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show user profile  owtdor
Does anyone have any advice on converting some old animations to Flash for the web? Our company is doing a redesign of its site and we want to have Flash videos rather than making someone download the thing first. I am looking for a solution that is as close to free as possible and delivers good compression with little to no loss of visual quality. I understand that better compression leads to lower quality video so compression is secondary to quality of image.
If anyone wants to respond, please give a software name and some of the settings I should use to get good results. I don't have a lot of time to play around with settings.

Thanks everyone!

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6/7/2010 7:47:48 AM (last edit: 6/7/2010 7:47:48 AM)
show user profile  STRAT

this is brilliant, with the best output V's compression quality i found, considering it's FREE as well :)


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6/7/2010 9:20:10 AM (last edit: 6/7/2010 9:20:10 AM)
show user profile  advance-software
What about WebM (vp8) video (html 5) ?

This will be supported in firefox & chrome natively. Perhaps others too.

WebM compression is not as efficient as H264 (the format used by Flash), but there are no patent licensing charges (to MPEG LA). Unlike H264, WebM format video can be directly embedded into HTML pages using the video tag in some browsers, with others to follow.

I think the video tag should support all video codecs installed on the system so you can choose what video format you want to use, but current HTML engines do not support this configuration.
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6/7/2010 10:25:00 AM (last edit: 6/7/2010 10:46:56 AM)
show user profile  Toen
Flash will support Vp8 as well:
Flash Player Will Support VP8

I'm not sure what is going to happen with native video support in browsers on the web, they can't agree on it yet. Steve Jobs said he was unimpressed with Vp8:|
Steve Jobs: Unimpressed with Google open source video codec

As I understand it HTML5 doesn't specify what codec should be used for the video tag.
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6/7/2010 11:27:39 AM (last edit: 6/7/2010 11:29:08 AM)
show user profile  advance-software
> As I understand it HTML5 doesn't specify what codec should be used for the video tag.

Right, but the (other) browser vendors impose specific video formats on you in their implementation of htm5/video.

I think that's a bad plan. Their argument is that you need to use standard open formats in order to keep the web open and secure. Closed source binary executable codecs that you might have to install to play some video formats are a security issue as you never know exactly what they're doing due to their closed source nature. In security sensitive environments (military, gov, finance, etc.), this is a reasonable concern. For mainstream commercial & hobbyist use, it's less of an issue - windows is closed source, as is flash, etc.
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6/7/2010 11:40:26 AM (last edit: 6/7/2010 12:07:18 PM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
Ignore all the above, it's not relevant yet.

You want to use what most people can use. At the moment, Flash is installed on more computers than Windows is, so use Flash, and have an mp4 version for devices that can't use the Flash content (iPad, Android, etc).

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6/7/2010 11:47:32 AM (last edit: 6/7/2010 11:47:32 AM)
show user profile  owtdor
Thanks for the advice guys!

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6/8/2010 1:17:34 AM (last edit: 6/8/2010 1:17:34 AM)
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