1 Reply Latest reply on Oct 7, 2008 8:49 AM by Newsgroup_User

    Flash Video Progressive Download

    MontyC
      I would like to us a flash video in a web page, and don't want to use streaming. If I use the Flash Video Encoder to make a medium quality video that is about six minutes long, will progressive download work okay, or is it too long to work without problems? If this is too long, what would be a good maximum length to use?
        • 1. Re: Flash Video Progressive Download
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          On Wed, 1 Oct 2008 13:50:39 +0000 (UTC), "MontyC"
          <webforumsuser@macromedia.com> wrote:

          >I would like to us a flash video in a web page, and don't want to use
          >streaming. If I use the Flash Video Encoder to make a medium quality video that
          >is about six minutes long, will progressive download work okay, or is it too
          >long to work without problems? If this is too long, what would be a good
          >maximum length to use?

          This is an incorrect question. Length itself (duration) does not
          matter. Only bitrate does. Check your video bitrate and evaluate your
          channel bandwidth.

          Progressive download has two big disadvantages against streaming:

          - it takes all available channel bandwidth regardless to the video
          bitrate. It may cause problems at the client side;

          - it does not allow quick navidation across the video unless it will
          be completely downloaded to the user's computer.

          If you'd like to avoid such problems and you have a webhosting with
          PHP (or like that), then you could try to use so called HTTP
          Streaming, which resolves both of these issues without special server
          usage. You can find some information here:
          http://home.openworldpresenter.com/flash/index.php?pid=43