FAQ for RIP
Q: Ok, so I made a movie. How do I get it onto Rip?
A: Open your video file in an editing program, like FinalCut or Windows Movie Maker. When you're done editing, export your video in a .mov, .wmv, .avi, .mpeg, or .flv format. The higher quality you make the video the better it will look once it is converted into flash on the site – the best option is to choose "web download" when it asks you what quality to export it at.
If you somewhat know what you're doing, you can use a codec. A really effective codec that is commonly used is an H.264 codec. For our HD downloads we are using these video settings:
H.264 at 2500kbits/sec
This also works well to get huge files under the 200mb limit in excellent quality. If your video is under 200mb and is in .mov, .wmv, .avi, .mpeg, or .flv format then you should be good to go!
1280 x 720
Q: Do I have to pay for encoding tools?
A: Most editing programs come with the encoding tools to get your video files in the right format for uploading to Rip. Once again you will want to use an H.264 codec or a "web download" setting (this is a higher quality then a web streaming video so it will look better on the site).
Q: WTF, why won't my video upload on Rip?
Chill. There are a couple of reasons your video might not upload.
- format: Rip currently only accepts mov, wmv, avi, mpeg and flv files. So don't bother trying to upload anything else.
- size: the file must be 200 MB or less.
Q: WTF, my video looks like shit!
A: Relax. Because you've compressed the file, it will lose some quality. But if you upload the highest quality possible, you'll get a good result. If not, your video just sucks.
Q: Why doesn't my video have sound?
A: There could be a codec mismatch with the server. Try to use standard audio files only, like mp3.
Q: How long before my video is active on the site?
A: It usually takes about ten minutes to encode the video. Take a walk.
Q: Why can't I play any of the videos?
A: You must have the latest version of Flash to watch our videos. If you don't, go to http://www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer to download it. If you have flash, and videos are playing on other sites, it could be Rip – but cut us some slack! Remember, we're still in BETA, and there are occasional glitches. Don't cry about it – send us an email at email@example.com so we can fix it!
Q: How do I embed a video on my website?
A: At the end of each video, we've provided an "embed code", that looks something like this:
<object width="320" height="275" id="flashObject"> Just copy the code and paste it into the text somewhere on your profile. Come on, we can't make it much easier than that.
<param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" />
<param name="movie" value="http://www.rip.tv/direct/embed/swf/em1.swf?v=3861" />
<param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" />
<embed src="http://www.rip.tv/direct/embed/swf/em1.swf?v=3861" width="320" height="275" name="flashObject" allowFullScreen="true" allowScriptAccess="always" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"/>
Q: This sucks.
A: Sorry you feel that way. Why don't you vent in an email? Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll definitely check it out, maybe even change a few things!