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    Senior Member RDesignista's Avatar
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    Hi,

    My client is asking me to take care of a video section. I know nothing about video, so I've been doing some reading on the stuff. I don't even like working with video files, so if this client hadn't contracted me for other stuff, I wouldn't even accept.

    Anyway, I found a good online converter at Zamzar.com. Was able to convert a Real Media file. Very good tool and much better than going through all the programs out there (many of which don't work!).

    In regards to my videos, these are the levels of compatibility I want:
    1. iPad/iPhone
    2. HTML 5 Browsers
    3. Non-HTML5 Browsers, but have Flash Player support

    For all of this to be possible, I'll need a bunch of files, but I'm not 100% sure of what they are, because I read all different things. Anyway, let me spew what I think is correct and please correct me if I'm wrong:

    - <video> tag with .ogg and .mp4 src files will take care of majority of HTML5 Browsers
    - but iPad/iPhone will require a .m4v type mp4. Also, can't support flash.
    - for non-HTML5 Browsers, you need to include a flash fallback. Do this by using a Flash Player like JS Player and just include it as a src file. It can be .flv or .mp4.

    Does this sound right?

    -R

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    Senior Member Kayo's Avatar
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    I think Video.js will cover a lot of the work for you. You just have to do the compression and you're set. I personally use MeGui, but Handbrake is a great user friendly alternative.

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    Senior Member RDesignista's Avatar
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    I really want to use Video JS, but the flash fallback just isn't kicking in... and their documentation is really slim, or they meant for it to be used by video experts. It seems so easy, but if I'm having issues with Safari4 and IE8, it's obviously not that simple/great as they claim.

    Anyway, I ended up finding another method, which is default HTML5 + flash player embed for non-HTML5 browsers. Works for me:

    <video controls width="320" height="240">
    <source src="video/8-basic.mp4" type="video/mp4">
    <source src="video/8-basic.ogv" type="video/ogg">
    <object type="application/x-shockwave-flash" data="video/player.swf" width="320" height="240">
    <param name="allowfullscreen" value="true">
    <param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always">
    <param name="flashvars" value="file=8-basic.mp4">
    <!--[if IE]><param name="movie" value="video/player.swf"><![endif]-->
    <img src="video.jpg" width="854" height="480" alt="Video">
    <p>Your browser canít play HTML5 video. <a href="video.webm">Download it</a> instead.</p>
    </object>
    </video>

    Just had to figure out that I needed to have player.swf in my directory and it worked.

    P.S. I will never ever accept any web projects in the future relating to video.

    -R


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