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November 14, 2003

Lights Camera Action

Dan Gillmor wants to experiment with adding video to his weblog. Awhile ago he also expressed interest in doing more audio.

I think both these are really interesting ideas. I hope to try some audio soon.

Courtesy of Gillmor, here is Kevin Marks' site where he's embedded a video clip of a science experiment. My only problem with this is, putting the video right on the page, and having it preload even if it doesn't get viewed, puts a really big burden on your reader's internet connection, and on your web server. A better way would be to have a preview frame on the page with a link to a viewer page for those who want to look at it.

Posted by jghiii at November 14, 2003 11:30 AM
Posted by: Kevin Marks on November 18, 2003 11:36 PM

I know people do that, but with a short clip it usually behaves reasonably well - most browser will run 4 TCP threads in parallel and so still be loading the rest of the site at 75% speed until the movie comes in.
I really like the simplicity of it being in the page.

If I were going to do it more often, I'd probably shorten my currently huge history.

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