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May 1, 2011


Arnold Distler

Ten years ago, I put up a web page devoted to my father’s Holocaust survival story. The centerpiece was a 2-hour long video of an interview he did in 1993. Back in 2001, the Sorenson 3 Codec, and QuickTime Streaming, were the cat’s pajamas, so that was how I encoded the video. A decade later, Sorenson 3 won’t play on many installations. So, for this year’s Yom HaShoah, I revamped the web page, and re-encoded the video in H.264.

I’m still using QuickTime Streaming … which doesn’t work on the iPhone/iPad. They don’t support RTSP streaming and, instead, require some new-fangled technology, called HTTP Live Streams, to do streaming video (maybe by the next Yom HaShoah …).

Anyway, in honour of Yom HaShoah, 2011, here’s the revamped page1.

1 One glitch: in late-model Firefox, the controls for the QuickTime plugin sometimes fail to load. movie.GetPluginStatus() returns Error: -37. A simple Javascript hack, which reloads the movie, seems to fix the problem.

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