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I have a video reel that is currently 200 stills in a GIF format 5MB in size. My friend wants me to put it ionto his website and I am not sure which file size and format is optimum. I have been told to use FLV as this is now the most broadly compatible. Given that this site will appeal to less than computer aware people I was wondering if it is broadly compatible to your average computer user.
For speed of download I imagine a 3MB file is the maximum I should be working towards, will that slow everything down too much when downloading the page?
Thanks for any help on this one.
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3mb is a huge file. If you intend to display video, than flash would be a good place to start. You also want to look at streaming possibilities - whereby video begins to play in the users browser long before the entire file is downloaded - also easily done using flash video.
Link to the flash video developers site at adobe: [adobe.com...]
Having said that how big are the dimensions? If 3MB is acceptable you can use an animated gif, I just ran a test using 210 frames and using Ulead Gif Animator I got it down to around 1 MB at 200x140 . That was using 30FPS video, you can remove about 2/3's of the frames, final file size would be in the 300-400KB range if you did that. wheter you can do that really depends on what FPS your video is intended to run at.
Certainly the most compatible....