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    Streaming video questions...

    I am trying to setup a dedicated linux server to stream http progressive on demand video files. My question is whether I need to run any special streaming software such as helix or darwin or if I can simply upload these files and embed them into my webpage?

    I was also reading your tutorials about true streaming vs. progressive streaming. You state true streaming can handle more simultaneous users than progressive. I was under the impression it would be restricted first my the servers bandwidth connection such as 20mbps or 100mbps? Would that govern the simultaneous users first before the streaming software? I was under the impression streaming is not CPU intensive and is alot entirely bandwidth intensive in terms of maxing out resources?

    So I guess my main three questions are...

    1) Do I need any streaming software such as helix or can I simply embed the video files in my webpage?
    2) Will users experience any slower streaming speeds or congestion problems on a linux server with embeded streaming video vs. a true streaming host if both resources and connection speed are identical?
    3) Are all major formats supported via progressive streaming (avi, mpg, mp4, mov, real, flash, 3g2, wmv, etc)?

    Thanks
    Tom

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    1) Do I need any streaming software such as helix or can I simply embed the video files in my webpage?
    You only need specialist software if you expect a lot of traffic, or if you have some other specific reason to use it. Although it's nice to have streaming software, for most situations it's not necessary. You can certainly give it a try using HTTP streaming first, and if that's not good enough, upgrade later.
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    2) Will users experience any slower streaming speeds or congestion problems on a linux server with embeded streaming video vs. a true streaming host if both resources and connection speed are identical?
    Not noticeably, unless you have a lot of simultaneous users.
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    3) Are all major formats supported via progressive streaming (avi, mpg, mp4, mov, real, flash, 3g2, wmv, etc)?
    Pretty much. I'm not confident enough to give a definite "yes" but I'm fairly sure it's possible with most (or all) common formats. Bear in mind that AVI isn't a good streaming format and has complications with different codes etc.
    Dave Owen
    MediaCollege.com

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