HTML5 Video How-to

Publishing videos online has been around for a number of years, although has really taken off with the advent of video sharing sites such as YouTube. The power of video is huge if done well; it can present a lot of information in a more visually engaging manner than using written text and pictures. Done badly though – it can present real problems to the company or individual hosting the video, that have the potential to cause some real harm!

“HTML5 Video How-To” is a practical, hands-on guide that provides you with a number of clear step-by-step exercises, which will help you take advantage of the real power that is behind HTML5 video, and give you a good grounding in using it in your web pages.

This book looks at the HTML5 video formats available, and breaks down the mystery and confusion that surrounds which format to use. It will take you through a number of clear, practical recipes that will help you to take advantage of the new HTML5 video standard, quickly and painlessly.

You will also learn how to build your own video player using jQuery, or by using one of the pre-built libraries available. We will also take a look at adding functionality such as lightbox effects, or subtitles, as well as how to publish videos to popular hosting sites, such as YouTube or VideoBin. If you want to take advantage of using the new HTML5 video format, then this is the book for you.

You will learn everything you need to know to convert videos into the right format, as well as how to display them in your browser or web pages, across multiple platforms.

What will you learn from this book

  • Converting videos into a valid HTML5 format
  • Setting up playback support for videos from within your web pages or browser
  • Embedding videos using the HTML5 standard
  • Publishing videos to popular hosting sites, such as YouTube or VideoBin
  • Setting up fall-back support for older browsers
  • Support for cross-browser playback, using a HTML5 polyfill
  • Building your own custom video player using jQuery
  • Creating a theme for use with your video player
  • Adding subtitles to your video
  • Presenting videos using a “lightbox” effect

This book takes the How-to series approach to help you learn most important tasks through recipes

Who this book is written for
This book is great for developers new to the HTML5 Video standard, and who are looking to get a good grounding in how to use the new format. It’s assumed that you will have some experience in HTML and jQuery already, as well as being familiar with embedding videos using current “old school” methods, such as Windows Media Player. Readers are expected to have one or more videos available, which will be used during the exercises within this book.

Book Details

  • Paperback: 82 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (October 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849693641
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849693646
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