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Flash video

May 23rd, 2008 by tamuwebmaster

We’ve made our first foray into Flash video with the redo of the president’s speeches page. Our goal is to convert all of our current video into Flash. This way we don’t have to worry about the Windows Media version or the QuickTime, both of which seemed to be more than 2 to 3 times the file size, and the requisite application. Flash is much more ubiquitous–Mac users don’t have to worry about not having Win Media Player (or the Flip4Mac plugin) and PC folks don’t have to worry about a QT plugin or download.

The plan is to let our iTunes U store be the repository for the higher quality versions (in the m4v format). This way we can get the video up and out without having to manage 3 different versions/formats (4 if you count the transcript), but yet there’s still a repository for a higher quality versions.

For the president’s speeches page, we’re using a new version of Slide Show Pro. This one now handles FLVs plus provides navigation and audio controls. But it still gives the basic SSP features such as preview thumbnail, object thumbnails and clickable links (this was good because now with a click on the president while speaking, it will take you to the transcript. )

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