Getting videos to play seamlessly on a web page
My question is:
<object class="im" classid="clsid:02BF25D5-8C17-4B23-BC80-D3488ABDDC6B" codebase="http://www.apple.com/qtactivex/qtplugin.cab" height="286" width="655">
<param name="src" value="why_eating_dry_fruit_is_unhealthy.MOV">
<param name="autoplay" value="false">
<param name="type" value="video/quicktime" height="286" width="655">
<embed src="why_eating_dry_fruit_is_unhealthy.MOV" height="286" width="655" autoplay="false" type="video/quicktime" pluginspage="http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/">
1) Should I convert the mov to swf - that is, is swf a more compatible and appropriate format for seamless integration in html web page?
3) Also, a lot of sites with galleries of videos have an icon that indicates "click to play". Is that part of the video itself or can I just create an image and then when clicked on, the video plays?
I do have Adobe Flash CS4 Professional, if that matters. And if mov file is more suitable, then how can I reduce its file size?
Thanks for response.