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Re: [vox] Streaming flash videos yourself (no YouTube or Google Videoneeded)
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Re: [vox] Streaming flash videos yourself (no YouTube or Google Videoneeded)

   thank you, dave. the question remaining for me
is: is there anything bad about installing Flash?
   i don't like downloading (and upgrading) Adobe
Acrobat (there are other readers), to take a parallel.
i worry there's a proprietary (silo) quality that may
lock some in (and some out).
   is there?
more thanks,

On Feb 13, 2007, at 1:01 PM, Dave Margolis wrote:

On Feb 12, 2007, at 3:22 PM, jim stockford wrote:
After two short Google searches, I found this article:
"Video and Audio Streaming with Flash and Open Source Tools"
Sounds perfect! Hopefully I'll have some time to look into it and get it
going on my baby photos/video pages. :)
I wish i understood why it's worth the trouble--how come
putting videos up on a web page isn't good enough?
(serious question--why bother with flash?)

For any given type of video, a user needs a new player (or at least a new library of codecs). Flash video plays in the Flash player - which almost everybody has or can easily get. The Flash player is also a self-healing plugin. This means if you have the Flash 4 player installed on your system and you encounter a site that needs Flash 9 (for example), the player will almost always do the right thing - easy install, no browser restart, users can install the flash player locally (one doesn't need to be root), etc.

Also, the FLV format (available since Flash 7) self-streams very economically over HTTP. This means you can get similar performance from a regular FLV file on a regular web server to what you can get with Real or QuickTime on their respective expensive and proprietary media servers.

The reason why YouTube works as well as it does has mostly to do with their clever leveraging of this technology - dekstop video (in almost any format) to web video in a few easy clicks. The slick tagging system as well as the "here is the code you need to embed this in your blog" are also incredible features.

Bill, this couldn't have come at a better time - I am currently researching how to do a local YouTube-ish Flash-based-video system. Thanks for sending and keep us posted on your progress!


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