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Hour 18. Interactive Pages with Applets ... > Using ActiveX to Embed a Video

Using ActiveX to Embed a Video

ActiveX controls can do anything a programmer can cook up, but there is one specific ActiveX control included with Microsoft Internet Explorer that you should definitely know how to use. The ActiveMovie control is the Microsoft equivalent of Netscape's LiveVideo plug-in. Using ActiveMovie is currently the most reliable way to play a video in Microsoft Internet Explorer without displaying the clunky controls you get when the Windows Media player is embedded in a Web page.

Figure 18.5 shows the classid and <param /> options you need to know to use the ActiveMovie control. (The parameters are pretty self-explanatory, as long as you know that "1" means yes/on and "O" means no/off.) Take a look at Figure 18.6. This ActiveX object creates exactly the same effect in Microsoft Internet Explorer 4 and 5 as the <embed /> example from Hour 17 creates for Netscape Navigator 4.


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