What is the best way to encode video for web use?
November 3, 2005 12:38 PM Subscribe
What is the best way to encode video for cross platform (mac, windows and *nix) use?
posted by ikareru to computers & internet (16 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
We have several videos that we need to host on our site. The video guru has edited them, but is unsure of all the encoding options in Final Cut (he mostly works in straight DV format). The sources are all dvd quality, and they need to not only look good but sound good. The quicktime.mov files he created looked and sounded great, but would only open on a few windows boxes. After updating to the latest/greatest QT on the windows xp sp2 box, it still refused to open. I'm trying to find the best balance between quality and ease of use for the non-expert site viewer (no forcing them to download an extra codec like divx).
On a side note, one of the exports he made was mp4 streaming, yet the browsers would not stream and downloaded them instead. Safari on my mac just downloaded what looks to be the file code in the browser window, but never played the file itself. Is there something we need to add to the html to make it stream?