Why don't video clips play?

March 12, 2015 at 11:22:55
Specs: Windows XP, Intel Celeron 1.30GHz
I'm using Windows XP-Pro, with IE 8. Until a couple days ago I could view videos that I searched for. For instance, after Leonard Nimoy died, I search for Star Trek. I found a link that went to a page of clips from the series. There was a photo of each clip with the length in the lower left corner, along with the name of the source. When I moved the cursor to any of the photos, nothing happened. In the past when I moved the cursor to a photo from the clip, a brief sampling played back. Now nothing happens. The only thing I've done is clear the cookies and temp files. I've done that in the past with no effect on video clips. Do you have any idea what I may have done? I can't find any way to change the settings to allow video playback.
Thanks.

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#1
March 12, 2015 at 11:41:03
Are you clicking on the "Photo" or video still in order to play the video?

Do videos on other sites play? CNN? Youtube?


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#2
March 12, 2015 at 12:20:23
I don't see that preview either (Win 8.1 using IE11 or Firefox). I wonder if either YouTube have removed the feature or it is being stopped by some security feature or update. Have you checked it out on another computer? Maybe someone else will join this post and say if it still works for them.

Can we take it that the video itself plays, as per #1?

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#3
March 12, 2015 at 17:28:34
This may be your problem: IE 8. Try a modern browser.

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#4
March 12, 2015 at 17:33:30
I've seen this effect at other sites. Some have preloaded gifs with selected scenes that only show overlaid upon mouse hover, and most offerings do not have the ability. I think it's a matter for the hosting site to employ the Java that allows it and to host the gif 'mini-movie' content as well. When available it's quite handy to see a few of the better frames of the content. Does not require any mouse clicks at all. I'm using firefox and certainly NOT the site never linked to anyway but offerings number a dozen per page and maybe three will do this per page. And you never know until you hover. I would blame the source site knowing nothing further than this much. Until I have a link to test here, I'm all in on this one, all I gots in other words - no more help likely.

Lee


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#5
March 12, 2015 at 17:42:57
melee5 (#4)
Did you mean Java or JavaScript? If you mean Java then I've uninstalled it, so that could be why I don't see them either. Not entirely sure what site the poster meant - I kinda assumed YouTube. Most likely down to the website as you suggest.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#6
March 14, 2015 at 00:33:32
Speaking of Spock, did you know his betrothed, T'Pring (Arlene Martel), passed away last August?

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#7
March 14, 2015 at 05:11:07
It would actually be hard for me to find out which it was, Java or JavaScript. The exact distinction between the two escaped me from the very start to be honest. I just see text lines in page source and I wouldn't know one from the other.

In other words I just assumed it would be Java employed to do such wonders. Just as easily could be JavaScript and again I know not which. But such script lines have lots of 'on mouse hover' entries so that's where I get the general idea from. The one that used to PO me to the max was the 'defeat right click' in order that user's couldn't save a copy of a picture. One way or another I got what I came for even if it meant endless roaming of TIF files. Back in the day with IE 5.50 SP2 and 98se I ruled the box, now I can't run a batch file for access denied errors. One time I distinctly remember changing the text in the source code file, false for true, then saving it back and got around the block just that easy - but it didn't work all the time that easy.

I've never seen that activity on youtube, but I've got you tube enhancer plus installed as a firefox addon and it changes what you see there entirely. NO commercials what so ever, download many choices of resolution for play later with VLC or ????, and much more that I've never even looked into.

Not really surprising that these stalwarts are taking their final bow, it was a long, long time ago they made that show. Not my favorite by far, but far better than what was on the other channels 98% of ANY time it was on, so I wound up watching most of them. Love/hate thing with it definitely, but then it was carefully crafted just for that purpose. Hate being played like that, and at the same time pretty good entertainment when #1 doesn't have you spitting mad. They got my goat plenty and I still won't watch some of them.

Lee


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