I’ve had a couple of people report that they didn’t want to install the quicktime plugin just to watch the screencasts. A couple of other folks reported that they were just unable to get the videos to play online. As an experiment, I’ve tried to convert this last video in Flash Video, and use a cool Flash player I found. I’m thinking Flash is even more common than Quicktime so there should be less problems?
It’s even got a cool "full screen" feature and volume control, so that’s a bonus. The file size is like 3 times what it was as a quicktime video though, and the quality might even be a little lower, so that’s an anti-bonus.
Personally I follow the video’s by iTunes now, so I can watch them when I have no internet (like when I am in the train or something like that), but I like this video-player. I have the same one and I think it’s one of the best, it’s easy, simple, clear and like you said: the full-screen function. Good addition to your website :)
Personally i like the Quicktime better, but you can’t go wrong with a nice looking flash player. If you have the bandwidth, space, and time it might be nice to have a flash and quicktime for every screen cast. Flash is nice for watching online, but I always download the Quicktime videos so i can watch them later where and when ever i want to.
While Flash is ubiquitous on most PCs its worth keeping in mind that for maximum compatibility with other devices (such Nintendo WII) you are looking at Flash 7 being the norm which means some of the cool compression bits have to be left of. On a side note christ I noticed your using SWFObject which is cool but given your on a Jquery quest you might find http://jquery.lukelutman.com/plugins/flash/ useful.
Also keeping the ability to download for offline viewing is a nice idea.
I think ultimately I’m going to skip Flash. I need it to be quicktime for iTunes, and if I did flash I’d have to do two versions every time and double my hosting space. Plus it just doesn’t seem as efficient or as good of quality.
Thanks for the jQuery link Tim! That looks absolutely badass.
Like any website or feature, you have to be aware of your target audience. In your case, it would be mainly people who are web-savvy and are interested in web technologies and hence trying to find out more about them to develop their skills to create their own. In that sense, I would fully expect the majority of your visitors to either already have quicktime installed, or be quite willing to install it. Those that don’t should perhaps think of another interest – like trying to swim without getting wet ;)