Thanks EfV. I usually do ruby on rails so I'm comfortable with sessions, but I wasn't aware of the local shared object equivalent for Flash (never developed any flash before), and the website in question is PHP.
I'm trying to understand how to handle the Flash local shared object. Do I need to start writing to the shared object whenever an action is performed that could alter the state of a currently playing video? E.g.
• user clicks video, it starts playing
• user clicks on a new link, the app writes to the local object with the current timestamp in the video
• the video carries on playing after the redirect (?)
That sounds a little clunky as there will be gaps in the playing experience. Am I right in assuming that if the video is loaded in a separate window using <a> tag target attribute of 'blank', it can carry on playing without redirects from the parent page interfering with the playback?
But based on your past experiences with using a local shared object, which would you option would you attempt;
- Inline player, perhaps similar to hypem http://hypem.com/ or http://www.thesixtyone.com/
- Separate browser window, like the bbc iPlayer http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/mashup/#aps_listenagain