Adding video/streaming media to your website can get complicated, but not anymore. We explain how...
Why Use Video Clips/Streaming media on YOUR website?
Adding videos to your webpages is a great way to educate, entertain and demonstrate to your visitors what your website, product, etc is about. Pictures tell a thousand words, but a video tells a story.
The popularity of watching videos on the web is booming (see youtube.com). Video will become more and more important in the future, as more and more people gain access to high speed Internet connections.
I know I enjoy watching a video demonstrating how to repair, operate, fix, etc. There is no wasted time reading anything. I just watch the video and apply what I've learnt RIGHT AWAY.
Web Video In 3 Easy Steps:
Step 1: Create the Video File
Step 2: Convert and compress the video file
Step 3: Create the HTML code and upload
Disadvantages of Using Video/Streaming Media on Your Website
Converting your video to a web format(ie, mpeg, avi, swf) suitable for playing in a web browser usually results in a huge downloadable file - so big most of your visitors won't wait around to watch all of it. So video file size is a big problem.
There are ways to compress the video file by up to 10 times, but then video quality suffers - so what do you do? Keep reading...
New Web Video/Streaming Media Software to the rescue!
A program called V2F (Video to Flash) makes publishing videos to your website as simple as 123. Folks, it does not get any easier than this!
V2F takes your original video file, compresses it (e.g. 1GB into 115MB - thats 90% compression!), adds player controls and creates the HTML code so you can copy and paste to your webpages - all with one click!
Best of all, the video plays right on the web page, without people having to download a large file or load a big "player" like Media Player, QuickTime, or Real Player.