Because Firefox has basically stopped all plugins from working except Flash since version 52 and workarounds failing with version 55 (ugh..), none of my DVD and Blu-ray pages that have an embedded MIDI player using the Microsoft’s Windows Media Player plugin work any longer. So, I decided to record MP3 versions of them which can be played using a standard HTML5
<audio> tag that all modern browsers support.
Originally, I used Cool Edit 2000 which I’ve had a licensed copy of for some time. I recorded The Best of Benny Hill theme using it. Since then, I’ve been using Audacity to record the audio while using XMPlay to play the MIDI file. I then exported the audio as a MP3 using the Lame library. I used the Extreme quality preset during the export. So, now on pages like Star Wars IV: A New Hope, there’s a MP3 player as well. Since I’m using the MediaElements.js HTML5 video player on these pages, I decided to their MP3 player also.
Now I need to figure out what I’m going to do with my General MIDI page, if anything. Hmmm… 😖 For now, at least, the Windows Media Player plugin still works in Firefox ESR 52.
Well, I had to add Rogue One: A Star Wars Story to my Blu-ray collection. I have also updated my Home Theater page accordingly. It is an excellent movie which I highly recommend. Thankfully my Blu-ray player had no issues with it.
Also, as a follow-up to my earlier post, DVD/Blu-ray Pages Updated With HTML5 Player, I have completed adding trailers to all the movie pages where one was available to download or create. Many of them list a page created date of “Before March 19, 2003” because that’s the earliest time I could figure out based on file dates. That date was probably when I copied the images over to a new PC or hard drive and is why they were are all the same.
Over the past several days, I have been going through all my DVD/Home Theater pages and replacing the Flash player used for the trailers to a HTML5 with Flash Fall-back player. The older Flash player was by JWPlayer. Now, they do have newer HTML5 players but their free version had logos or watermarks on them which I didn’t like. The one I am using now is by MediaElement.js.
There were also a few DVD and Blu-rays I added to the list that I never got around to adding. They were: Chisum DVD, Star Wars: The Complete Saga Blu-ray, and Avatar Blu-ray.
As I went through all the pages, I looked for newer MP4 versions of the trailers, most of which I did get from YouTube. I also updated the HTML code on all the pages to conform to HTML5 standards. The player seems to work fine in both Firefox 50.1.0 and Internet Explorer 9 and 11 (I finally installed IE11 into my Windows 7 system yesterday).
I then played around with a MediaElement.js Playlist Plugin on the Kill Bill: Volume 1 DVD page so I could show the older trailers which I really liked. The Playlist option doesn’t have a Flash fall-back option, however.
I’m now contemplating going through the remaining movies and adding trailers to those that don’t have one. So far I’ve done this with The 13th Warrior and 2010: The Year We Make Contact. I actually made the The 13th Warrior’s trailer from the DVD since the ones on the internet are so bad. Anyway, I guess that’s it for now.
I also got Deadpool for Christmas and have added it to my Blu-ray collection on my DVD/Home Theater page, It’s a wacky movie that I highly recommend!
I’ve also included a trailer to view.
I got Star Trek Beyond for Christmas so I’ve added it to my Blu-ray collection on my DVD/Home Theater page. It’s a great movie which I highly recommend.
Oh, I scanned the image in with my relatively new Epson XP-520 printer. Looks great I think. I’ve included a trailer on the page as well.
I am also testing a new WordPress plugin, Featured Image From URL, for using external images as the featured image.