[OT] web training video delivery - how do YOU do it?
revdev at pdslabs.net
Tue Oct 8 22:44:14 CEST 2013
If your clients or company deliver web training that includes videos, I
would greatly appreciate any insight you can share from your experience.
My largest client delivers web training to his customers. His entire
content development / deployment / management system is built with
Livecode, and one app uses FFMPEG to render desktop movies (mostly QT)
for the web (mp4, ogv, webm). That app then uploads content to an on-rev
server. The server has code that serves the content and collects the
training results. (To be clear, the training content is a set of web
pages containing text, video, images and sometimes audio. It's
interactive. We don't upload a single monolithic 30-minute training
video, but rather a training title may have any number of smaller videos
that are available on various pages in the training.)
My client now has a new opportunity to enter US state and fed government
agencies in a big way. Problem is, they often use IE6/7/8 and are not
open to change. As you may know, these are THE most problematic browsers
in existence. We have found it extremely difficult to make all movies
work all the time in all (IE) browsers. (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, later
IE browsers are not a problem.)
We're very concerned that we'll blow this opportunity if we can't
deliver a rock-solid web training experience, specifically the video part.
Do your clients or company have a great way of delivering web training
that includes videos that always work every time, even in old IEs? If
so, how do you do it? (Maybe your JS/CSS/HTML is better than ours.) We
use John Dyer's mediaelement.js <http://mediaelementjs.com/> as the core
of our web video playback.
We're considering ditching our in-house movie rendering process and
using a media delivery service (like YouTube) for videos. Then the
training movies would be uploaded to that service, and movies would be
served from their server. We would use their embedded links and THEY
would handle browser compatibility. At least that's how we're thinking
about it. What am I missing? Have you ever done this? What has your
I'm stretching the limits of approved list subject matter with this, but
here I am anyway. As you can imagine, there is a LOT resting on the way
we go forward in this. Thanks so much for your time and feedback.
Feel free to contact me off-list as well.
phil at pdslabs.net
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