Here's what I'd like to accomplish:
I'm looking for a quick and easy way to post screen movies to this blog. The actual video files will be hosted on a media server and the calling code will be part of the page. In other words, the video will be embedded as opposed to playing in an external window. As you may know, I use ProjectDX (DominoBlog) content management system for this and other sites. ProjectDX allows me to easily manage my content in one database.
I plan to record the screen movies with Camtasia Studio and then export them in either Windowsmedia or Flash - whatever I end up using must work well across a variety of browsers. On a regular web server this would normally be a simple matter of uploading the html and media files to the server. Since I use a content management system, it can be a little tricky to figure out the first time.
This evening, Tanny and I experimented with posting a Flash movie to my blog. If we post just the file, it works and the process is very easy. This invokes the viewer's Flash plug-in in their web browser. Unfortunately, the video starts playing immediately and there are no controls for start, pause, stop, etc.
Camtasia Studio generates a custom html control panel, however, we've not been able to make this work yet from within DominoBlog. I suspect this is a matter of editing to provide the correct relative URLs. While I'm sure we can get this method to work, it's clear that it will be cumbersome to use as there are many lines of code to edit. I'm looking for something easy - If it's too hard, I know I won't post often.
So my questions:
1. What format would you like to see: WindowsMedia, Flash, or Quicktime? Why should I use this format? (The screen movies will be 640x480 and 800x600)
2. Are you aware of a way to launch the media file from within a web page with controls but won't require extensive coding for each screen movie I want to display?
3. Are you aware of anyone doing this presently with DominoBlog or other Domino-based web publishing tool?
UPDATE: I recorded a brief screen movie in Camtasia Studio and exported the project in Flash. I've attached the resulting files. If you detach all of these files to a directory on your desktop, you can test them.