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html5 video formats



11:30 am on Nov 28, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Hi Guys.

What is the latest concerning html5 videos. Do is still need to have three formats of the same video clip to cater for all web browsers or html5 Gods managed to agree on a single file format for all browsers?


7:07 am on Nov 30, 2011 (gmt 0)

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It's not HTML5's fault, it's Firefox's fault for refusing to support mp4. Since Firefox doesn't play mp4 files, you have to feed Firefox a file in the relatively rare "ogg" format.

BTW, I don't buy Firefox's argument that they're boycotting mp4 because it's a proprietary format and they want to support only free formats so the world can be simple and free. The reality is that their refusal to support mp4 makes the world *hard* and *complicated* because it's a pain for webmasters to get video onto their sites that will work in all browsers. Some gift they've given to the web community, there.

You mentioned three formats -- what's the third you were thinking of, Flash? What besides Firefox doesn't play mp4?


7:10 am on Nov 30, 2011 (gmt 0)

Some browser does not support


7:36 pm on Nov 30, 2011 (gmt 0)

Nothing wrong with the OGG format why should people fund the frauhoffer(SP) institute


9:08 pm on Dec 2, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Like I said, Firefox's refusal to support the popular format means that webmasters are forced to jump through hoops if they want Firefox users to be able to see their video.


6:07 am on Dec 6, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Falsh is the third file format unfortunatly, the one I have been trying to run away form. But now that Chrome has overtaken firefox interms of web access, maybe firefox will come to their senses and reconcider their stategy. Dont you guys think so?


6:27 am on Dec 6, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Firefox with Apple's Quicktime plays mp4 just fine... just isn't published.

That said, there's politics, policies, and patents behind FF's open source stance.


4:10 pm on Dec 8, 2011 (gmt 0)

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@MichaelBluejay do you know if it's possible to have the video decoder as a plugin or addon on FF? Or at least to utilize the O/S codecs from that level and play the video?

I don't know that API so I have no idea if it's possible or not.


11:18 pm on Mar 5, 2012 (gmt 0)

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enigma1, I'm sorry I didn't see your message until now.

Do you mean a decoder or plugin to play mp4's? How would that help, since even if available (I don't know), most users wouldn't have it installed, so they still couldn't see your video.

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