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Windows 7: Possible solution for 64 bit flash in Browser

07 Jan 2010   #1
DarkPhoenix

Windows 7
 
 
Possible solution for 64 bit flash in Browser

Just an idea...

What about using an external flash player and tell the browser to open the flash file with that when you want to view a flash video?

We tell our 64 bit browsers to point to 32 bit programs all the time to open content. It does not Have to be embedded in the browser itself which is part of the the problem isn't it? ( aside from the fact it would not be using less resources due to it's being 32 bit)

So big deal.. if this works.. just point the browser to use a 32 bit external flash application.

To my thinking this should work. What do you think?


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08 Jan 2010   #2
DarkPhoenix

Windows 7
 
 

I DID IT !!! Sort of.. Read On...

O.k. No one has answered this but I have done more searching and I have found a working partial solution.. BUT it's the LONG way.

The trick is find a program that lets you download flash files..( I am using the free, Sothink Video Downloader) In my case it's .flv files like flash movies from You Tube I want to stream. (and I assume you are using firefox or seamonkey.. I don't yet know how to do this for an IE 64 bit browser) You won't be able to play the stream in the browser But, when your video downloader program finds the flv file on the page it will open and ask you were to download the file.. IT will have captured the .FLV URL from the you tube page.

Copy and paste that .flv url back into the address bar. (You do not have to let it download the file) At this point the Helper Application will open a dialog and point it to the external flash player of your choice. I am using the SoThink Flash Player because it's small and free and takes little resources. Also check the box that says Always use this program to open this type of file.

Now you are set up and the file will play through your external player. The next time you want o view a you tube page, simply start the flash download app you have and copy the flv url and paste it back into the browser and poof, it will play. ( You do not have to continue with the download.. we are using this video downloader just to grab the flv url. )

If you get good at this, the process will take only a few seconds to do manually. This will work with some places but not all. it only works with the commercials at the beginning of HULU tv shows.. not the tv show itself.. I think this is because the flv url is too deeply embedded.

Well folks it's not perfect, but it's a start. Of course until Adobe makes a windows 64 bit flash plugin it's much easier just to use the 32 bit browser.. but hey.. this was bugging me so I had to try it!

Perhaps some of you could take this idea and help me streamline the process or figure out how to get the deeper embedded flv url from hulu and places like it.
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08 Jan 2010   #3
mckillwashere

Windows 7 x86/x64, Server 2008r2, Web Server 2008
 
 

Now,
can you automate that into an addon
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09 Jan 2010   #4
DarkPhoenix

Windows 7
 
 

I look at it this way. Adobe is dragging their feet with this and all everyone does is complain. At least I did something.

It seems no one is interested in helping me refine this and turn it into a working extension for Firefox. I have posted this on 10 different most popular forums ranging from Win 7 forums, 64 bit forums, and Mozilla/Firefox Forums. Google is starting to pick up these threads and display them on the 1st or 2nd page when you search for the common terms. I am hoping either this idea will be taken seriously and developed or it will force Adobe's hand into getting off their butts.
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09 Jan 2010   #5
mckillwashere

Windows 7 x86/x64, Server 2008r2, Web Server 2008
 
 

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10 Jan 2010   #6
Airbot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Adobe says it will have 64 bit for windows in a major upcoming release of flash player.
Adobe Labs - Flash Player 10 for 64-bit Linux Frequently Asked Questions

http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/000/6b3af6c9.html
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