Quicktime Video Player
The above video is 352 pixels by 198 pixels and is set to play after "play" is pressed.

loading video player

Adobe Flash Player 9 (using H.264)
The above FLV video is 352 pixels by 198 pixels and I'm using the JW Player, which is currently the most popular FLV player on the web.

YouTube HTML Embed Code - Streaming Flash 8
This video is streamed onto this page from YouTube, but the video being streamed is in the older Flash format. Currently, this is the way YouTube streams their videos onto other web sites. To see this video in the "high quality" mode on YouTube, watch it here.

VIDEO PLAYER FORMATS

Overview
Videos can be placed directly onto any web site using the Apple Quicktime Player format or the Adobe Flash Player format (as seen on the left and middle left), or it can be uploaded to a video sharing site (such as YouTube) and then "embedded" into the web site using HTML embed code from the video sharing site (lower left).

Apple QuickTime Player
Apple’s QuickTime Player offers the highest quality video image and the absolute best streaming technology of all video players available. This is due, in part, of their use of H.264 compression technology. A properly encoded video will load quickly and play continuously without hesitation on computers that have a high-speed connection. The drawback to relying only on the Quicktime Player for your videos is that not all PC users have it installed. Which is why I offer both Quicktime and Flash videos on my natural living web site.

Adobe Flash Player
The Adobe Flash Player has the highest market penetration of all the video players, and with the release of Flash 9.0.115 in December of 2007, it now offers H.264 video playback, making it a viable alternative to the Quicktime Player. Virtually all video sharing sites use the Flash 8 or Flash 9 player (early versions of 9 do not have H.264) because the Flash Player is on more computers than any other video player. Technically speaking, the video itself is an "FLV" (video) file whereas the video player is an "SWF" file. That is, there are two files associated with the video to the left.

HTML Embed Code
The vast majority of video sharing sites use a Flash Video Player, and therefore encode their users' uploaded video into Flash 8 or 9. Once the video is on the site, that video can be easily streamed onto another site by using the supplied HTML code. This is the easiest way to put video onto any web site, and most anyone who knows how to make a web site can do it. Although YouTube streams the older Flash version of the encoded video to other sites (whereas some video sharing sites stream Flash 9 video), I like YouTube because it always works, and the streaming process is faster than any other video sharing site.