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Flash Media Playback is by far the quickest and easiest way to add a customizable video player to your web site. Now that you've gotten a good look at it though, I would like to give you an overview of its pros and cons, so you can be sure it's the best player for your needs. There are a lot of benefits to using Flash Media Playback. You can set up autoplay, autohide controls, add a preview frame, and set control of our positioning without having to write any ActionScript code. The setup page makes it easy to generate embed code with all of your settings, so you don't even have to write that code from scratch.
You can customize the look and feel of the player through simple color changes, or even replace the interface elements with your own custom artwork. Standard playback functions such as play, pause, stop, rewind, fast-forward, and video navigation are all built in to Flash Media Playback. And if you want to use the latest features, such as dynamic streaming or DVR functionality--and any new ones, as they are added--they're built right in, so you don't need to figure out the programming to work them into your player.
And because Flash Media Playback is built on open-source media framework, you can take advantage of a lesson of OSMF plug-ins to easily integrate advertising, analytics, and content delivery network hosting into your player as needed. The one big drawback to using Flash Media Playback would be its limited customization. You're really limited to the configuration parameters that Adobe has provided. And because the player is hosted by Adobe, you can't access the source code to make any changes. So as you can see Flash Media Playback can be perfect for simple video players for the Flash platform, but may not meet all of your needs if you need a very customized player.
In that case, Strobe Media Playback might be the right solution for you. We'll take a closer look at Strobe in the next chapter.
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