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    Compression of .mov files

    I would like to incorporate some movie files into my site with .mov extension but they take up to much web space.
    Are there any programs which l could use to compress these files so they are as small as possible so l can include them in my site?

    Any help would be appreciated.

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    Re: Compression of .mov files

    Run a search on 'zip' - you may have to sort out some of the irrelevant results, but it should list most of the threads on compression software such as Winzip.

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    Re: Compression of .mov files

    Done a search but nothing found, any other suggestions?

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    Re: Compression of .mov files

    To search, click on the Search button in the Lounge menu.
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    Re: Compression of .mov files

    Yep - try the search again. Just the word
    <code>zip</code>
    no quotes, no spaces - just like the attached.

    (I'm getting at least three pages of 99 posts each...)
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    Re: Compression of .mov files

    I have done this but no luck in finding the appropriate software, any other suggestions?

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    Re: Compression of .mov files

    When searching for ZIP as instructed, I found within the first 100 posts:
    <post:=574,509>post 574,509</post:>, containing a link to some file compression software
    <post:=568,454>post 568,454</post:>, containing a link to Pando, which lets you email (and presumably, upload to a web page) files of any size
    <post:=528,533>post 528,533</post:>, containing a link to FloppyOffice, which includes a zip utility
    <post:=514,792>post 514,792</post:>, with a link to free compression utilities
    <post:=514,335>post 514,335</post:>, containing a link to the latest beta version of WinZip

    Now when you say that none of those are appropriate - please could you explain why? You asked for compression software, we pointed you towards compression software...
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    Re: Compression of .mov files

    > any other suggestions?

    Don't put them on your website...otherwise you certainly won't get any visitors coming to it. Put in links to the file and give a description of what they are going to see and the size of the file is normally the correct netiquette.

    I have seen some sites have thumbnails of the movie....but they are very passe these days IMHO
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    Re: Compression of .mov files

    The .mov extension implies a movie made for the QuickTime player. There are many possible codecs that can be used to compress such movies, and you might need to recode the file using a different one. Do you have any video editing software?

    If file size is critical, you could impose on people to download a new player to take advantage of proprietary compression technologies like Bink and Smacker. See: http://www.radgametools.com/bnkmain.htm. Finally, you could consider other video hosting services, maybe Google's?

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    Re: Compression of .mov files

    Another possible workaround is to break the movie into chunks, with consecutively numbered filenames (chunk01.mov, chunk02.mov, etc.). Your visitors can then download the lot, and set them to run as a single playlist. Obviously this is more cumbersome for your visitors (and for you) but it does overcome the file size issue.
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    Re: Compression of .mov files

    Thats great thanks for that, the problem still lies with the amount of web space l have. As l have a .mov file of 20meg when l only have 10meg web space!
    I am considering using your idea of other hosting services but the video is personal and l only want certain people to view it, can it made viewable by using a password or some other means?

    Do you know of any web sites which l could look at to see if they have such features , i.e. the address of the google site you mentioned, that would be much appreciated.

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    Re: Compression of .mov files

    Password protection and security is another sticky issue when it comes to server/client side stuff. There are javascripts around that offer password protection, but these are usually easy to hack. The only secure way of securing a section of a website is with server-side access. Having said that, most zip software (if not all zip software) lets you password protect the zip file, so you may be able to kill two birds with one stone.

    A trick I often use is to choose a URL that no casual visitor would guess, and direct your select band of people to it with an email.
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    Re: Compression of .mov files

    Thanks for that, the problem still remains as to finding the software to be able to compress the software up enough so that it can be ftp'd across to my web space, L don't think pkzip will do this and l need an alternativem source of compression software,any ideas?

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    Re: Compression of .mov files

    Just to add that I have a similar problem at the moment - I have a .mov file of <img src=/S/baby.gif border=0 alt=baby width=15 height=15> that I'm trying to send to <img src=/S/baby.gif border=0 alt=baby width=15 height=15>'s <img src=/S/gramps.gif border=0 alt=gramps width=20 height=20> and <img src=/S/granny.gif border=0 alt=granny width=20 height=20>. The original file was about 16MB, and when zipped it was about 15MB - so getting a 20MB file into a 10MB space might be tricky even with the best compression software in the world!
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    Re: Compression of .mov files

    Most video formats are already compressed, so compression software doesn't help much, however good it is. The same goes for .jpg pictures and .mp3 music files.

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