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    Member r4nd0mch4r's Avatar
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    Hi, I got a client that wants to have a video playing in index when a user enters the site.

    The problem is I'm stuck here with a 8MB .mpg file... how can I make this work?

    a)Do I need to transform the .mpg file to some other format that takes less space @ same quality? .wmv pehaps?

    b) Can I make the video start playing when its only 5% or 10% loaded and let it download in the background while playing @ the same time?

    c) Any other method perhaps?

    I'm kind of stuck here... :-(

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    I'm no expert on this sort of thing but it might be worth looking at making it a RAM file. This will stream so that it can be opened when only partially downloaded.

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    Don't use RealMedia or you'll feel my wrath.

    There are two options, neither of which are desirable.

    1. Convert it to a streaming Windows Media format and embed it in the page, set to play automatically.
    2. Dump it in a Flash document and compress, compress, compress.

    Either way, the quality will likely be terrible.
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    i agree...

    I guess the most rational option would be to suggest my client video on demand... so the user has to choose "Yes I want to see the video" so they will actually wait to see it and not just close the page...

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    That's a great idea. I really don't like it when I have to sit through a video or any other intro-animation for a website. It turns me off and makes me click the "back" button.

    Perhaps you can convert it to a Quicktime movie and then embed it into an HTML file.

    If you import it into Macromedia Flash, you'll be able to create a preloader, which can start showing the clip while it's still downloading. To make it run smoothly though, you'll have to get a small enough compression size that the user will be able to download at an appropriate rate so the playback doesn't catch up to the downloading point.
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