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What's a good method to demo my working Windows Form program over the web?

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I'm looking for a way to make a demo which shows my sofware over the web.

I've tried using CamStudio to make an AVI file, then VirtualDub to edit it.  But the i have problems with various directions:

To SWF I have a problem with the whole scren in playback going red, while the edit continues. So I thought about releasing just the AVI, but it was so large I needed to compress is with VirtualDub, but that ruined the video and desyncronized the video and the audio.

Can anyone suggest a different way or me to show my demo on the web?

thanks,
newbieweb

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How long is the video?  Have you considered breaking it up into possibly 5 minute chunks?  And then converting to SWF?
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I may give that a try.  At the moment I am re-running the demo inside GoToMeeting and recording it, with audio, for playback.

I think I may have found my trick.

I'll let you know...

Thanks for the suggestion.

newbieweb
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Okay.  I'm ready to talk.  My last plan did not work. I wanted to record a demo using GoToMeeting, but the resultant Windows Movie did not show any video, just the sound, and the were technical issues with that which would clearly make the demo not standard enough for web distribution.

The video is 218,000 frames in VirtualDub, perhaps 30 minutes long.

Do you mean I'd chop up the AVI files into 5 minute increments?  Then convert each one to SWF?

Please be more specific.

thanks,
newbieweb
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Yes, that's exactly what I mean, take the full 30 min AVI and break it up into smaller pieces.  Then when they are broken up, convert each new smaller avi to swf.  You might also consider getting DivX from www.divx.com and converting your file to that format, it provides great compression with little quality loss
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My goal is to publish on the web in a standard format.  Is DivX standard?

On the subject of 5 minute chunks, how do I combine them to play as one swf file?  Does the user need to do that?  Or will it be automatic?
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DivX is becoming a standard, but unfortunately, it's day hasn't come yet.  You would need to direct your clients to download the DivX client in order to view the file.  Luckily the codec is cross platform.

I foresee you creating a page that links the user to the individual blocks of your video.  Called Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, etc...
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Darron,

Thanks for the help.

I switched gears and am taking screen shots of my program, and pasting them into Power Point, for a more conentional presentation, with voice annotations.

I'm no audiophile, and see something so "simple" as making a Flash demo is really not so easy after all.

Thanks for the help,
newbieweb
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