Useful reference to video conversion software for HTML5 video formats.
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With regards to HTML5 <video> there are 3 different video formats which are used across all the major browsers. There isn’t one standard video format as yet so different formats need to be available. Eg.
<video poster=”movie.jpg” controls>
<source src=”movie.webm” type=’video/webm; codecs=”vp8.0, vorbis”‘>
<source src=”movie.ogv” type=’video/ogg; codecs=”theora, vorbis”‘>
<source src=”movie.mp4″ type=’video/mp4; codecs=”avc1.4D401E, mp4a.40.2″‘>
<p>This is fallback content</p>
The latest current information regarding supported video formats is available here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTML5_video
Update: 19th April 2012:
Longtail have also recently released an article called ‘The State of HTML5 Video‘
Since 1996, HTML standards have been maintained by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) with input from commercial software vendors.
As from 2008, the HTML5 web standards are currently being developed by the Web Hypertext Application Technology Working Group (WHATWG) and the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).
I also found this HTML5 browser comparison chart which is the best place to find out the latest support for HTML5 in browsers:
Whencaniuse.com also provides a detailed overview of what html5 elements are supported in every version of browser. It also includes a comparison chart.
This is a great article which shows how to embed a youtube video into your website which validates successfully to W3C standards. Ive used it and had no problems in all major browsers. I found this to be a better solution for the time being until the HTML5 <video> tag works with cross browser with all video formats.
The best free screen capture software i could find. Limited video export options with the free edition (WMV, AVI, MPEG4, WebM) but the editing options and timeline makes up for this.
Standard and Professional editions also available.
For anyone who may be new to video manipulation and converting video formats, here are a few usefuls tips and applications to assist with this.
WinAvi – Rip, Copy and convert video formats.
· Input video formats: AVI, WMV, RMVB, RM, ASF, FLV,, MOV, QT, MP4, DV, 3GP, 3G2, DAT, MPG, MPEG, VOB, MKV, F4V
· Input audio formats: WAV, RA, WMA, MP3, MP2, MKA, AAC, AC3, AIFF, AMR, M4A, AU
· Output Device: iPod, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mobile Phones, PSP, PS3, Xbox, Pocket PC, Windows Mobile, BlackBerry, Archos, iRiver PMP
If you want to produce video showcases, there are a large number of applications you can use. If you are using Apple Mac, then iMovie is by far the best i have come across and Adobe Premiere Elements for Windows. If you are looking for a free solution then Windows Movie Maker, or TMPGEnc. Windows Movie Maker only works with WMV video formats but comes fre with the Windows operating system, TMPGEnc is good with Mpeg video formats and there is also a free version.
Sharing your videos
After you have converted and burnt your videos, you may also want to share on the internet with friends and family. Youtube is the best and most well know solution for doing this. Youtube also has privacy settings which you can restrict to 25 people who can see your video channel. About.com provide a useful article on how to keep your Youtube videos private.
If you are looking for a secure file transfer protocol (Ftp) application then i would recommend DropBox which is supported on Apple, Windows, Linux. There are also mobile applications available for Android and iPhone. DropBox is a user friendly application that installs in your sysem tray and alerts you when new files are uploaded. A free account provides 2Gb of storage and allows you to build up your storage space via a customer referral system. Simply add users to your account via email.