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    Video right in e-mail

    Hi! I'm new here, and I have a lot to learn. I won't waste your time with questions that I haven't researched first. I hope you don't mind this one because I just cannot find a good answer anywhere.

    I have seen dozens of e-mails that include a link that you click so you can view a video. Is it possible to imbed the video DIRECTLY in the e-mail, so that there is no link to click? So that all you do is hit 'play' and watch the videol right in the e-mail?

    Again, I'm new to this, so if this sounds like a stupid question I hope you will both excuse my ignorance and give me a layman's answer so that I don't insult your intelligence again in the future...

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    Realistically the answer is no. Email was originally designed to carry text and that's all. It's been reworked to deal with HTML, so in theory anything you can make with HTML can be put in an email, but in reality email is an extremely poor method of delivering multimedia content. I've seen a million "video email" solutions and none of them have ever attempted to actually embed the video in an email - there are too many problems to make it workable.

    If anyone knows of a different answer let me know.
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    Unbelievable!

    Ok, this is the strangest coincidence of ALL TIME!

    I get into work today, and a co-worker sends me an e-mail.
    Ok, that's not unusuaul.

    What IS unusual is that she wanted to share a cute video that was e-mailed to her. I had seen it before, actually, but what amazed me was that in the past i had to click a link to get to it...

    ...THIS time the video was playing RIGHT IN MY e-MAIL!

    I asked her how she did that, but she RECEIVED the e-mail that way and just forwarded it to me.

    So it HAS to be POSSIBLE!
    (It's just that the neiter of us can figure out how to DO it!)

    Does anyone else have any ideas?

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    Presumably it was an HTML email using the same approach as embedding in a web page. That wouldn't have worked for those of us that don't view our email as HTML, which I suspect is quite a lot of people. It would be interesting to see the code for the email though.
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    Dave -

    If you have an e-mail addy that I can forward it to, I'd be happy to.

    If you prefer not to make it public, you can e-mail ME at:
    def_mall_owner@hotmail.com and I'd be happy to forward it to you as a 'reply'.

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    Thanks very much, I'll do that now.
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    Here is what you may be talking about. I made a sample streaming video email for you.

    http://videoemail.helloworld.com/vie...Cmp4%2Cwindows

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    I looked into helloworld.com's system quite extensively a while ago. Perhaps they've changed things since then, but at the time I felt they didn't have anything unique to offer. Like most "video by email" systems, it was really just emails linking to video hosted on a web server.

    There's another point which further dissuaded me from investing in helloworld.com. I did a fair bit of informal research and found that very few people were actually interested in video emails. There was a small percentage who thought it was a good idea but most people either didn't care or preferred to use an application more suited to video communication, eg MSN, Flash video apps, etc.

    I should also declare my personal opinion which is: email is a medium for text. It shouldn't be used for multimedia content. I say this as both an end user and someone who has to deal with email servers. Video conferencing is awesome and I can't wait until it becomes a normal activity for everyday people, but not via email
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    thanks!

    Guys, thanks for your fedback.

    I am of the impression that marketing via e-mail is becoming passe, and perhaps including a video right in the e-mail may be more appealing than having to read a bit of text. Even 'sales letters' have become obvious and immediately get ignored.

    I am thinking that if I can send my customers (not prospects, Customers)something very short...but pointed/powerful, it may stand a better chance at being 'remembered' or acted upon.

    Obvously, I have a lot of thinking to do, but I'm grateful for your feedback.
    Last edited by Defmall; 17th Nov 2007 at 00:03.

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    For those who are interested, I got the email and here's what happened...

    First of all my email program knows better than to display HTML so it was never going to work for me. This will be the same for anyone who cares about security, which is just one reason why video email is a bad idea

    So I had a look at the email at a point before it hit my email client and examined the code. Not surpisingly it was a mishmash of bloated code that is totally inappropriate for email but anyway, here's the part where the video is supposed to appear:

    Code:
    <table class=MsoNormalTable border=0 cellspacing=0 cellpadding=0 width="100&#37;"
     style='width:100.0%'>
     <tr>
      <td width="100%" style='width:100.0%;padding:1.5pt 1.5pt 1.5pt 1.5pt'>
      <div>
      <div style='margin-bottom:5.0pt'>
      <p class=MsoNormal><font size=2 color=black face=Arial><span
      style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:black'>&nbsp;</span></font><font
      size=4 color=purple face=Arial><span style='font-size:13.5pt;font-family:
      Arial;color:purple;background:white'> You have to watch the guy on the left,
      NOT THE GIRL!!!</span></font><font size=2 color=navy face=Arial><span
      style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:navy;background:white'>&nbsp;</span></font><font
      color=black face=Arial><span style='font-family:Arial;color:black'> <span
      style='background:white'><br>
      <br>
      </span></span></font><font size=2 color=black><span style='font-size:10.0pt;
      color:black;background:white'><img width=194 height=135
      src="cid:image001.gif@01C82833.A626E870" border=0></span></font><b><i><font
      size=4 color="#8000ff" face="Arial Narrow"><span style='font-size:13.5pt;
      font-family:"Arial Narrow";color:#8000FF;background:white;font-weight:bold;
      font-style:italic'>&nbsp;</span></font></i></b><font color=black face=Arial><span
      style='font-family:Arial;color:black'> <span style='background:white'>&nbsp;</span></span></font></p>
      </div>
      </div>
      </td>
     </tr>
    </table>
    As you can see, there's no sign of any video there, just a still image. So I don't know what happened but the video reference was apparently removed before it even reached my server. If anyone can shed any light on this I'd be grateful.

    Sorry to sound like a stuck record but you'll never convince me that video email is a good idea.
    Dave Owen
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