• HTML5 player

last modified October 31, 2010 by anna

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Research into HTML5 players (see notes below).

Added choices for different playback methods into Transcode Star schema. 

To Do

Implement various players into Transcode Star - so site admin can choose which playback methods, using which players, to employ. 


More notes on incorporating this into Transcode Star can be found in the Plumi Trac http://plumi.org/ticket/237 


Modern browsers are now natively supporting the embedding of video using the <video> tag.

More info on this can be found here:  http://diveintohtml5.org/video.html


*** FIREFOX ***

Theora+Vorbis+Ogg v3.5+

H.264+AAC+MP4 ??

WebM 4.0+

*** SAFARI ***

Theora+Vorbis+Ogg †

H.264+AAC+MP4 3.0+

WebM †

*** CHROME ***

Theora+Vorbis+Ogg 5.0+

H.264+AAC+MP4 5.0+

WebM 6.0+

*** OPERA ***

Theora+Vorbis+Ogg 10.5+

H.264+AAC+MP4 NO

WebM 10.6+

*** IPHONE ***

Theora+Vorbis+Ogg NO

H.264+AAC+MP4 3.0+


*** ANDROID ***

Theora+Vorbis+Ogg NO

H.264+AAC+MP4 2.0+

WebM ‡

* Internet Explorer 9 will only support WebM “when the user has installed a VP8 codec,” which implies that Microsoft will not be shipping the codec themselves. SO THE USER INSTALLS A CODEC AS PER USUAL ON THE OPERATING SYSTEM - AS PER DIVX, XVID ETC.

† Safari will play anything that QuickTime? can play, but QuickTime? only comes with H.264/AAC/MP4 support pre-installed. SO THE USER WOULD HAVE TO INSTALL PERIAN, FOR EXAMPLE. SIMILAR USER-STORY TO INSTALLING XVID SUPPORT ON MAC OPERATING SYSTEM.

‡ Google has committed to supporting WebM “in a future release” of Android, but there’s no firm timeline yet.

At our end we have a couple of choices: 1) In javascript, determine the browser's video and codec capabilities, and write HTML pointing to the appropriate source (ogv, mp4, or fallback to flv) 2) Use the html5 'source' attribute to specify multiple possibilities, and let the browser decide which one it can use.

In both cases, at least two video formats will be needed on the server: ogv and (probably) mpeg4. Probably now we want to also provide a WebM/vp8 file. Transcoding will need to create these.

Also in both cases, a fallback will be required - the easiest for users is the previous default standard for web video - Flash (which we already support with Flowplayer).

Some options for HTML5/Flash Fallback players / javascript libraries: