What's the best video format to sell as a course.

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I have some videos that are in MPG-4 format only.
What i would like to know is,if i where going to sell a series of videos that explains or shows how to do something,what formats.

Like,say i sold a course,should the formats in the package contain something like this:

AVI
WMV
MPG-4
MPG-3
FLV

What combination,or just sell one format that is kind of generally accepted and let the people purchasing change it to what they want.

Or,enclose a free converter as a bonus.
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  • Profile picture of the author kenny5
    The most common I've seen has been a downloadable mp4 format with a version they can also view online.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kevin AKA Hubcap
      You don't meed all those formats. It's all a matter of balancing quality with file size.

      FLV or H.264/MP4 should be fine for what you're doing.

      Additionally if many of your customers will be accessing your content on an iphone/ipad (which don't do flash video) then use H.264/MP4.

      FYI--AVI file sizes are huge compared to H.264/FLV/WMV
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  • Profile picture of the author powerspike
    Personally, i use FLV for online videos, as it appears almost anyone can play them, If i have download options, it's the FLV and MP4, the mp4 is so people can put it on mobile devices easily (ie ipad/iphone/etc).
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  • Profile picture of the author Ruby Rynne
    I've had quite a few courses, etc, come in Quicktime (.mov) format, and they work fine. File sizes are tiny too, which is good.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tyrus Antas
    I'd have .mov for your Mac customers and .wmv
    for windows. I personally hate .mov and Quicktime
    so please, don't make me download it just to watch
    your stuff.

    Tyrus
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  • Profile picture of the author jazbo
    I would go with FLV if its going to be downloadable, the filesizes are so much smaller.
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  • Profile picture of the author pcpupil
    Thanks for all the responses.
    Ill definitly go with the MPG-4 since there already in that format.
    And they can play on phones,ect...

    Ill check on the .mov,and Flv.
    @ Kevin,is the H.264 the same thing as/MP4,just a different number?
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    • Profile picture of the author Kevin AKA Hubcap
      Originally Posted by pcpupil View Post

      @ Kevin,is the H.264 the same thing as/MP4,just a different number?
      Yes it is.

      The good thing about H.264/mp4 is it can be played by a number of video players including the latest iterations of Adobe's Flash Player which many people have on their machines (and if they don't it's only a download away) as well as being suitable for the iphone/ipad crowd.
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  • Profile picture of the author fullmatrix
    I use flv, because most people with windows OS can easily play the video with windows media player, and the size and quality are reasonably balanced.
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  • Profile picture of the author pcpupil
    @ Fullmatrix,thanks for that info.
    When i tried to play them in Wmplayer,as an mpg-4,they didnt play.
    Thats why im trying to get a balance between windows,mac,and phone users.

    Since i will put them together,it wouldnt hurt me any to change the files for ease of use.
    Im just trying to make it easy for people so they dont have to go find software to change video formats,even though there free.
    I have (iwisoft),wich does everything.

    I also went to your site for the wp videos,but im on a dial up and no way could download those files,my isp shuts me down every 3-4 hrs wether i like it or not.

    Crap,i was going to ask something else for everyone,but now i forgot.
    Stupid,stupid silver hair.
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  • Profile picture of the author radagar
    For the sake of general availability, I would offer those combinations: H.264/FLV/WMV and MP4, with this, you will be able to give access to: PC, MAC, iPhone, Android and WEB based users.

    If any questions, give me a buzz to: alienhost [at] live [dot] com. I will gladly help specially if you need free software converter...
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  • Profile picture of the author pcpupil
    @radagar,
    That was exactly what i was thinking along your lines.
    Just 3-4 for ease for everybody basiclly.
    I already have a good video converter,but thanks.
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    • Profile picture of the author fullmatrix
      @PCPupil

      If you're talking about the preview videos on my site, I hosted them on Vimeo and already made them short so slow connection can play them. But apparently it's still not light enough for dial up.

      Yes I think if you want to accomodate PC, Mac and iPhone user, I think you should create and upload several video format and guide your customer to download video version that compatible to their system.
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  • Profile picture of the author pcpupil
    @fullmatix,
    thats a great idea.That way they could pick what they want.

    i wasnt talking about watching your videos,i was talking about downloading the whole package.
    I didnt try to watch them yet.
    Ill go try.
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  • Profile picture of the author pcpupil
    @Kevin,
    Ill have to check my pc and see if its on there.
    When i opened one of the videos to play,it opened up in irfanview.
    Wich the screen was really small.
    Ill have to click on one and then check wich program i have to open it.
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    • Profile picture of the author surflongdude
      I'm using a Mac. What's the easiest way to convert my .mov files to .wmv (to be played on a PC, for customers)?
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  • Profile picture of the author Super Affiliate
    FLV for me, too. Size really does matter when you upload them.
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  • Profile picture of the author spearce000
    Most of my courses are MP4. If I'm selling them with PLR or MRR, then I distribute them as AVI and let the customer decide what format to convert them into.
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  • Profile picture of the author Joe Ray
    mp4 is probably your best bet, however, if you want the end user to stream the videos as well, you really have to learn about encoding videos. The videos have to be good quality while you have to keep the video size as small as possible.
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