As high-speed bandwidth becomes more popular and the cost of storage goes down, it’s not surprising that more and more Web site owners are looking to add audio and video to their Web sites.
The question we often get is what format should a site owner use? QuickTime? Windows Media? Real Player? Right now I’d argue that Flash is the way to go for most people. It’s got 97% market penetration, the quality is good enough (I’ve seen better QuickTime movies and Windows Media videos) and it’s easy to set up.
Even if you don’t own Flash, or don’t feel comfortable working with it, there are some nice 3rd party applications that will create the movies for you. I’ve been playing around with Video2SWF which works for the Mac and the PC.
For the purpose of this experiment I recorded myself using my MacBook Pro’s built-in video camera and Conference Recorder 2 by eCamm. I then dragged-and-dropped the file Conference Recorder created into a Video2SWF window, made a couple of changes to the default settings, and hit "export." It created the Flash movie and the html page (which gave me the code I needed to put it in the blog post.)
In any case, I’d love to hear some feedback on the quality of the video, or if you have some other options for both Flash conversion or alternatives to Flash you feel work better.