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RandyRe: Cable Spots Follow Up
by on Jan 13, 2008 at 5:33:53 am

Brendan Coots wrote: "There are many options out there, but MPEG-4 based Quicktime files have the widest support of any format, primarily because both Mac and PC users can see them."

I don't agree with that at all, Flash is now being used way more on websites and is far more compatible with Mac and PC's. Just look at your own website, it uses Flash video for all your demos:

http://www.splitvisiondigital.com/portfolio.asp

By the way you might want to change the QuickTime logo that is next to the "view demo reel" text link to a Flash logo.

I'm using a PC and sometimes have problems loading QuickTime movies on websites. For example, one that works is the Digital Juice site which uses Quicktime in all their DJ product galleries and DJ Showcase section. All their tutorial videos use Flash.

Now if I go to a site like I had mentioned in my previous post:

http://brighthouseadvertising.com/man_sec/creative_s/hdcrtve.html

These QuickTime movies will not open and play when clicked on after buffering to my hard drive. I have to right click and Save As to my hard drive first then click on the file name to play them as a file using my QuickTime Pro player. This happens about half the time when I deal with QuickTime videos on websites. Why some sites with QuickTime videos work like Digital Juice and some don't I have no idea but site with Flash always work.

By the way, I had no problem playing Aaron's WMV videos on his site using Internet Explorer:

http://www.bigoperations.com/comreel.html

However, they would not load using Firefox. My advice to Aaron on price is to either charge by hour at your existing per hour rate or charge as much as the client is willing to pay if it's a fixed price. First thing I ask a TV commercial client is what their budget is and go from there.


Randy




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