Macromedia Flash Data (compressed), Version 9

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I’ve copied some files from the firefox cache. According to file, they are Macromedia Flash data (compressed), version 9. How do I play them locally?
I saw them from a remote site through firefox, but I cannot seem to play them locally. neither mplayer nor vlc seems to work. Pointing firefox at them didn’t work either. Any ideas?

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  • Thanks. It looks like it would be useful, but it does not solve my immediate problem. I’ve got the file, but I cannot play it locally.

    I’ve tried pointing firefox at it, but firefox tells my that it is a bin file and asks me whether I want to save it.

    It seems to me that if firefox could play it from far away, firefox should be able to play it on my computer. So far, that seems not to be the case.

    Do I need to point at the file through some HTML?

  • Judging from a very cursory google, seems that there isn’t one good answer to this. Therefore, you might try downloading the file again, using the video download helper plugin that was recommended.

    I’ve used that successfully in the past–it will, if I just choose download from the options, save an flv file (not compressed) in a directory it creates, dwhelper.

    What happens if you add .swf to the file’s name. (I haven’t followed the whole thread, you may have already done this.)

  • This doesn’t work because Firefox proper doesn’t play .swf files. It hands it off to the Flash Plugin.

    So, one method is to write a simple .html file, embedding the Flash Plugin, naming the file you have:

    https://www.google.com/?q=embed+flash+player

    Another method is to open the file with Chrome, since Chrome *does* have Flash playback built-in.

    There’s a problem here, which is that without the stuff, Chrome doesn’t know how big to make the SWF object, so it fills the whole content area. It doesn’t even maintain the “proper” aspect ratio, since Chrome doesn’t know that, either. If this is important to you, you’ll need to write the stuff regardless.

    On Windows, there are “Flash Player” programs that overcome this problem in other ways, but I don’t know of any for Linux.

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