You can make your Web site more dynamic by adding video to it. By using Microsoft Office FrontPage 2003, you can embed a video directly in a Web page so that it downloads automatically when a site visitor opens the page. You can also add a hyperlink in your Web page to the location of a video file. This enables site visitors to decide whether or not they want to download it.
You can use FrontPage to set options for video playback. For example, you can play the video once when the site visitor first opens the page, loop the video and play it continuously, or only play the video when a site visitor rests the pointer over a link.
Before you embed a video, you should consider the issue of bandwidth. It is considered good practice to inform your site visitors of the size of a video file. Additionally, when you add video to a Web page, make sure the video is in a format that site visitors can play back with most video players.
Some of the most popular video file formats that you can embed or link to are:
- Windows Video Files (*.avi) Audio and video files for use with Microsoft Windows Media Player.
- Windows Media Files (*.asf) Streaming (streaming: Playing sounds or video in real time as they are downloaded over the Internet as opposed to storing them on a computer first.) file format for use with Windows Media Player. This file format can also include audio, scripts, ActiveX controls, and HTML documents.
- RealAudio Files (*.ram; *.ra) Streaming file format for use with RealNetworks RealAudio Player. Provides optimization for low- to medium-speed connections.
- Moving Picture Experts Group (*.mpeg) This family of standards is used for coding audio-visual information — movies, video, music in a digitally compressed format. MPEG files are generally much smaller than most video formats, but provide the same quality.
- Apple QuickTime (*.mov; *.qt) QuickTime is technology that is built into the Apple Macintosh operating system and is used by most Macintosh applications that include video or animation. Microsoft Windows-based computers can also play files in QuickTime format, but they require a special QuickTime plug-in.
Embed a video
- In Page view, at the bottom of the document window, click Design .
- Position the insertion point where you want to insert a video.
- On the Insert menu, point to Picture, and then click Video.
- Locate and click the video file, and then click Open.
- To view the video, in Page view, at the bottom of the document window, click Preview .
- Some Web browsers do not support video.