Tools and techniques for publishing your videos on the web


Article from Issue 77/2007

We’ll show you how to convert your videos to FLV format and play them from your website with FlowPlayer.

Shooting a video is easy. Almost all modern mobile phones and digital cameras allow you to record video clips. Although websites like YouTube provide ready-made tools for sharing your creations with the world, you may want to publish your videos on your own website. In that case, you might want to consider converting your videos into the Flash-based FLV format. FLV is probably the most popular format for video streaming on the Web. The format is designed with streaming in mind, and FLV-encoded movies are extremely compact. It is no surprise that video sharing services like YouTube, MySpace, and Google Video use the FLV format for their video content. Although FLV is a proprietary format, several tools for creating, converting, and playing FLV files are available at no cost. To publish videos on your website in the FLV format, you need a tool to convert videos to FLV format and software on your site to embed and play FLV files. When converting videos, you can either use an online conversion service or install the necessary encoding software on your computer.

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