[thelist] Video on the web

Todd Richards todd at promisingsites.com
Fri Jan 30 12:05:53 CST 2009

Hi Everyone -

At my "regular" job we have made attempts to use video more on the web.
This would range from video shot with a camcorder at a seminar, to a
presentation captured on a PC.  For the most part, it's been successful.
However, each time it comes with a huge price in terms of my time to get it
right.  What I'm figuring out now is that if we had set things up properly
to begin with, the results may have been better from the start.

Case in point - we use GoToMeeting regularly for online training/seminars.
We finally used the "record" feature for a webinar that we just hosted and I
must say it does a great job.  However, when I get it ready for the web,
it's not very good quality.  I use FlixPro for converting to .flv files.  It
does a great job too, but it can only do so much.  I see so many people do
this and the results are good.  I'm wondering if part of the problem had to
do with the resolution of the presenter's widescreen PC?

So my question(s) is/are:
- what have you learned about putting recorded webinars/videos on the web?
- do you have idea settings in compression, size, format, etc?
- when recording a presentation, is there a best case when it comes to
screen resolution on the "presenting" PC?
- any resources that you particular love that I could go and spend some
extra (haha) time looking at?

I'm not overly concerned with the hardware / bandwidth requirements at this
point, as we are set up fairly well there.  So it won't help much if you
suggest using a video streaming service.  

Thanks so much for your thoughts!


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