Best finished size of video for downloading.

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I need to split my videos so my customers can download them because the original video is too large. I never know where to split the videos because only the minutes show, not the video size while editing it in Camtasia Studio 6. So, I split by minutes but I never know how large a video to upload for my customers to download.

So, my questions is, what is the largest size of a video that most people can download from the internet?

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Jan smith
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More details might help.

Describe total length of your video(s)

What format and dimensions are you producing to?

What are your customers doing ... downloading to keep on local HD or viewing off web?

FYI, I have many 1 hour videos produced as MP4 flash, with TOC [markers] at a size of 1200x800 and where the MP4 video file size is 325 MB, that play great over Comcast high speed internet.

Please advise further ...
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Okay, I'll try to give more information. I am creating the video at 800 x 600 because this is a sewing software program and the larger size looks good.

Normally, for burning on DVD's I produce as AVI and use Menumaker for the DVD. I have a Yahoo Group and give shorter videos on their software. What I've done in the past is produce as WMV, split, so they can put the split videos into Windows Media Player all at one time and then the video runs without stop. I always guess at the size because only minutes show in Camtasia Studio. The video I just split was guesswork as it is 124 MB and I split into six parts and the parts are 6,000 and under. I know I can go larger, just trying to find the best way to split and the best size.

I want to be more specific. The videos I'm producing now for them range from 23 MB to 138 MB.

The customers are downloading for their hard drives and I have no clue what type of internet connection they have. Some have fast internet connection some have basic DSL.

Is this enough information for you or have I confused you. Keep in mind, we are talking about sewers and embroiderers with software for their machines.

Thank you

Jan Smith
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Thanks for the additional info.

Since videos can quickly become huge in file sizes, I've adopted an all-flash mind-set.

I've found that flash MP4 productions embedded in HTML look great, and played with a browser, perform great.

So you might test try this approach ...

Use markers to logically split up your [large] project; the markers can become a TOC in a flash video production.

Try producing a custom flash MP4 with TOC using the overlay controller; put the produced files in a subfolder; zip the subfolder and upload it so your customers can download the zip file; then they can extract the fileset, and then view [by playing the html file] in a browser anytime off their HD.

I've also burned the subfolder onto DVDs as a data set to be played with a PC; but this will not work for playing with a DVD player.

I've never had a project that was too large to accomodate with this technique.

Buit perhaps others that burn DVDs for DVD players can offer some insights.
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I've never done the all-flash mind set. I am not sure I'm that educated enough in Camtasia. I can check it out, though, but when you say play an "html file" does that mean that the video has to stay on my website always for them to use? Once the lessons are over, I plan to delete the download files, so this could be of some concern.

I'm not concerned with burning the DVDs for this - I am comfortable with what I already do and set up with Menumaker. Right now it's the download files I'm interested in working with.

So, when I find out if I have to keep the files on my website for them to download as html (I really think I'm missing something here, I will check this out. I still want the screen size to be at least the 800 x 600 for them to see real good.

Thanks. BTW, I've NEVER had this fast response for help ever as you are giving me now.

Jan Smith
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When you produce an overlay MP4 flash embedded in html there are 7 files that are produced [in a subfolder]; if you want viewers to view directly off your web site, upload the subfoler, and all its files, then use the URL to the html for viewing; they will watch using a browser. If you want users to have a copy on their HD for non internet viewing, do the zip process described earlier.

Flash MP4 keeps file sizes pretty small, that is why you can make large dimension videos and still have fast downloads when viewing off web site [my standard is 1200x800 or 1200x992 for full screen app captures].

When the uploaded file set is no longer needed, just delete that folder from your web site.

Do you have/manage your own web site? Perhaps make a short flash production, upload it, and try it out.

Do you have a screencast.com account; you can do this directly from the Production Wizard.
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First, yes I do have my own website (yes I manage it only because I was shown how; not that I know codes, etc.) and I have some "free" video tutorials for them to view using the "web" features. I like that, but that situation won't work for my Yahoo students to download for themselves (this will be separate from my website tutorials). I understand about setting it up for viewing on my website, but a bit confused about how zipping can make the difference.

I will go to the Techsmith website and see if there are any video tutorials to do what you are suggesting above. It sounds like it might be the better way to go than the wmv split videos.

I don't know if I have a screencast account. I think I am allowed one when I got Camtasia 6; just never pursued it because one of my colleagues used screencast and had problems because of the number of viewers trying to watch it.

I really appreciate all the help you are giving me. I'm not a young chick so not as quick to understand as much as I would like to.

Jan Smith
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Perhaps watch this little screencast for more insight ...

http://www.screencast.com/t/DMvbCfgp
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Thank you Bob. Wow, you are really fast in the video. I need to watch it again.

I appreciate all your help.

Jan Smith

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