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Quicktime Pro 7.7

I have a video I want to embed on a webpage. The video is over an hour long and so the file is large (about 900Mb). I found that when trying to view the video in a browser, I click Play and after a 45 sec pause, it times out and displays a question mark. I found that if I change the streaming transport setup in Quicktime Player preferences from automatic to custom and choose HTTP instead of UDP, and move the "instant on" slider on the "streaming tab" closer to immediately, then the video will play in the browser. (Sorry about the run-on sentence.) I tried this with multiple browsers with the same result. My question is, how can I change something in the file creation process that would preclude making these changes on the Quicktime player settings, as it is unreasonable to ask site visitors to make these changes to watch our video.
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roylongCommented:
What resolution is the video?
What compression codec are you using?
What file format?
Which app did you use for editing / creation?
There are probably a few tricks to get the video down - the trick is to do this without losing quality. You could reduce resolution. Use H.264 codec if you create on macintosh. Purchase a compression application - although this can be costly.
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adande3Author Commented:
The file is an mpeg-4 file converted from an AVI file. It is a 720x480 .mov file. Before it was converted using Quicktime Pro, it was over 2GB in size. It was created using a PC. I am hoping there is a feature in Quicktime Pro that will make the file automatically playback with the settings I mentioned originally that I had to set manually in Quicktime Player.
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adande3Author Commented:
I meant 22gb not 2gb before Quicktime !!!!
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roylongCommented:
There's a couple of things you can try with this.  It sounds like you already have pretty good compression on the movie - did you record at HD quality?

Did you Enable Streaming when you exported the movie to MP4 in QuickTime Pro?  This optimises the file for streaming, although I am not sure if it does anything related to the settings you mention.

There is also an Export for Web option in QuickTime Pro; have you tried this to see if it gives you further optimisation?

To be honest though; if it was my movie and I wanted to stream via the web and give the viewers a good experience - as well as acceptable quality - I would probably break up the movie into two or three parts.

I'll have a test with something I have here.
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adande3Author Commented:
roylong: The Quicktime Pro "Export for Web" option was used to create the file. I was just wondering if there are some options or preferences I should turn on to improve playability. I am trying not to break it up into parts. That would be my last resort.
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adande3Author Commented:
roylong: Any luck with your testing?
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roylongCommented:
sorry for the delay got side-tracked by work :/

so the only options I see, seeing as you already have used quicktime for output; is to maybe create  a couple of different sizes (resolutions) for different network speeds - offer the smaller one for slower connections and the larger one for good broadband connections.

I am not sure how youtube do this - but they manage to produce fast good quality on the fly... ...i wonder how we can find out their tricks?
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adande3Author Commented:
Thanks roylong for looking into this. I have left this question open for weeks in hopes that someone would have the answer. It seems there is no answer to my question however. There is no setting in Quicktime that can keep the user from having to adjust their player to be able to play our large video files.
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roylongCommented:
You could always invest in your own QuickTime streaming server and control it yourself?

Have you thought about using a third party hosting solution who can let you upload the hi def, or full res, and then manage the client streaming portion?
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adande3Author Commented:
There was no solution to this question.
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adande3Author Commented:
There was no solution to the problem as stated in the original query.
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