Flash or Windows Media?

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russ stevens
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Hello Everyone,

I currently run a website that features wmv and am thinking of changing the site to flash video only. Running a Mac and seeing that most of the people buying from me view on a Windows machine, is the Adobe flash player currently running on most PC systems when purchased as with Windows Media Player? I really don't want your average PC user to have to download the flash plugin to view the videos if possible.

Any thoughts are much appreciated. Happy New year!

Best,
Russ

harlequin
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Flash video player is not , to my knowledge , installed on any pc at time of purchase.

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fuddam
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but something like 90+% of web users have it installed....

think it usually makes for a better interface than wmv

Gavin Gration
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Flash - unless you would like poeple to be able to save clips locally - then wmv makes a bit more sense (best option is both).

russ stevens
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Thanks for the replies. I love the look of Flash, but am worried that if your average user has to download the player, that they won't bother. I know though that a lot of sites use flash over wmv, so maybe I'm wrong?

Best,
Russ

ChrisH
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According to Adobe flash is on 99 percent of internet enabled desktops..
http://www.adobe.com/products/player_census/flashplayer/

as opposed to 77 percent wmp

but this is an Adobe commissioned survey..

I use flash video and embed with :
http://blog.deconcept.com/swfobject/

This allows you to enable 'express install' so if the user doesn't have the latest version of flash a message appears in place of the video asking if you would like to update, if you click yes then the flash update is installed within seconds and the video begins to play, the user doesn't leave your site. This doesn't work however if you have no version of flash installed. The user has to go to adobe to get the full player.

Chris.
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At one time I would have been wary of Flash, avoiding it if possible. The incredible popularity of YouTube (not just with the kids but with the Richard n Judy audience too) means there aren't many people that don't have Flash installed.

russ stevens
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Once again, many thanks everyone for the help. It seems like flash is the way to go then!

Best,
Russ