Alright I just thought I’d post some of my testing results here to keep anybody in the loop who wants to be.
The way how I have been post the videos to watch on the web is by embedding a Quicktime format movie (.MOV). This worked online for most people, but it required Quicktime to be installed on users computers so some folks were having trouble watching them. Ultimately, I need to make a Quicktime version of the screencast because it is a podcast and needs to go out to iTunes. I also shoot in Quicktime originally, so it’s convenient.
Still, I want to accommodate as many people as I can, so it seems like Flash video is the way to go for online viewing. I was told that if video was encoded in H.264 format, the latest version of Flash will play the movie. So I thought I’d try a bunch of different things and just see what would work best.
Here is what I got so far:
Quicktime Player – .MOV file This is what I have been using since day 1. Advantages: Viewable on web for most people, good quality, acceptable file size, easy workflow for me Disadvantage: Some people have problems viewing on web, not AppleTV compatible.
Quicktime Player – .M4V file Advantages: Works for podcast/iTunes, AppleTV compatible, would only have to create a single file. Disadvantages: FAIL – Cannot view on the web with this combo.
Quicktime Player – .MP4 file Advantages: H.264 format Disadvantages: FAIL – Cannot view on the web with this combo.
Quicktime Player – .FLV file Advantages: None Disadvantages: This would be just dumb.
Flash Player – .MOV file Advantages: Same easy workflow, only need to create one version Disadvantages: FAIL – You can hear audio on the web but no video.
Flash Player – .M4V file Advantages: Works for podcast/iTunes, AppleTV compatible, would only need to create a single file, acceptable file size, acceptable quality Disadvantages: FAIL: Seemed to work OK on my computer, but testing on a PC (even with Quicktime installed), didn’t seem to want to display video.
Flash Player – .MP4 file Advantages: H.264 Disadvantages: FAIL: Seemed to work OK on my computer, but testing on a PC (even with Quicktime installed), didn’t seem to want to display video.
Flash Player – .FLV file Advantages: Highest possible compatibility with all viewers for watching on the web. Disadvantages: Need to create two separate versions, lower quality, higher file size
I am thinking the best way to do this is to make the Flash version for the web and make a seperate version (probably .M4V) for the podcast and direct download. The lower quality for online viewing kinda sucks, and the workflow is a bit more complicated, but I think it will accommodate more people.