Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

Apple goes live with HTML5 video

Category: Apple, Showcase, Video

Apple has a fair amount of video on their site, and now you will find it displayed via <video> As always, it looks very nice indeed. The video controls look very much like the new Quicktime X:


All via the code:


Of course, for all the deets on video, check out brother Mark.

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:52 am

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Comment by stoimen — October 21, 2009

It seems they just leverage the video tag Safari as only a mp4/H.264 version of the video is provided. For Firefox 3.5 under Mac the Quicktime Plugin is used. I haven’t tried IE but I guess they’ll fall back to Flash there.

Comment by kommen — October 21, 2009

They use Quicktime for IE as well.

Comment by Jeria — October 21, 2009

Works great on my Safari.

Comment by BonoboBoner — October 21, 2009

Demands Quicktime and won’t play in Firefox 3.5.5pre on Linux Ubuntu 9.04.

Bloody Apple there is no need for the crap :\

Comment by io — October 21, 2009

I’ll be a bit more impressed when they don’t require a browser detect/javascript to pull it off.

Still nice to get the video tag pushed. Sorta.

Comment by blepore — October 21, 2009

Just discovered a nice bug – video fails on iPhone 3GS with an “unsupported format” message :).

Comment by jx12345 — October 21, 2009

Forgot to mention – the new iMac video fails. Some other videos run ok. So just i minor glitch then and not an all-around major fail I expected it to be at first.

Comment by jx12345 — October 21, 2009

i’m pretty impressed, at least they try, so we – developpers – can start using HTML5 with 1 browser less to worry about if it’s supported or not!
so why the complaining about browser detect/javascript, it’s not apples fault that browsers like internet ex…. choose to go back instead of forward!

Comment by 191279 — October 21, 2009

Most video fails on iphone 3GS like jx12345 says. At least for the new iMac vid it appears to be a .mov file at heart and iphone only supports mp4 base profile like Brother Mark says. Odds are the other mp4 files that fail on the site aren’t base profile.
Oh, and still no html5 video tag styling|scripting on iphone either, mp4 base profile vids are always fullscreen.
I guess they figure if you have an iphone they don’t need to sell you anything else.

Comment by rdza — October 21, 2009


It’s really nice to watch video on the web with those controls, and I haven’t seen it fail in any decent browser. I love the fact that video is showing up on the web in the video tag. This apple player puts a slick interface on it.

Comment by tdunn94 — October 22, 2009

No I hate quicktime, never used it and never will.

Comment by ipads — February 25, 2010

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