What to use for web video delivery?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by edoates, Feb 16, 2012.

  1. edoates macrumors 6502

    May 22, 2006
    Apple is de-supporting optical video delivery (DVD SP is gone, only very basic support in FCP-X and Compressor for authoring). So my question:

    If I want to delivery full length video (like of a 2 hour school play, etc.) to the web rather than (or in addition to, using an old copy of DVD SP, DVD), are there authoring suites or software programs to create attractive viewing experiences?

    DVD's have title screens, navigation buttons, motion menus, and all sorts of stuff that is easy to create in DVD SP. Is there authoring software available for similar features for web delivery? iWeb gone (along with MobileMe to deliver the files), so it won't be updated for those capabilities. All the web authoring stuff I've seen (online like GoDaddy or things like DreamWeaver) are fine for building up a web site, but I don't see any thing in there like the ability to create a nifty video interface similar to that which is routinely available on DVD or Bluray.

    Any body know of anything?

    Eddie O

    PS: OK, I'll whine a bit: I hope that Grandma has a nice computer and high speed internet so she can watch her grandkids in that school play ... instead of just popping a DVD in the player...
  2. CaptainChunk macrumors 68020


    Apr 16, 2008
    Phoenix, AZ
    To my knowledge, not really.

    As far as web delivery is concerned, about the best you can do is separate the video in smaller parts and build a web page "menu" that links to these individual parts.

    But, let me ask you a question: Did you upgrade to FCP X from Final Cut Studio? If that's the case, there shouldn't be anything stopping you from still using DVD Studio Pro. It will in fact accept .m2v/.ac3 assets encoded with Compressor 4.

    My point is that just because Apple has lost interest (erroneously, IMHO) in optical media distribution, it doesn't mean that it's no longer viable. Many of my clients still demand physical media, whether it be on DVD or Blu-ray.
  3. ppc_michael Guest


    Apr 26, 2005
    Los Angeles, CA
    Flash can more or less entirely recreate a DVD menu system for the web, but I'm sure we all know how people feel about Flash. ;) HTML5 could do a lot too, although it's not something I would want to be tasked with.

    Take a look at jplayer, it may give you some ideas.
  4. arjen92, Feb 17, 2012
    Last edited: Feb 19, 2012

    arjen92 macrumors 65816


    Sep 9, 2008
    Below sea level
    Encore is an up to date program to create DVD's and even Blu-ray. Since it's from Adobe there might be an easy option to export it to flash.

    Also, since you want it to be easy and accessible, you can put it on youtube. Create several videos for the "menus". Then with the interactive links (example) on youtube you can link back and forth to your videos on youtube.
  5. edoates thread starter macrumors 6502

    May 22, 2006
    Sigh ...

    I was hoping that there was some product that was wysiwyg authoring suite for online video creation for videos longer and more complex than those silly 5 minute youtube things.

    Yes, I know that DVD SP can still be used (for DVD), but will it work in Mountain Lion? You can't buy DVD SP at all anymore from Apple, so anyone who is starting with FCP-X or iLife 11 (iDVD is gone, too, I think), Apple offers no optical media authoring of any consequence.

    Even the digital copies for iTunes of movies like Jurassic Park don't have cool menus; just the drop down chapter list. Better than nothing; maybe I'll see if I can figure that out. Blecch.
  6. CaptainChunk macrumors 68020


    Apr 16, 2008
    Phoenix, AZ
    You're thinking of Encore, actually. Entourage is actually an email application. ;)

    Encore also isn't sold as a standalone product, BTW. You have to buy Premiere Pro to get it.

    Yep, it's a bummer. An end of an era...

    I honestly don't see any reason why DVDSP would NOT install and run under Mountain Lion, provided you're on FCS 3 (the package with FCP 7). The only reason the installers for FCS 1/2 wouldn't work at all with Lion, for example, was that they were PPC and Lion lacks Rosetta.
  7. cgbier macrumors 6502a

    Jun 6, 2011
    I'd pay a couple of dollars if someone came up with an Intel installer for FCS2.

    Never upgraded to 3, as I was underwhelmed by the new features. Seems I got screwed :rolleyes:

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