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    Streaming video

    We are in process of streaming video on our web site, is it possible to stream using MPG1 format or is windows format better?? Next question is the file size is 28 MB is too large for viewing ?? I am new to this and any help would be appreciated.

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    It's possible but probably not the best option IMO. Windows Media would be better.

    28MB would be far too large for most applications, although it would be acceptable in some cases, e.g. for very long videos or where the content needs to be top quality.
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    re: streaming video

    Thanks for your help.

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    re :file size

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    You replied that 28MB file is too large. In order to run 5-6 minute video in windows media, what should be the optimum file size?

    thanks

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    For a five-minute clip I'd be going for around 15MB as a maximum. This is assuming your audience has a very good connection. If you want to cater for people on slower connections, obviously you'd want smaller file sizes.

    Actually a better way to think about files is the bits per second rather than total file size. It's hard to talk in terms of file size because it depends on the length of the video and other factors. 28MB is far too large for a 1-minute clip, somewhat large for a 5-min clip, and very small for a 1-hour clip.

    If you can get into the habit of Kilobits/sec, you'll find it easier to work with video on the Internet. I find 300KBps a good maximum - there's not normally any need to go higher than that and most video can be supplied at lower rates.

    If you find a good bitrate that suits your purposes, you will find that encoding becomes a lot easier. Instead of always trying to find that magic file size, you simply set your encoder to output at the desired bitrate. Bingo - optimum file size every time!
    Dave Owen
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