I am on a network in a work environment, so I am not sure of my connection speed.
The format was WMV (.wmv).
We are hosted, so I do not have the ability to ftp files to the content server. It is uploaded using the Saba UI web.
The first time I tried uploading the video to the content server, I tried content format as zip and content type video. When I clicked preview, it sent me to a web page that said unable to access.
The second time I tried loading the wmv unzipped and selected file for content format, and video as content type. It worked, but it took a long time to download to preview.
I hope that answers your questions. I have not tried URL as a type. But I will. I did not realize, until I read your post, that "on import, Saba Content unpacks the ZIP file, deploys contents to the specified content server, and sets up an access URL...." I mean I read that, and knew that; however, my lightbulb didn't turn on until now