Cat Videos

Probably the best thing about working from home is being able to spend all day every day with your cat.  Here are a few cat videos showing Cheshire doing funny stuff around the house.  The "wind" videos aren’t bad but the "water" ones are great.

I’ve also just finished adding a feature to my photos pages whereby video files such as these can be played right within the page, instead of having to click a "download" link to view the video in a separate application on your system.  But embedding videos in web pages like this is tricky and error-prone so please let me know whether/how it works for you.

Posted by Anthony on 6 replies


01. Dec 20, 2007 at 05:19pm by maria:

hey..I tried watching the videos but it didn’t work..I even saved them but they wont play in any other application.

p.s. I was also wondering if you could help me with my site when you get a chance? =]

02. Dec 22, 2007 at 01:41am by Anthony:

Quoting maria:

I even saved them but they wont play in any other application.

Once you download and double-click on them, does Windows Media Player open to try to play them?  Does it give an error message?

Quoting maria:

I was also wondering if you could help me with my site when you get a chance?

Sure, just email or call me.

03. Dec 22, 2007 at 10:25am by rolly:

I just tried to stream the videos, and a warning popped up saying I need an additional plug-in to play.  It asked me if I wanted to search for one and install it.  I hit the yes button, and it came back and said no suitable plug-in was found.  I’ll try to download one and play it now.

04. Dec 22, 2007 at 10:34am by rolly:

I downloaded one, but when I double clicked it did not play.  WMP opened and a warning popped up saying this feature not available or something like that.  i then dragged the file from my desktop onto the library tab in WMP, it then acted like it was playing it.  the play button was "on", the progress bar was advancing, there was sound, but no video.  Hmm.

05. Dec 23, 2007 at 08:47am by Anthony:

Thanks a lot for the feedback.  Steve and Andy also reported via IM that it wasn’t working for them.

I need to do some more research on the ffmpeg switches that I’m using when downsizing the videos for the web; obviously something there is causing incompatibilities with most systems (though the videos play fine on my systems).  Maybe mencoder’s output will be more compatible; or, maybe I’ll try converting to Flash video instead, since that seems to have better support than standard non-proprietary video formats, ironically.

06. Dec 29, 2007 at 09:57pm by Anthony:

It looks like VLC has no problem playing these files, so if Windows Media Player or Quicktime aren’t working for you, then you may want to download VLC and give it a try.  It’s a good program to have around anyway since it can generally play anything that you throw at it.

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