Flash Video Studio
Publishing movies to the Web as Flash files with a SWF extension is the easiest way to deal with managing things like playback controls, fast forward, rewind and volume control. There's no need to figure out how to embed QuickTime or Windows Media player in a browser. Most everyone uses Flash, so you don't need to worry about people watching your movie having the proper codecs installed. In general, using Flash guarantees your movies will just work. The one trick to all this is you need a tool capable of turning AVI, WMV and MOV files into flash FLV or SWF files. Sorensen Squeeze can do it for about $119. You can use Macromedia's Flash suite to do it automatically, but that will set you back at least $400. Flash Video studio converts AVI, WMV, MPG, MOV and ASF files to SWF or FLV for a small fraction of either price.
If affordable Flash conversion isn't enough reason to like Flash Video Studio, the app includes several handy publishing features. You can add trigger links in your video to launch Web pages while the video plays. Flash Video Studio supports calling a new SWF file from your video (so you can do something like the play next video option on YouTube). The app supports configurable output options, including batch conversion, watermarking, a handful of effects and masks and a simple set of video and audio compression choices allowing you to maximize quality while minimizing file size. When you output SWF, the app automatically generates the HTML for your page and offers customizable play controls. Built-in FTP makes upload almost automatic. So far, I haven't found any other app I like better for this purpose. [Windows 2k/XP/Vista $49.95]
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