2 Replies Latest reply on Aug 11, 2006 3:37 AM by Newsgroup_User

    Best video format for kiosk?

    Level 7
      I see that the best video format question gets asked a lot. However, the
      articles seem to not be on the MM servers anymore?

      In my case, I need to be able to play a 3-4 minute video on a kiosk,
      either full screen, but most probably a 640x480 in a 800x600 window. I
      could do either QT, or WMV, or Flash 8. I've also heard some good things
      about MPG1.

      Are these types of videos usually output at the full 29.97fps, 3000-3500
      bps? Or are they dumbed down to 15fps, etc?

      Secondly, I have yet to spec out the computer to run the kiosk. I'm
      thinking of starting with a Shuttle miniPC, but installing the
      appropriate CPU, RAM, and PSU. What might be the minimum requirements
      for a computer to play a video in a window, stutter-free? Any
      suggestions there? Maybe a pre-built Dell?

      Another option is just to produce a DVD-ROM and let it loop
      continuously. I don't think that's as fun as havening *some*
      interactivity though...

      Thanks

      Dave
        • 1. Re: Best video format for kiosk?
          Level 7
          A real world issue that can crop up with kiosks is the memoty leak that
          can develop when videos are repeatedly played for days, the least leaky
          video xtra might effect your video format choice.

          mpeg-1 is usually played using a 3rd party xtra

          The lingo interface for lingo is more versatile than for wmv, there's no
          concern in your case about end user's having to install quicktime.
          • 2. Re: Best video format for kiosk? - System Spec?
            Level 7
            What would be a good starting point (min. specs) for CPU speed, memory, etc?

            Also, is there any way around the memory leak issue? Maybe some type of
            a system reboot every week?

            Dave

            JB wrote:
            > A real world issue that can crop up with kiosks is the memoty leak that
            > can develop when videos are repeatedly played for days, the least leaky
            > video xtra might effect your video format choice.
            >
            > mpeg-1 is usually played using a 3rd party xtra
            >
            > The lingo interface for lingo is more versatile than for wmv, there's no
            > concern in your case about end user's having to install quicktime.