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What is the best way to deliver video online?

Asked by PupnTaco (13895points) August 19th, 2008 from iPhone

I’m investigating what would be the best solution for presenting video online. The site I’m developing will have heavy traffic, so my ideal set of qualities would be: low bandwidth requirements, best quality, zero cross-platform or cross-browser issues, and the ability to lock videos from being saved to disk.

Clips will be three to five minutes in length.

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Tone's avatar

Flash is the standard and is most widely installed. It meets all of your criteria, except the last one, that your video be impossible to save to disk, which is not realistic. You do what you can, but you can’t prevent this from happening. If people can watch it, they can copy it.

PupnTaco's avatar

That’s true, there’s always a backdoor for the determined. I’m guessing the Average Joe won’t know how to pull the Flash file out of cache or whatever, so that’ll be good enough.

Is there a specific codec the source QuickTime files should be in for best quality when converting to Flash?

Tone's avatar

I don’t know enough about it to recommend codecs, but as a general rule, the better quality you start with, the better quality you’ll end up with. So H.264 or so should give good results. Quality and file-size (and therefore bandwidth) will always be at odds, though. Nothing you can do about that.

Lovelocke's avatar

Flash. Unless you want to pay some big bucks for secure servers and DRM encoding, I wouldn’t put anything online you don’t intend people to watch and download freely.

Filmmaker here, so I’ve some pretty intense experienced with this kind of thing… any specifics on what you’re doing?sounds like porn perhaps.

PupnTaco's avatar

Not porn. My NDA prohibits me from discussing, but I’m designing the launch site for a new venture from a very well-known American TV show host.

Lovelocke's avatar

If it’s promotional, then they won’t care who sees their video as long as other sites can’t leech bandwidth by direct linking.

Or, if they’re really hot shit, then they’ve got a YouTube partner account and will stand to make cash per view anyway.

I’m sure you thought of this though.

PupnTaco's avatar

No direct linking/embed function will be available, correct you are.

redsgirl4eva's avatar

what is the link to get flash I could use it myself

trumi's avatar

Oooh ooh! Jerry Springer Online?

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