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Thread: so many formats, what's the best? and when do i need a video server?

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    so many formats, what's the best? and when do i need a video server?

    There are about 5 videos i need to put on my site. the source of the video is asking me what format i want them in. the information i've found goes as follows:

    AVI - very common, windows only (for the most part), most browsers
    Windows Media (wmv) - Windows only unless you download a plug in.
    MPEG - Most popular, cross platform
    QuickTime - Need plugin for windows
    RealVideo - streaming video
    Flash (shockwave) - need plugin but preinstalled with most recent netscape and i.e.

    My questions are:
    1. If MPEG does it all without a plugin, why bother with any of the others?
    2. Under what circumstances would i need to look into a video server as opposed to just posting the file?
    3. Last i heard AVI was rather archaic, is this true?

    thank you for your help.

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    it must be flv, but you don't list it here.

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