Huibert van Duin
Art Renewal Center
In 2008, this whole project was conceived as a four-minute video about the life and work of Antony van Leeuwenhoek. Two years later, it has grown into this web and a series of short videos.
Video 1 - Overview
This seven-minute video gives an overview of what will come in the later videos. Several versions are available for download here and it is also on YouTube.
Most viewers will make a trade-off between quality and speed and watch the H.264 version with the Quicktime player for Mac or PC or with the VLC player for PCs. Clicking on the link will initiate the stream, which may have to pause for buffering depending on the connection. Right-clicking will initiate a download, which should take only a couple of minutes for the 400 MB file, again depending on your connection.
Viewers who want to watch the video full-screen or projected onto a screen can download the best-quality version, a .mov file that will play on both Macs and PCs. It is almost 1.7 GB, so it will take some time, but the quality will hopefully make the wait worth your while.
The 85 MB .m4v (same as .mp4) file looks good but has trouble buffering on my iPhone.
The 35 MB .flv file on YouTube doesn't look very good, nor does the .mp4 file that YouTube will let you download.
The tiny .3gp file for CDMA phones is barely recognizable.
17th Century Composers
Leiden and Delft
I am currently working on the next two videos in this series, one on the Golden Age of the Netherlands and the other on the life of van Leeuwenhoek.