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WindowsMedia HTTP (Psuedo) Streaming

True streaming requires the use of special streaming server, unfortunately this can lead to high cost and high levels of administration.  Luckily, it is possible to do what is known as "psuedo" or HTTP streaming of WindowsMedia content.

First, you will need to convert your content to one of the WindowsMedia formats (.asf, .avi, .mpg, .wmv, .mp3, .wav, or .wma).  This can be done with many programs but we suggest using the Microsoft Media Encoder:


When you are encoding the file use the "New session wizard" and please make sure to use the "File will stream from a web server, or play directly on a computer" option.

Second, you will need to create an ".asx" file.  This file allows Windows Media Player to load your content.  Create the file with simple text editor (Notepad) and give it a filename ending in ".asx", example: "my_new_vid.asx".

The file should contain the following text: (note, it is case sensitive.)

<ASX version="3.0">
<Ref href="http://www.yourdomain.com/windowmediafile.wmv"/>

Of course, you must change "yourdomain.com" to your actual domain name and "windowmediafile.wmv" to the name of the file you created with the encoder.

Third, you should upload both the windows media file and the ".asx" file to your website.

Forth, you should create a link to the ".asx" file so that your visitors can click on the link to play your media.  We also suggest that you add a link to the Windows Media Player download page so that your visitors can download the player if needed.

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