how do i stream an mov on a webpage...


macrumors newbie
Original poster
Aug 25, 2006
I have a webpage with a large mov file that I would like to stream. Although, it doesnt stream.. it sits there and you have to wait with no loading, buffering or streaming.. so you have no idea when its going to play within the page. since its a fairly large file, the viewer has to wait some time.

How can I stream an mov movie in an htm?

Any HELP is APPRECIATED!!! thanks so much. hope to hear from someone SOON smile

-Allison :confused:


Moderator emeritus
Mar 16, 2004
Andover, MA
One way is to open the movie in QuickTime (and you'll probably need to upgrade to Pro, but I'm not certain), then pick File->Export..., then choose "Export:Movie to QuickTime Movie" near the bottom, then click the Options button and choose "Prepare for Internet Streaming", then once exported, replace the movie on your website with this exported version.

There are likely other ways to do so as well.


Another option, which I know I prefer as a website viewer as well as a designer, is to have a screenshot or title page of the movie on the site that the viewer then clicks to play (usually in a new window). That way the viewer can make the decision themselves to view the video or not (for example if they're on a slow conenction they may not want to). I'm not sure if this fits what your site/movie is about though.


macrumors 65832
Aug 2, 2004
jsw said:
...There are likely other ways to do so as well.
Actually, this is the way that Apple designed it to be done. Starting with QuickTime 3.0, the "Fast Start" option lets people watch QuickTime content while it is still downloading from a site so that websites wouldn't need any special software to present movies and the like.

Other than that, trying to get the movie to be as small as possible is the main goal. As with images on a web site, movie compression is a give and take... quality for file size. Every movie is different, so playing with the codec, quality setting and frame rates should be done for each movie to determine the right setting for that movie.

I often go through 4 to 8 different exported versions of a movie to find the right balance between file size and quality before putting it on a web site.

And it isn't just the video part the needs looking at, the sound format can play a big part in reducing file size too.


macrumors newbie
Original poster
Aug 25, 2006
streaming mov..

Ahh wow, I used Quicktime Pro to create the mov file.. and the video now streams!!!
Thank you so much for all of your suggestions everyone!!! I appreciate it!!!