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    Optical discs allow for menus, chapter points, and various controls. Videos files created for playback on hard drive or uploading to the Internet seem not to allow for such organization. At most, one can play around with the timeline cursor, which often simply causes the playback simply to snag, and involves pure guesses. Or is there a way to encode the works to allow for greater control features?
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  2. Originally Posted by Persistence
    At most, one can play around with the timeline cursor,
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    You said it all, but if you had divx files, you would have a bit more control, divx6 supports chapters at least

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    You could probably do something like ABC does in Flash. On their full length TV shows you can't navigate out of a section until you watch the commercial between segments. If that action can be programmed, it seems you could program index or chapter points.
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  4. Originally Posted by Persistence
    Optical discs allow for menus, chapter points, and various controls. Videos files created for playback on hard drive or uploading to the Internet seem not to allow for such organization. At most, one can play around with the timeline cursor, which often simply causes the playback simply to snag, and involves pure guesses. Or is there a way to encode the works to allow for greater control features?
    For hard drive, you can encode with chapter points, or use ordered chapters for mkv. If are encoding, a keyframe must be specified for the start chapter point, or navigation won't be accurate. I think handbrake is a gui that allows for some of this , but you can also do it manually when you encode (e.g. specify IDR with a qpfile using x264)

    For uploading to sites, you can use chapter points when you encode flash. Similarly, it has contain an I-frame for the chapter point, and it must functionality be enabled server side (usually streaming rtsp, not progressive download like most sites and seeks must be on completely downloaded content if you use progressive, not so with true streaming). There are examples of this on the jw media player site, along with scripts to use. You can also make a flash version of a dvd (complete with menus, navigation) with Encore CS4 and upload it to your own site (ie. a essentially a smaller version of a dvd)
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