Adding Flash Video to a website without using a service like Vimeo or YouTube can be challenging if you are not a Flash Action Script expert. Maybe you have a intranet or paid content site and you need to host the video files on your own server and want to display the files in a custom player that matches the look of your site.
Enter the Flowplayer, a free (GPL License) highly customizable Flash Video player jam packed with all the features you might need for you progressive or streaming video website.
- Works with progressive or streaming
- Basic colors can be altered and fully skinnable
- Playlist support
- Fullscreen mode
- Embed links
- Active development with full documentation and user community
Here is a demo using the default dark skin playing a clip I encoded (downloaded from OpenFootage.net)
If you plan to use the Flowplayer for a commercial site, licenses are available starting at $75. The primary difference between the free and licensed versions is that in the free version you have to provide a link to the Flowplayer site and the Flowplayer logo is displayed over the video in fullscreen mode.
I did have trouble getting the Flowplayer to work with WordPress on IE7. Also, I really wish they would drop the huge watermark on fullscreen mode in the free version.
At this time I still recommend the JW FLV Media player if you are using WordPress or other CMS or since they offer lots of plug-ins to make it simple to embed videos in blog posts and do not show any watermarks in the free version.
Learn more & download @ http://flowplayer.org/