Adding Movies to Your Web Page
Subject:   Please focus on mpg instead of mov
Date:   2003-07-19 06:28:42
From:   cortlandt
Hi Folk,

I'd really like to stress that I really hate having to have quicktime (and the realplayer) on my machines to view video and I would REALLY prefer if folk were to use mpg instead.

Though my bias against quicktime really developed from when it had terrible version control and kept ruining the computer configurations of my friends and family (which I had to fix) and though this no longer seems to be the case; it is still a terribly inconsiderate program.

Both Quicktime and the Realplayer are large downloads, contain annoying install processes, and don't even allow you to bypass their continual requests to upgrade and register.

Worse, together with the windows media player which is also pretty intrusive, web users are continually coerced by the content providers to have all three on their systems.

While the media players fight for who gets to play the file it is the users computer configuration which suffers.

Since mpg is a perfectly good neutral format for video, I'd really prefer that attention be focused on how to use it properly, rather than how to propagate this problem.

I see the continuing fight of the media players one of the major problems that remain for computer users today.

Thanks for listening,


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  • Derrick Story photo Please focus on mpg instead of mov
    2003-07-21 15:13:14  Derrick Story | O'Reilly AuthorO'Reilly Blogger [View]

    I'm not sure I quite get your drift here. How do you propose to view .mpgs if you don't use a media player of some type or browser plug-in? QuickTime plays .mpgs quite well.
    • Please focus on mpg instead of mov
      2003-09-28 21:09:46  anonymous2 [View]

      I think his point is to use a neutral format (.mpg) so that it doesn't *matter* which viewer or plug-in the visitor uses. Don't lock your visitors in to Real, QuickTime, or Windows Media: use a neutral format (mpeg) that will work with any player.
      • Please focus on mpg instead of mov
        2005-04-21 12:45:09  ritatiti [View]

        Hello this is only a test!!!
      • Please focus on mpg instead of mov
        2004-01-08 02:28:08  anonymous2 [View]

        This is actually a valid argument. Only one of the three major players is needed to play mpg. However, because of the three formats you need all three players to view all downloaded files. Each player in turn tries to install their self as the default player. This forces the end user to manually choose the player of choice, or change the “folder options for each file type”.
        • Please focus on mpg instead of mov
          2005-06-08 20:35:23  Hojo [View]

          Even if it is a good point it would have been far more effective if he had included a MPG version of the "Embed streaming .mov video" presented in the original article. I've spent that past hour searching for a way to do this with the MPG files I have. I'm starting to consider converting them to .mov because I've found several articles on how to stream those.....