Video

Surfing round the updated Freeway site I noticed that the way the videos are handled on the what’s new in Freeway 5.5 page is new and different.

When you click a link the video appears right in the middle of the page and the page fades into the back ground. How is this done?


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HI,
I’ll try to answer this as it’s my handiwork. It is a bit complicated and has been achieved using some handwritten code and some construction in Freeway.

On the page there is a layered object (let’s call this item1 for sake of clarity). It’s hidden using CSS, and it has a white semi-transparent background. This item contains another item (item2) which is the movie container (actually an iFrame).

When you click on a View Movie button, JavaScript is called which sets the position and width/height of item1. It also determines the position and size of item2 (so it’s centred in the window) and, using the Scriptaculous library (http://www.actionsforge.com/actions/view/18-protaculous) fades it in. The JavaScript also sets the source of the iFrame to be the page containing the movie.

When the close button is clicked, the reverse happens - item1 is faded to transparency and hidden again using CSS.

You will find that pages opening tutorials also do the same thing.


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