For optimal performance Windows Media videocodec 9 is used.
You need the latest (free) 'Windows Media Player ' to watch this video.
The Windows Media Player 9 Series ActiveX control supports the following browsers:
- Internet Explorer 5.01 and later
- Netscape 7.1
- Netscape Navigator 4.7, Netscape Navigator 6.2, and Netscape Navigator 7
(An Applet is needed, see Note 2)
You can download it from www.microsoft.com's multimediapage.
Macintosh users need Windows Media Player for Macintosh .
Regards, Jan Roovers
For general use I have choosen to embed the player for browsers that does not support activeXcontrol. Besides MS-Explorer (5.1 or higher) the new Netscape7.1 supports this now too.
My method is 100% compatible with the method for invoking WinMediaPlayer Series 9 if installed through Explorer or any other browser that supports activeX control,
but is more general:
For compatiblity issues see Windows Media Audio and Video 9 Series Compatibility.
But, If .asx or .wmx is used, the winMediaPlayer6 will not recognise the video. ASX and WMX are recommended for HTMl.
- The code is friendly for WinMediaPlayer 7, 8 and 9; One of those must be installed.
- If demanded the Videocodec 9 will be loaded automatically;
- Works with Explorer and Netscape (<7.1: a plugin must be installed);
- Opera uses the same plugin as Netscape.
Problems with WinMedia Series 9 Applet
Microsoft advices to install the winMediaPlayer with a java-applet to work under NetScape. But some problems occur under Netscape. The first release of the demanded java applet from Microsoft to play WinMedia 9 under Netscape was not fully compatible wit the (latest version of) Sun Java
(that is delivered with Netscape) and causes problems.
This is also described on: Gigascale.org; See the bottom of this page!
If you are intersted in the use of this applet, go to Microsofts page:
Using Windows Media Player with Netscape Navigator
The problem is admitted by Microsoft on:
Java Runtime Does Not Initialize the Windows Media Player 9 OCX Control in Netscape Navigator.
A fix is proposed. I have tested this fix: it works, but generates CLass loader problems when the page is refreshed or a next videoframe is invoked.
Microsoft shall correct this problem inside the applet before I can recommend this applet for general use.
Last updated: 2003-aug-22 / 21:45