It’s easy to convert PHP Array to Select Dropdown Box… you need to loop for all element in array to display as dropdown. But may be you ever think for reverse process. Yes, it’s also easy!

You need to scrape / crawl Select box HTML to get PHP Array back from HTML Select Box. Please read our articles for xpath here



$s = '<select name="country">
<option value="">Country...</option>
<option value="AF">Afghanistan</option>
<option value="AL">Albania</option>
<option value="DZ">Algeria</option>
<option value="AS">American Samoa</option>
<option value="AD">Andorra</option>
<option value="AG">Angola</option>
<option value="AI">Anguilla</option>
<option value="AG">Antigua &amp; Barbuda</option>
<option value="AR">Argentina</option>
<option value="AA">Armenia</option>
<option value="AW">Aruba</option>
<option value="AU">Australia</option>
<option value="AT">Austria</option>
<option value="AZ">Azerbaijan</option>
<option value="BS">Bahamas</option>
<option value="BH">Bahrain</option>
<option value="BD">Bangladesh</option>
<option value="BB">Barbados</option>
<option value="BY">Belarus</option>
<option value="BE">Belgium</option>
<option value="BZ">Belize</option>
<option value="BJ">Benin</option>
<option value="BM">Bermuda</option>
<option value="BT">Bhutan</option>
<option value="BO">Bolivia</option>
<option value="BL">Bonaire</option>
<option value="BA">Bosnia &amp; Herzegovina</option>
<option value="BW">Botswana</option>
<option value="BR">Brazil</option>
<option value="BC">British Indian Ocean Ter</option>
<option value="BN">Brunei</option>
<option value="BG">Bulgaria</option>
<option value="BF">Burkina Faso</option>
<option value="BI">Burundi</option>
<option value="KH">Cambodia</option>
<option value="CM">Cameroon</option>
<option value="CA">Canada</option>
<option value="IC">Canary Islands</option>
<option value="CV">Cape Verde</option>
<option value="KY">Cayman Islands</option>
<option value="CF">Central African Republic</option>
<option value="TD">Chad</option>
<option value="CD">Channel Islands</option>
<option value="CL">Chile</option>
<option value="CN">China</option>
<option value="CI">Christmas Island</option>
<option value="CS">Cocos Island</option>
<option value="CO">Colombia</option>
<option value="CC">Comoros</option>
<option value="CG">Congo</option>
<option value="CK">Cook Islands</option>
<option value="CR">Costa Rica</option>
<option value="CT">Cote D\'Ivoire</option>
<option value="HR">Croatia</option>
<option value="CU">Cuba</option>
<option value="CB">Curacao</option>
<option value="CY">Cyprus</option>
<option value="CZ">Czech Republic</option>
<option value="DK">Denmark</option>
<option value="DJ">Djibouti</option>
<option value="DM">Dominica</option>
<option value="DO">Dominican Republic</option>
<option value="TM">East Timor</option>
<option value="EC">Ecuador</option>
<option value="EG">Egypt</option>
<option value="SV">El Salvador</option>
<option value="GQ">Equatorial Guinea</option>
<option value="ER">Eritrea</option>
<option value="EE">Estonia</option>
<option value="ET">Ethiopia</option>
<option value="FA">Falkland Islands</option>
<option value="FO">Faroe Islands</option>
<option value="FJ">Fiji</option>
<option value="FI">Finland</option>
<option value="FR">France</option>
<option value="GF">French Guiana</option>
<option value="PF">French Polynesia</option>
<option value="FS">French Southern Ter</option>
<option value="GA">Gabon</option>
<option value="GM">Gambia</option>
<option value="GE">Georgia</option>
<option value="DE">Germany</option>
<option value="GH">Ghana</option>
<option value="GI">Gibraltar</option>
<option value="GB">Great Britain</option>
<option value="GR">Greece</option>
<option value="GL">Greenland</option>
<option value="GD">Grenada</option>
<option value="GP">Guadeloupe</option>
<option value="GU">Guam</option>
<option value="GT">Guatemala</option>
<option value="GN">Guinea</option>
<option value="GY">Guyana</option>
<option value="HT">Haiti</option>
<option value="HW">Hawaii</option>
<option value="HN">Honduras</option>
<option value="HK">Hong Kong</option>
<option value="HU">Hungary</option>
<option value="IS">Iceland</option>
<option value="IN">India</option>
<option value="ID">Indonesia</option>
<option value="IA">Iran</option>
<option value="IQ">Iraq</option>
<option value="IR">Ireland</option>
<option value="IM">Isle of Man</option>
<option value="IL">Israel</option>
<option value="IT">Italy</option>
<option value="JM">Jamaica</option>
<option value="JP">Japan</option>
<option value="JO">Jordan</option>
<option value="KZ">Kazakhstan</option>
<option value="KE">Kenya</option>
<option value="KI">Kiribati</option>
<option value="NK">Korea North</option>
<option value="KS">Korea South</option>
<option value="KW">Kuwait</option>
<option value="KG">Kyrgyzstan</option>
<option value="LA">Laos</option>
<option value="LV">Latvia</option>
<option value="LB">Lebanon</option>
<option value="LS">Lesotho</option>
<option value="LR">Liberia</option>
<option value="LY">Libya</option>
<option value="LI">Liechtenstein</option>
<option value="LT">Lithuania</option>
<option value="LU">Luxembourg</option>
<option value="MO">Macau</option>
<option value="MK">Macedonia</option>
<option value="MG">Madagascar</option>
<option value="MY">Malaysia</option>
<option value="MW">Malawi</option>
<option value="MV">Maldives</option>
<option value="ML">Mali</option>
<option value="MT">Malta</option>
<option value="MH">Marshall Islands</option>
<option value="MQ">Martinique</option>
<option value="MR">Mauritania</option>
<option value="MU">Mauritius</option>
<option value="ME">Mayotte</option>
<option value="MX">Mexico</option>
<option value="MI">Midway Islands</option>
<option value="MD">Moldova</option>
<option value="MC">Monaco</option>
<option value="MN">Mongolia</option>
<option value="MS">Montserrat</option>
<option value="MA">Morocco</option>
<option value="MZ">Mozambique</option>
<option value="MM">Myanmar</option>
<option value="NA">Nambia</option>
<option value="NU">Nauru</option>
<option value="NP">Nepal</option>
<option value="AN">Netherland Antilles</option>
<option value="NL">Netherlands (Holland, Europe)</option>
<option value="NV">Nevis</option>
<option value="NC">New Caledonia</option>
<option value="NZ">New Zealand</option>
<option value="NI">Nicaragua</option>
<option value="NE">Niger</option>
<option value="NG">Nigeria</option>
<option value="NW">Niue</option>
<option value="NF">Norfolk Island</option>
<option value="NO">Norway</option>
<option value="OM">Oman</option>
<option value="PK">Pakistan</option>
<option value="PW">Palau Island</option>
<option value="PS">Palestine</option>
<option value="PA">Panama</option>
<option value="PG">Papua New Guinea</option>
<option value="PY">Paraguay</option>
<option value="PE">Peru</option>
<option value="PH">Philippines</option>
<option value="PO">Pitcairn Island</option>
<option value="PL">Poland</option>
<option value="PT">Portugal</option>
<option value="PR">Puerto Rico</option>
<option value="QA">Qatar</option>
<option value="ME">Republic of Montenegro</option>
<option value="RS">Republic of Serbia</option>
<option value="RE">Reunion</option>
<option value="RO">Romania</option>
<option value="RU">Russia</option>
<option value="RW">Rwanda</option>
<option value="NT">St Barthelemy</option>
<option value="EU">St Eustatius</option>
<option value="HE">St Helena</option>
<option value="KN">St Kitts-Nevis</option>
<option value="LC">St Lucia</option>
<option value="MB">St Maarten</option>
<option value="PM">St Pierre &amp; Miquelon</option>
<option value="VC">St Vincent &amp; Grenadines</option>
<option value="SP">Saipan</option>
<option value="SO">Samoa</option>
<option value="AS">Samoa American</option>
<option value="SM">San Marino</option>
<option value="ST">Sao Tome &amp; Principe</option>
<option value="SA">Saudi Arabia</option>
<option value="SN">Senegal</option>
<option value="RS">Serbia</option>
<option value="SC">Seychelles</option>
<option value="SL">Sierra Leone</option>
<option value="SG">Singapore</option>
<option value="SK">Slovakia</option>
<option value="SI">Slovenia</option>
<option value="SB">Solomon Islands</option>
<option value="OI">Somalia</option>
<option value="ZA">South Africa</option>
<option value="ES">Spain</option>
<option value="LK">Sri Lanka</option>
<option value="SD">Sudan</option>
<option value="SR">Suriname</option>
<option value="SZ">Swaziland</option>
<option value="SE">Sweden</option>
<option value="CH">Switzerland</option>
<option value="SY">Syria</option>
<option value="TA">Tahiti</option>
<option value="TW">Taiwan</option>
<option value="TJ">Tajikistan</option>
<option value="TZ">Tanzania</option>
<option value="TH">Thailand</option>
<option value="TG">Togo</option>
<option value="TK">Tokelau</option>
<option value="TO">Tonga</option>
<option value="TT">Trinidad &amp; Tobago</option>
<option value="TN">Tunisia</option>
<option value="TR">Turkey</option>
<option value="TU">Turkmenistan</option>
<option value="TC">Turks &amp; Caicos Is</option>
<option value="TV">Tuvalu</option>
<option value="UG">Uganda</option>
<option value="UA">Ukraine</option>
<option value="AE">United Arab Emirates</option>
<option value="GB">United Kingdom</option>
<option value="US">United States of America</option>
<option value="UY">Uruguay</option>
<option value="UZ">Uzbekistan</option>
<option value="VU">Vanuatu</option>
<option value="VS">Vatican City State</option>
<option value="VE">Venezuela</option>
<option value="VN">Vietnam</option>
<option value="VB">Virgin Islands (Brit)</option>
<option value="VA">Virgin Islands (USA)</option>
<option value="WK">Wake Island</option>
<option value="WF">Wallis &amp; Futana Is</option>
<option value="YE">Yemen</option>
<option value="ZR">Zaire</option>
<option value="ZM">Zambia</option>
<option value="ZW">Zimbabwe</option>

$doc = new DOMDocument();
$xpath = new DOMXPath($doc);

$options = $xpath->query('*/select/option');


$values = array();
foreach ($options as $option) {

     $in = $option->getAttribute('value'); 
	 if($in=="") $in = rand(0,2);
	 $values[$in] = $option->textContent;

echo "$"."z = ".var_export($values, true).";";


You can apply same logic for more HTML elements using xpath...

Download Select2Array.php

Detecting the end of video using OSMPlayer

I was working on video ads solution using OSMPlayer. So, It was needed to detect video finish event in OSMPlayer …

The Open Standard Media Player (OSMPlayer) is an all-in-one video player. It is open source (MIT) video player for web media, including Red5, Wowza, HTML5, YouTube, Vimeo, Limelight CDN, Kaltura, and Flash.

I have onComplete() method in JavaScript… but I was not sure how to bind video ended event in this JavaScript API …

<script type="text/javascript">
  $(function() {
      width: '100%',
      height: '600px'

$(function() {
        minplayer.get(‘media’, function(media) { 
        media.bind(‘ended’, function() {
       //The video is done!
       alert(“video complete :)”);


<video src="VIDEO-SOURCE" poster="VIDEO-POSTER-IMAGE"></video>

Thanks to Travis Tidwell

PayPal auto redirect credit card user to website after payment

I have a problem on my Pay Per Video Website (PPV), Guests normally watch preview of videos for few seconds then PayPal Screen appear to watch full version of video content.


Pay Per Plugin for HTML5 Media – Pay Per Plugin for HTML5 Media Plugin is embedded stand-alone, e-commerce-powered JavaScript and iFramed widget for Audio/Video. – See more at:

I am using paypal form …

<form action=”<?php echo $paypal_link; ?>” target=”_top” method=”post” name=”payPalForm”>
<input type=”hidden” name=”business” value=”<?php echo $business_email;?>”>
<input type=”hidden” name=”cmd” value=”_xclick”>
<input type=”hidden” name=”item_name” value=”<?php echo $item_name; ?>”>
<input type=”hidden” name=”item_number” value=”<?php echo $item_number; ?>”>
<input type=”hidden” name=”amount” value=”<?php echo sprintf(“%01.2f”, $amount); ?>”>
<input type=”hidden” name=”no_shipping” value=”1″>
<input type=”hidden” name=”currency_code” value=”<?php echo $currency_code; ?>”>
<input type=”hidden” name=”handling” value=”0″>
<input type=”hidden” name=”rm” value=”2″ >
<input type=”hidden” name=”cancel_return” value=”<?php echo $siteurl; ?>cancel.php”>
<input type=”hidden” name=”return” value=”<?php echo $siteurl; ?>success.php”>
<input type=”image” src=”” border=”0″ name=”submit” alt=”PayPal – The safer, easier way to pay online!”>
<img alt=”” border=”0″ src=”” width=”1″ height=”1″>


I have enabled auto return ON and auto return URL in paypal settings already ….

Auto Return URL

When customers pay using paypal they easily redirected to PPV website … but if someone (guest) pay from credit card .. they have to click on link to redirect back to website …. 🙁

PayPal Auto Redirect to Website


You can find more info here Merchant Services from PayPal – Payment Solutions for Your Business

PayPal Standard Payments is designed in such a way if a customer pays as guest (they don’t have a PayPal Account), after they complete the checkout process, PayPal will offer to open PayPal Account or click on the link to return them to PPV website. Customers “must” click on the link in order to return to your web site.

You can use either PayPal Payments Pro or Advanced, if you want the customer to remain on your web site for the checkout process. Advanced PayPal method enable customer to remains on PPV website. The PayPal process work thru a window or frame on your website.

Merchant Services from PayPal - Payment Solutions for Your Business

PayPal Pro and Advanced are available in additional monthly costs as well as the transaction processing fees.
Pro is $30 a month, Advanced is $5 a month. 🙂

Red5 CMS

Hope you already read our article for Media Streaming CMS.

Using Red5 CMS you can manage your Red5, Wowza, RTMP streams and publish using open source player. You can track your media content and embed on other websites.

Red5 Admin Login

Red5 CMS Home

Red5 CMS Categories

Red5 CMS Add Categories

Red5 Server Infomation

Red5 Streams

Red5 CMS Edit Streams

Red5 CMS Stream Offline

Wowza Live Cam Secure Expired Token

Wowza Live Cam Secure Expired Token
Wowza Live Cam Secure Expired Token

// Encrypt original stream URL http://wowza-server:port/stream/playlist.m3u8
$base64ized = encryptDecrypt($secret_key, $streamURL, 0);

// Decrypt stream URL
$streamURL = encryptDecrypt($secret_key, $base64ized, 1);


// Expire stream URL after time interval & check secure token
if (($current – $timestamp) <= $expired && ($checkhash == $hash)) { include("m3u8.php"); } m3u8.php

header(“content-type: application/”);
echo file_get_contents(“http://wowza-server:port/stream/playlist.m3u8”);

Creating Zip Without Recording ROOT Paths

Simply use chdir() to change the working directory before you exec()

Or you can use ….

exec(“cd /var/www/html/media; zip -r -9 . 2>&1”, $log);

exec(“mv /var/www/html/media/ /var/www/html/”);

Get zip file size

exec(“ls -ls /var/www/html/ | awk ‘{print $6}’ 2>&1”, $size);

$zipsize = implode(” “, $size);

Without this solution

Length Date Time Name
——– —- —- —-
0 03-08-13 15:10 /var/www/html/media/dialogs/
125305 08-07-12 16:31 /var/www/html/media/dialogs/1.3.mp3
125305 08-07-12 16:33 /var/www/html/media/dialogs/1.5.mp3
184864 08-07-12 16:32 /var/www/html/media/dialogs/1.4.mp3
125305 08-07-12 16:30 /var/www/html/media/dialogs/1.1.mp3
125305 02-24-13 16:48 /var/www/html/media/dialogs/1.2.mp3
125305 08-07-12 16:34 /var/www/html/media/dialogs/1.6.mp3

With this solution

Length Date Time Name
——– —- —- —-
0 03-08-13 16:40 dialogs/
125305 08-07-12 16:51 dialogs/1.3.mp3
125305 08-07-12 16:53 dialogs/1.5.mp3
184864 08-07-12 16:52 dialogs/1.4.mp3
125305 08-07-12 16:50 dialogs/1.1.mp3
125305 02-24-13 16:58 dialogs/1.2.mp3
125305 08-07-12 17:04 dialogs/1.6.mp3

Best PHP Encryption Decryption

I was working on Secured & Expired MP3 Link in HTML5 MP3 Player. Hope you already read previous article “Amazon S3 Expiring Link”

You can use below code for hiding real mp3 link inside html source using base64_encode, mcrypt_encrypt, base64_decode, mcrypt_decrypt and md5.

This function is also useful when you need to secure & expire media links …

Remote Secure Token
Secure Token Plugin with PHP
JavaScript Encryption Library


function encryptDecrypt($key, $string, $decrypt)
        $string = str_replace("|", "/", $string);
        $decrypted = rtrim(mcrypt_decrypt(MCRYPT_RIJNDAEL_256, md5($key), base64_decode($string), MCRYPT_MODE_CBC, md5(md5($key))), "12");
        return $decrypted;
        $encrypted = base64_encode(mcrypt_encrypt(MCRYPT_RIJNDAEL_256, md5($key), $string, MCRYPT_MODE_CBC, md5(md5($key))));        
        $stripping = true;
        while ($stripping){
         if(substr($encrypted, -1) == "="){
         $encrypted = substr($encrypted, 0, strlen($encrypted)-1);
        } else {
         $stripping = false;
        return str_replace("/", "|", $encrypted);

$echo = encryptDecrypt("123", "", 0);
echo $echo."<br>";
echo encryptDecrypt("123", $echo, 1);





Amazon S3 Expiring Link

I was working on Amazon S3 Cloud HTML5 MP3 Player for S3 Bucket security and Expiring Media links.

Amazon S3 Cloud HTML5 MP3 Player
Amazon S3 Cloud HTML5 MP3 Player

      * Calculate the HMAC SHA1 hash of a string.
      * @param string $key The key to hash against
      * @param string $data The data to hash
      * @param int $blocksize Optional blocksize
      * @return string HMAC SHA1
      function el_crypto_hmacSHA1($key,$data,$blocksize=64){

      * Create temporary URLs to your protected Amazon S3 files.
      * @param string $accessKey Your Amazon S3 access key
      * @param string $secretKey Your Amazon S3 secret key
      * @param string $bucket The bucket (
      * @param string $path The target file path
      * @param int $expires In minutes
      * @return string Temporary Amazon S3 URL
      * @see
      function el_s3_getTemporaryLink($accessKey,$secretKey,$bucket,$path,$expires=5){
          // Calculate expiry time
          // Fix the path; encode and sanitize
          // Path for signature starts with the bucket
          // S3 friendly string to sign
          // Calculate the hash
          $signature= el_crypto_hmacSHA1($secretKey,$signsz);
          // Glue the URL ...
          // ... to the query string ...
          // ... and return the URL!



$ExpiringLink = el_s3_getTemporaryLink(‘AWS-KEY’, ‘AWS-SECRET-KEY’, ‘BUCKET’, ‘FILENAME’, ‘EXPIRING-TIME’);

Demo Amazon S3 Cloud HTML5 MP3 Player