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    Video (5.0/2002)

    I want to insert video into my site, how big should the file be for the best results when someone opens the page the video is on? I don't want to put something so big on the page that it takes forever to load and play. Can anyone give me a hint on this one? I've never done this before so I might need a little more help later on it as well. Thanks,

    Bearfur

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    Re: Video (5.0/2002)

    The time to download is going to be almost totally dependent on your visitors' download speed, and also if you are going to stream it, where the video is downloaded as it is being viewed, with maybe a few seconds of buffer to allow for glitches.

    Have you thought of hosting it on YouTube and just including a link to it? - most of the hard work is then done for you!

    A couple of links that may help:

    MSKB 318280: How to insert a video in FrontPage 2002
    Creating streaming videos
    How to share YouTube videos

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    Re: Video (5.0/2002)

    Thank you Leif,

    Yeah I'm not to keen on putting anything on You Tube, thanks for the other links though. I will check them out and see what I can come up with.

    If I still need some help would you be able to walk me through it?

    Thanks,

    Bearfur

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    Re: Video (5.0/2002)

    Nope - but I'm sure I know a man who can <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
    ( <img src=/S/whisper.gif border=0 alt=whisper width=29 height=17> ...or woman!)

    How big a file are you talking about? I don't think 1-2MB is considered too big these days, but it will depend on what size and resolution you want.

    Do you want it to play as a inset on your web page, or as a file that the viewer downloads to open in (say) Windows Media Player?
    Do you want to prevent users from downloading it but only allow them to view it?

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    Re: Video (5.0/2002)

    Hi Leif,

    After looking at the sites you gave me I have another question. I found an .avi file that could be downloaded to the server, it is taking forever and finally I just canceled it. What would you recommend in terms of size of file?

    Thanks,

    Bearfur

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    Re: Video (5.0/2002)

    Thanks Leif,

    Anyone you can direct me to so that I don't have to spend mega hours trying to get this up and running would be great. I will just take notes of everything so that I can remember how to do it the next time. I really don't know what size of file to use, what you said though makes sense that the smaller it is it would probably be better.

    I would like to play the file as an insert on my page, I think it would be good to prevent people from downloading it but still allow them to view it. That is a good idea in my book. So yeah if there is someone that can help me get this done that would be so cool. I think the first thing I need to do though is create a small .avi file that is 1 - 2 MB, that doesn't seem like a lot to me but maybe I just don't know what I'm doing. So I will do that, in the meantime perhaps I can get some instruction from someone to help the process along.

    Thanks again and talk to you soon,

    Bearfur

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    Re: Video (5.0/2002)

    Hi Bearfur

    I have series of avi files and wmv format files linked in my website. These files are my own creation and sit on my domain. The files vary from about 1 Mb to 1.6 Mb and are very short "snapshot" videos lasting about 30 seconds at most.

    http://www.magicforest.co.uk/ktstrigger.htm

    The code I used is:

    <pre><object id="MediaPlayer1"
    classid="CLSID:22d6f312-b0f6-11d0-94ab-0080c74c7e95"
    codebase="http://activex.microsoft.com/activex/controls/mplayer/en/nsm p2inf.cab#Version=5,1,52,701"

    standby="Loading Microsoft Windows® Media Player components..."
    type="application/x-oleobject"
    width="280" height="256">

    <param name="fileName" value="graphics/mhdmagicforest.wmv" />
    <param name="animationatStart" value="true" />
    <param name="transparentatStart" value="true" />
    <param name="autoStart" value="false" />
    <param name="showControls" value="true" />
    <param name="Volume" value="-450" />
    <embed type="application/x-mplayer2"
    pluginspage="http://www.microsoft.com/Windows/MediaPlayer/"
    src="graphics/mhdmagicforest.wmv"
    name="MediaPlayer1"
    width="280"
    height="256"
    autostart="1"
    showcontrols="1"
    volume="-450">
    </embed>
    </object>
    </pre>


    It works best in IE due to the ActiveX control but if you look through the code you will see that the objects are self explanatory.

    Be very careful about file size, I suggest you do a small video that users can look at and then decide if they want to download a "full" version, it is a massive turn off if you provide bloated video files and defeats the object if they are too large.
    Jerry

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