Below is a video that EiS Kent has made.
View the code required to make sure this video plays on all platforms: PCs, Macs and mobile devices and popular browsers such as IE; Safari; Firefox and Chrome.
Getting video onto your website can be complex because no one video format or file format is compatible with every browser.
For instance: Flash works on most browsers, but not on the iPhone or the iPad (and isn't preinstalled on post-October 2010 Macs!).
Add a video to your web page as a simple link, as you would a document like a PDF file - the easiest way - or write complex HTML to embed and play your video on your web page. Important: You must paste the script into your web page while in 'Source' mode. If you chose the first option, then the visitor downloading your video will need to have a player on their computer that will play the format you have chosen. These are mostly automatically downloaded or loaded by the browser being used, but sometimes they will need the visitor to locate, download and install them before your video gets played.
It is important to consider the following before uploading video to your web site:
Videos can be created in a variety of different formats. Many formats have specific uses or are suitable for specific platforms. Using common formats will give most visitors the best chance to be able to watch your videos.
Each of these formats will produce video files of differing sizes. Some, i.e., WMF or AVI will produce files that are much bigger than other formats. The file size is dependent on the Codec that the format is using or that you have chosen to use.
The EiS Kent video above utilises 4 different formats: .m4v; .mp4; .ogv (OGG) and .swf (Flash) to enable us to be confident it will play on all the diverse platforms, devices and browsers currently available.
Video can come in all sizes and qualities from the very small to the very, very large high definition videos suitable for TV's and cinemas!
Web pages prefer videos that are small enough to download quickly but large enough to be easily viewed even when viewed at full screen size. They may be a trade-off of size against quality in this process.
Before uploading a video you need to prepare it for web use. Exactly what you do is dependant on what size and quality of video you have decided to use. Some modern computers come with free movie editing software that lets you save your video in a web friendly format. Examples are iMovie on the Mac or Windows Movie Maker. There are other video software applications.
There are many other video utility Apps you can use to help you to create your video files. Some of these Apps charge for full functionality. Search the Internet to find these.
The downside of using either of these two methods is that links are often included that will take visitors back into the originating site and in addition, you may need to have a current account with the media or social networking site you are using.
Note: There is a vast amount of information on the Internet about how to prepare and use video on your web pages.
A codec is a device or computer program that encodes or decodes a digital data stream or signal such as video or audio. Codec is a portmanteau of "coder-decoder" or "compressor-decompressor".
Page last updated: Monday 24 November 2014