It was a long and grueling process, but I finally finished updating the entire video archive. Here are the improvements:
- Videos play on the web in Flash. From time to time I would get a note from someone either saying the had trouble watching the videos online or downright yelling at me for embedding video in Quicktime. I like Quicktime as with the way I shoot it easier to deal with, has smaller file sizes, and higher quality. Well, I think I found a good compromise. I now have the videos converted into Flash for watching on the web, but I’m still pushing the Quicktime .M4V format through the RSS feed (iTunes). I hope the Flash thing helps everyone who had trouble before. It also has the benefit of being a little snappier on the load and offers a full-screen view.
- Each video page has relevant links from the video. Kind of like “show notes” I guess. Any link I reference inside the video (except advertising) is shown right on that page for easy quick reference.
- Each video page offers a direct download. If you don’t want to subscribe to the screencast feed but don’t want to watch on the web either, each video page offers a direct download of the Quicktime version.
A lot of folks seem to like the screencasts so I definitely plan to keep doing them, so stay tuned for more!
I still don’t have a good solution for the folks who want to watch them on their iPod/iPhones. Sometime down the line I hope to address this and offer up an alternate feed and perhaps a download of past episodes in this format. For now, you’ll have to download the regular version and do your own conversion. You can actually do this right from within iTunes but right-clicking on the podcast and choosing “Convert for iPhone/iPod”