Introduction (version 2)
News (January 2009)
Welcome to version 2.0 of the H264 Streaming Module. Version 2.0 is a complete rewrite. It works with a wider variety of MP4 video files and has faster start/seek times. We have also added support for Apache and Ngingx, next to Lighttpd.
HTTP Pseudo Streaming
Adobe recently announced support for H264 video files in their Flash player. They have done a great job and the good news is that we can have better quality video at lower bitrates. At the same time it allows us to use free software to handle the encoding.
Two little issues crop up though when playing these movies in your player. Original MP4 files are loaded fully before they start playback, and secondly it isn't possible to seek into parts of the video that haven't downloaded yet.
To get around these issues we've written a module that runs on your webserver. In a similar way as how Pseudo-Streaming is made possible for FLV files, this plugin makes seeking possible for MP4 files. There is no need to re-encode your MP4 videos.
You can watch the H264 (Pseudo) Streaming Demo. Make sure you have the latest Flash player installed. Grab it from http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/flashplayer10/.
Virtual video clips
You have really long video clips and you don't want to re-encode them into smaller parts? We also support 'virtual video clips', so you can specify to only playback a part of the video or create download links to specific parts of the video.
Pick your webserver and continue to the download and build instructions.
Have a look at the latest release notes to see what has changed.
This version is still free if you agree to the noncommercial license.
Our commercial license is very inexpensive, see the following page to check if you need a commercial license.
Encoding videos in H264
See the article Encoding video in H264.
Who is using the plugin?
See this [forum:7 forum] for references.
Feel free to comment or leave a note on our forum.
A big thank you goes out to Tinic Uro and the people on the http://www.jeroenwijering.com forum for providing the necessary reading, articles and links.