For the first time today, I used some free tools to convert a QuickTime movie into flash format and make the file web-accessible. You can upload a video file to YouTube or Google Video and have the website perform the conversion, but in this case I was converting a video I don’t personally own the rights to and therefore couldn’t legally republish for a global audience without permission. I was needing to share the video with other people who are not likely to already have QuickTime installed on their computer systems, and by sharing a link to a Flash video version it permits them to view the clip without downloading and installing any additional software.
I used the free OS X program ffmpegX to convert the file from QuickTime (.mov) to ffmpeg flash video (.flv). I then used these instructions to create a webpage with the correct HTML syntax. Like the LAME encoder for Audacity, when installing ffmpegX you have to download three other files, save them somewhere on your computer, and then “point” the program to them so it can use them to convert files. To create the webpage I used the free “Composer” application included with Mozilla’s free SeaMonkey program suite. (Remember Netscape Composer? This is its latest iteration. Yes, it’s cross-platform. And free.)
In addition to the converted flv file created by ffmpegx and a simple HTML document that included the “object” and “embed” tags, I also had to upload a SWF player application to the same web directory. The ffmpegX instructions include a link to a file that works great, as well as the HTML code syntax. I used the free Cyberduck ftp client to upload the files to my server.
I love the QuickTime format, but I also love accessibility and like to remove as many barriers to content access as I can. Having the capability (with free tools, no less) to make any video available in Flash format is a very powerful and good skill. I love powerful open source tools like these!
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