View Full Version : Serving Large High-Quality Videos

09-18-2007, 09:03 PM

I need to display long high-quality videos through a web interface (for example, full-length basketball games at 640x480 or larger) with very good quality and reasonable loading speed.

After researching this for a while, I have found that flv is the best choice for ubiquity but something like a mms/wmv stream or quicktime stream would be better for quality. I also discovered that recently an update to flash made h.264 playable in a flash based player. Perhaps something where the default is a flash-based player like flowplayer (http://flowplayer.org) playing h.264 video with an option to view in an embedded quicktime player or download the file as an mpeg or avi would be a good solution?

I realize this is a heavy request, but I was wondering if anyone with experience doing this sort of thing could provide insight?

Thanks so much

09-20-2007, 07:56 AM
I believe that FLV is the best format in most cases if you just want the videos to be viewed online. If you want to offer the videos for download, then you would want .mov, .mpeg, .avi (depending on how the video is processed, what your software can export, etc).

FLV can provide great quality, and reasonable download time if you have the right settings and compressors. Many people think that FLV provides a shabby video, but thats because so many YouTube videos look poor. Most of that is attributable to poor settings or poor quality video on the users end before uploading.

Chances are, you don't want to take the time, space, or money it requires to set up multiple versions of the same file. So unless you need people to download the video to view on their personal computers, do FLV. Otherwise figure out what looks the best and smallest with your output settings.