This summer Google issued a new version of their web browser, Chrome.  This new version (v. 20, v. 21) has greater security features which is a good thing for most of us.  However, these same security features also appear to be preventing some embedded flash videos from playing in OAKS.  Currently we know that this affects embedded Lemon .flv videos and embedded TedTalk videos however it could affect other video providers as well.   The solution appears to be in the embed code.  Please note:  This only affects video embed codes generated before 9/10/12.  The online embed code generator now includes the https in the code so you won’t need to worry about this issue for the future.

How to fix your Lemon videos in OAKS:

There are two ways that you can deal with the problem of Lemon videos not playing in OAKS.  Thanks to the CofC Webmasters for finding a solution.

  1. Inform your students of the problem and ask them to use another browser such as Safari, Internet Explorer or Firefox to view the videos.
  2. You can alter your embed code so that the videos will play in Chrome.  To do this you just need to change two instances of http:// to https://  This “s” changes the player from an unsecure item to a secure item and it will allow the video to play.Here’s an example:
  3. <div id=”streaming-container”><a href=””>Get the Flash Player</a> to see this player.</div> <script type=”text/javascript” src=”“></script> <script> var s1 = new SWFObject(““,”ply”,”432″,”240″,”9″,”#FFFFFF”); s1.addParam(“allowfullscreen”,”true”); s1.addParam(“allowscriptaccess”,”always”); s1.addParam(“flashvars”,”file=flv:benignim/myvideo.flv&streamer=rtmp://
    mediaplayer/modieus/modieus.swf&plugins=sharing-3″); s1.write(“streaming-container”);</script>
For a more visual look at how to change your embed code there is a video demonstration:
For additional help please contact your instructional technologist.

How to fix your TEDTalk videos

Since I am unable to find a secure player version for the TED videos it appears that the only way to allow them to play in Chrome is to link to them instead of embedding them.