3 Replies Latest reply on Jul 19, 2013 9:53 PM by Fred(CH)

    Export Streaming Video and Play on iOS



      Export Streaming Video and Play on iOS


      FileMaker Go



      Operating system version

      iOS 6.1.3

      Description of the issue

      I imported an mpeg video to a container field on a Mac using the Insert Audio/Video script step.  The video plays fine on Mac.  Knowing that I have to export the video file to play it on iOS I did a script step:

         Export Field Contents [ container; $path; Automatically Open ]

      $path is the path to the temporary folder / the name of the file.  The export seems to work but then it shows an error:

        Failed to open "http://fmserverIP:16000/Streaming/MaindDB/FM-59861657-16B6-4C30-B58-C5959B8059.mpeg

      It appears that the "Automatically Open" is referencing back to the server to try to play it instead of trying to open the exported file.

      Steps to reproduce the problem

      Import a video into an interactive container.  Export it to the temporary folder on iOS with the "Automatically Open" option specified.

      Expected result

      It should play the video downloaded to the iOS device

      Actual result

      It opens a URL back to the FM Server

      Exact text of any error message(s) that appear

      Failed to open "http://fmserverIP:16000/Streaming/MaindDB/FM-59861657-16B6-4C30-B58-C5959B8059.mpeg

      Configuration information

      MacOS-X 10.8.4



        • 1. Re: Export Streaming Video and Play on iOS

               Seems possiblyl related to this reported and confirmed issue:     Contents streaming to internet is impossible over IWP

               This is one of many acknowledged bugs that can be found in the Known Bug List thread here in the Report an Issue section of the forum.

               It can also be downloaded as a database file from:    https://www.dropbox.com/s/jt09b82i0xijbu3/FMP%20Bugs.zip

          • 2. Re: Export Streaming Video and Play on iOS

                 John Duncan:

                 Thank you for your post.

                 First, to clear up any confusion, if the Container field is set for Interactive, you don't have to export the file.  That is, you can tap on the movie file in the Container field and then tap "Play". 

                 Also for clarification, temporary files under iOS will remain hidden on an iOS device for three days, unlike FileMaker Pro where the temporary files are removed when you quit the application.  For more information, see Knowledge Base Article #10246 at:


                 I don't have any .mpeg files, but all six of my .mpg files do not play under iOS, as this is an unsupported format under iOS.  The only other movie files I have are .mp4,mpv and mov, and they all play under iOS, and hence, also under FileMaker Go.

                 Currently, I don't have access to FileMaker Server, so all of my testing was performed with FileMaker Go accessing a hosted file under FileMaker Pro.

                 FileMaker, Inc.

            • 3. Re: Export Streaming Video and Play on iOS


                   As stated by TSGal, my own tests confirm that the unsupported format is the cause of this issue.

                   I had on my server a container-test database with numerous different formats. I received exactly the same error message than John when i tested an mpeg video. 

                   This message was returned when i ran a similar script that attempt to export and open the file AND when i tapped the movie file tapped Play.

                   But also, in same conditions, all these formats worked without any problem : MOV ; M4V ; MP4.

                   I also tested the three different storage option : Standard, External (open) and External (secure) but it didn't change anything to theses results...

                   Bye, Fred