by LongTail Video on 2011-07-20 08:44
We're excited today to announce the introduction of Bits on the Run Free, a new type of Bits on the Run account which provides a zero cost way for publishers to get started with video. Instead of our previous 30-day Trial Membership, customers can now sign up for Bits on the Run and keep a Free Account... forever.
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Our new Bits on the Run Free Account is recommended for bloggers, individuals and sites just getting started with video. Bits on the Run Free allows users to store and stream their videos at no cost, with full access to the Bits on the Run dashboard - including its player customization options, transcoding system, JW Player plugin support, API and rich video analytics.
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We generally recommend a Bits on the Run Pro Account for medium to large sites with an online video presence. Read more about the new Bits on the Run pricing plans, and decide which account is best for you. If you're unsure of what account best suits your needs, contact us more information.
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by Remco van Bree on 2011-07-11 11:30
When it comes to bringing an attractive video experience to your website, the real star is of course the video itself. If your videos look attractive, viewers will be more engaged, and less likely to navigate away. Not only do quality videos look better, they will also compress better, which helps with two important factors - you save on video delivery costs, and smaller files mean your viewers need less bandwidth to watch the videos smoothly.
Here are a few tricks for making your videos look and sound as good as possible. Web friendly video should be easy to compress, and continue to look good even after it has been encoded to a low bitrate.
A general rule of thumb is that you should always make sure to start with a video in its original format and in the highest quality possible. Video compression is lossy, which means it will always degrade the image quality of your video (see image below).
By bringing the right equipment to the job, you can do a lot to improve your video quality.
When choosing your shot there is also a lot you can do to make sure that your video compresses well.
A cool setting found in most high end cameras is filming with a shallow depth of field. This means that closer objects in focus stay in focus and anything outside, behind or around the shot will blur faster. This is beneficial since blurry parts of an image don't have sharp edges and compress far more efficiently. In addition to it being a nice effect, a shallow depth of field improves the image quality.
Last, if possible, configure your camera to shoot video in progressive mode. It might save you a lot of headaches during editing or encoding. If video is interlaced, chances are your end result will have interlace artifacts like in the image to the right below.
All in all you get the best results by making the original picture as clean as possible, and removing any unwanted movement. Using a separate microphone will help your audio quality a lot. These are just a couple of simple pointers to get you started, if you have any other tips, feel free to leave a comment!