Video Woes...

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Hey, video experts.

I have a dilemma right now. Maybe I'm overlooking something simple.

I have a FLV video (WMV converted to FLV with On2 Flix--I also tried Camtasia 5.1). It's a 600 x 400 video, approx 52 MB in size after being converted.

I want to get it smaller. And I have some hosting bandwidth hiccups at the moment, so I want to host the video on a separate server than the page it's being displayed on.

I looked at Google Video and uploaded it there. Problem is, Google resizes the video almost in half (I mean the video dimensions, not the file size). I might be able to live with a 500 x 333 video, but nothing smaller, as the slides I use get harder to read when it gets that small. Now I know it can be displayed in double-size, but then it just looks like crap!

YouTube, same thing.

I looked at Amazon S3 for hosting, to deal with the bandwidth issues, but what a nightmare just to get the S3 Firefox Organizer Plugin to work (what IS my "Account Name" that it's requesting, anyays? Even Amazon doesn't tell me that. Is it my Account ID #? My login email address? My name? I tried all 3, along with my Access Key ID and secret key, but it can't pull up my account. Even if it did, looks way too complicated for what I need, anyways.

Now I have 4 other servers I can use, and one of them is very fast, so I figured I'd just host the FLV file on the fast server and reference it from my sales page.

Uh oh. That doesn't seem to work unless I use an iFrame or something, which messes up Paypal when they click the order link.

I looked into FLV Producer, but I don't want to buy it unless I know if can play a remote FLV file.

Any other suggestions are welcomed! This is getting ridiculous. There must be an easier solution. Like I said, I'm probably overlooking something dumb!


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  • Profile picture of the author Scott Lundergan
    Hi John,

    FLV Producer can play the remote file. In step 3, under the advanced menu, just make sure you set the filepaths correctly, including the javascript file itself, whether it's in the main index path or tell it the file path and name of javascript.


    and for the player and the video itself, you would just put for both, then when you produce the javscript code, you will just have to copy and paste the <script BLAH BLAH /script> and that's all.

    For example, this below is all that you need to copy over from the html/javascript it produces.

    <script type="text/javascript"

    Hope that helps.

    • Profile picture of the author John Ritz
      Hi, Scott.

      Thanks very much! That does help. For future reference, is there a way to get Google Video to stream, say a 640 x 480 video size (i.e. not double sized)?

      I know YouTube has options there, but they have that dumbass 10 minute limitation.



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