If you are using a *nix platform there is a open source version but I do not know what the status of it is, you can find documentation here:
If a Silverlight icon appears below in the sample video or audio you do not have the plug in installed. You can click the icon to install it, the download is pretty small and installation should be seamless. If you do not want to install the plug-in there is a hard link to the files still available so you can download the files and view/listen on the application of your choice.
Any files uploaded with a WMV, WMA or MP3 extension will be automatically embed in the Silverlight player. Note the following file limits:
- WMA & MP3
- 5 MB's
- 50 MB's
Note that WMV and WMA files must be valid files, e.g, if you're using a product other than Windows Movie Maker or Windows Media Encoder to create the files they may not work but I'll get around to testing that shortly.
The player itself is not a Microsoft Product and can be downloaded here for free for use on your own site or for small licensing fee if it's a commercial site:
http://www.jeroenwijering.com/?item=JW_FLV_Player. The following is a brief overview, note this is picture and not the player... don't try clicking buttons :
- Play/Pause Button
- How much of the video has played.
- Slider bar to move around the video. Note that this is not a streaming server
so you will have to wait until the video fully downloads to utilize the slider.
- How much of the video is left to play.
- Full Screen Mode, hit escape to get out of full screen mode.
- Volume control/Mute
I'll be adding a tutorial on how to get the biggest bang for your buck encoding WMV when i get a chance. Here's a couple of samples: