[thelist] Video sizing - anyone have any tips on shrinking/compressing video?

Joel Canfield joel at bizba6.com
Thu Oct 15 12:19:41 CDT 2009

On Thu, Oct 15, 2009 at 9:07 AM, Jeremy Weiss <eccentric.one at gmail.com>wrote:

> I've always gotten good results using Super[1] to convert and shrink
> videos. And if you're going to post it online, I'd recommend going
> with flash rather than .avi.
> [1] http://www.erightsoft.com/SUPER.html

+1 on SUPER and if you don't want to use YouTube for some reason, output FLV
(FLash Video) files and stream them yourself with FlowPlayer. And if you
don't want to use up your own hosting space, put them on Amazon's S3 and
stream from there using FlowPlayer and Amazon's Querystring Auth.

If you upload a good quality video and allow full screen, your users with a
monitor can view it at whatever size is defined in your embed code, and your
mobile users could choose 'full screen' and see it at the right size for
their device, yes?

Of course, if your target is the mobile user, focus there, but if you're
simply seeking to make allowances for those folks and the large monitor
sitting in my office users, try hard not to punish either of them by
compromising. (Another term for 'compromise' is 'lose/lose' because, instead
of everyone getting what they want, no one gets what they want.)


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