6 Replies Latest reply on Apr 1, 2010 2:37 PM by Nancy OShea

    Adding Video To A Website...

    BigMusicGeek Level 1

      I have a video (approx. ten mins. in length, one gig in size) that I would like to 'host' on my site.

       

      What is the easiest way to do this?

       

      Thanks!

        • 1. Re: Adding Video To A Website...
          hans-g. Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          Hi,

           

          in my opinion is that the way (images from my German DW):

           

           

           

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          Detail:

           

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          Here you can choose your video (*.flv, *.swf, aso.).

           

          BUT first of all: before all these operations you have to store your site!

           

          Hans-G.

          • 2. Re: Adding Video To A Website...
            AdVirgin

            This is easy in CS3 - it's a major hassle in CS4 because you have to create a "TEST SERVER" (whatever the heck that is) to preview how yur video will look .

             

            Are you you going to use Flash Video? You need to create the .flv file first. Squeeze is the popular app to handle that, but they have become very expensive over the past few years.

             

            If you Google around you'll find plenty of helpful sites that tell you step by step how to do this.

            • 3. Re: Adding Video To A Website...
              Nancy OShea Adobe Community Professional & MVP

              This is easy in CS3 - it's a major hassle in CS4 because you have to create a "TEST SERVER" (whatever the heck that is) to preview how yur video will look .

               

              Huh?  That's just wrong. You don't need a testing server to preview videos.  You need a Local Testing server to view pages with parsed data on them -- such as dynamic content from server-side includes or a database.

               

              Inserting video into DW pages is essentially the same whether you use DW8, CS3 or CS4.

               

              Insert > Media > Flash Video.

               

               

              Nancy O.
              Alt-Web Design & Publishing
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              • 4. Re: Adding Video To A Website...
                AdVirgin Level 1

                Nancy, you ought to read your own documentation:

                 

                http://help.adobe.com/en_US/Dreamweaver/10.0_Using/WSc78c5058ca073340dcda9110b1f693f21-7c9 ea.html

                 

                Quote: "Viewing problems when previewing pages locally

                Because of security updates in Dreamweaver CS4, you cannot use the Preview in Browser command to test a page with an embedded FLV unless you define a local testing server in your Dreamweaver site definition and use the testing server to preview the page."

                 

                 

                Nancy, this is a major hassle compared to the ease with which you could preview pages and view flash video with CS3.

                 

                And I notice you fail to address the other problems with CS4:

                 

                Unlike CS3 I am unable to control the size of the video content - increasing the size in the Flash inset page only creates a black box around the video.

                 

                And I am totally unable to load flash video from my sister site, adcracker.net, to my parent site, adcracker.com - something I can do with ease using a complete url with CS3.

                 

                These and other changes to Dreamweaver CS4 waste my time and make it an impediment to building websites.

                 

                It is the worst software "update" I've ever encountered.

                • 5. Re: Adding Video To A Website...
                  Nancy OShea Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                  A 1 GB video is kind of huge, even for broadband users.  If you host the Video on YouTube.com, they'll carry the bandwidth for you and compress your video to a more manageable file size (1GB and 10 min Max).

                   

                  If you can't use YouTube, split your video into 4 or 5 shorter segments with your favorite video editor.  Export to FLV.  Or use Media Encoder (comes with Adobe Flash ) to convert your native file type to FLV.

                   

                  Then find a Flash Player that uses a Playlist.

                   

                  MC Media Player (free)

                  http://www.mcmediaplayer.com/

                   

                  JW Player  (paid)

                  http://www.longtailvideo.com/players/jw-flv-player/

                   

                   

                   

                  Nancy O.
                  Alt-Web Design & Publishing
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                  • 6. Re: Adding Video To A Website...
                    Nancy OShea Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                    Nancy, you ought to read your own documentation:

                     

                    http://help.adobe.com/en_US/Dreamweaver/10.0_Using/WSc78c5058ca073340dcda9110b1f 693f21-7c9ea.html

                     

                    This is a user-to-user forum. I am not an Adobe employee.  I'm just a product user like everyone else here.

                     

                    From the same Help Doc -

                     

                    Note: It’s possible that security settings may also be responsible for an inabilityto preview local FLV content... You can try changing your security settings to see if it helps. See Tech Note 117502.

                     

                    It's a fact that IE and some Anti-Virus wares will interfere with Locally Viewed Active X content.  You can temporarily disable your AV and demote IE security settings to test pages when needed.

                     

                    As for your other issues, I work in code view mostly. Cannot comment on CS4 vs CS3 scripts because I don't use them.  I get my Flash Player code from other sources and fill in the required URLs and path/filenames myself.

                    I don't use the ActiveX.js scripts recommended by DW because they aren't even necessary.

                     

                    Use Validifyer to clean up your Flash code.  Remove the refs to Flash Scripts from your pages and see if that helps.

                    http://www.validifier.com/


                    Good luck,

                     

                    Nancy O.
                    Alt-Web Design & Publishing
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