All FastVirtual web hosting plans support HTTP streaming (aka
This method enables you to stream many different
media types, including Windows Media audio and video files, from your web site.
Multiple simultaneous streams are supported, with the only limitation
being your own accepted levels of bandwidth usage.
Note: This guide requires that you have Windows Media Encoder
installed. This can be downloaded FREE from the
Windows Media web site.
The following guide provides step-by-step instructions for
preparing, adding, and streaming Windows Media audio or video files from your
Create (or Convert to) a Windows Media Recognized Audio/Video File
Create new, or convert existing audio/video to a Windows Media
recognized audio/video file.
Windows Media supports ".asf", ".avi", ".mpg", ".wmv", ".mp3",
".wav" and ".wma" file types, so you can use any multimedia
application that includes your preferred CODEC.
Prepare for Streaming
Start the Windows Media Encoder "New Session Wizard", select "Convert
an audio or video file to a Windows Media File" and click Next.
Select your source file, the destination and name for the new Windows
Media file, and click "Next".
Note: Windows Media video files have a .wmv extension, whereas
audio files have a .wma extension, so make sure you select the correct
Select "File will stream from a web server, or play directly on a computer"
and click "Next".
Choose your streaming option in accordance with your target audience,
click "Finish" and your .wmv/.wma file will be created.
Create an .asx File
Use Notepad (or similar text editor) to create a new text file.
Open this file and enter the following code (replacing "yourname"
and "yourmediafile" as appropriate):
The URL should be absolute (don't forget the "http://"), and should
point to the exact location you want the media file to stream from.
This is also case-sensitive, which means "YourMediaFile" is not the
same as "yourmediafile".
Save and close the text file, then change the file name/extension
to "yourmediafile.asx", where "yourmediafile" is the
exact same name you gave to the ".wmv" media file.
Upload Your Files
You should now have two files; your ".wmv" media file that contains
your Windows Media video (or ".wma" for audio files), and your ".asx"
text file, which contains the URL to the media file. Upload these
files to the location you specified in the ".asx" file.
Note: Audio/video files are binary, whereas text files are
ASCII, so remember to upload your files using the appropriate mode.
Most FTP programs allow you to configure the transfer mode for
extensions you specify, so simply add ".asx" to your ASCII file types,
and ".wmv" (or ".wma") to your binary types. Then you won't need to
worry about future uploads.
Build Your Links
Create a text or image link to the ".asx" file on your web site.
When the link is clicked, the visitor's Windows Media Player will
launch and begin downloading the ".wmv" (or ".wma") file. Playback
commences once a portion of the file has downloaded, while the
remainder of the file is downloaded in the background.
Provide a Windows Media Player Download Link for Your Visitors
You may wish to place the following button on your site to inform
visitors that you are providing Windows Media audio/video content, and to allow
them to download the free player:
Alt text: Get Windows Media Player
Link: See button URL
Embedding Content in HTML Pages
Windows Media Encoder can create embedded content. Plug-ins are
also available for popular multimedia applications.
For further information, please visit the
Windows Media web site.