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Thursday, April 06, 2006

Streaming Video Online (how to convert video so your audience can watch it on the internet)

Bismillah ar-Rahmaan ar-Raheem,


Since I do everything with a Mac and its a hassle to download the quicktime player because Apple forces you to download their itunes.com software too (yeah it sucks that they do that), so I thought it would be a good idea to post how to convert your videos so you can stream them online (including how to convert them from .mov (Mac Platform) to .wmv (Windows platform). Personally, I think .mov (Quicktime) is so much better in quality and compression that its counterpart .wmv (Windows Media Player) but more people have Windows Media Player than Quicktime. If you have video clips, you should offer them in both .mov and .wmv streaming formats so viewers on both Mac & Windows platforms can watch them.

When you make your films in Final Cut Pro or Premiere you get these huge export files. FCP exports to .mov file format (viewable via quicktime player) and Premiere exports to .avi file format (viewable via windows media player). FCP allows you to use “quicktime compression” so you can get your .mov files small enough to stream online but if you did you video clip with Premiere and ended up with a huge .avi file, then you are stuck with this huge file. The solution is to convert it to a .wmv file format, which allows viewers to watching in streaming format using Windows Media Player. You can convert .avi to .wmv format by using a free program called Stoik Video Convertor 2.0. The program also allows you to convert .mov to .wmv but you will need to buy the full version which is only $29.

If you want to embed the video file on your site, be sure to check out the Streaming Online Tutorial

In a previous post, I posted the two video clips we did quickly in the garage. The audio/video sin’t synced properly and we filmed it in a matter of minutes using just a camera and an idea (yeah no lighting except for whatever was in the garage). The idea was to show the dramatic difference between using one angle (clip 1) vs. using many angles (clip 2). I have converted the .mov (Quicktime) files to .wmv (Windows Media Player) using the Stoik Video Convertor program. Both Clip#1 & Clip#2 should open up in Windows Media Player and I have put links to the Quicktime versions of the same files below as well. Check it the difference:


CLIP#1
(using 1 angle - the way we use to do it)

VS.

CLIP#2
(using multiple angle - the way we do it now)








(quicktime versions for the same clips: clip#1 vs. clip#2





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22 Comments:

At April 28, 2006 3:00 PM, Blogger Omer Khayyam's Blog said...

As salaam aleikum bro!

I really liked your blog! I'm thinking about making some Islamic film/documentaries and I found yours really helpful. Masha ALLAH bro!

I got one question. How did you make those cool costumes and set for those muppet/puppet dudes?

Also check out my blog. I haven't really started making films and all yet but Insha ALLAH I plan too, but what I have done is I have some Islamic videos and films and I have uploaded them to Google Videos for all to view at the click of a button. This is excellent for Dawah. You can check out my blog at www.omerkhayyam.blogspot.com and just look under LINKS to see the films I have uploaded. Feel free to distribute and scatter these links as far as possible!!!

As salaam aleikum

 
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