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Welcome to the Playing Youtube WikiaEdit

The Playing YouTube wikia is about how to program an embedded YouTube player or players in your website.

The wikia goals are to provide: 1) Helpful definitions 2) Describe and link Google source documents and other helpful pages on the web, and 3) Provide a number of short example projects that use JavaScript to leverage the YouTube iframe player API for various applications.

Definitions Edit

ActionScript - Object-oriented programming language developed by Macromedia to control Flash website animations. Superficially similar to JavaScript. Now owned by Adobe Systems.

Adobe Systems - Multinational sofware company known for its PostScript, its widely-adopted platform-independent document display language, and applications such as Acrobat, Photoshop, Illustrator, and other programs in the Adobe Creative Suite.

API - Application programming interface.

AS3 - Shorthand for "ActionScript version 3". The earliest language developed by Macromedia for controlling Flash. May also be used by itself to refer to mean YouTube's Flash Player

Flash - Also called Adobe Flash, Macromedia Flash or Shockwave flash (SWF). A versatile downloadable platform or plugin used to play audio display video, create browser games, and implement desktop apps. Can capture mouse, keyboard, microphone and camera input.

YouTube iframe API. A software library capable of conrolling YouTube players implemented either in HTML (using the <video> tag) or in Flash (using the <object> tag). .

YouTube ActionScript 3.0 Player API. - A software library enabling programmers to control a YouTube video players by loading it into a Flash application and making calls to it via ActionScript.I. 

YouTube Flash Player .- Predecessor to YouTube's HTML5 player; deprecated since 1/27/15 due to emergence of the new HTML5 standards and the fact that not all mobile devices at the time supported Flash. Embedded using HTML <object> tags.

YouTube HTML5 player - An alternative to the YouTube Flash ("AS3") Player that leverages capabilities of the new HTML5 <canvas> object. Embedded using HTML <video> tags.

Source Documents Edit

YouTube ActionScript 3.0 Player APi Reference. Describes ActionScript calls used to play, pause, seek to a certain time in a video, set the volume, mute the player, and other useful functions. This API is automatically activated when the YouTube Flash player is loaded into Flash.

YouTube Player API Reference for iframe Embeds. Documents the JavaScript calls available for operating an embedded YouTube player, whether implemented in HTML5 or in Flash. Various calls can queue videos for playback; play, pause, or stop those videos; adjust the player volume; or retrieve information about the video being played. Allows event-handler code to be added for responding to events such as a player state change or video playback quality change.

Links to Example Programs Edit

Load Video, Play for 6 Seconds, Stop.

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