Video not found problem

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  • I can't get the player ...I can't get the player to work becuase I'm getting an error "Video not found: video.flv" I know the video is named correctly and in the root of the site, however I still continue to receive this error. Please advise.

  • We can't help you without your *_FULL & COMPLETE_* player code or even better, a link to your test page.

    Otherwise, you're asking us to waste our precious time making wild, unfounded guesses and that's not gonna happen.

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  • My apologies: Here is the code:

    <div><p id='preview'>The player will show in this paragraph</p>
    <script type='text/javascript' src='swfobject.js'></script>
    <script type='text/javascript'>
    var s1 = new SWFObject('player.swf','player','400','300','9');
    </script> </div>

    The link:

    Any help greatly appreciated.

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  • There's still no "video.flv" file at: **

    Try the URI in your browser; you'll get a 404.

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  • Hello,
    I have the same Problem my .flv is 200% on the server, but still say file note found.

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  • The video IS there. Is it possible that the isp is blocking flv files?

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  • isp?????'

    Iam using Firfox2 on Mac

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  • do you mean Internet Service Provider???

    it seams that my provider don't allow .FLV because on an other hosting server work all with out problem!!
    if it's the case you have to indicate that some where, that people dont wast there time because it seams that yours is precious .
    Thank you any way for the trick

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  • I've exactly the same problem. will also try another provider

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  • More likely a configuration problem on the server. You will have to contact your hosting service to find out why the file is not available.

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  • I ve added the flv extension to the mime types on the server; now it works perfectly

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  • Here is the code that I have on my page:

    bc.. <p id='preview'>The player will show in this paragraph</p>

    <script type='text/javascript' src=''></script>
    <script type='text/javascript'>
    var s1 = new SWFObject('','player','450','400','9');

    the {player.videoid} is defined right.

    the page is

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  • i have the same problem, something blocks .flv files and player can't find them, i have my own server and it's not a hosting companny problem.

    <script type='text/javascript'>
    var s1 = new SWFObject('player.swf','player','320','240','9','#ffffff');

    i think there is a problem with new version of this Player

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  • The problem is related to MIME settings on Windows Server. See Charlie's fix:

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  • urlencode the "funny characters" *_ONLY_* in the URLbc.. file=*%3F*v*%3D*3C9CH3q9PLI&type=flv
    You *_DO NOT_* need to urlencode:bc.. &type=flv

    Google "urlencode chart" to find the others...

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  • Hi,

    I have almost the same problem (but I am a greenhorn on all this stuff!). I did the videos upload to the server and puzzled out the link. But: nothing works!!!

    Here is the homepage: (just put the flv there)

    Here is my code:

    <script type="text/javascript" src=""></script>

    <div id="player">This text will be replaced</div>

    <script type="text/javascript">
    var so = new SWFObject('','mpl','320','240','9');

    Thanks for your help!!!

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  • Sorry, I didn't get this. What does it mean to me?

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  • @Kiki,

    What he is saying is:
    bc.. Adobe Flash Player security restrictions require that the movie (mediaplayer.swf or player.swf) and all data files (playlist.xml, captions.xml, etc) _MUST_ come from the *_EXACT_* same domain unless you put a cross-domain policy file on the the server that is serving the data files.

    Reference: **

    Therefore, you must either:

    1) download the player package from: **, unzip the package, and upload player.swf to your server or,

    2) place a cross-domain policy on the server that is hosting the data file(s).

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  • fsgb sbn

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  • I have this code in a .html page. I'm making a test in local before i bring it in streaming, All the files are in the same folder. But it writes video not found. What can i do?

    <script src="SWFObject.js" type="text/javascript"></script>

    <div id="flashcontent"><a href=""></br>Cliquez ici </a> pour obtenir la version courante du lecteur flash.</br></br></a> </div>

    <script type="text/javascript">
    var so = new SWFObject('player.swf','FLVPlayer','420','355','9');
    so.addParam("quality", "high");
    so.addParam("scale", "noscale");
    so.addParam("salign", "LT");
    so.addParam("pluginspage", "");

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  • And i already tried both :

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  • See the Tutorial *Embedding Flash* linked at the top of the page. The section titled *Flashvars problems* explains how the relative path for FLV files starts at the location of the movie.

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  • I have the same problem, but it's only happen with firefox, with safari, opera, IE or Chrome work with out problem...


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  • I ve added the flv extension to the mime types on the server; now it works perfectly..try this guys


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  • thanks hassan that fixed my problem too. if you running windows 2003 server go to your web application and right click on the website and change the MIME section of the HTTP HEADER with

    extention .flv
    tpye x-flv

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  • Guys who have any problem like video not found, just enter MIME type on your server, Good Luck

    File Extension : .flv
    Type : video/x-flv

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  • can you add new code

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  • I to have my own server and been running video for quite a while. I have flv extention installed in the mime and
    when I use this player, im getting video not found.

    I also have another variable that I have not seen addressed here, I have purchased Flash Media Server to run my videos through.

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  • I got the player working..I was trying to load it as "progressive" but once I switched to RTMP, it worked fine.

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  • i simply cant get this to work the url is
    it comes up with error " video not found" what do I do in non IT language pls!

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  • Remove this from your code and it will work:

    *ValueClick Media POP-UNDER CODE v1.8 for*

    Wadda ya think, we're fools here.

    Aside from that, there's no video file here:


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  • Thanks for the tips on the MIME types. I didn't get it working at first actually, but for whatever reason, I changed the file paramter to a full path instead of relative it worked fine. I don't know why this worked, but it did :

    didn't work:
    1) file=media/video.flv
    2) file=/media/video.flv

    did work:
    file =

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  • Hi,

    Thanks Everyone who wrote there comments in this section.

    I Was litrally Searching all night to solve this Video not found error.

    Thanks a ton to everyone.


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  • Hi,

    I am making an archive disk of a site, that has to be able to be played locally on any computer. The site is currently using JW player and plays the videos and mp3s fine.

    I localized all the links to relative urls so the site can be navigated offline. That part is working fine, except I am getting the "video not found" error when trying to play the videos. It plays the mp3s okay, and even loads the preview images for the videos, just won't play the .flv files.

    Is this something that cannot be done without a webserver? The disk will have to be able to be used reliably on any computer.

    Here is the code (which BTW, works perfectly on the server as I said):

    ps - I have verified that the links are converted correctly, and the files are where they should be.

    in the head:

    <script type='text/javascript' src='play/swfobject.js'></script>

    in the body:

    <div style="text-align:center"><div style="text-align:center;" id="play_1">You must have flashplayer installed to view this video</div>

    <script type="text/javascript">
    var s1 = new SWFObject("play/player.swf","ply","640","385","9","#ffffff");
    </script></div><div id="more-52"></div>

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  • hmmm....

    I just discovered that if I use an absolute filepath it will work. But that just isn't gonna fly with an archive disk.

    Anyone know why this might be? I am pretty quite sure that the relative links are correct.

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  • See the tutorial *Embedding Flash* linked from this page.

    The section titled *Flashvars Problems* explains the origin of the relative path for FLV files.

    bc.. file=videos/video_file.flv

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  • THANK YOU !!!!!

    And my apologies for not reading ALL the posts in this section, as Klink pointed to the same thing. Thanks for bearing with me.

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  • ....interesting, though, if I am reading the tutorial correctly, this should apply to mp3s and images as well, but they don't work unless I make the links for them like regular html relative links would be. This was the case in both FF and Safari on OS X. Haven't tried other platforms yet.

    Had a hard time finding the link to the tutorial, so here it is:

    Thanks again, everyone.

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  • Seems like the tutorial is very clear.

    _"The first problem relates to relative linking of files. *When linking to MP3, image and XML files, you should always start from the location of the HTML in which the SWF is embedded.* So in the previous example, if the SWF was placed in a subdirectory, the flashvar pointing to the playlist would remain file=playlist.xml and not file=playlist.xml. *The one exception is that the path of FLV files should be given relatively from the SWF file.* In order to prevent confusion, you can always point to files using an absolute URL (including the "http://www")."_(Bold emphasis added.)

    MP3, image, and XML - from the location of the HTML.

    FLV - from the location of the Flash movie.

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  • yes, very clear. I was not reading it correctly.

    Thank you.

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  • ps, your patience with me is quite merciful.

    Thank you much.

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  • I still can't get this to work - on the homepage it works, but look at this test page:

    Agh - I must be blind or something ... what am I missing?

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  • There's no video player code on:**

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  • Hmmm, I can see it there ... now I put two videos up. One that works, and one that doesn't.

    The only difference between the two, is that the BIGGER video doesn't seem to work.

    I'm wondering if it has something to do with the speed the server is serving up the video???

    (PS - I did recently switch hosts - hence a DNS switch - so maybe it hasn't propagated thru yet)

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  • The only thing that I get from test.html is this snippet of text:bc.. body .sidecol img.fix { behavior: url /styles/ }

    Seems like your CSS is broken.

    However, a bit of sleuthing reveals that you are trying to play a H.264 encoded video.

    H.264 requires a v4 JW Player and Flash 9 (for various reasons, it's best to require at least Flash v9,0,124,0).

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  • Ha! Well I did find a /test.html file on my old host, and that's the one you seem to be viewing. I've since deleted it from that server. Maybe if you clear your dns cache you'll get to the new server?

    The new test.html only has the VERY basic's of what I need to show the player.

    I've made the upgrade requirements for Flash Thanks for that tip.

    Has anyone experienced slow loading from the server to cause the player not to work??

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  • I'm running into the same problem - video not found - but none of the above fixes seem to help.

    I'm using a simple embed code:


    I have JW Image Rotator running elsewhere on the server without issues.
    The server is locally hosted (Apache2.2.9 on Ubuntu 8.10) - not an ISP issue
    flv is in my mimes.type file.
    I've tried adding the type variable
    I can copy the url in my file flashvar to the location bar and the file loads fine (into mplayer or vlc)
    I've tried various relative URL's but even the absolute URL give above returns the video not found error.

    Any ideas?

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  • Server mis-configuration; most likely the gzip/deflate module.

    FLV and all other media files (image, sound, video) should not be processed by the gzip/deflate module.

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  • havin similar problems
    simply want to embed a media player in my site-+stream
    i used the wizzard thing-again like above i just need it in english-everyone going on about servers-can someone explain EXACTLY what these servers are
    & how to embed a url to stream
    the wizzard has no help section+you have to figure out as you go-so a simple thing left out may be the difference tween success+kickin the cat.........again!
    says upload swf file to your server-is that your website? or this mystery "server" that no one talks about.
    a lil clarity in englissh would really be appreciated,cheers

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  • i am nt able to dwonload video frm .. youtube .. bcs there is a errror coming .. flash videonoit found tell me smething abt itt plzz

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  • i hav a problem with simpsons episodes

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  • I get the message:

    "Video not found or access denied"

    I have added the .flv MIME type without luck.

    I have also provided a the full path as another one suggested.

    It should be said that I can't access the flv file typing the path in my browser:

    Any ideas what could be the cause ?

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  • I have found the solution on Adobes homepage:

    The .flv MIME should be


    and not


    I'm running Windows Server 2003 why the problem is related to this server only.

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  • i have the problem the flash video not found

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  • Can you provide a link to where the issue is?

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  • Thank You!!!
    I really tried to solve this problem very long time.
    Add mime types on server:


    Now video player works perfectly! $)

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  • Nice :)

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  • Great.Add mime types on server,it works!

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  • This URI ** returns: "404 Page not found"

    If the video file is at the root of the site, then you should use:bc.. s1.addParam('flashvars','file=/video.flv');
    but that URI ** also returns a 404.

    Test the URI in your browser after you find "video.flv" and place it where you want it.

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  • Sorry wrong url:

    I changed the parameter from above and still get the error.

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  • why not show video in flvplayer ?

    this get the flv of youtube. can i download but not stream...?


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  • if use this

    show error 2048 in your wizard

    but if use mod_rewrite work correctly

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  • i can't understand a word you guys are saying,its like chinese

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  • stream not found bingo :)

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  • @xhunter – Can you provide a link to where you are running this?

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  • Hi folks, been having some problems myself with playing a .flv file.

    my code is as follows, it's using the dynamic publishing method so I can manipulate the flashvars, :-

    <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN" "">
    <html xmlns="" lang="en" xml:lang="en">
    <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1" />
    <script type="text/javascript" src="swfobject/swfobject.js"></script>
    <script type="text/javascript">
    var flashvars = {
    autostart: 'false',
    quality: 'true',
    file: '',
    skin: 'snel.swf',
    playlist: 'bottom',
    playlistsize: '120'

    var params = {};
    var attributes = {};
    swfobject.embedSWF("swf/jwplayer-4.6.swf", "myAlternativeContent", "800", "600", "9.0.0", false, flashvars, params, attributes);
    <div id="myAlternativeContent">
    <a href="">
    <img src="" alt="Get Adobe Flash player" />

    I found a solution to my problem of "Video not Found or Access Denied" and want to share it in the spirit of helping others. I certainly need to give something back after the amount of help I've needed just recently. I found that if I set the file to the full url : ', rather than 'media/corrie.flv', it works. Oh thank goodness, finally it works, hope you find this usefull.

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  • What if I would like to embed a flv file from the disk?
    I would like to use relative path, but I could make to work only with the absolute path. :(


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  • Either should work…

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  • I have strange problem.If i put this link in player it will not work
    ( but if i add port 81 on it ( video starts but only on certains browsers or machines...Any solution?

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  • Can you provide a link?

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  • yes,this is without entering port 81

    and this is with

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  • Actually on –, it does not work for me. – 403 Forbidden

    On –

    It works fine. plays back.

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  • Yes,that is the problem,most of people get error message with both links,i know that first one goes with port 80 but second one with 81 should work for everyone,i dont know why others get error message (video not found)

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  • Why do you use port 81? This to me is an issue in itself.

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  • Becouse it only works with port 81....

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  • This is your system, why did you set it up to only work with port 81?

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  • I didnt...Week ago you could watch video from that server,but yesterday everything has changed,i checked with similar sites and all their video show the sam error (video not found)...than,i changed to port 81 and it works fine for me but many people seems to have problems when they try to open file with ywplayer on port 81,here is the link for similar site with normal port,this video worked until yesterday

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  • I have no idea what changed on your computer to cause this, sorry.

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  • ok,no problem...

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  • Adding .flv MIME type in IIS

    1) Select the site to configure in IIS, right click and select "Properties"
    2) Under HTTP Headers Tab, select "File Types" under the MIME Map section and select "New Type"
    3) Type ".flv" as the associated extension and "video/x-flv" as the content type.
    4) Select "OK" and you're ready to fly!

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  • look at this site, it always does the error " video not found"

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  • @wawa

    are you using the JWPlayer? where, how?

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  • you click the link to see, what video doesnt work. it alwayas puts "video not found"

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  • @wawa

    Where is the player? Is this some kind of joke? (or spam)

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  • @wawa – is clearly not your website. Please stop spamming the forum. Thread locked.

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