How to Add QuickTime Videos to a Web Page

September 14, 2011
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Add QuickTime Videos to a Web Page

For years many formats have been released for compatibility issues, compression and encoded by different Orgs, groups and companies; the  competition on promoting the most effecient player, but non-have yet succeeded. You  have encountered so many formats for videos and audio (whether from downloading from other hosting sites, or converted). Every file format has its strengths and weaknesses, depending on the platform that they are running from, as in our case from browsers that supports the quicktime plug-in.

QuickTime is an extensible proprietary multimedia framework developed by Apple Inc., capable of handling various formats of digital video, picture, sound, panoramic images, and interactivity. The classic version of QuickTime is available for Windows XP and later, as well as Mac OS X Leopard and later operating systems. A more recent version, QuickTime X (10.0) is currently available on Mac OS X Snow Leopard andMac OS X Lion.

Taken from Wikipedia.org

 

Pros Vs Cons 

For several years in choosing the right player videos for browsers,  the Flash Player Plug-in from Adobe.inc had been widely used by many, and it had stayed there for quite some time now. But due to the news that Ipod and Ipad doesn’t support the flash plug-in, many web developers have been developing alternatives to play videos on websites on both mobile and tablets PCs.

HTML5JScript and CSS embedded sites have been the approach of playing these videos for some mobile browsers. For more info about HTMl5, check my other blog. and 11 Hard truths about HTML5

Advantages

You don’t have to pay fees or sign special licenses before using QuickTime, as you do with competing technologies, but there are plenty of others that are free as well. From a business point of view, using QuickTime is as easy as putting a GIF or JPEG image in your Web page. To see some new QuickTime clips, visit this site

 

Adding Quicktime Videos 

Using the HTML commands.

Some Web tools support embedding of QuickTime content directly. But unless you have such a tool, you need to write HTML commands to embed QuickTime content.

Use the EMBED HTML command. In its basic form, for a file file.mov in the same folder as the Web page, it’s very simple:

<EMBED SRC=”file.mov” height=”200″ width=”200″>

similar to embed  flash in .swf and .flv for flash

<embed src=”intro.swf” height=”200″ width=”200″/>

 

 

Installing QuickTime and the QuickTime plug-in.

You and your users need the latest version of QuickTime and the QuickTime player for them to play the video. Many of your users may have the latest version of QuickTime, but some may not.

Here are the steps to add a QuickTime movie to your Web page:

1. Install QuickTime and the QuickTime plug-in on your own machine.

To download these files, go to the QuickTime software page.

2. Create or obtain a QuickTime movie — animation, sound, video, or VR.

3. Embed the movie in your Web page using the <tag> above.

 

If you want to play the .mov file from other media players other than QT itself then, better download a codec pack and check out my other blog here for “ways to play any video format“. You can try this out and check for the difference and you decide what’s the best plug-in, or shall we say the best method in playing videos for the new WEB.

Fast Video Indexer for Quicktime about how to grab video frames from quicktime movies.

Thanks and Cheers!

 

 

 

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