What type/size/etc. video's can I upload so they'll play from Safari?

SmartAlx

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Hmm... not sure where to put this question, so I guess GD is the right forum.

So... I know that some non-flash internet videos (MP4, MOV) on safari will open up in quicktime/youtube on the iPhone. Just go to certain webpages and if the video meets certain criteria (filetype, filesize, etc.) it will open up no problem. I've done it a few times.

Well, I have some videos that I want to put onto www.filefront.com so I can watch them anywhere on any iPhone. Needless to say, syncing isn't my solution since I can't get iTunes on the only computer I have access to.

Does anyone know what criteria the iPhone uses to determine if it's going to play a video from safari? I tried using www.media-convert.com to convert the videos to the H264 format. They even have a default video preset just for the iPhone. I tried making the videos real short. I tried making the file size very small. I tried other codecs. But for the life of me, I can't get them to open up. They aren't flash FLV movies either. That's why I am using filefront. Filefront just stores the files with no conversion. And you can store an unlimited amount of stuff.

And no, I can't use my computer at home and use orb since my computer at home doesn't exist.

Please help. I really need these videos.

TIA.
 
Jul 13, 2007
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The problem you are having might not have to do with the movie format but instead with how it is embedded into the website. Filefront may not embed it in a way that the iPhone is happy with.

As for formats that work with properly embedded webpages, the 3GPConverter(0.34) seems to create the proper format.
 
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I don't have a link but IIRC this was from Apple site.

You can use the QuickTime Player Pro Export command and the following exporters to prepare video content for iPhone:

The Movie to MPEG-4 exporter with the following settings prepares movies for Wi-Fi.
In the H.264 video options, make sure you restrict the encoder to use the Baseline profile, and select "Faster encode (Single-pass)" encoding in the Video Options dialog.
Video settings: 900 kbit/sec, H.264, 480 x 360; frame rate: current; preserve aspect ratio using: Fit within size
Audio settings: 128 kbit, AAC-LC
.mp4 file

The Movie to 3G exporter with the following settings prepares movies for EDGE.
Video settings: 64 kbit, H.264, 176 x 144; frame rate: 10 or 15; preserve aspect ratio using: Letterbox or Crop
Audio settings: 16 kbit, AAC-LC
.3gp file