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Chapter 18. Adding Video and Audio > Working with Video Clips

Working with Video Clips

Unless you're working with streaming media, working with video clips in both Dreamweaver and the browser is extremely easy and generally self-explanatory. For the most part, you add a media file by embedding the file into the web page (discussed later), save the document, and then view the page in the desired browser. Depending on the media type you decide to use, the browser recognizes the format, launches the appropriate plug-in (if it exists), and plays the video. If the browser can't play the video (maybe the plug-in doesn't exist), you have the option of manually providing the location of the media player's plug-in.

In general, if you're working with short video clips (10–20 seconds in length) it's okay to embed the video clips into the web page so that when the user clicks the file, a progressive download is forced. A second option is to simply create links on your Web page that users can click to download the media file and play the files on the computer later. When viewed in a media player, a video file typically resembles Figure 18.1.


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