YouTube Videos in AIR with FLVPlayer

On April 3, 2008, in AIR, Flex, by Anuj Gakhar

One of my mates just sent this through to me, so I thought this is definitely worth a post :-

The FLVPlayer is a non-commercial, conceptual AIR application, intended to simplify the video transfers from YouTube to computers and mobile devices like IPhone, IPod, smartphones.

It provides the functionality to download videos onto PC, MAC or Linux and transfer them to the device later on, so the device’s bandwidth is not used later to stream videos. Other useful functionality, is a video playback. It has been built with Adobe AIR and Papervision3D. The application can be installed on PC/MAC/Linux machines, by using the image link below:

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12 Responses to YouTube Videos in AIR with FLVPlayer

  1. Dynamic says:

    great site / artical
    thought you would be interested in this
    Dynamic Site Generator youtube in a box:

  2. Robert says:

    Hi Dynamic on 3, The big difference is, you have got FLVPlayer AIR absolutely free, and so will be the web components as well. Best regards, Robert

  3. mckagan says:

    Hi Robert, Nice job!
    Did you use the youtube api to display yt video in your AIR app?
    Nice, that you managed to do that, I have faced some problem with security sandboxes when tried to do that. If you think you can tell me where should I start, please throw me a mail at

    mckagan at pantelweb dot hu

    or just leave a comment here.

    Regards, Balazs

  4. Robert says:

    Thanks Balazs,

    YT does not provide an api for video playback, and this is where fun begins. The way to go is the reverse-engineering of the official player 🙂

    Best Regards,


  5. Anuj Gakhar says:

    Robert, it is actually veru nice. Are you planning on introducing a new feature where you can expand the size of the video to something bigger ?

  6. Robert says:

    Yes, this is going to be a part of first production release, when the AIR version will have the Full-Screen playback mode. The embeddable web widgets, will have only a preview video of current size. Another feature of the AIR version will be direct video upload to YT service.

  7. mckagan says:

    Hi Robert,

    In this video a “yt engineer” explains how to control video playback from js or flash api.

    Btw it did not work for me in AIR for security reasons :S

  8. Robert says:

    I did not event try loading chromeless player into my AIR app, as I knew it is going to cause me problems when it comes to integrating it with Papervision engine. Besides this, I believe it is more a tool than API, and has some limitations, like watermarks etc 🙁 So I cannot tell you what exactly caused sandbox violation, as I chose completely different way to build this application.

  9. Anuj Gakhar says:

    @Robert, thats great. any ideas when the production release will be?

  10. Robert says:

    1-2 months time from now on.

  11. Marc says:

    FYI: the first comment “Dynamic on 3 Apr 2008 at 11:40 pm” has got a link to a trojan. I’ve just click it by accident. Maybe, you want to remove it…

  12. Anuj Gakhar says:

    @Marc, thanks. Removed!

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