3 Replies Latest reply: Oct 20, 2006 6:17 AM by Nickels55 RSS

    Flash for Dial-Up connections

    tamotion Community Member
      I have a site which contains a flash video on each page. The video is central to the whole concept of the site, so it's important to maintain its size and clarity. My client insists the site (meaning the video) must be capable of running on a dial-up connection. At the moment it stutters too badly on dial-up. Is this something that is do-able whilst still maintaining reasonable quality? Or perhaps it is accepted in the industry that such a site simply will not work on dial-up?

      The current flv's run at 8 fps with a 200kps data rate. Size 320x240 video, not incuding controller. I could probably reduce it to 6fps (at 150kps data rate) which would be a bit choppy and lower quality, but mostly it's talking heads, so perhaps I can get away with it. Question is whether that would be enough to make it workable on dial-up. Is there any other option? (I don't want to reduce the size of 320x240)

      The site address is designerperfect.com.

      I would appreciate your input if you have any constructive comments on the dial up question.

      Thanks, Tam.
        • 1. Re: Flash for Dial-Up connections
          Nickels55 Community Member
          I wouldn't make my site based on the 56k user unless that is your target audience, and if it is then kill the flv files. Not too many 56k users want to sit for 5 minutes to see a crappy 30 second video (quality not content).

          You should re-encode those videos to play at a better rate for broadband users, and maybe add extra buttons for dial-up users. This way you have 2 flv's of the same movie, encoded at different rates. If someone clicks on the 56k version, they get the choppy low res junk file. Buffer it longer to make it play smoother. If they click on the broadband video link they get the nice, smooth, clean and clear video that doesn't distract from the design.

          /my 2 cents
          • 2. Re: Flash for Dial-Up connections
            tamotion Community Member
            Nickels - what you're saying makes sense. What I'm going to do is to make a parallel site in which all videos are the lower quality, and at the home page - where there is no video yet - I'll give the option with link to go to the "dial-up site", with a suitable explanation/warning that dial-up means lower quality. One question - where/how do I increase the buffer?

            Thanks, Tam
            • 3. Re: Flash for Dial-Up connections
              Nickels55 Community Member
              Are you using Flash 8? If so click on the FLVPlayback component and then open the Component Inspector Window (Top menubar "Window"->"Component Inspector"). You can now change the movie attributes like buffer time, auto play, skin, volume...).
              This can also be accomplished using actionscript. Give the FLV component inspector an instance name like vid and then use the following code on the frame (not attached to the flv component) that the FLV component is on:

              vid.bufferTime = 3 //buffer 3 seconds

              That should do it.