NEED: to provide access to all sorts of rich media. without being converted; must play nonlocal files: mp3, mpg, wmv, wma, and also display swf, jpg & gif.. design: is unessential; what counts is small size, well functioning buffering & reliability. flashplayer usually require mp3 or mpg firrst being imported by mx & exported as swf. since this does not make sense in terms of "any media located anywhere in the world", this is not the good solution for us. imagine: YOU have a not copyright protected video on YOUR homepage ..and I just want to put a link to this video on MY homepage (by NOT calling up YOUR hole website, but just retrieve/display it in our own "media-player", which is a steady (fix) embedded element of our webplatform (an html frame).
so: the "mediaplayer" (in fact: progressive downloader) which we seek, works with **nonlocal media** stored anywhere in the world & is able of buffering. & directly works with the codec (decoders) that are (allready) installed on the visitors computer. if missing codec, it should display a message (possibly w. download instruction/link)
our current (but now obsolete) solution can still be seen at _[url removed, login to view] ..but ONLY: if you do NOT have the latest security updates from microsoft installed; ..using windows & ms _internet explorer_. click at "business-connector" and then at "business-guru" (some loading time, since java applet..). next to this applet on the right hand is a frame called: [url removed, login to view], which could play/display quite everything. this [url removed, login to view] frame containes:
1 a flashplayer,
2 commands for the windows mediaplayer which directly used the built in codecs for mp3, mpg, wma, wmv etc., and
3 a html displaying pictures or even powerpoint..
most important: plugin is not desired (except flash & jvm 1.4.1 which we use anyway).
in other words: all media should play within one frame
link to our first prototype: <[url removed, login to view]>
1) Complete and fully-functional working program(s) in executable form as well as complete source code of all work done.
2) Deliverables must be in ready-to-run condition, as follows (depending on the nature of the deliverables):
a) For web sites or other server-side deliverables intended to only ever exist in one place in the Buyer's environment--Deliverables must be installed by the Seller in ready-to-run condition in the Buyer's environment.
3) buyer gets all rights using and selling the product/technology but does not claim any exclusivity on the code.
the "player" should be: crossplatform/crossbrowser
pc, linux, mac,
ie, mozilla, opera