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>and what I should do to remedy the situation?
Switch to Vimeo et al?! ;-)
>Some have said that Youtube actually determines which type of video
>it will send based on user's connection, browser headers, etc....
Yes and it is the sole reason why your video looks crap in some browsers, but not in others. The failure in your specific case is differences in embedding multimedia objects between browsers combined with mime type/ Active X detection and there is nothing you can do short of manually hacking in a higher quality number in the URL to enforce playback at better quality. They are listed in several places on the web and include the ominous "20/22" for full HD playback to "09" for standard NTSC res as well as an assortment of inbetween steps in res and/or quality...
Sure, Vimeo, revver et al are all options, but right now my requirement is still dealing with YouTube. I've tried numerous things to make my movies run as well as they do from my Flash player, including resizing, exporting with different codecs, etc. and find it hard to believe that I'm the only Mac multimedia developer who has run into this problem. So perhaps I should re-ask my original question:
Are there any Windows or Mac movie producers who have successfully generated movie(s) that you've tested in all browsers and are sure that they run nicely across all platforms and all browsers playing from Youtube? If so, could you kindly share your experiences, what tool you developed your movies in, platform, export options, etc.?
Thanks again for your help, and thanks to you Mylenium!
Seems like the problem is with YouTube, and not how you are encoding your movie. I upload PhotoJPEG Quicktimes and I think they look pretty decent on YouTube -- especially the HQ and HD versions. But then again, I never use Internet Explorer.