|| Streaming Video
||Jun. 24th, 2003 10:29 am|
Is anyone familiar with this from the provision side?|
Does anyone use this to view video online? What sites and file formats do you use?
I've very slightly dabbled in this. You have three choices: RealVideo, Windows Media Player, Quicktime. The first two are full of evil but have a higher installed base. To do a good job, you should encode in at least two of the options. For Real and WMP you should probably provide seperate narrow and broadband versions - Quicktime is smart enough to pick depending on the available bandwidth, although you may still need to encode seperately, can't remember.
Basically the whole situation is depressing. There's nothing even close to open *or* standard out there, and I suspect it's because all the big companies would rather fuck the marketplace up in a futile attempt to "own" the concept of video playing, rather than co-operate. CF instant messaging, contrast still images on the web and email.