I am looking for a way in which to play a video in Drupal 7
First of all, I'll say what I do NOT want!
I DON'T want to view Youtube, Vimeo or any other video from any video hosting website!
I DON'T want to have to subscribe (either for payment or for free) to a third party file hosting or media translation provider!
I DON'T want to just have a hyperlink on my Drupal web page which links to an application which plays the video!
What I do want is something which will enable me to have a video file stored on my server (say at sites/default/files/videos)
and then, either by defining a new field in a content type, or by using an editor such as Wysiwyg or CK-Editor to include the video file on my node, and then having saved it to display my Drupal webpage with a video displayed in it in the same way as in
http://techtv.mit.edu/videos/7860-drupal-cookbook-for-new-drupallers and many other sites including youtube!
A friend, who chose to use Joomla instead of Drupal, tol me that all he needs to do is to enter a short statement in curly braces into his content editor, and there he has a video playing with Flowplayer.
Looking for Flowplayer in Drupal I found a tutorial video telling me how to edit the php code in my theme files in order to use flowplayer. I don't know whether this tutorial was for Drupal 6 or Drupal 7 but the files I was told to modify didn't exist on my system! and I don't think I want to go down that road anyway - it wasn't clear where it would lead.
I then looked at the Video module which said it could use flowplayer, so I downloaded and installed all the modules I needed for that. It was only in configuring it that I discovered I had to subscribe to Amazon S3 to host my videos and to AWS SDK to perform file format translation. There seemed to be no way to play videos which were stored on my own site in the correct format.
I then looked at the 'Media module' which claims to cope with al types of media including picture, audio, video etc. but having installed all the modules for that I still need to install a media player to play the files.
I have installed jPlayer, Flowplayer and videojs and none of them seem to work!
Can you help PLEASE!