I have a few questions and I would like some information regarding media files. I have a new site that will offer many short video clips in the mpg format. The mpg files will range in file size from 1,000KB to 10,000KB. Currently I have about 10 media files available to the public and may offer up to 100 clips in the near future. The current set up is just a link to the file. When the user click the link, the users media player pops up and plays it. This takes a while the media player says "connecting".
So, my question is, what could I do to increase performance in these mpg files. What is the best method for outputting media files? I do not have any experience in media web sites, but I have seen some CGI perl scripts offered for media performance, however, I do not fully understand exactly what they do, and how they help. For example, I have seen 2 scripts. Here are the descriptions of these 2 scripts.
offer media files on your site, you will probably have noticed that you have to create .ram-files or something similar. These .ram-files are kind of a "wrapper" for the real file. They are downloaded by the browser and given over to the player who then starts downloading and playing the real file. With lots of different media files, such "wrapper files" can start to be a real nuisance. mediawrap spares you this additional work by transparently handling media files. After installing mediawrap, you just link your media files as your normally would and mediawrap will take care of them. mediawrap supports RealMedia (.ra, .rm) and MPEG-III (mp3) files at the moment, but can be easily adapted for a lot of purposes (even non-multimedia files).
is a Perl Script that creates .ram, .asx, and many other files. It uses kind of like a database to store the locations of your files. All you have to do is link to the script and the script does the rest. It also has a feature to block other people from linking to your media files.
Any information on the best way to offer media files on a web site is greatly appreciated, thanks!