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On Jan 15, 3:12*am, heretic <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:
> ...which player would be the best!?
> Easiest to set up, not crashing etc.
> It's few of those
> Any recommendation?

Since you mention "from your own web page" in the title, I assume you
have control of what formats of video you put up on your page. If you
make the videos yourself, they likely are often in a format that often
requires much too high of a download rate to be used on the web for
streaming, although you can use even HD files if you are willing to
wait for them to download. With video files running up to 40+ GB (not
a typo) for many Blu-ray movies, you can see the download time for
more than just a few minutes will become excessive even using the best
broadband connection available to most private individuals. Thus, even
for standard resolution video, you likely are going to need to encode
the video to a much lower bitrate format that is suitable for the
internet. Do you want the videos for viewing only by yourself or also
by others? The one format that can be seen by the most people is flv/
swf, but you may need to buy an encoder for this format. If you are
interested only in videos, a decent encoder for that format can be
had for under $US 100. You input any one of several video formats and
the encoder outputs a flv file containing the flash video and a swf
file containing the custom player selected and possible other things
such as text, logos, links to other pages etc.You upload both the flv
and swf to the same directory on your site. You call for the video
using the swf url only, and it automatically starts download of the
flv to a temporary cache on the computer. If the download rate for the
flv exceeds the rate needed for playing, the video soon starts
streaming. Of course any computer must have Adobe flash, or
substitute, installed for this format to work. You can encode for low
streaming rates that will work for slow bit rate cartoon-like flash
ads that will even work on dialup up to the top Blu-ray resolution HD
video using codec H-264 video.

If you want an encoder for free, Microsoft will give you an encoder
for their.wmv format, and Real has an encoder for their video formats.
There also are many pay encoders, and a few free ones, that will take
inputs in many video formats and convert it to video suitable for the
web in several possible formats.

If you are interested in videos made by someone else that uses flv/
swf, such as YouTube and many other services, some of these provide
instructions for using their videos, when allowed, and you likely
would be best off at first if you follow their instructions.

One also can provide more than one video format or bitrate if the need
arises. The most common formats for video today on the web, in
decreasing order of use, seem to be flv/swf(Adobe), wmv(Microsoft),
mov(Apple), rm(Real). If html5 becomes common, ogv may become more
common, as Firefox, Opera, and perhaps other html5 capable browsers
will support ogv as one of their built in "house" format video

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