What is the easiest way to add Flash video to a website?

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Is there an easy way to add Flash video to a website without coding or copying code and without using a hosted service? There are not many options that I can find that work well. Creating an embedded .swf flash file seems to work, but are there no good alternatives around?

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  1. Jeff Fabish
    October 13, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    You can use Dreamweaver (trial available) or a similar alternative to automate the process.

    However, the easiest way is to copy the embeded code to the web page. Get the page you want to put the SWF in, open it up in an editor and copy this code to the area you want to display it at:

    <!-- EMBED FLASH
     <object classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,29,0" width="200" height="60">
      <param name="movie" value="LOCATIONFile.swf">

      <param name="quality" value="high">

      <embed src="LOCATIONFile.swf" quality="high" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="200" height="60"></embed></object>
    END EMBED FLASH<--

    Change the LOCATIONFile.swf in both places to be the location (in relation to the web server).

  2. Mike
    October 13, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    If you want to add flash to a website you have to post some code, period. Like a headline or a text it won't magically appear.

    if it's plain (X)HTML you will have to add the entire OBJECT tag
    if you are using WordPress you can install one of the many Flash Plugins that allow you to add a Flash using a single line of code or e.g. by posting only the YouTube URL.

    Either way it doesn't matter where the Flash file is stored (YouTube or other video service, on a webhost, ...)

  3. M.S. Smith
    October 13, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    Whenever I want to post video, I usually just upload it to YouTube and then embed it on my site. It doesn't eat my bandwidth, it's better than any solution I could cook up, and people searching on YouTube might run in to my site through the video.