Flash or Quicktime?
stephenREVOLUTION2 at barncard.com
Fri Feb 15 10:22:28 CST 2008
And another thing to think about: Flash, Real, DIVX, whatever,
eventually will complain if the user's system needs an update on the
web, and they'll have to download and install something sooner or
later. Example: I just installed Leopard 10.5.2, that masssive thing
just released by Apple, yet going to a particular site, I got the
message to update to the 'latest' version of Flash. I don't think
one can always reliably count on the OS to provide these tweezy
add-ons without upgrades. People who regularly use video on the web
are used to this.
Remember all the garbage one had to do to get CNN streaming to work
when they started their new free service? It requres Java, FLASH
AND Microsoft Media Player and at one point required one to tweak
quicktime's plist to get it to work. I'm sure the difficulty in
use was due partly to the house of cards lashing of these
technologies -- all to force the user to use their stupid imbedded
player (and keep them from viewing full screen or open multiple
windows (which one could do before with quicktime/wmv paid
Native, pure quicktime works really well by itself in its native formats.
It's true; Iphones and I pods are expanding the PC use of Quicktime
to the point where users accept it as much or more than any other
media add-on, such as DIVX.
Quicktime has been around since the late 80's, concurrent with the
introduction of CD-Roms. It's the oldest, most mature computer media
technology that's around, with almost 20 years of development behind
Besides, using Quicktime will allow you take advantage of Trevor's
excellent and cross-platform Quicktime library!
>You could make them as H264 based movies (with AAC sound), either
>.MOV or .MP4. Both would play fine via QuickTime, and both can play
>in the current Flash player. You could build it now as QuickTime
>only, and then change your mind later if you were still worried
>about people installing QuickTime.
>You know that all people who use iPhones or iPods with their PCs do
>have QuickTime installed? Even those with just iTunes do, so the
>number of people with QuickTime installed is higher than you might
>think. Also, you can include the QuickTime installer on your DVD-ROM.
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