All FastVirtual web hosting plans support HTTP streaming (aka
This method enables you to stream many different
media types, including QuickTime video files, from your web site.
Multiple simultaneous streams are supported, with the only limitation
being your own accepted levels of bandwidth usage.
The following guide provides step-by-step instructions for
preparing, adding, and streaming QuickTime video files from your
Create (or Convert to) a QuickTime File
Create new, or convert existing video to a QuickTime file.
You can use QuickTime Pro for this purpose (assumed for this
guide). Alternatively, many multimedia applications include the
QuickTime CODEC as standard (or make it available as a plug-in), which
enables you to export directly to QuickTime video files from within
Prepare for Streaming
Make sure the movie is self-contained, otherwise it will contain
references to media content from the original source, which will not
be available once the file is on your web site.
Open your video file in QuickTime Pro Player and choose "Movie to QuickTime
Movie" from the Export menu. Choose your streaming option from the "Use"
menu -- 40 kbps will permit 56K analog modems to stream smoothly; faster
rates will cause pauses in playback at this download speed. Make sure
you select an HTTP streaming option, and that "Fast Start" is selected.
Select any additional options you require, choose a destination for the
new file and click "OK" to create your QuickTime file.
Note: If "Fast Start" is not selected, your movie will not stream,
thereby requiring your visitors to download the complete file before playback
commences. For advanced export options, please see the
Developer web site.
Upload Your File
You should now have a ".mov" media file that contains your
QuickTime video. Upload this file to your web site.
Note: Video files are binary, so remember to upload your
file using the appropriate mode. Most FTP programs allow you to
configure the transfer mode for extensions you specify, so simply add
".mov" to your binary file types. Then you won't need to worry about
Build Your Links
Create a text or image link to the ".mov" file on your web site.
When the link is clicked, the visitor's QuickTime Player will launch
and begin downloading the ".mov" file. Playback commences once a
portion of the file has downloaded, while the remainder of the file is
downloaded in the background.
Provide a QuickTime Player Download Link for Your Visitors
You may wish to place the following button on your site to inform
that you are providing QuickTime content, and to allow them to
download the free player:
Alt text: Get QuickTime
Embedding Content in HTML Pages
QuickTime Pro can create embedded content. Plug-ins are also
available for popular multimedia applications.
For further information, please visit the
QuickTime web site.