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How can I stream my video through the Internet?

Required software:
Movavi Video Converter
Simple HTML editing software

Required knowledge:
Basic understanding of how to convert files to different formats
Basic HTML knowledge

TIME TO SHARE YOUR MOVIE!

This article covers the simplest method of video streaming on the internet and different file types used for streaming. Since you're going to publish your files on the web, it's required that you could understand and write a simple HTML code. If you don't know what HTML is and have never written a line of such code, you can use different programs for creating HTML files, many of them are free: 1st Page2000, TopStyle Lite, Arachnophilia, Web-O-Rama, and many others. You can easily find them on the internet, just by searching for them with your favourite search engine.

Most pages that you see on the internet are so-called HTML pages, that means that they use HyperText Markup Language for displaying text, pictures and other content in the way they display them. Every page, image or file on the internet has its own address, or URL (Uniform Resource Locator). For example if you want a page to have an image on it, you have to upload the image on the server and then tell an HTML editing software its address to make a hyperlink to it. At the same time, that page will also have its own address. It is pretty simple, and all internet pages are organized on this principle.

In these terms, video files are not much different than the images. It means that to stream a video file you need:
1. Upload your file to a web server
2. Create a hyperlink to the video file.

But first, you need to create a video file suitable for streaming over the internet.

FILE FORMATS

There are several video formats that can be streamed on the internet. We'll cover two of them that can be easily created with Movavi Video Converter.
WMV (Windows Media Video)
This format, designed by Microsoft, has some advantages: Windows Media Player is installed on most computers, files of WMV format have good quality and are small in size.

To create a WMV file:

1. Click ADD to open the files you want to stream:

2. Select WMV as your output format:

3. Now the tricky part: you should decide, who will be able to watch your video. If you think that most people use modems for their internet access, you should choose one of the "WMV for Dial-up Modems" option. If you're going to stream your video in your local network, choose "WMV for Local Network".
Kbps is speed that your potential watchers presumably have. If you doubt that your watchers have fast internet access, choose possibly lower speed values. Remember that video files for slow internet connection have much lower picture quality, so find the happy medium. It is a good form to tell your watchers the internet connection speed that the video file was created for, or include several files for different speeds (e.g. one for dial-up modem and another for high-speed internet).

Streaming a WMV file

Streaming WMV files is pretty easy.

1. Upload your WMV file to your web server.

2. Make a hyperlink to the file. The code for the hyperlink should be as follows (presuming your file name is video.wmv):
<a href="video.wmv">My first video</a>

On a web page, it will look like this:
My first video

When a user clicks this link, Windows Media Player will open and download the video file for playing. The playback will start almost immediately.

RM (Real Media)

Real Media was one of the first formats developed specially for internet streaming. RM format has many preferences, which is good in terms of flexibility, but it can frighten an unexperienced user. To playback the RM files, user needs Real Media Player installed. In spite of the first impression, it is free and can be downloaded at www.real.com.

To create a Real Media file:

1. Click ADD to open the files you want to stream:

2. Select Real Media as your output format:

3. Decide what quality will your file have and users with what internet connection will be able to download it. If you doubt that your watchers have fast internet access, choose possibly lower speed values. Don't forget to tell users the internet connection speed optimal for viewing this file. Choose the desired setting in the lower menu:

Streaming a Real Media file

Streaming an RM file is almost as easy as streaming a WMV file, however it has its own aspects.

1. Upload your Real Media file to your web server.

2. Make a hyperlink to the file. The code for the hyperlink should be as follows (presuming your file name is video.rm):
<a href="video.rm">My first video</a>

On a web page, it will look like this:
My first video

However, when user clicks that hyperlink, the whole file will be downloaded before viewing. To stream this file, you have to make a simple text file that will have URL of your video file:

Open Notepad.
Enter the URL for your video file: let's say it's https://www.movavi.com/video/video.rm.
Click File > Save as...
Enter file name: "video.ram". Note the quotes (this way the file will be saved with the extension .ram) and the extension .ram.

Now upload this file to your web server and create a link to this file:
<a href="https://www.movavi.com/video/video.ram">My first video</a>

When user click the link, Real Media Player will open and start playing back the file. Much more convenient for the user!

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