Letting a web browser handle embedded video as it pleases is the easiest way to embed a video. Knowing which video format is the friendliest, lightest-weight video is a royal pain in the butt. My computer like RealPlayer and Quicktime. Yours may not. Below are FOUR videos embedded similarly. They were filmed at 320×240 pixels and stored as WMV files. I converted logically to provide you with four examples of four file types embedded simply to SHOW YOU how YOUR browser and computer work together to display the videos or not display the videos. If you cannot see a video below, you need to examine why not.
Internet Explorer 6 uses Windows Media Player to play the first two embedded videos and shows me nothing for the .MOV and .M4V
Mozilla Firefox AUTOSTARTS (despite a simple “false”) the .WMV with Windows Media Player, needs a plugin for the .AVI and shows me the first frame of the .MOV and .M4V without autoplaying.
“No suitable plugins were found.” So the embedded .AVI is no good for my Mozilla Firefox and too LARGE to depend upon for my Internet Explorer. The video is only 30 seconds, but took up about 10.5 MB of space although it began life at only 1.73MB when recorded and stored by the Logitech QuickCam.
The simple EMBED tag used for all four videos was the following:
<embed src="http://SITE.com/MOVIE.file" width="320" height="256" autoplay="false" scale="tofit">
This embed gives 16 extra pixels up and down for the Quicktime movie controls. Not enough for the Windows Media Player controls. Windows Movie Controls as I see them are 43 pixels I think. So I took 320 wide by (240 + Control) tall in mind when dictating the width and height in the video EMBED.
If you don’t have a Flash player to render your embedded videos and movies for you audience, it’s tricky as hell. Next, Converting and More Embedding Videos…