If you’ve got a blog, personal site or another web platform and find yourself wondering how you can get in on the no-plugin-needed streaming video in HTML5, Webmonkey has a handy guide to understanding and embedding HTML5 videos on your site.
Getting your videos ready for HTML5-friendly formats is a whole other topic, one covered by Mark Pilgrim’s video encoding section of Dive Into HTML5, as recommended by Webmonkey. Once your videos are ready to roll, you can put them up on your site with some example code, as well as cater to those with non-HTML5 browsers, like Internet Explorer. And Webmonkey explains another default strategy:
While we’re concerned about the licensing and patent requirements of H.264, it isn’t hard to notice that if you skip Theora and make all non-H.264 fall back to Flash, you’ve still saved yourself a considerable encoding headache. In fact, that’s probably the best practical argument against Mozilla and Opera’s refusal to support H.264.
Want to cater to those using older browsers and Internet Explorer in particular? Webmonkey’s post explains how to set up a switch for Flash-based video, too.
If you’ve found a great use for streaming HTML5 video on your own site, or have an easier way of getting it posted, tell us about it in the comments.
Embed Videos In Your Web Pages Using HTML5 [Webmonkey]