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Paul Bennett

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Hello.

I am a reletive noob to playing movies over the internet, so I have a few questions.

I have a web page, and I would like to make a movie avaliable to view and download from it. I have the movie on my harddrive, in .mp4 format . (Only thing I have found to play it is quicktime 7). I want to make this movie avaliable to veiw on my web site.

How should I go about this? I obviously want to try and convert it to a more friendly file type first, because I dont want everyone who wants to play it to have to download 30+MB of quicktime and iTunes to see it. What file should I convert it to, and how?

Next, how do I actually go about putting it on my site? I think I will be ok hosting it myself (not using something like google movies) becuase I dont expect a ton of bandwith usage. What 'code' do I need to use to play the movie right on the page, and to make the movie avaliable to download (not play on page).

Thanks so much for you help.

Paul
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I think .mpeg is a common format for movies. To have to movie play on a webpage, you could try embedding it. And to have it available to download, the simplest way is to make a reguar link, such as <a href="movie.mpeg">my movie</a> and then on the actual webpage, right click, and choose "save target as".

http://www.boutell.c...ting/video.html This page has a lot of information, check it out.
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Thanks for the quick reply! It is very helpful.

Could someone give me a little more info on the .mp4 file type? Its MPEG-4 right? What will it play with? Should I try to conveert it to MPEG-2?

Thanks again.
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I think MPEG-4 is designed to deliver the same quality video as MPEG-2, but at a lower file size. A better compressed version, I guess?

From what I know, quicktime is the only software that supports .mp4 files, so I would convert it to .mpeg format first. Hope that helps.
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