[thelist] progressive download vs streaming server

Bob Meetin bobm at dottedi.biz
Fri Jul 6 23:39:29 CDT 2012

I'm trying to understand a problem with some rather large videos not progressively downloading, .mv4, as expected.

The .mv4 version is 32MB in size, the .mp4 version 138MB.

If I set up the player using the .mp4 version it does progressively download, but it keeps interrupting as the download has to catch up to the player. With the .m4v video the problem is that the player will not start until the video has fully downloaded, perhaps 2 minutes (on my connection). I'm not tied to the player, jwplayer, but it is pretty easy to work with. If there is another player that solves this problem with the smaller .mv4 file so that it progressively downloads that would be fine. Seems like someone mentioned another player long ago but I don't remember.

On a side note, I'm using handbrake (handbrakeCLI) to convert/throttle the original videos which are supplied in either .mov or .mp4 format.  Something like:

% HandBrakeCLI -Z Universal -i Video.mp4 -q 20 -o Video.q20.mv4 # quality 20

The player code:

     <script type="text/javascript" src="jwplayer/jwplayer.js"></script>
     <script type="text/javascript">
             flashplayer: "jwplayer/player.swf",
             file: "jwplayer/video.m4v",
             'controlbar': 'bottom',
             'width': '800',
             'height': '600',
             image: "jwplayer/video.jpg"

Bob Meetin
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Web Development / Joomla CMS Integration Specialist
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