Flash Skin and Rails View Issue


I have an issue embedding a flash movie into one of my rails views.

embeds /resources/movies/episode1.swf and episode1.flv

e.g index.rhtml includes:

If I put this in index.html in /resources/movies, everything works fine.

But as I understand it, flash.swf references a player skin in the same
directory (/resources/movie)- MojaveExternalAll.swf.

With the code in my view, this isn’t being found, so my movie plays

Adobe’s site says “FLVPlayback skin SWF must be in same directory as

If I load an html file from /resources/movie it all works fine. However,
need to embedd that flash movie into my Rails view.

Hopefully I’ve made myself clear. I expect this may be a common problem
loading components that load other components in their same directory. I
tried using javascript to modify base href, but to no avail.

Any thoughts?


making sure I have this straight.
your flash.swf, episode1.flv and MojaveExternalAll.swf are in the same
directory (/resources/movie)
and when you have a web page in that directory that flash movie works
but when you access that slash movie from another directory it fails?

I think it might be a relative link to the
MojaveExternalAll.swf.(which is the controller for the movie,
(the movie.swf (just a shell) loads the FLV and the MojaveExternalAll)

let’s do some testing.
we know it works in the same directory.
lets make a new in the /resources/movie called flash and move all you
flash movie things into that directory.
now with the web page in the /resources/movie/ directory see if you
can get the flash movie to play from the /resources/movie/flash

I think that will work. But if you start moving the flash components
around into different directories it fails.

It’s been several months since I’ve done flash video work. I running
from memory.

let me know if that helps.

Thanks for the thoughts.

Everything works when in the same directory as a regular html page.

I got it to work in a rails view by doing the following:

  1. move the flash files to public (e.g. / )
  2. add to my main layout.
  3. reference flash file by “movie.swf” reference in view.

Not sure exactly why yet, but I’m happy for now.


On 4/25/07, John I. [email protected] wrote:

MojaveExternalAll.swf.(which is the controller for the movie,


align=“middle” allowScriptAccess=“sameDomain”

Nicholas Van W.

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