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Old 01-08-2003, 10:09 PM   #1
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I'm trying to test parts of my site on my own web server (OS X.2) before I post it on a real server. I noticed that some web hostings mention multimedia or something like that and they can accept Flash sites. On my test site my animations run extremely slow and I can't figure out why, when I convert my .swf file to a quicktime movie it plays how I want it to. On my self hosted site the frame rate makes no difference and it just chugs along slowly. Will having the site hosted by a hosting company that accepts Flash make a difference or am I building it wrong? Here is the link to my self-hosted site with all the files.
http://adm.homeunix.com
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Old 01-08-2003, 11:34 PM   #2
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You don't need any kind of special server that I am aware of. Unless the are referring to the Flash Communication Server. You may want to ask and see. Otherwise it just seems like some sort of ploy to add "features" to their hosting services. An example of this: My brother got new computer speakers for Christmas. As listed features they had...

"Play MP3s!"
"Windows XP Compatible"
...and other nonesense.

Just throwing out words that consumers will latch onto.

You site chugs in flash because you have a lot of complicated large vectors moving across the screen. The reason quicktime plays faster is because it prerenders each frame as a BMP and then just flips through the images. Flash renders as it plays...doing lots and lots of calculations. Quicktime just shows a string of images.

The playback speed of your movie is dependent mainly on the end-user's machine and not the server it's hosted on.

Hope that helps...and if I'm off on anything someone please correct me.
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Old 01-08-2003, 11:37 PM   #3
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Do you know of any way or any tricks of getting Flash to show it correctly? Is there anything I can do to make it run faster? Itried converting everything to GIF's but it didn't help much. Thanks for the info, it gives me some clues.
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Old 01-09-2003, 12:03 AM   #4
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Simplify your shapes.
Turn strokes into fills (supposedly strokes slow things down).
Output as Quicktime.

Maybe try optimaze?!
http://www.vecta3d.com/
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Old 01-09-2003, 01:53 AM   #5
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That optimaze thing looks like it could be usefull but it's only available for PC's, I'm on a Mac.

If I output as quicktime the file size will be huge if I want to keep the same resolution won't it?
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