7 and above) • The following section gives a simple example on how to setup your HTML page so that downloading and playing back DivX videos with the DivX Web Player Plug-In works seamlessly with all these browsers at once. III.Simple Example: For this simple example, we’ll assume that you have a DivX video file named movie.divx and that you are creating an HTML page named movie.html to host it. We will also assume that those two files will be uploaded to your web server in the same destination folder. Finally we will assume that the video resolution of the movie.divx file is 320x240 pixels.
  4. 4. All you need to add inside the body tag of your movie.html file is the following block of code: object classid=quot;clsid:67DABFBF-D0AB-41fa-9C46-CC0F21721616quot; width=quot;320quot; height=quot;260quot; codebase=quot;http://go.divx.com/plugin/DivXBrowserPlugin.cabquot; param name=quot;srcquot; value=quot;movie.divxquot;/ embed type=quot;video/divxquot; src=quot;movie.divxquot; width=quot;320quot; height=quot;260quot; pluginspage=quot;http://go.divx.com/plugin/download/quot; /embed /object Figure 1: Simple HTML embedding code The explanation of the dierent tags and parameters of this block of code is as follows: The first, outer object/object tag is used by Internet Explorer to display the plug-in. It has a set of required direct parameters and also uses inner param tags to specify optional parameters. The second, inner embed/embed tag is used by all other supported browsers (such as Mozilla Firefox) and does not need any sub tags. The embed tag needs to be inside the object tag for this code to work in all browsers at once. Both of these tags must be present, even though this way some parameters are repeated, in order for the plug-in to appear and function in all supported browsers. Here is a detailed list and explanation of the required parameters of each tag: Object tag parameters: classid: The classid parameter is required to identify the plug-in that is • needed when using Internet Explorer and its value must be set to exactly quot;clsid:67DABFBF-D0AB-41fa-9C46-CC0F21721616quot;. width and height: The width and height parameters are required. They • determine how much space is allocated on the HTML page for the plug-in control. By default, the DivX Browser Plug-In displays a bar of playback controls that is 20 pixels high at the bottom of the video area. Therefore, in our example, we must allocate an area of 320x260 pixels to host our 320x240 pixels video. As a summary: With the default skin mode settings, the width parameter should always equal the width of the video file while the height parameter should equal the height of the video plus an additional 20 pixels so that the original aspect ratio of your video is maintained. codebase: The codebase parameter is required and must be set to exactly • quot;http://go.divx.com/plugin/DivXBrowserPlugin.cabquot;. This tag is used by Internet Explorer to do an automatic download and install of the plug-in on the client computer when it is missing.
  5. 5. Object sub-tag parameter: param name=quot;srcquot; … The param tag with a name of src is used by Internet Explorer to locate • the video that the plug-in control needs to download and play. Here its value is set to movie.divx. Embed tag parameters: type: The type parameter is used to identify the plug-in that is required • when using mozilla-based browsers and should be set to exactly quot;video/ divxquot;. src: The src parameter is used to locate the video file that the plugin should • download and play. In our case it is set to movie.divx again. width and height: The width and height parameters are used the same way • here as in the object tag and therefore set to the same values. pluginspage: The pluginspage parameter is used by mozilla-based • browsers to locate a web page where the plug-in can be downloaded when it is not currently installed on the client machine. It is required for proper functioning and must be set to exactly quot;http://go.divx.com/plugin/ download/quot;. This is all you need to add to your HTML to obtain a web page that downloads and plays DivX video. IV.Advanced Configuration: 1. Embedding Parameters: Each of the following embedding parameters allow to customize the appearance and behavior of the DivX Web Player Plug-In. Each of them must be specified twice for them to take eect in all supported browsers, once in the object tag as a param sub-tag, and once in the embed tag directly.
  6. 6. The src parameter: The src parameter is used to specify which video file the plug-in should attempt to download and play. This file must have the “.avi”, “.divx” or “.div” extension. If this parameter is omitted, the plugin will not attempt to download and play a file on startup but will be ready for JavaScript calls to instruct it to do so at a later time (see the JavaScript API Reference for details). Usage: • In the object tag: param name=quot;srcquot; value=quot;[value]quot; o In the embed tag: o src=quot;[value]quot; Possible values: • A relative path, i.e. quot;movie.divxquot; or quot;../../videos/ o myvideo.divxquot;. An absolute path, i.e. quot;http://mywebsite.com/myvideo.divxquot;. o The mode parameter: The mode parameter is used to specify which skin mode the plugin should use to display playback controls. Several modes are provided from showing no controls at all to showing a full-featured playback panel. Usage: • In the object tag: param name=quot;modequot; value=quot;[value]quot; o In the embed tag: o mode=quot;[value]quot; Possible values: • o null: In this mode, the plug-in shows absolutely no controls. The usual width and height parameters should then be set to the exact width and height of the video file. o zero: In this mode, the plug-in only shows a small floating controls bar in the bottom left corner of the allocated video area. The usual width and height parameters should then be set to the exact width and height of the video file. o mini: This is the default. In this mode, the plugin shows a more elaborate controls bar that is 20 pixel high at the bottom of the video area. The usual width and height parameters should then be set to the exact width of the video and the height of the video plus 20 pixels. o large: In this mode, the player will show a complete controls bar at the bottom of the video area that is 65 pixels high. The usual width and height parameters should then be set to the exact width of the video and the height of the video plus 65 pixels.
  7. 7. o full: In this mode, the plugin will display a 65 pixels high complete controls bar at the bottom of the video area and an additional 25 pixel high controls bar at the top of the video area. The usual width and height parameters should then be set to the exact width of the video and the height of the video plus 90 pixels. The minVersion parameter: The minVersion parameter is used to specify a minimum version number of the DivX Browser Plug-In that is required to play the embedded video. This parameter can be used to force an upgrade of the client computer when your web page explicitly relies on a specific version of the DivX Browser Plug-In to playback the video. If the end user refuses to upgrade, the video will not download or play. Usage: • In the object tag: param name=quot;minVersionquot; value=quot;[value]quot; o In the embed tag: o minVersion=quot;[value]quot; Possible values: • o A 3-digit, dot-separated, text string specifying the minimum version number required, such as quot;1.0.3quot; or quot;2.0.0quot;. The allowContextMenu parameter: The allowContextMenu parameter is used to specify whether the plugin should display a contextual (right-click) menu when the user presses the right mouse button or the menu buttons on the skin. You may wish to disable the contextual menu to provide your own controls on the page. Usage: • In the object tag: param name=quot;allowContextMenuquot; value=quot;[value]quot; o In the embed tag: allowContextMenu=quot;[value]quot; o Possible values: • quot;truequot; or quot;falsequot;, true being the default. o
  8. 8. The autoPlay parameter: The autoPlay parameter is used to specify whether the plugin should start downloading and buering immediately or if it should wait for a JavaScript call or for the user to click on the Play button so start doing so. Usage: • In the object tag: param name=quot;autoPlayquot; value=quot;[value]quot; o In the embed tag: o autoPlay=quot;[value]quot; Possible values: • quot;truequot; or quot;falsequot;, true being the default. o The loop parameter: The loop parameter is used to specify whether the plugin should play the video in a loop or stop video playback when the end of the file is reached. Usage: • In the object tag: param name=quot;loopquot; value=quot;[value]quot; o In the embed tag: o loop=quot;[value]quot; Possible values: • quot;truequot; or quot;falsequot;, false being the default. o The bannerEnabled parameter: The bannerEnabled parameter is used to specify whether the plugin should display the DivX advertisement banner at the end of playback. Usage: • In the object tag: param name=quot;bannerEnabledquot; value=quot;[value]quot; o In the embed tag: bannerEnabled=quot;[value]quot; o Possible values: • quot;truequot; or quot;falsequot;, true being the default. o
  9. 9. The bueringMode parameter: The bueringMode parameter is used to specify how the plug-in should buer downloaded data before attempting to start playback. Usage: • In the object tag: param name=quot;bufferingModequot; value=quot;[value]quot; o In the embed tag: bufferingMode=quot;[value]quot; o Possible values: • o null: In this mode, the plug-in does only very minimal buering and starts playing as soon as data is available. It will not guarantee a very good user experience unless you know that their connection is very fast. o auto: This is the default value. In this mode, the plug-in analyses the download speed and tries to buer just enough so that uninterrupted progressive playback can happen at the end of the buer period. o full: In this mode, the plugin will always buer the full video file before starting playback. The previewImage parameter: The previewImage parameter is used to specify the location of an image file in PNG, JPEG or GIF format to use as a preview image. The preview image is displayed in place of the DivX “X” logo when autoPlay is set to false. This allows to setup a piece of video so that it does not auto start but shows a preview image of what the video is about. Users can then start the download and playback of the video by clicking anywhere on the preview image. See the previewMessage and previewMessageSize parameters for more options. Note that you need to set the autoPlay parameter to false for this parameter to be taken into account. Usage: • In the object tag: param name=quot;previewImagequot; value=quot;[value]quot; o In the embed tag: previewImage=quot;[value]quot; o Possible values: • A relative path, such as quot;myPreviewImage.gifquot; or quot;../../images/ o myImage.jpgquot;. An absolute path, i.e. quot;http://mywebsite.com/myImage.pngquot;. o
  10. 10. The previewMessage parameter: The previewMessage parameter allows to display a text message on top of the preview image to let users know how to start the video. The message can be any text such as “Click to play video”. Note that you need to also set the previewImage parameter for this parameter to be taken into account. Usage: • In the object tag: param name=quot;previewMessagequot; value=quot;[value]quot; o In the embed tag: previewMessage=quot;[value]quot; o Possible values: • Any text message such as quot;Click here to play this videoquot;. o The previewMessageFontSize parameter: The previewMessageFontSize parameter allows to customize the size of the font used to display the preview message over the preview image. Note that you need to also set the previewImage and previewMessage parameters for this parameter to be taken into account. Usage: • In the object tag: param o name=quot;previewMessageFontSizequot; value=quot;[value]quot; In the embed tag: previewMessageFontSize=quot;[value]quot; o Possible values: • Any integer value meaningful as a font size message such as quot;8quot; or “32”. o The movieTitle parameter: The movieTitle parameter is useful if your videos don’t have user friendly file names such as “112356.divx” or “gr8t_vidz_1324.avi” as it allows to give a title to your video that is used by the DivX Web Player when showing UI elements and when users wants to save the video file to their Hard Disk. If you set movieTitle to “My Great Video” then your video file will be saved on each user’s computers as “My Great Video.divx”. Usage: • In the object tag: param name=quot;movieTitlequot; value=quot;[value]quot; o In the embed tag: movieTitle=quot;[value]quot; o Possible values: • Any text that is a valid cross-platform filename such as quot;My Videoquot; or o “My Great Movie”.
  11. 11. 2. JavaScript Interaction: The plug-in can be scripted and controlled via JavaScript in all the supported browsers. JavaScript allows you to register callbacks to receive events occurring inside the plug-in as well as to call functions on the plug-in object to perform operations. In order to be able to do so, a couple of parameters must be added to the simple tags shown in the previous section. Scripting considerations: In order to access and script the plug-in object from JavaScript code in your HTML page the object and embed tags must have an additional id parameter giving them unique names for JavaScript to access the objects. As per the w3c standard, the values of those id parameters need to be dierent for each tag, for example: object id=quot;ie_pluginquot; …

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