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Streaming video
Advice for system and format
vincevincevince




msg:3126491
 3:36 am on Oct 19, 2006 (gmt 0)

I'm hoping to make some streaming videos available. I have three priorities:
1) That the video doesn't require a massively fast connection on the viewer side, i.e. should work with 128k ADSL if possible
2) That the video can be downloaded to be viewed offline or embedded into Powerpoint etc. if the user so chooses
3) That the system I use for streaming etc. is free

My server is linux based and the site runs with PHP. I have root access to install software if required.

What's the best format and system to use for this? The video is produced by a digital video camera.

 

Harry




msg:3128425
 1:30 pm on Oct 20, 2006 (gmt 0)

Flash

travelin cat




msg:3128553
 2:32 pm on Oct 20, 2006 (gmt 0)

Can Flash be downloaded and viewd offline per item #2?

I don't believe so.

I would agree that #1 is best served by Flash

danimal




msg:3133906
 2:57 am on Oct 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

i think that flash can be downloaded if you embed videos from a video sharing site like youtube or google video? check out yahoo video for it's picture quality.

if you are going to do that, be sure and submit a high-bitrate file as your encoding source... garbage in equals garbage out.

if you need a professional presentation, flash is probably out because the server software is absurdly overpriced... unless it works with open-source helix server software?

vincevincevince




msg:3135079
 12:41 am on Oct 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

I'd not thought of flash... is it hard to set up and use? Are there tools which do it free? Point #2 can be filled by having another format for download...

danimal




msg:3137181
 5:04 pm on Oct 27, 2006 (gmt 0)

thanks to these video sharing sites, flash is a top contender, because it plays on just about all platforms.

i looked at an embedded youtube clip yesterday, and i didn't see a download link, but i bet that you could include the code as part of your page design... most of these video sharing sites post it for everyone to use.

vimeo used to leave the your original submitted file online, so you could link to that as well, and maybe bypass the brand logo that some of these sites put on their clips?

what we are talking about here is using someone else's bandwidth and encoding, so you can essentially put up a video site for free... all you have to do is to come up with the content.

danimal




msg:3137184
 5:06 pm on Oct 27, 2006 (gmt 0)

>>>I'd not thought of flash... is it hard to set up and use? Are there tools which do it free?<<<

to elaborate further... you don't need any flash encoding tools, all you have to do is to upload your video file to their servers for encoding.

i would suggest using super high bitrate wmv as your source file.

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