In this quick tip, we’ll review how to work with HTML 5 video in your own projects. Because older browsers and Internet Explorer do not understand the <video> element, we must also find a way to serve a Flash file to viewers who are utilizing those browsers.
Unfortunately, much like HTML 5 audio, Firefox and Safari/Chrome don’t quite agree when it comes to the file format for videos. As such, if you wish to take advantage of HTML 5 video at this time, you’ll need to create three versions of your video.
- OGG: This will make Firefox happy. You can use VLC (File -> Streaming/Export Wizard) to convert your video to this format easily.
- .MP4: Many screencasting tools automatically export to Mp4; so you can use that file for Safari and Chrome.
- .FLV/.SWF: Not all browsers support HTML 5 video, of course. To compensate, make sure that you add a fallback Flash version as well.