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FLASH VIDEO PLAYER
We require an interactive flash video player similar to those employed by ESPN, CNET and Desksite.com. We will provide the videos in FLV on a FLASHCOM server. Player must stream videos (as opposed to progressive download).
Video player must be able to access a MySQL db to display a 'top ten products' playlist (like cnet's player). We maintain the database.
Video player will be 320x240 default, with user-accessible option to enlarge to 720x480, and also full screen (like ESPN's player).
Player controls to include the standards - play, pause, stop and volume (optional Fast-Forward, Rewind and Seek).
Player to automatically detect bandwidth and select the appropriate FLV (again, we'll have that covered, most likely 3 or 4 files). We'd like to see the videos load and stream instantly ("instant-on"). We'll take care of the server requirements.
VIEWER LAYOUT & OPERATION
The user will go to our website. The user will download the media player. This way the User will never have to go to the website again to see our amazing and educational content.
An icon for the player now appears on the desktop as a shortcut.
The user clicks the icon and the Player starts up, giving the user four channels to choose from: National News, World News, Music & Movies, Sports.
There should also be a real-time news ticker streaming across each channel section. For instance, National News channel should have national news ticking across the screen and the same with World News, Music & Movies and Sports.
Once into a particular channel, one can see the main event. which will consist of commercial advertisements from advertisers. To the left will four selections, and to the right will be four selections.
There should also be a real-time news ticker streaming across the screen in an appropriate place in the player, this should not be visible in full screen mode.
Once a selection is clicked, that selection will take center stage. The user will have the ability to see the movie in a small screen with the other selections, or in full screen without the other selections.
As we have very little experience with this sort of project we would prefer someone who has previous experience with Custom Video Player development. We are open to all suggestions.
I definite want the player to have a CNN, CSPAN and FOX News look and feel. That is the audience we are trying to attract. We are going to compete with the four major networks for news dissimination and audience.
First Screen layout. This is crude, but I ask that you just focus on screen layout. Create something very impressive and Flashy.
Second Screen layout. Videos on either side of the video. And sponsors at the bottom. Here are two examples of layout. But remember, the look and feel should be bright and educational, while at the sdame time “high-tech.” As “high-tech” as possible. This is not quite the look and feel I wanted, but it is a good example of the layout.