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    A Choice of Players

    I'd like to give visitors to my website a choice of watching a video in either Quicktime or Windows media Player. How do I set this up?

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    Assuming you already have the video encoded in both formats, the easiest way is to just make two hyperlinks - one to each file.

    Code:
    <a href="video01.wmv">Click here to view WinMedia version</a>
    <a href="video01.mov">Click here to view Quicktime version</a>
    You can get more complicated if you like by embedding the video files, but I think the above example is a perfectly fine way to do it.

    Our streaming media tutorial has more info:
    http://www.mediacollege.com/video/fo...dia/streaming/
    Dave Owen
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    The tutorials are very interesting. However, I see that for Quicktime and WMP mention is made of opening a video in 'Premiere'. What is Premier?

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    Adobe Premiere is a video editing software package. More info is here:
    http://www.mediacollege.com/adobe/premiere/

    Can you tell us what you use to work with video files? What video files do you have? Can you edit them or convert them into different formats?
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    Hi,

    I am a bit confuse with the term streaming here.

    My website is hosted by someone else. Can i actually let people stream videos on my website?

    As far as i know, i am allowed to host my webpages, ftp (so people can download the videos from my site).

    Isn't it will take up lots of bandwidth to do that?

    Any help please?

    Thanks.

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    Yes, basically any site can have http streaming video.

    "Bandwidth" means the amount of data being transfered at any given time. "Data transfer" means the total amount of data delivered over a period of time (usually per month). People often get these terms mixed up.

    How much bandwidth/data transfer you use depends on the size of your video files and the number of people who will be viewing the video. It certainly takes a lot more bandwidth to deliver video than web pages. Most hosting packages will let you stream a reasonable amount of video to a few dozen people each day.
    Dave Owen
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    Sorry for the delay in replying to your post - busy with the holidays. I downloaded Swish and converted the files to shockwave flash and it really works well. Thank you for your help

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