Flash Video Player 3.8 Adds Captionate Support

Jeroen Wijering’s FLV Player is a well known and regarded, Creative Commons licensed, FLV player. Not everyone who makes use of FLV files needs to have Flash authoring tool. Jeroen Wijering’s FLV Player is easily configurable, has many options and plug-ins.

Today version 3.8 was released which added support for Captionate embedded captions. It supports multiple language tracks too, one at a time.

Let me show you how easy it is to use Captionate captions with it: Configuration is done by adding variables (flashvars) in HTML. There’s even an online wizard to help you, but modifying the sample HTML will be straightforward enough for most. Anyway, assuming your SWFObject is named ‘swf’, all you need to do is add the following line to the script in your web page:


This will display the first, default, language track. To display another tack just add the track number, like:


which will display the 3rd language track. (Omitting the number means track 0, which is the value "captionate0").

You can see accessibility examples of the player online. BTW, I love full screen Flash video …

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4 Responses to Flash Video Player 3.8 Adds Captionate Support

  1. Nancy says:

    I have inserted this flv file onto this webpage. I understand that the video does not play until the reader hits the start button but it deffinately appears that the files are downloaded to the server as soon as the reader opens the page. This page is read in a school system and we need to watch our bandwidth useage. The IT department will not let us use fies that download as soon as a page opens. Can I do something to this code that will let the reader open the page and not have the files download until the reader hits the start button on the flv file.

  2. PhilFlash says:

    Another example here:
    Choose the example with the “Elephants dream” video.
    This is an example of PHP Streaming extension for Jeroen Wijering’s FLV Player.
    The captions are created with Captionate for this video.

  3. asinox says:

    hi, i wanna know the duration of any video… do u know how can i do that?
    please email me

  4. Hi,
    If you mean FLV files, it’s easy. Just look at the timestamp of the last tag. You can easily get to the last tag because the last 4 bytes of an FLV is the size of the last tag.
    Duration of the last tag is not known but generally it doesn’t really matter.