You’ve got a whole passel of Flash videos and you’d like to
publish them on your corporate or personal Web site. You don’t want
to go through YouTube for content reasons, or because it’s
sensitive information. That’s where Moyea PlayerBox comes in. Feed
this app a video in FLV format, and it converts it to SWF (a
Web-based Flash format), and provides you with the HTML needed to
play it. You can also customize the look and feel of the Web player
using numerous templates.
I found PlayerBox easy to use. In just a few menu screens and
clicks, I had a Web page with an embedded video player up and
running, which I previewed using Firefox. Simply uploading the
entire folder contents to your own Web site via FTP would publish
it to the Web, or with some coding knowledge, the player can be
integrated into an existing Web site.
One drawback of Moyea PlayerBox is that it works only with FLV
files. Most movie-making programs and video cameras can create AVI
or WMV format as well. PlayerBox recommends Moyea’s own $100 Flash
Video MX Pro for converting files. For a free alternative,
check out Riva
PlayerBox comes in pretty handy as a way around YouTube. The
ability to customize the look and feel of a Web video player is
useful, too,. For the $60 sticker price, though, I’d expect it to
come with some rudimentary converting ability, especially since
most video creators aren’t going to be able to save as FLV.
Note: The demo version of PlayerBox imprints a
watermark and hyperlink on the completed movie file. This version
is free for personal usage but may not be used for any commercial
purpose. The commercial license costs $60 for use on a single
computer and removes these restrictions.