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Quicktime movie (streaming) - How to?

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6:01 am on Jun 27, 2001 (gmt 0)

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I'm a bit over my head here... (Treading water - Anyone have a life preserver?)

How do I embed a QuickTime movie and set it to stream? (The file is 25MB.) I'd like it to view within the browser page (web page design), but if not, then have Quicktime open and start playing.

I found AppleScripts on the QuickTime site, uncompressed them with Stuffit, but... (There's no extensions on the files, and I've not worked with AppleScripts before..) I'm working on a PC, using Dreamweaver.

What I need is the HTML and whatever relavent scripting necessary to embed the movie, set it to stream, and start play when the file opens.

Much thanks in advance,


5:08 pm on Jun 27, 2001 (gmt 0)

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From what I've read (sorry, no hands on experience) I believe you must also install Apple's Streaming Server software, and there's a bit of variation depending on the server's OS.

There are tutorials at [apple.com...] which should help.

However, since this is a finished movie and not a live transmission, you might want to use what Apple calls "Fast Start" (progressive download) rather than true Streaming. This requires no special server software and can be embedded in the HTML page with no special code beyond the <embed> tag.


6:16 pm on Jun 27, 2001 (gmt 0)

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>>>How do I embed a QuickTime movie and set it to stream? (The file is 25MB.

If thats going out over the net don't expect too many people to ever see it. 25 megs is a huge file to stream.


6:22 pm on Jun 27, 2001 (gmt 0)

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Toolman - My client wants sample MOV files viewable over the web.. Any suggestions??



6:52 pm on Jun 27, 2001 (gmt 0)

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I haven't played with streaming media for 6 months...partly because I got frustrated with the whole deal. It really doesn't work all that great.

The best solution in my opinion is to use one of the Flash encoders for video. This bypasses the external player altogether and utilizes the Flash plugin most browsers come with standard.

If you have access to Adobe Premiere or better yet media Cleaner Pro, then cut down the size of the movie to no more than 240 wide. Then reduce the colors down to 256 if acceptable. Then cut the frame rate (here's the trick) down to 6 frames per second.

When you encode with one of the encoders (only one [wildform.com] I know that really works) speed the frame rate back up to 15 frames per second. This will produces satisfactory results and as small a file size as you can reasonably produce...plus just about everyone can view and it streams just like a regular Flash movie.


3:20 am on Aug 15, 2001 (gmt 0)

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While doing this in Flash seems like a great idea, you are overlooking the fact that Flash loads in memory. 25 megs of Video via streaming QuickTime is a much better idea than trying to get all of that loading into your memory on your computer. Your files will become VERY large rather quickly. Another thing is the limit of Flash. You have only 16000 frames total.

Avoid doing this unless its a last resort. Ive tried doing this with other video, and it wasn't pretty in the end.

My suggestion would be to use QuickTime 5 Pro and set your QT file to streaming. If you can, cut your file into smaller file segment files. From there, you can create a link to each segment.

Hope this is of some help.


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