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- February 3, 2004 at 1:54 PM #38564AnonymousInactive
For those of you trying to figure out what video format to use when placing video on your web pages, there is a pretty good alternative to .wmv, mpeg, .mov, and .rm – and this alternative is compatible with 96% of the computers using the internet.
The alternative is video converted to flash format. I’ve been testing this for a few weeks, and I’m pretty happy with the results.
The file sizes are smaller, the videos load quicker, most visitors can view the videos, and the video quality is pretty good.
To see an example of a compressed wmv format video I converted to flash, check out my flash video example.
The video is a little choppy at the beginning – but that’s because I started with a highly compressed windows media file format of the same video.
The conversion to flash format only required about 40 seconds.
When I convert video to flash, the flash file size is generally about 50% of the size of the equivalent .wmv video file.
For example, the video at my flash video example is a minute long, and requires 2 meg.
If I chose a smaller display format, the file size could be much smaller.
I used WildForm Flix to do the conversion. You can download a trial copy at their site and see how easy it is to use.
When you do the conversions, the settings for video frame rate, smoothing, video screen size, and audio quality impact the final video size (and quality).
You can use the presets in wildform flix to get started, then fine tune until you get a good size/quality compromise.
I’m using Video to Flash Converter. Try it too – becouse I think it is giving real good quality and features. http://www.geovid.com/video_to_flash_converter/
On this thread, video in Flash, do yourself a favor and buy Sorenson Squeeze. You can create almost any video format from any other format. You can create FLV files which are proprietary Flash video files. Flash MX Pro comes with pre-built media players that you can just drage to the screen, type the name of your FLV file and publish, to create a Flash and HTML file to post straight to web.
Sorenson Squeeze has alot of editing capabilities as far as compression goes, but I’ve been using the standard ones and it’s been working pretty well. I can take an uncompressed 1.3GB video file and create a 2MB FLV. Here are some samples:
If you’re interested I will be featuring the Sorenson Squeeze Compression Suite product in the compression tools portion of my Video Streaming and Compression class on April 14, 2005 in Orlando Florida. We will be showing how to create Flash, QuickTime, Real and Windows Media content.
Here’s more details about the class:
I will also highlight other compression tools such as Cleaner 6, Compression Master and Flip4Mac.
If the location and time is not convient let me know if you would be interested in a class in your area.
SWiSHvideo lets you convert your video files into streaming Flash files. Now you can easily display your videos on the web complete with play controls and playback settings.