Display your own online video using Flash Video (flv) format
In recent years, online video plays an integral role of most website design. Web users like to watch videos on the Internet, thanks to the low cost of broadband Internet connection which is fast replacing dialup connection. Websites adding videos online are becoming mainstream, and online video is transforming the way we watch movie, TV program, communicate and learn.
Millions of people are browsing, searching, viewing and sharing video media files online,
streaming video is a killer application for the Internet and many online rich media marketing strategies are base on multimedia video marketing.
Video sharing websites receive tens of thousands of home made videos everyday, ranging from personal home videos, to the various online tutorials, right to tips on stock trading, losing weight, or a cooking lesson. You can create videos on pretty much anything you are interested about: news events, entertainment, business events and trainings, personal videos and even for political events. Many business websites are using on site video to increase creditability of their products and services, and improve customer intimacy.
The easiest way to publish and embed video clip to your own website is by uploading your video file to an online video sharing website (such as Youtube), which will create a special page for your video clip and also
generate the HTML code for you to easily copy and paste to your web page. There are a few problems, however, if you are too dependent on these video sharing websites.
First of all, these online video websites usually embed their watermark to your uploaded video clips and makes them their property. For some home users this might be acceptable, but for serious users and corporate this creates problems. Not to mention the privacy issue which is very common among video sharing websites, because all uploaded videos can be copied from online websites very easily and added to any other website.
There are several third party software and websites that make downloading videos from online video websites to hard drives a breeze. Sadly this creates an issue with copyright protection.
When you spend your time making the video, regardless of the topic or quality of your story, you would like to have full ownership of that video. However because you have submitted your video to a public video sharing websites, you can no more claim exclusive ownership rights on the video file.
This is one major reason is why having the videos in your full control is crucial and makes uploading them to your own server a must. With fast falling hosting fee and disk storage cost, nowadays it is much easier and affordable to host the videos on your own server. Many web developers are converting video files into flash video file format (FLV, which is the same format most video sharing websites including Youtube are using). The FLV file are then hosted on their own web server, so that their visitors can view the video directly, without connecting to a third party video server.
Flash video (.FLV) is becoming a standard for online video streaming. Flash video format can compress movie file much more efficient than that of the traditional video formats (such as WMV, AVI, MOV, etc), and it takes much less buffering time when the user clicks on the Play button. FLV is a streaming movie format, Which means that the video will play a lot faster over the Internet, and viewers can rewind the video to any previous location easily without spending time waiting for the movie to reload.
In order to support video replay, most video file formats require a plug-in to enable them to be played over the Internet and in different web browsers. Another advantage of FLV file format, is that Adobe Flash plug-in is installed on over 95% of personal computers. That means you and the visitors of your site are most likely among those people that don't have to download anything to watch a flash video. Flash video format are also cross platform and browser independent. flash video file format can be easily played on a Windows PC, a MAC, a Linux machine, or even a smart phone, which makes it the most compatible video format available nowadays.
Another advantage of embedding video on your website using FLV file format, is that you can use different types of video player skins to play the FLV file, while most other video file format requires you to use their default player online. You can easily select and change the FLV video player skin, which in turn makes the player unique for your website. Adobe Flash itself is a rich media creating tool, and offers lots of functionality to developers to customize the look and feel of its video player component.
And if you are not a programmer, there are also many shareware and freeware software, which can easily convert your existing videos in other formats, such as mpg, avi or wmv, to FLV video file format, and then let you select a pre-designed video player skin which can integrate nicely with your existing website.
In additional to a standard video player component panel, which includes play, pause, rewind, fast forward buttons, you can also add your own website link, logo image and copyright messages in the video, as well as additional features such as creating a video play list with thumbnail images.
Flash video format (FLV) has became a winner over many other video solutions with its popularity among video sharing websites, and because of its distinct advantage of cross platform support and built-in streaming capability. If you have video files you like to put online and hosted on your own server, you should consider converting it to FLV format before you embed it to your web page.
Using A4Desk Flash Video Gallery Software, you can create a flash video gallery direclty on your PC, embed video in your web page, and hosted the video anywhere without any watermark, or even publish the video gallery to CDROM. Download a free trial version of A4Desk Video Player.