I work on websites as well as video. Recently, I have spent some time in the Dreamweaver forum, getting ideas related to a CMS solution for a client. Like sports fans, everyone has their workflow, team and strategy. There's a lot of stuff to sort through.
I think for this type of project, the consensus in the Dreamweaver forum at least, would be WordPress. Personally, I build all of my websites from scratch. I like the direct approach from PhotoShop, Fireworks, Flash and Dreamweaver. In this case though, a CMS is probably the best solution.
I've spent a few hours (well, more than a few) recently trying to tweak the settings for v 0.25 of the HC Encoder. I've finally gotten it to produce output as clean as Squeeze by Grape Smoothing the source between 20 and 30. With a DI as the AviSource for the AviSynth script, it's at least 30% faster than Squeeze, often encoding SD source video at 70 - 90 fps. I'm pleased with the results.
One thing that baffles me, though, is that it is dog slow when the hd2sd or dv2film filters are included in the script. This is with or without MT. So the same script that runs at 30+ fps in VirtualDub will only run at 6 fps in HC. I have SMP selected and HC sees all 8 of my cores.
I don't want to pull this thread too far off-topic, but if you've got any ideas about why the slowdown exists or how to fix it, I'd like to hear them. It'll help when I make a tutorial about using HC. If you get a chance, please PM me. Thanks.
After some more consideration of this, I've decided to shelve the idea. It's not that I don't want to, or that the work involved would be too much--there are a number of other reasons and factors--but ultimately, I don't think I'm really qualified to be making workflow suggestions in this manner. Offering thoughts and ideas on the forum is one thing, and I'll keep doing that, but creating a specific location for my own workflows isn't appropriate. I'll just continue to be annoyed by the vast majority of tutorials I find
Thanks everyone for your thoughts and comments. Maybe in another time this will bear fruit... but not now.
Just wanted to chime in with the others to say great idea. Regarding platforms, while there are plenty of ways to embed video on a web site, you might consider simply putting them on youtube or vimeo and putting embeds on your site. This approach has several benefits.
First, if you're putting the videos on your site, you're going to incur the bandwidth of streaming them, which can be considerable if you meet with success. That means eventually getting into additional charges from your ISP for the higher bandwidth. With youtube / vimeo, they're actually doing the streaming even if the user is clicking on a player on your web site, so they're paying thet freight for the streaming.
Also, you can count on these sites to make their embedded players play nice with Apple devices that don't support flash, various mobile gizmos, etc. so that you don't have to maintain a dozen versions of each video. You simply upload it, add the embed to your web site, and you're done.
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