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    DocRocks, My experience with the technique I mentioned has been good, and I see no reason why it would not work with the 52MB file in question. I recently used this technique to make several video clips available on a web page (http://coe.uno.edu/coe_web/news/2006...rds/index.htm). All 13 of these clips were 160MB or more avi movies. When converted to wmv they were all between 2-10MB.
    Although I cannot explain the complete use and all options of Windows Media Encoder (WME) here, I will get you started. When you open WME you will select Convert a file then use the Browse button to select your avi movie. WME will automatically put the output file (the wmv) in the same location (folder/directory) unless you tell it otherwise. Next, WME will ask you, How do you want to distribute your content? You will select Web server (progressive download). Then WME will ask you to make lots of selections about how you want to encode your file, that is, what kind of settings it should use to convert it. You don't have to be an expert and understand all these setting to use WME, but you may want to do several tests converting one avi movie at high quality, then at medium, then at low, and you may find you can produce a quality video at medium or even low settings which will keep your file size small. When you see an option that says Begin converting when I click finish, leave it UNchecked and click Finish. But you're not completely finished. Now look at the menu bar at top and select Properties and review some settings. The one I pay close attention to here is the tab video size. This is the actual dimensions of your output (wmv) file in width and height. The ones on my web page are very small, 320x240, but mine are just talking heads. You will probably want to go larger, say about 720x480. Again, do some tests if you're not sure. Finally, look at the menu bar and select Start Encoding. Wait until it is done and then you can view your final wmv movie file using Windows Media Player. Place the wmv on your web site with a link to it.
    I hope this has been helpful. Good luck with your movies!
    Sorry it has taken so long to reply. I have been on vacation! I'll give the wmv option a try.

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    Fixed media file to wmv hope this will now work. As for dave I dont know why the pictures dont work for you as they seem to work with us. Is it maybe that a mac computer see files differently than a pc?

    http://www.v-i-cstudio.com/demos.html

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    Getting video on your website to work

    OK! New here tonight, so please bear with me. I am self taught on designing webpages, I still have a lot to learn, but I am trying. Unfortunately, when your a webmaster you must be good at CSS, graphics, and many more things. Now that I want to add video, it's just another learning curve.

    One that I need advice on. I do our church web page and we are trying to get the sermons up in video. I have downloaded several different programs and purchased a few that are suppose to make it easy. Most of them want to put you in a swf or flv format. When I put them up, they are grainey and dark.

    I just tried to use windows movie maker for the first time. I uploaded the file, but when I try and make it work on my server it fails. How do you add the Windows media player so that it will run? I just assumed that if you cliked on the wmv file, that media player would open and run it.

    The file is one hour six minutes long, or 356 MB. That is for the entire service. If need be, I can cut it back to about thirty five minutes or so just for the sermon.

    So, my question is this, what do I need to do for best quality and get some type of player to work with it. Hopefully using a wmv file on our site.

    Thanks, any help would be appreciated.

    Tom

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    OK! New here tonight, so please bear with me. I am self taught on designing webpages, I still have a lot to learn, but I am trying. Unfortunately, when your a webmaster you must be good at CSS, graphics, and many more things. Now that I want to add video, it's just another learning curve.

    One that I need advice on. I do our church web page and we are trying to get the sermons up in video. I have downloaded several different programs and purchased a few that are suppose to make it easy. Most of them want to put you in a swf or flv format. When I put them up, they are grainey and dark.

    I just tried to use windows movie maker for the first time. I uploaded the file, but when I try and make it work on my server it fails. How do you add the Windows media player so that it will run? I just assumed that if you cliked on the wmv file, that media player would open and run it.

    The file is one hour six minutes long, or 356 MB. That is for the entire service. If need be, I can cut it back to about thirty five minutes or so just for the sermon.

    So, my question is this, what do I need to do for best quality and get some type of player to work with it. Hopefully using a wmv file on our site.

    Thanks, any help would be appreciated.

    Tom
    Hello, this may not be the best of places to ask this question. However, i feel like giving you some directions here. Note that the threed is about 2 years old.

    Anyway First, lets start with your host. Depending on if you run your own server, or have a dedicated host, it may be allowed to have the bigger files available for download. On the other hand we got Shared hosting, which is cheap, but more strict on what you can and can't do.

    In case you are in doupt, ask your host. If allowed, then figure out a way to display these movies directly from your website. I can only recommend flash players, but i won't be able to direct you anywhere in this regard, since i havn't looked into it as of yet, (requireds a days dedicated work at most.)

    I'm not sure if you are aware of www.godtube.com This site will allow you to upload such movies, and embed them into your website, they have their own flash player, so you don't need to create one. Sadly last i checked, their ways of embeding won't validate twords the standards html 4.01 / xhtml. And there might be some fees for each additional movie you upload, if i remember correct.


    Using progressive download is easier, then setting up the streaming server, because it uses existing infrastructure, basicly any http server can use this method. A general rule is, if the playback rate exceeds the download rate, then the user will experiance that the video freezes, until the next few seconds has been buffered. You can also put it like this, if the bitrate of the video exceeds the speed of the users internet connection, then the video freezes.

    See also: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/win...webserver.aspx


    There is a forum for christian webdesigners at http://www.christian-web-masters.com/forums/ (which i'm also a member of), and then theres www.phpfreaks.com one of the best sites, when it comes to the more technical questions.



    Its true that the requirements to Layout, and ability to create graphically appealing sites has increased, along with the need for fully accessible CSS based layouts, without the use of tables for layout purposes. Thats something i try to deal with at Brugbart (below link).
    www.brugbart.com - Turtoials/References

    The following links may also be most useful, if you don't allready know them.
    www.w3schools.com - Turtoials/References

    Even though i consider some aspects of the Accessibility Guidelines to be worthless, and slowing down the web (support for old browsers for instance), i do recommend to atleast follow the parts, which allows browsers to render pages without stylesheets I.E. Screen Readers and such.
    http://www.w3.org/WAI/ - Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)
    http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG10/ - Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0
    http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG20/ - Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0

    Allways validate your pages, and remember to include a valid doctype.
    http://validator.w3.org/ - General Validator I.E. (X)'html
    http://jigsaw.w3.org/css-validator/ - CSS validator


    Last (but not least), don't randomly buy all sorts of applications. The official flash if perhaps the best, if you wan't to create an "animation", or flash player.
    http://www.adobe.com/products/flash/
    But as said, progressive download is easier to deal with, and if you cant afford flash, it may be a cheap alternative. Not to mention that you might need to learn action scripting, this shouldn't take long however, since they have a solid build-in reference.

    I'm not exactly aware if there are any alternatives to flash, worth recommending. But one thing for sure, there are plenty of smaller "companies", selling pretty much opsolate hardware/software. One such case is all the commercial video converters, which dosn't even compete with staxrip ( http://planetdvb.net/staxrip/ ) at a serius level.

    I would certainly try godtube, i already have a few movies for testing purposes. But i havn't used it seriosly yet, that may change later however.

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    Thanks Blue, I will look into the info you posted. It seems like everytime I turn around I have to learn something new with a big learning curve to it.

    I do appreciate the help.

    Tom

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