As you can see from my recent blog posts, I am using a wide variety of online video tools to capture classes, comments and conversation whenever I can. One concern has cropped up recently, though. Most of these services record the video in FLV (Flash Video) format. This means I can embed the videos in my web pages, but I cannot send them out to my podcast subscribers.
As I have mentioned in past, for the largest effect, videos should be available both on a web page and for automatic delivery via podcast. In order to create some podcast ready videos, I figured I would simply convert the FLV videos into MPEG-4 videos and then release them in my podcast feed. Unfortunately, this has proven to be very difficult. Despite trying 5-6 different pieces of software, the closest I have come is a converted video, but no audio. No go!
I have been talking with a number of people about this issue and some have suggested simply recording everything locally, so I had my own copy of everything I did. While this would work, the additional work would defeat the purpose of easy, ad hoc, recordings like those from Seesmic and uStream. My goal is to use the ad hoc recording tools to capture content that might otherwise be missed and then use that content in as many places as possible. The content has already been recorded, I should be able to use it anywhere.
“The heavy use of FLV formatted video online has started to cause me some concern. I am beginning to feel that my content is being locked into a particular service and format with very little opportunity to re-use it elsewhere.”
The heavy use of FLV formatted video online has started to cause me some concern. I am beginning to feel that my content is being locked into a particular service and format with very little opportunity to re-use it elsewhere. The advantages to using quick, ad hoc, video capture are great, but I wonder what I am losing by using these services.
Got any hints on how to reliably convery FLV videos to MPEG-4? Let me know in the comments! I really need to find an answer.