Can you teach me how to embed a youtube video clip into a Flash Movie/Website without their being any noticeable evidence that the video is streamed using youtube (or any video site like youtube, i.e. metacafe, etc.).
For example, normally when you play a youtube video that is embedded in a website their are some cumbersome things taking place: (1) The user must click the play button or click some place on the movie clip in order to play the video. I would like to have my own special play button to start the video. (2) Secondly, when a youtube video finishes, there is normally a preview banner of other related videos which appears along with the options to replay or share the video.
This is my request. I would like for you to illustrate how I can create a picture or object that appears on top of the youtube video clip and disappears when the user clicks the specially designed play button. My last request is that the Picture or object reappear after the video completely plays to the end (so that the youtube banner of related videos does not appear to the user).
There are some unknown variables for this project: (1) Being that there is no guarantee as to how long it will take before the video actually plays (during buffering). This possesses a slight problem to determine how long before the picture or object concealing the youtube video needs to appear before vanishing. I want the picture/cover to vanish immediately after the video starts to play. (2) The other unknown in this problem is determining when to make the picture or object reappear immediately before the end of the clip.
I want to know how I can accomplish this for any size video clip (varying lengths). I am building a flash website and I want to save money on video streaming expenses by using youtube or some other similar site to stream my video. I have nothing against youtube and have no intensions of capitalizing off others' videos. I only wish to stream my own videos to my site visitors in a professional manner. I have no objections to a small youtube logo in the lower corner of the video clip. This is all in an effort to add a professional looking video embed that doesn't break my budget in the event I get 1,000s of visitors to hit the site simultaneously.
If this is possible and you can illustrate to me the necessary steps to do this, I welcome your bid. I have some ideas as to how to approach this problem using my knowledge of Flash and Actionscript, but I would rather utilize an expert in this task to save some time. I suspect Flash is the only program you will need. You can use any video clip on youtube to illustrate this. I will want to see how you accomplish this task so that I may do it for myself.
I don't know if it is at all possible to capture and use the download rate or time (video has played) into Flash/Actionscript to control the visibility of the picture/object cover.
Thank you for your time. Please only bid if you are certain that this can be accomplished. Thank you again.