Video Compression for Flash, Apple Devices and HTML5

By Larry B, July 28, 2011


I’ve been enjoying Jan Ozer’s new book, Video Compression for Flash, Apple Devices and HTML5. It’s the comprehensive how-to tutorial on video encoding you’d expect from Jan, as well as a lot of insight about best practices and all the things you should be paying attention to when you’re publishing video online.

Chock full of examples, test results, tables of useful data, and technical information you can put to use right away – this is a great resource for anyone: novice to expert.

Part of what I like is Jan’s no-nonsense approach as a practitioner. For example, after a detailed analysis of publishing using HTML5, he cuts to the chase:

HTML5’s value proposition today, and for the foreseeable future, is “encode in more formats that offer no advantage over H.264, and play on fewer computers, and distribute your on-demand content to vastly fewer viewers with lower quality of service, less features and a reduced ability to monetize than you can with Flash or Silverlight. Oh, and forget live.”

Don’t get me wrong – he still covers everything you need to know (in great detail!) about targeting HTML5 players. But he explains in practical terms what it really means to do so, and when and why you ought to.

Highly recommended.

HTML5/Flash Video Player Comparison

By Larry B, July 21, 2011

screengrabHere’s a nice one-stop-shop for comparing HTML5-capable video players: VideoSWS, (where SWS apparently means, “See What Sucks”).

The chart provides a rough view of player capabilities. but clicking the names of each player brings you to a working example of the player. Not extensive analysis of each, but great for a quick survey of what’s out there for embeddable players.

Thanks are due to Philip Bräunlich and Gerrit van Aaken for creating this!