Review: On2 Video Publisher
As promised, here is a quick review of the On2 Publisher control
which competes directly with VideoEgg (see my review of VideoEgg). As advertised, the On2 control is a very quick ActiveX control install, with no downloadble .exe. The install was quick and painless on IE (FF is supported, but only 1.5). Overall the control is less attractive and less slick than the VideoEgg one, but it does the basic job.
I was able to drag a wmv video file from my computer onto the control. It lets me play the file, set Mark In/Mark Out, and then click ‘Publish’. When I click publish then it encodes the file to Flash and uploads its to the On2 test server. Everything went smoothly and you can see the results here. I used the same video so you can compare to the one from VideoEgg (here). Encoding results seem similarly good from both products.
I don’t really like how On2 sticks their logo right on top of the video – the VideoEgg widget has the logo off the video which seems nicer. Presumably you can change this if you purchase the On2 Publisher control for use on your site.
The On2 product seems less polished than VideoEgg, but it does the job. And given that I do believe the download/install is a big user barrier, the easier to install ActiveX control is an advantage. It seems that maybe VideoEgg will try to be more of an outsourced service, where they will host/serve the video and provide the control. This will probably make it easier for smaller sites to add video hosting. I’m not sure how or how much VideoEgg will charge for this service.
The On2 product seems targeted at integration with your own video hosting solution, which may make it better for larger sites.