[theora] Is there something like qt-faststart for theora?

Michael A. Peters mpeters at mac.com
Sun Sep 6 00:09:25 PDT 2009

Chris Double wrote:
> On Sun, Sep 6, 2009 at 6:11 PM, Michael A. Peters<mpeters at mac.com> wrote:
>> That certainly helps quite a bit, I was wondering if there is a similar
>> type of thing for theora? Theora files I host do not seem to start
>> playing until the entire file has finished downloading (FireFox 3.5 via
>> video tag and other browsers via cortado).
> The video element in Firefox 3.5 should allow playing the file before
> it is fully downloaded. It does for me anyway. Do the videos at
> http://tinyvid.tv exhibit the behaviour you are seeing with your own
> hosted files?
> Chris.

-=- first I apologize to list that my first message was html.
- just set up firebird on this box (fresh install) and forgot
- it defaults to html mail, which I personally hate.


is the video I'm playing with now.

Original source was mjpeg in avi produced by consumer non 
interchangeable lens digital camera, imported into dv by kino for editing.

It does not start to play immediately. Firefox twirls it's thumbs for 
several seconds and then when it does play, it's obvious the entire 
video has downloaded.

I played some of the videos at that site you linked to and they started 
playing almost immediately while you could see they were still 
downloading. So I'm wondering then if there is some encoding option I'm 

The h.264 version of my file also starts to play immediately while still 
downloading, but the theora version doesn't.
So I'm wondering if I'm either missing a switch to ffmpeg2theora or if I 
would be better off just using ffmpeg itself to make the theora.

One of the reasons I switched to using flash (flowplayer) h.264 as 
fallback is I got some complaints about the java player (cortado) being 
really slow, especially with load time - I'm wondering if that load time 
was because of how the ogg was encoded not letting it start playing 
before download finished?

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