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Q: ASX Video Files ( No Answer,   1 Comment )
Subject: ASX Video Files
Category: Computers > Internet
Asked by: interactiveresearch-ga
List Price: $200.00
Posted: 05 Feb 2004 16:09 PST
Expires: 06 Mar 2004 16:09 PST
Question ID: 303930
I need to know how to create special .ASX files, with embedded movies. 

This is a feature that I think Microsoft did not intend to provide
with it's Windows Media Player, but I have seen someone do this before
so I'm sure it is possible.

I think you need to encode the movie like an attachment in an email
file, with something like base64 encoding or other format.

ASX files for Windows Media Player are wrappers, usually used as
playlists, and are intended to contain links (http:// or true
streaming) to WMV movies on web servers which will they play

Here is a Sample ASX file:

<ASX version="3.0">
<TITLE>Title of movie</TITLE>
<BANNER HREF=<A href=""></A>>
<ABSTRACT>I don't know what this is for</ABSTRACT>
<ENTRY ClientSkip="NO">
<COPYRIGHT>(c) copyright notice</COPYRIGHT>
<REF HREF="" />

So, basically, if you create a text file with the above code, and an
asx extension, it would load "movie.wmv" from the server in windows
media player, and it will use "link.gif" as a title at the bottom of
the movie which can be clicked on.

but I want the video to be embedded within the ASX file not linked to
a server download.  The result might look like this:

Content-Type: application/octet-stream
Content-Transfer-Encoding: base64



The way it may work will probably be similar to the way outlook
express can embed images in an email, or the way Internet Explorer can
Embed images in a file (.mht file)

Information about ASX files is on the Microsoft web site somewhere.

I need to be able to give people one file, and they might not have
internet access all the time, so the movie needs to be embedded within
the ASX, rather than be linked to exernally (REF="")...

I have seen this done so I know it is possible.

This is a very important project to me, and I will be very happy if
someone can figure it out. Also, I need to be able to create new
movies and embed them myself, so I am not looking for someone to do
just one movie - I need to know how to do it.

Thanks! I home some genius out there can solve this problem.

Remember: you need to create one file, and be able to show me how to
create more files

It should be relatively easy for me to create more WMV files

have fun!

If the scope of this is bigger than $200 I am willing to pay more.
There is no answer at this time.

Subject: Re: ASX Video Files
From: bliptune-ga on 05 Feb 2004 21:57 PST
.asx files are meta files only, it seems you are mixing it up with
.asf files which contain actual audio/video or media content. the only
place mime comes into play here is with the list of mime extensions
that a webserver or client use to specify the .asx extension

asf         video/x-ms-asf
asr         video/x-ms-asf
asx         video/x-ms-asf

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