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Rick NeelyAdvice about intranet video
by on Aug 3, 2010 at 2:10:07 pm

Hey guys,

want to pick your brains if I may:

A client is kind of in a quandry and is seeking advice. Her boss has an FLV he wants to offer for employees to view on their corporate intranet site. The problem is the corporate site is managed in Scotland and the powers-that-be and technicians really frown (or are nervous) about allowing streaming media on their site (not to mention the cost for extra bandwidth).

I have suggested that alternatively they convert the file to a Windows media file that can be viewed online. The concern there is folks being able to download the file (right-mouse-click and save target; etc).

I'm not the most savvy web video guy, but what advice, given the parameters (limitations), can you suggest for the client to accomplish:

- viewing the video online, without enabling streaming functionality (if that can be done)

- prevent downloadable video (can this be disabled in web code?)

I know this seems a bit ridiculous, but it's a corporate client so you know how their minds work. Thanks!


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Mike SmithRe: Advice about intranet video
by on Aug 3, 2010 at 2:29:48 pm

Your client really might do well to try to get the network people on board, to safeguard whatever network concerns they have. They will have to accept the bandwidth implications if the video is to be used.

Using a windows media format won't really do anything to ease bandwidth concerns.

There may be some confusion over streaming and downloading video. You really need to be able to do one or the other for the users to see the video. Streaming is frequently used to mean that the video starts playing - and is viewable - early in the file download process, rather than having to download the complete file and then play it locally.

Flash video streamed from a specialist Flash server (running Adobe Flash Media Server) can be configured to make it hard to download and keep the complete video (though a determined person with the right tools will probably break this).

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