What is the "BEST" video format to be used on a website.

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I have 3, four minute videos I want to put on a website. A fairly simple site with 5 pages, one page will need to have three of my videos. I have a guy that is building my site at the moment. He really wants to do everything in flash. I heard that flash may not be the best format for video. Can anyone shed some light on the subject. I can export my video in any format in final cut pro, and I just want the best quality possible. Please Help and let me know what my best option would be.
Also if anyone knows what compression settings would be best for my videos I would love that info too. Thanks in advance
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well I have no experience with WMV but otherwise your options are basically quicktime (h.264) or Flash (On2 VP6). The Flash compression is actually quite good with very little loss of quality. The issue is that Flash is on most computers while if you pick quicktime its on all macs but few windows machines and windows media player is on all win boxes but very few macs. If you want the widest reach flash is probably your best bet.

I wouldn't try to export an flv out of FCP though since its going to use the older sorenson spark codec that isn't as good. There's some licensing issue with On2 that means you pretty much have to have flash pro to encode an flv that way. You might just want to create a quicktime and give it to your flash guy to make into flash video.
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Agreed with graphixboy for all the same reasons.
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thanks guys ive got it all sorted now...
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i think the swf is the best format to be used on a website.
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FLV is the best. All of the popular multimedia websites are using flv format.
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grishamist wrote:
FLV is the best. All of the popular multimedia websites are using flv format.

Good format, like it.
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FLV! I Use it for a long time, you can check the QUALITY of some of my videos here for example
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I suggest Flash Video (flv/swf). It loads easy and has a good compression and a most of people have the Flash Player installed.
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one more vote for Flash Video (flv/swf). they are best for quality and are widely used.
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I suggest MPG because you do not have to have any 3rd party plugins (Flash) or codecs (Quicktime/Real/DivX) to watch it. WMV videos can be a pain for non-Windows visitors or users without the latest version of Windows Media Player.
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i also suggest flash video, both swf and flv are ok.
Youtube video is also in format of flv.
There are many video to flash converter, you can seach one in google.

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