I need some advice. What would be the best method for putting a video on a page? How would I go about this method?
Also, the person who wants me to put in this video likely has it only in dvd format (A professor who records his lectures). Any suggestions as to a program that converts dvds to something simpler like a .mov or .mv4? Preferably a format compatible with the method I'm searching for.
Thanks in advance!
there are so many possibilities (here too Google and the search function here in this forum could be your friends too ). That might be the reason that you didn't get an answer till now.
My "library" shows for example these interesting informations:
Good luck and a little bit of a "staying power"
Danielle, the easiest solution is to ensure the video is a format that either YouTube or Vimeo will accept, create an account on whichever of those services you choose, upload the file(s) to your channel there, and then embed the link in the web page.
like Chris and Ken, I have thought to the "YouTube or Vimeo " solution so too, because it is as they say "the easiest solution". I willful did not made these references. Primarily because I consider a very impersonal representation and also due to the large number of existing videos. Please look with a critical glance at it.
A representation in YOUR website provides much more opportunities to individual design in my opinion. For that DW will open up nice possibilities for your specific challenges.
I, like Hans, also advocate personal representation on a website over one-size-to-fit-all cookie-cutter templates. The reason I suggested YouTube and Vimeo is a technical one. While it is not difficult to upload a video to your host server and add a link to it on your webpage, some of the considerations for doing that are:
1. Depending upon the number of videos you have, and how large a file each is, you may quickly find yourself in need of additional space on your server which will increase how much your host server will charge to house your website.
2. You will have to rely upon the default program [Quicktime, Real Player, et al] on your visitors' computers for playback of the video. This means that each time they click to play a video, their computer will have to launch that program . . . which translates into wait time. First the visitor will have to wait for the program to load, and then the visitor will have to wait for the program to load the video. If the wait time is too long, visitors will tend to abandon the page before ever viewing the video.
By embedding the video from a YouTube or Vimeo channel, you don't have to worry about hosting and visitors won't have to wait for a video to start playing. If the video you've uploaded to YT or V is fairly large, slower buffering time may become a factor, but it is still more user friendly for your visitors than forcing them to launch Quicktime or Real Player or the equivalent in order to view the file.
'You will have to rely upon the default program [Quicktime, Real Player, et al] on your visitors' computers for playback of the video'.
Why? You can use something like jwplayer to play the video on your site?
to answer the question about the "best method" is not so easy and has many facets as we can see in the treatises shown above. Now Danielle is spoilt for choice between the concepts. Let's see what she will decide.
Thanks for all the feedback! Ultimately, it will depend on the professor but if I know him well enough, he'll go with the youtube/vimeo option. I may be mistaken but we shall see.
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