There are several options available for delivering your video:
In option 2, the term "streamed" is used to refer to both the streaming and the progressive download of video over the Internet. True streaming video is delivered by a streaming server. Modern video formats and players also allow the progressive download of video files from standard web servers (i.e. not streaming servers. This approach also allows the viewer to begin watching the video file while it downloads. True streaming servers offer much better performance for significant numbers of viewers and can also match video quality with viewer bandwidth. (see Media College for more information on streaming and progressive download)
To create a DVD, the specific DVD publishing facilities offered by your video editing software should be used. These tools will help to create a DVD menu for accessing the various video chapters on the published DVD.
To create a CD, encode your video using a standard format such as WMV, MOV or MPEG and copy these files onto the CD. To facilitate the accessing of these video files you may wish to create a simple web page with links to each file and include this on the CD.
Media services can arrange the creation of large numbers of CDs or DVDs from one master copy.
Encoding - the final video file needs to be encoded into an appropriate size and format for its final delivery. This is usually done by your video editing software in the video publishing (or export) stage which will offer guidance on sizing for your expected bandwidth.
The main video formats appropriate for web delivery (delivery options 2&3) are:
Alternatively when you are using a web based video delivery service such as YouTube or Yahoo Video, this resizing and encoding of your video is provided as part of this service and so you can publish your edited video in any standard video format (e.g. MPEG, WMV or MOV) ready for upload (NB - the most recent versions of video editing software provide an option of direct video upload to YouTube avoiding the encoding and publishing steps of this process).
Web publishing - there are several options for "streamed" video publishing:
As mentioned earlier, on-line video services such as YouTube, Yahoo Video etc provide a simple to use system for uploading and delivering your video via the Internet. Once a video has been published on these systems, there will be a unique URL that can be used to view the video and often a segment of HTML code is also provided that can be used to embed the video into a web page or blog post.
Embedding a YouTube video in your Elgg blog - the Elgg system offers a facility to aid the embedding of such videos in your blog posts. Go to the video in YouTube (or Google video). Highlight and copy the embed code (in the box to the right of the main video). In Elgg create a new blog post. Click the Add external video button and paste the embed code into the text box. You may wish to alter the size the video is displayed. Click the Insert video button to add the video to the post.