Flash or Quicktime?
ambassador at fourthworld.com
Fri Feb 15 12:10:35 CST 2008
Stephen Barncard wrote:
> Native, pure quicktime works really well by itself in its native formats.
Except for the other 90% of the world that runs Windows or Linux. ;)
There isn't a QT engine at all for Linux (please oh please tell me
that's changed or will soon).
And sure, Apple provides an installer for QT on Windows. But as
convenient as it is for end-users, the IT staff in hospitals and
universities I've been talking to really dislike the broad range of
often-unnecessary system settings the QT installer changes.
So while I like QT personally, for some apps we've had to switch to WMV.
WMV is natively playable on Win systems with nothing else required, and
for Mac folks it's a favor to encourage them to get Flip4Mac if they
haven't already (when will that simply be bundled in with QT?).
Of course with QT you get the nifty controller, but an increasing number
of apps I manage that use QT have needs that go beyond the built-in
controller anyway. Building a custom controller not only lets you
implement the specific features you need, but also lets you deploy
without QT dependence. The QT controller buttons are pretty small
anyway, and features like looping and selections can be scripted fairly
easily without QT.
So rather than inconvenience the majority of our users by asking Win
folks to install QT, we've flipping that around and asking Mac users to
install Flip4Mac. Not only are the numbers more favorable this way, but
Flip4Mac is far less intrusive to the Mac system than QT is to Windows,
both in terms of file size and scope of system changes.
I still don't know what we're going to do for Linux -- is there a WMV
translator for Linux as there is for Mac? What formats are widely
All that said, I don't know that there's a single the best choice; it
really depends on the specific needs of the application and its target
audience. For many consumer apps using QT is just fine, and offers a
lot of flexibility for the developer with little coding.
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