Learn@UW/D2L – Recommendations for using QuickTime Video

This document recommends using streaming technology in an embedded player as the best option for users to display existing QuickTime video in the Learn@UW application. Users who do not have existing media should refer to Learn@UW - Recommendations for Using Windows Media Video.

This document recommends a solution for using QuickTime video in Learn@UW based on best compatibility with Learn@UW, broadest compatibility with browsers and operating systems, overall video quality, and viewer experience. This document is intended for instructors or staff with existing streamable QuickTime video who either do not have access to the original source material or prefer not to change to our recommended media format.

NOTE: This document also assumes that viewers will have access to high-speed internet with a minimum speed of 768kb/DSL or equivalent. If you would prefer to consider all available options we recommend you first read Learn@UW - Important Considerations When Using Audio and Video to become familiar with the concepts, and then consult our comprehensive audio and video solutions document Learn@UW - Using Audio and Video.

QuickTime Video Recommendations:

The primary considerations of web-based video delivery via Learn@UW are delivery method, media type, and embedded vs stand-alone player.

Delivery: Streaming

Streaming format prevents or inhibits the ability of viewers to “copy” video content, protecting intellectual property rights. In combination with streaming, a stand-alone player allows for navigation of media via VCR-style controls. Streaming media can also reside on an optimized server external to Learn@UW, which smooths and enhances video speed and quality. Free and low-cost streaming hosting is available at www.doit.wisc.edu/streaming.

Embedded vs Stand Alone: Embedded

To view QuickTime movies via Learn@UW you must embed the video in the course web page, because the external QuickTime player does not consistently open from within the Learn@UW environment.

Concerns & Considerations:

QuickTime does not come standard on many PC computers. Using QuickTime may require a software download and installation as well as codec download for some users.

Implementation: QuickTime: Streaming | Embedded

Learn@UW provides options for either uploading, or pointing to, an existing course file. There is no option to enter a URL in the html editor's "insert object" dialog box.

Recommended Solutions:

  1. You can create a reference file that points to the streaming server content and upload that file to your course directory. Next, embed the reference file using "insert object" in the html editor as if you were embedding a local file.
  2. You can also manually edit the code for embedding. Below is a code sample for an embedded streaming file. Note that an extra 16 pixels must be added to the height of the player for the controller. Replace the "embed src" with the exact URL of your own streaming server/file.

    <embed src="http://qtstreamer.doit.wisc.edu/streamcompare/quicktime.mov" qtsrc="rtsp://qtstreamer.doit.wisc.edu/streamcompare/quicktime.mov" width="320" height="256" autoplay="true" loop="false" controller="true" pluginspage="http://www.apple.com/quicktime/">

Keywords:learn@uw learnuw d2l desire2learn recommend quicktime video stream streaming embed player   Doc ID:5164
Owner:Bob A.Group:Learn@UW Utility
Created:2006-12-04 19:00 CDTUpdated:2020-01-30 14:03 CDT
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