How do I Stream Video on the Internet?


Streaming video is the best way to get video across the internet. Instead of having to download the video completely to your computer before watching, you can "stream" it from the website's server to your screen without downloading anything.  

What is Streaming Video?


Streaming media is multimedia that is constantly received by, and normally presented to, an end-user while it is being delivered by a streaming provider (the term "presented" is used in this article in a general sense that includes audio or video playback). The name refers to the delivery method of the medium rather than to the medium itself. The distinction is usually applied to media that are distributed over telecommunications networks, as most other delivery systems are either inherently streaming (e.g. radio, television) or inherently non-streaming (e.g. books, video cassettes, audio CDs). The verb 'to stream' is also derived from this term, meaning to deliver media in this manner. (from Wikipedia)

How Do I stream Video?

There are a few ways that you can stream video. One of the easiest ways is to upload the video to Youtube.com and if you need to have the video on your site, you can embed the video from youtube.  Embedding the video means that Youtube will host the video on their server and allow you to play it on your site from their server. Using Youtube is very cost effective since you don't need your own server and their server is already very well equipped for this type of thing.

Another way to stream video is using Flash Video on your own.  In order to do this, you will need a server and the program called Flash made by Adobe.  With this program you can convert video files such as .avi, .wmv, .mov and more into Flash Video Files or .flv files.  

The FLV files can then be embedded into a flash video player that will automatically stream the video if you check the appropriate box when importing. This is basically the same concept as Youtube but with your own server and programs.  Streaming video on the internet this way can be a little more expensive and require more knowledge but you have more options as far as playing the video.  You can opt for full screen, and many more options as well.

Next time you ask "How do i stream video on the Internet?" you will know the answer and won't have to worry about it.  Now you can stream video on the internet yourself or through youtube.com.

0 comments