Embedding video or audio streaming into websites and blogs is getting quite common these days. Video posts are used to give blogs a more personal touch and many tutorials are also provided as video recordings instead of long complex step by step. No doubt media on websites and blogs is here to stay and we need the best tools we can get to provide a good and professional experience to our visitors or readers. In this article you will find a list of the most popular free and commercial solutions.
This article features a collection of both free and commercial media players and If you’re looking for a media solution for your website or blog I’m confident that you will find what you need here. For most people I would expect that the free players will cover their needs for offering some basic video or audio on their web pages. On the other hand I haev found that the commercial players have unique features that some could benefit from. Examples could be sofisticates language and advertising support and build in media conversion and preparations for web presentation. I hope you will leave a comment to let us all know if I missed an interesting player or if you have experience in this area you want to share.
Free website media players
Embedr is a free service that lets anyone create a custom playlist of videos from the top video sites on the web. The embedr player can be embedded into your site or blog. If you’re using Wordress then the Embedr WordPress Plugin may be just what you need. embedr has a nice visual iTunes style playlist function below the movie.
See a Live Demo
Flowplayer is an Open Source (GPL 3) video player for the Web. Use it to embed video streams into your web pages. Built for site owners, developers, hobbyists, businesses and serious programmers.
JW FLV Player
The JW FLV Player is now fully skinnable. Select the best look for your site or design your own. See all our Skins now.
Flash Video Player Plugin for WordPress
This Flash Video Player Plugin for WordPress is ideal to embed quickly your video into your WordPress Blog. It supports custom skin, watermark logo, poster frames and floating controls. Good instructions and documentation can be found on the website and there’s also a forum. This player support skins and there are
In order to use this plugin unpack it and transfer the flash-video-player folder into your wp-contents/plugins folder and activate the Flash Video Plugin in your WordPress admin panel. You can find more info here.
How Do I Get Started?
1. Link to audio
Insert one or more anchor elements containing the URL of an audio file into your web page. For example:
<a href="example1.mp3">My first song</a> <a href="example2.mp3">My second song</a>
2. Embed the Player
Copy and paste this code into your page:
3. Use the player
This play button will appear next to each of your audio links:
You can also use this plug-in in a non-WordPress website following this tutorial.
XSPF Web Music Player
XSPF Web Music Player is a flash-based web application that uses xspf playlist format to play mp3 songs. XSPF is the XML Shareable Playlist Format. The software is written in Actionscript 2.
MC Media Player is a Flash-based media player for embedding video, audio and still images in web pages. It is free to use for both non-profit and commercial websites.
A multi-format player that includes a playlist menu with unlimited folders. Great for displaying all your files in a single interface. Supports FLV, H.264 (mov, mp4), MP3, JPG, PNG, GIF, SWF.
A single-file video player designed to be both easy to set up and extremely customizable. Supports FLV and H.264 (progressive download and RTMP streaming).
Commercial website media players
Moyea Web Player Pro is a tool to generate flash video player for website, the flash video player is an easy and convenient way to add single or multiple video in any formats to any websites, including video share sites, company websites, your blog, Myspace, forum,etc. In addition, it enables you to add as many advertisements (Ads) as you like into any video at any point-in-time, regardless of the number and kind of the Ads. It is really a nice feature that you can insert ads into the videos.
Generates a full-screen capable flash video player for web site, empowers you to easily add videos to web site, blog or e-store. There are several templates and skins available for this player.
Moyea Web Player Pro accepts flash video(FLV and MP4, MOV, 3GP, 3G2 with H.264 codec) , and offers a free video converter to ensure you can add videos in all formats to website.
Any FLV Player is an easy-to-use web video player utility for playing FLV (MPEG-4 encoded video file for Flash) files on the Internet.
- Any FLV Player is an easy-to-use web video player utility for playing FLV (MPEG-4 encoded video file for Flash) files on the Internet.
- Fully customized play control panel
- Themes for web videos
- Parameter settings for web videos
- Show/Hide of video play list and playback feature
- Publish your FLV video to website with a few clicks
- Automatically inject FLV video meta information
- Drag and drop to play FLV files. No flash development environment required
- Resizable windows plus zoom 1x, 2x and full screen mode
- Convenient to get ready-made files for Dreamweaver or FrontPage
- Single/batch FLV video(s) input
- Single/batch video conversion of various formats into FLV or other formats
Take a look at some live demos
This Player seam really cool. The playlist is awesome I think so check it out.
- Playlists, Rave supports Automatic, XML, XSPF, RSS, M3U, PLS and Text-Based playlists. Plus, you can even have a secondary “Plug Playlist” (for advertising purposes).
- Advertisements, Plug ads into your playlist using the plug-playlist feature.
- Skins, Have a particular look you’re trying to integrate on your site? Got you covered. Use a pre-built skin, or design your own using the Skin Machine tool.
- Podcasting, Play a podcasts directly in your web page with Rave.
- Ecommerce, Wimpy Rave supports linking to your shopping cart from directly from the player