Last night I started writing a plugin to easily embed the Flash Media Playback video component on WordPress blogs and its now ready for you all to use!
Flash Media Playback is a free media player based on the Open Source Media Framework and hosted by Adobe so its ideal for bloggers to use. You don’t need to install the video player yourself and can very easily just point to a video file, set up some optional configuration settings and you’re done.
Thanks to some very helpful beta testers I’ve got an update ready and a stable release is hosted on the WordPress Plugin Directory.
Using the plugin couldn’t be simpler, in a post you just use the following syntax:
FMP] path to your video file [/FMP]
The path to the video file is the only required argument, in which case the video will be shown with the default width and height you set up in the plugin options page.
Optional arguments include: width, height, poster, autohide, controlbar, playbutton, autoplay, loop,…
FMP width="320" height="240" controlbar="none" autoplay="true"] http://mydomain.com/video.mp4 [/FMP]
On the plugin options page you can set up whether or not to embed SWFObject 2.2, the text to be displayed if Flash Player isn’t installed and the default width and height for the video if not specified.
Using SWFObject ensures cleaner embed code than the raw object / embed tags generated with the Flash Media Playback Configurator.
I plan to support setting up more default values in the plugin options page (controlbar style, autoplay,…) in a next release as well as possibly some of the more advanced features supported.
[update] version 0.8 now adds support for HTML5 video fallback (useful for iPhone, iPad) and default values for all optional arguments.
You can download the component here or install it through your WordPress admin interface. I look forward to seeing people use it on their blogs. Websites developed using WordPress will run both on Windows hosting and Linux hosting