I have a site that has lots of small flash videos on most pages. Now that there are 6 to 8 individual videos on each page it takes very long for each page to load. Is there a way I can encode our upload these videos differently to have them load faster (currently they are grayed-out for seconds to minutes depending on the speed of the viewer's connection). The videos are low resolutions and set for progressive downloading, which is all I know to do to try to achive fast load times. Is there anything else I can do?
I've seen mentions of "preloaders" is there a way for me to have a small image file come up in place of the movie whil eit is loading?
Heres a page as an example: http://www.bostonnewsnet.com/topstories.html