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In ColdFusion 9 New Features, author and developer Dan Short has gathered together the important updates and improvements in this dynamic web application. Dan showcases the new ColdFusion Builder application throughout the course, using it to work through the new language and CFScript enhancements in this release. He shows how to use the new Server Manager to compare servers and create server groups, as well as monitor server health through notifications. He also explains the new integration with Office applications, building Excel, Word, and even PowerPoint files on the fly from ColdFusion. Finally, he covers the important new Object Relational Mapping feature and how to use the built-in Flash Player. Exercise files accompany this course.
Once again, we are going to make "hard things" easy in ColdFusion by using the new cfmediaplayer tag to embed an FLV into a page. The cfmediaplayer tag lets you embed an FLV and do some basic formatting of the Media Player without having to use any sort of object or embed tags. This lets you embed a simple FLV player into any page without to need open Flash and build or export your own player. So in the Chapter8 folder, I have an assets folder which contains a surfing.flv file, and we are going to open up mediaplayer.cfm and I already have a basic media player on this page.
I also have my time code over here, a full-screen control and a volume control. So, let's go back to CF Builder and manipulate some of the controls on our page. The first thing I want to do is get rid of the title at the top. I don't like it saying the name of the video that's being played. So, I am going to set hidetitle to true. I also don't want to have a full- screen control, so I am going to set fullscreencontrol to false. And I also want it to auto play, so we will choose autoplay is true. Go back to the browser and reload.
As you see, the video started playing right away. I no longer have my title at the top and the full-screen control has also been removed. And it is indeed that simple to get a Flash media player running on your pages, with just one line of code in ColdFusion. That's all there is to the new cfmediaplayer tag. While it's possible to build your own players in Flash, there simply is no faster way to get rich media playing on your pages than just one call to the cfmediaplayer tag.
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